Don't Swat This Bug. It Might Be A Robot On A Rescue Mission
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Source: NPR Health and Science - March 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Avery Keatley Source Type: news

New Education Secretary Miguel Cardona Wants Schools Open 'As Soon As Possible'
Biden's new Education Secretary Miguel Cardona says "it is our shared goal to reopen schools safely and quickly."(Image credit: Mandel Ngan/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - March 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Martin Source Type: news

Utah Considers State Park Named For Utahraptor Dinosaur
Utah is considering naming a new park in honor of dinosaurs discovered there. Researchers expect to uncover more Utahraptor bones — provided they can get them out of a massive block of rock.(Image credit: Utah Geological Survey) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - March 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jan Johnson Source Type: news

Reading A Letter That's Been Sealed For More Than 300 Years —Without Opening It
A signed, sealed, but not delivered letter from 1697 has finally been read with the help of a high-tech scan that looked inside without breaking its seal. (Image credit: Unlocking History Research Group) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - March 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

Reading A Letter That's Been Sealed For More Than 300 Years — Without Opening It
A signed, sealed but not delivered letter from 1697 has finally been read with the help of a high-tech scan that looked inside without breaking its seal.(Image credit: Unlocking History Research Group) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - March 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

5 Medical Appointments You Should Stop Putting Off
If you've been delaying routine medical care in the past year, now's the time to catch up, doctors say. The consequences of missing some key screenings and health checkups can be lethal.(Image credit: Kristen Uroda for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - March 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kristen Kendrick Source Type: news

California Offers $2 Billion Incentive In A Push For In-Person Learning
Public schools that don't offer in-person instruction for k-2 students by the end of the month will lose out on 1% of eligible funds every day that students remain out of the classroom. (Image credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - March 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dustin Jones Source Type: news

How Fast Are Oceans Rising? The Answer May Be In Century-Old Shipping Logs
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Source: NPR Health and Science - March 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lauren Sommer Source Type: news

To Help Farmworkers Get COVID-19 Tests And Vaccine, Build Trust And A Safety Net
Getting COVID-19 tests and vaccine to essential workers on commercial farms and in meatpacking plants requires more than a pop-up clinic miles away. A positive test can be financially devastating.(Image credit: Christine Herman/Illinois Public Media) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - March 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christine Herman Source Type: news

CDC Panel Endorses Johnson & Johnson's One-Dose COVID-19 Vaccine
Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted to endorse the emergency use of a single dose of a vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson. A study showed it was 66% effective in the U.S.(Image credit: Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

Scientists Talked To People In Their Dreams. They Answered
Scientists have found that two-way communication is possible with someone who is asleep and dreaming. Specifically, lucid dreaming — dreaming while being aware you're dreaming.(Image credit: Virginia State Parks/Flickr) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: James Doubek Source Type: news

Joy Buolamwini: How Do Biased Algorithms Damage Marginalized Communities?
Data, numbers, algorithms are supposed to be neutral ... right? Computer scientist Joy Buolamwini discusses the way biased algorithms can lead to real-world inequality.(Image credit: Courtesy of TED) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NPR/TED Staff Source Type: news

Colette Pichon Battle: How Can We Prepare For The Next Hurricane Katrina?
Sea level rise will displace millions by 2100 — and the Louisiana bayous, where Colette Pichon Battle lives, may disappear entirely. She describes how we can avert the worst when disaster strikes.(Image credit: Stacie McChesney / TED) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NPR/TED Staff Source Type: news

'Hunt, Gather, Parent' Offers Lessons Collected Around The World
NPR's Michaeleen Doucleff found that parenting books she read after becoming a mom left a lot out. When she went through a tough period with her daughter, she traveled the world in search of guidance.(Image credit: Avid Reader Press) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Martin Source Type: news

COVID-19 Variant Found In New York City Worries Researchers
Scientists have spotted yet another potentially worrisome coronavirus variant, a strain that has a mutation that may help it evade vaccines, and seems to be spreading fast in New York City. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news

