How A Bird Became Flightless Through Evolution — Twice
More than 100,000 years ago, a bird flew from Madagascar to an island chain, where it lost the ability to fly. The seas rose and then fell and the bird flew back, only to become flightless again. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Irina Zhorov Source Type: news

How Safe Is Sunscreen And How Much Should We Wear?
NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Trisha Calvo of Consumer Reports about a study that finds the active ingredients in sunscreen may be absorbed into the bloodstream. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

To Save The Science Poster, Researchers Want To Kill It And Start Over
Scientists often share their latest research on posters displayed at big conferences. Posters are a long-standing tradition, but one reformer says they're mostly terrible and need to change.(Image credit: Courtesy of Mike Morrison ) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

Dinosaurs Come Back To Life At The Smithsonian
After five years, the exhibit reopens this month with new bones and more scientifically accurate explanations.(Image credit: Gabrielle Healy/WAMU) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

We Drink Basically The Same Wine As Ancient Romans — And That's Not So Great
Many of today's most popular wine varieties are extremely genetically similar to wines that may have existed for thousands of years, a new study finds. In the face of climate change, that's risky.(Image credit: Leemage/Corbis via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Susie Neilson Source Type: news

We Drink Basically The Same Wine Varietals As Ancient Romans, And That's Not So Great
Many of today's most popular wine varietals are extremely genetically similar to wines that may have existed for thousands of years, a new study finds. In the face of climate change, that's risky.(Image credit: Leemage/Corbis via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Susie Neilson Source Type: news

Can You Reshape Your Brain's Response To Pain?
Changing how the mind reacts to pain can reduce the discomfort experienced, according to scientists who study brain pathways that regulate pain. A new type of therapy aims to enhance that effect.(Image credit: Jessica Pons for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Patti Neighmond Source Type: news

The Limits Of Human Endurance
How do you study the upper limits of human endurance? Professor Herman Pontzer of Duke University tracked long-distance athletes running across the country. He talks with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'We All Owe Al Gore An Apology': More People See Climate Change In Record Flooding
Research shows that more people are linking climate change to extreme weather events, like the ongoing flooding in America's heartland. Experts are hoping that also inspires action. (Image credit: Nathan Rott/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nathan Rott Source Type: news

Many People Living In Flood-Prone Areas Can't Afford Expensive Flood Insurance
Federal flood insurance has become dramatically more expensive in some places, putting it out of reach for many people who live on floodplains. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Ladybug Swarm Makes The Radar
A mass of ladybugs showed up on the radar of the National Weather Service in Southern California this week. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Accumulated Mutations Create A Cellular Mosaic In Our Bodies
It turns out you aren't simply a clone of cells from the womb. Over a lifetime, mutations create a patchwork of tissues made with pieces that have subtly different genetic signatures.(Image credit: Ikon Images/Science Source) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Harris Source Type: news

Microplastics Have Invaded The Deep Ocean — And The Food Chain
Giant gyres of plastic in the ocean grab headlines, but it's the tiny bits of plastic that scare scientists. And they've made their way everywhere, a new study finds — including in our seafood.(Image credit: Courtesy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christopher Joyce Source Type: news

You May Be Stressing Out Your Dog
When people who own dogs are stressed, their dogs also get stressed, a new study suggests. It's another indication of how emotionally synchronized dogs and their humans can be.(Image credit: Bela Szandelszky/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Higher, Better, Stronger, Faster — Brain Science Is Trying To Get There
A headset that electrically stimulates your brain while you practice a motor skill claims to help you improve in less time. What does this mean for human abilities by 2050?(Image credit: Elise Hu / NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Elise Hu Source Type: news

A Look At The Impact Of Active Shooter Drills
Psychologists and behavioral analysts say that active shooter drills can help prepare people for an emergency, but more elaborate ones can be harmful, especially when they are surprise drills. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rhitu Chatterjee Source Type: news

What Does It Mean To Lose A Pregnancy?
Some estimates say up to one in four women will have a miscarriage during their lives.(Image credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

House Committee Votes To Continue Ban On Genetically Modified Babies
A congressional committee has upheld a prohibition against the Food and Drug Administration considering using gene-edited embryos to establish pregnancies.(Image credit: Mark Schiefelbein/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news

The 'Great Dying' Nearly Erased Life On Earth. Scientists See Similarities To Today
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Source: NPR Health and Science - June 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christopher Joyce Source Type: news

Getting Fire From A Tree Without Burning The Wood
Cottonwood trees can harbor microorganisms that have a special (and flammable) characteristic.(Image credit: Sean Bagshaw/Science Source/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

Astronomers Worry That Elon Musk's New Satellites Will Ruin The View
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Source: NPR Health and Science - June 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Geoff Brumfiel Source Type: news

2 Chinese Babies With Edited Genes May Face Higher Risk Of Premature Death
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Source: NPR Health and Science - June 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news

Why Octopuses Might Be The Next Lab Rats
Move over, fruit flies, rats and zebrafish. Squid and octopuses have elaborate brains and behaviors, and scientists say studying them in the laboratory could yield important biological insights.(Image credit: Courtesy of Michael LaBarbera) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

'Underland' Connects Us To Dazzling Worlds Beneath Our Feet
The beauty of Robert Macfarlane's writing, and of the natural world it describes, is immense. His words also act as a warning, ensuring a recognition of human harms to the environment.(Image credit: W.W.Norton & Co. ) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Barbara J. King Source Type: news