Baffled Canadians Spread Reports Of 'Hard' Butter
Reports spreading about "hard" butter aren't softening Canadians. One intrepid food scholar, Sylvain Charlebois, thinks he's found the "buttergate" culprit: palm oil fats.(Image credit: Matthew Mead/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emma Bowman Source Type: news

Experts Ponder Nuclear Rockets To Send Humans To Mars
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Source: NPR Health and Science - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Geoff Brumfiel Source Type: news

3rd COVID-19 Vaccine May Be Available Soon In The U.S.
The Food and Drug Administration has released its assessment of an application from Johnson & Johnson for emergency use authorization for its vaccine. It finds the vaccine safe and effective. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

New Evidence Shows Fertile Soil Gone From Midwestern Farms
One third of the cropland in the upper Midwest has entirely lost its fertile topsoil, according to a new study. Other scientists doubt that figure, but agree that soil loss is a big problem.(Image credit: Evan Thaler for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Charles Source Type: news

Scientists Say Fertile Soil Is Missing From Many Midwestern Farms
It's estimated a third of the Upper Midwest's cropland has lost all of its topsoil, which is vital for growing crops. Even if there's a dispute on the number, scientists agree the loss is a problem. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Charles Source Type: news

Biden's Straight-Talking CDC Director Has Long Used Data To Save Lives
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Source: NPR Health and Science - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carey Goldberg Source Type: news

Why 'Tight' Cultures May Fare Better Than 'Loose' Cultures In A Pandemic
A new study in The Lancet Planetary Health finds that cultural attitudes may explain the stark differences in how countries experience the pandemic. (Image credit: Luke Dray/Getty Images; Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images; Mohd Rasfan/AFP; Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Fran Kritz Source Type: news

Do 'Tight' Cultures Fare Better In The Pandemic Than 'Loose' Cultures?
That's the question posted by a study in The Lancet Planetary Health. In case you're wondering, the United States is characterized as "loose." And Singapore is "tight."(Image credit: Luke Dray/Getty Images; Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images; Mohd Rasfan/AFP; Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Fran Kritz Source Type: news

Perseverance's Video Cameras Capture Its Arrival On Mars (There's Audio, Too)
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Source: NPR Health and Science - February 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mark Katkov Source Type: news

WATCH: Perseverance's Video Cameras Capture Its Arrival On Mars (There's Audio, Too)
Six off-the-shelf cameras comprised the spacecraft's EDL Cam system (Entry, Descent and Landing). Together they provided a spectacular view of the Rover's arrival on the red planet. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mark Katkov Source Type: news

As Cities Grapple With Climate Change, Gas Utilities Fight To Stay In Business
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Source: NPR Health and Science - February 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeff Brady Source Type: news

West Virginia's Vaccination Rate Ranks Among Highest In World
How did West Virginia become one of the world's leaders in delivering COVID-19 vaccines? One piece of the story starts with a striking photograph in the local paper.(Image credit: Chris Jackson/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Simone Popperl Source Type: news

A Looming Disaster: New Data Reveal Where Flood Damage Is An Existential Threat
More than 4 million homes face financial losses from flooding. Communities where flood insurance is already unaffordable are facing potentially catastrophic damage. (Image credit: Ryan Kellman/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Mediterranean Oil Spill Injures Wildlife, Closes Israel's Beaches
Israeli authorities are still trying to pinpoint the source of a major oil spill that has polluted much of country's coastline with chunks of tar.(Image credit: Ariel Schalit/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

After Days Of Mass Outages, Some Texas Residents Now Face Huge Electricity Bills
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Source: NPR Health and Science - February 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Many Teachers Still Hesitant Over Coronavirus Vaccine
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Imran Ahmed, of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, about disinformation over the COVID-19 vaccines. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NASA Scientist Discusses Her Work On The Perseverance Mars Rover Project
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with NASA engineer Christina Hernandez about her role in the Mars Perseverance mission. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Do Blue Light Blocking Glasses Really Work?
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks to vision researcher Mark Rosenfield about the efficacy of blue light-blocking glasses. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Ropeless' Lobster Fishing Could Save The Whales. Could It Kill The Industry?
One of the main threats to the endangered North Atlantic right whale is lobster-fishing rope, but there is hope in new ropeless technology.(Image credit: Eve Zuckoff/WCAI) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Eve Zuckoff Source Type: news

How The Military Helped Bring Back The Red-Cockaded Woodpecker
The U.S. military and conservation groups forged an unusual alliance to help save the red-cockaded woodpecker, but a Trump-era move to take the bird off the endangered list could threaten the species. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wisconsin Biologist Charged In Caviar Scam
The top sturgeon biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and several others have been charged with crimes related to an illegal sturgeon caviar bartering ring. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Susan Bence Source Type: news

Coronavirus FAQs: Mammograms, Vaccine Ingredients ... And Dogs Who Sniff Masks
Are there issues with having a mammogram right after a vaccine? Is there a list of vaccine ingredients — some people say they're scary. Also: My pooch loves to sniff discarded masks. Should I worry?(Image credit: Malaka Gharib/ NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sheila Mulrooney Eldred Source Type: news

NASA's Rover Perseverance Safely Lands On Mars
NASA's six-wheeled rover landed successfully on Mars yesterday. NPR's Joe Palca talks about the descent and landing, and what's next for the mission. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

Ancient Trees Show When The Earth's Magnetic Field Last Flipped Out
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Source: NPR Health and Science - February 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

What A 30,000-Person Survey Reveals About Day-To-Day Life In The Pandemic
The responses reveal the impact on living standards in nine low- and middle-income countries — and may help governments find a way to help citizens most in need.(Image credit: Munir Uz Zaman/AFP via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Malaka Gharib Source Type: news

Long-Term COVID-19 Vaccine Studies Hampered As Placebo Recipients Get Real Shot
Scientists are trying to learn more about COVID-19 vaccines from original study participants. That quest is hampered because many people who received a placebo shot have now opted to get the vaccine. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Harris Source Type: news

Million-Year-Old DNA Samples Pulled From Mammoth Teeth
Scientists were able to recover DNA more than a million years old from the teeth of Siberian mammoths. A genetic analysis gives clues to the subsequent rise of mammoths in North America. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Virologist: WHO Team Found No 'Credible Link' Between Wuhan Labs, COVID-19
Virologist Marion Koopmans was part of a WHO team that reconstructed the early coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. She talked with NPR about her team's investigation.(Image credit: Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steve Inskeep Source Type: news

COVID-19 Vaccine: Don't Miss 2nd Dose Because Of Scheduling Glitches
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Source: NPR Health and Science - February 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Allison Aubrey Source Type: news

Dinosaur-Killing Impact Came From Edge Of Solar System, New Theory Suggests
Harvard researchers say a comet from deep space — not an asteroid from the belt past Mars — was responsible for the mass extinction. Others are skeptical.(Image credit: Thibault Camus/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew S. Schwartz Source Type: news

Tracking New Coronavirus Variants In The U.S.
Scientists have identified new coronavirus variants popping up around the U.S. Ailsa Chang speaks with Vaughn Cooper about how well the U.S. is equipped to track the emergence of these new strains. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Look At The New U.S. Coronavirus Variants
In recent months, we've learned about several new variants of the coronavirus that have popped up in the U.S. Scientists recently reported seven new and distinct variants. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rhitu Chatterjee Source Type: news

Pillagers Of Tropical Forests Can't Hide Behind Clouds Anymore
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Source: NPR Health and Science - February 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Charles Source Type: news

'Perseverance' Mission Will Put NASA Wheels Back On Mars
Another six-wheeled rover is about to land on Mars. NASA Perseverance's mission is headed to Jezero Crater, which once may have been a lake. It's carrying two new items: a microphone and a helicopter. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

As Scientists Study Tattoo Ink Safety, Europe Bans Two Widely Used Pigments
Tattoo artists are unhappy about a new ban on blue and green pigments in Europe, while scientists say the basic science of tattoo ink is still fairly mysterious.(Image credit: Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news