College Students Take Hands-On Approach To Rocket Science
A group of college students attempted to launch a rocket into space this weekend. NPR's Don Gonyea talks with Saad Mirza, the design lead of the project, Operation Space. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mapping For Future Floods
The flood risk maps put out by the federal government are notoriously outdated. Many elected officials have suggested fixing the problem by prioritizing funding for a mapping technology called LiDAR. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Amateur Astronomers Gather For 'Star Parties'
Light pollution has taken away much of the night sky. But there are still places far from city lights where amateur astronomers gather with their telescopes for what they call "star parties." (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Scott Neuman Source Type: news

Major River Flooding, Outbreaks Of Tornadoes: Is This What Climate Change Looks Like?
This week the central U.S. has flooded and experienced deadly and damaging tornadoes. When it comes to what Americans could see more of due to climate change — the links are present, but complicated. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

As CBD Oils Become More Popular, The FDA Considers Whether To Set New Rules
The marijuana and hemp extract has been touted as a way to ease anxiety and inflammation, despite limited science. Now, the FDA is holding its first public hearing on cannabidiol.(Image credit: Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Allison Aubrey Source Type: news

'It's Never Done This': Arkansas River Keeps Flooding, Testing Levees And Patience
The Arkansas River is rising well above its previous record, and it's forecast to stay that way for days. That's putting pressure on old levees and making it hard for some residents to evacuate.(Image credit: Nathan Rott/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Scientists Genetically Modify Fungus To Kill Mosquitoes That Spread Malaria
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Source: NPR Health and Science - May 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news

Safe Or Scary? The Shifting Reputation Of Glyphosate, AKA Roundup
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Source: NPR Health and Science - May 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Charles Source Type: news

In Yemen Conflict, Some See A New Age Of Drone Warfare
Iran has been developing drones for both itself and its proxies. In recent months those drones have been used for targeted assassinations, military strikes and to sow chaos in the region.(Image credit: Iranian Army via AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Geoff Brumfiel Source Type: news

Is 'Gaming Disorder' An Illness? WHO Says Yes, Adding It To Its List Of Diseases
For the first time, the World Health Organization will list "gaming disorder" as a behavioral addiction, a controversial move for some. (Image credit: Mustafa Hacalaki/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Anya Kamenetz Source Type: news

Why It's Time To Think About Self-Driving Cars In Regards To Parking
Self-driving cars may be great for those who don't want to own a car or get behind the wheel, but they promise to be a nightmare for parking enforcement. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shankar Vedantam Source Type: news

Every Breath You Take: An Indoor Smog Story (Rebroadcast)
Just keep breathin' and breathin' and breathin' and breathin'...(Image credit: NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study Shows Freezing Office Temperatures Affect Women's Productivity
Do you often hear your colleagues complain that the office is too cold or that they have to bundle up? A new study shows that women are more productive when their surrounding temperatures are higher. (Image credit: Neil Webb/Getty Images/Ikon Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Susan Davis Source Type: news

Why Corned Beef Sandwiches — And The Rest Of The Universe — Exist
Somehow, at the beginning of time, there was an imbalance of matter and antimatter. That's how all the stuff in the universe came about. Scientists think they may find an answer by studying neutrons.(Image credit: Erik Rank/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

At $2.1 Million, New Gene Therapy Is The Most Expensive Drug Ever
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Source: NPR Health and Science - May 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news

'Reluctant Psychonaut' Michael Pollan Embraces 'New Science' Of Psychedelics
Author Michael Pollan experimented with mushrooms, LSD and other psychedelics while researching his latest book, How to Change Your Mind. Originally broadcast May 15, 2018. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Terry Gross Source Type: news

The 2019 Hurricane Season Will Be 'Near Normal.' But Normal Can Still Be Devastating
NOAA forecasts that two to four major hurricanes will form this year in the Atlantic. But even an average year can cause record-breaking damage, as storms get bigger and wetter.(Image credit: Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Since The 1960s, Researchers Track Perry Preschool Project Participants
For decades, researchers have followed the participants of a 1960's preschool program. They found a range of social and economic benefits, and not just for the participants in the program. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shankar Vedantam Source Type: news

News Brief: Impeaching Trump, Iran Threat, CRISPR Modified Viruses
House Democrats meet to decide whether to move forward with impeaching the president. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are briefed on the threat Iran poses. And, the latest on genetically modified viruses. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Noel King Source Type: news

Scientists Modify Viruses With CRISPR To Create New Weapon Against Superbugs
Superbugs are bacteria that can beat modern medicine's most powerful drugs. So doctors are racing to find new ways to fight back, such as developing "living antibiotics."(Image credit: Rob Stein/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news

Computerized Model Reveals Details Of How Human Cells Divide
The nonprofit Allen Institute in Seattle has produced a visualization of human cell division that promises to be useful for professional scientists and curious amateurs alike.(Image credit: Allen Institute) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Harris Source Type: news

Can CBD Reduce Cravings And Stress In Opioid Users?
Researchers wanted to know if CBD can help people who are former opioid users resist relapse. Their double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial suggests CBD can help reduce stress and cravings. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Allison Aubrey Source Type: news

Wildlife Tourism And Other Dangers Facing Our Most Coveted Species
What's behind those cute selfies with wild animals?(Image credit: Kirsten Luce / National Geographic) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists Introduce New Kilogram On World Metrology Day
After 130 years, the kilogram has been redefined. The new standard is based on the fundamental laws of physics and is much more accurate. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

VIDEO: At 'Volcano Summer Camp,' Safety Is A Blast
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Source: NPR Health and Science - May 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Madeline K. Sofia Source Type: news

To Safely Study Volcanoes, Scientists Bring The Blast To Them
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Source: NPR Health and Science - May 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Madeline K. Sofia Source Type: news