2018: A Big Year In Space
This past year was a weird and eventful one for news from outer space. We saw everything from a red sports car being shot off the planet to a detailed new map of our Milky Way to a mysterious hole drilled in the International Space Station. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

If You Feel Thankful, Write It Down. It's Good For Your Health
A growing body of research shows keeping a log of what you are thankful for can lower stress, help you sleep better, and may even reduce the risk of heart disease. But it's not for everyone.(Image credit: Kristen Uroda for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maanvi Singh Source Type: news

Bad Vibes: How Hits To The Head Are Transferred To The Brain
A question about heading soccer balls inspired a series of experiments to understand how the brain changes shape when someone's head takes a hit.(Image credit: Photo illustration by David Madison/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Hamilton Source Type: news

The Science Behind The Indonesia Tsunami
NPR's Michel Martin talks with geologist Stephen Johnston about how the tsunami in Indonesia overnight was triggered. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Science Behind The Indonedia Tsunami
NPR's Michel Martin talks with geologist Stephen Johnston about how the tsunami in Indonesia overnight was triggered. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers Show Parachutes Don't Work, But There's A Catch
A study found parachutes were no more effective than backpacks in preventing harm to people jumping from aircraft. The researchers' tongue-in-cheek experiment makes a deeper point about science.(Image credit: Michael Htten/EyeEm/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Harris Source Type: news

Huge Martian Crater 'Korolev' Appears Topped With Miles Of Pristine Snow
The European Space Agency's new images show a 51-mile-wide ice-filled depression in the surface of Mars caused by the impact of a meteorite or other celestial body. (Image credit: Björn Schreiner/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Denise Couture Source Type: news

The World Has A New Largest-Known Prime Number
The Mersenne prime was discovered by a computer in Ocala, Fla., on Dec. 7. Mathematicians have spent the past two weeks verifying the calculations. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

James Green: Could The Building Blocks Of Life Exist Elsewhere In Our Solar System?
Earth may not be the only place in our solar system with life, says James Green. New data shows life might have existed on Mars, and could exist now. But what does that mean for us on Earth?(Image credit: James Green) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NPR/TED Staff Source Type: news

Stephen Petranek: How Will Humans Live On Mars?
Stephen Petranek says, in the next decade, we will send humans to colonize Mars. He lays out the technology--from water-extraction to bricks made of Martian soil--that'll make life possible there.(Image credit: TED) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NPR/TED Staff Source Type: news

Lisa Nip: How Can We Engineer The Human Body To Survive On Mars ... And Beyond?
Space is an extreme environment filled with radiation, and next to no oxygen. To survive there, Lisa Nip says humans are going to have to change themselves ... genetically.(Image credit: John Werner) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NPR/TED Staff Source Type: news

Lucianne Walkowicz: Should We Be Using Mars As A Backup Planet?
Lucianne Walkowicz is all for space exploration, but says we shouldn't expect Mars to save us from a damaged Earth. She warns us not to lose sight of preserving the home we already have.(Image credit: James Duncan Davidson/TED) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NPR/TED Staff Source Type: news

Scientists Find A Brain Circuit That Could Explain Seasonal Depression
Research suggests the winter blues are triggered by specialized light-sensing cells in the retina that communicate directly with brain areas involved in mood.(Image credit: Omikron -/Getty Images/Science Source) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Hamilton Source Type: news

Not Tonight: Why Americans Are Having Less Sex
U up? Nah.(Image credit: barnimages.com / CC BY 2.0) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tornado Touches Down Near Seattle, Causing Damage But No Deaths
The Port Orchard twister was extremely rare, especially for December, says the National Weather Service. No serious injuries were reported, but homes and other buildings were affected by the storm. (Image credit: Ted S. Warren/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Denise Couture Source Type: news

To Find Good News In The Universe Just Look To The Clouds
Astrophysicist Adam Frank likes to spread the universe's good news. Today's — the clouds in the sky exhibit a ceaseless power of creative transformation. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

For One City Manager, Climate Becomes A Matter Of Conscience
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Charles Source Type: news

Why Aren't More Users Of Opioids Or Meth Screened For Hepatitis C?
As the number of people who inject drugs and share needles has soared, the rate of infection with Hep C has climbed too. Yet many drug treatment patients aren't tested for the liver-damaging virus.(Image credit: BSIP/UIG/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michelle Andrews Source Type: news

Open Scientific Collaboration May Be Helping North Korea Cheat Nuclear Sanctions
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Geoff Brumfiel Source Type: news

Surgeon General Warns Youth Vaping Is Now An 'Epidemic'
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued a forceful advisory about vaping by U.S. teenagers, saying electronic cigarette use among young people has reached levels that require urgent action.(Image credit: Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Green 'Christmas Comet' Visible In Night Sky
The comet 46P/Wirtanen just made its closest approach to Earth in centuries. No word on the whereabouts of Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Cupid, Donner or Blitzen (and Rudolph). (Image credit: Nicholas Biver/AFP/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Camila Domonoske Source Type: news

Medical Detectives: The Last Hope For Families Coping With Rare Diseases
When Nikki and Danny Miller's two young sons developed strange symptoms, they began searching for a diagnosis. Their odyssey ended when a team of medical sleuths solved the case.(Image credit: Courtesy of Andrew Ross-Perry) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lesley McClurg Source Type: news

Lab-Grown Meat Draws Big Investors — And Big Opposition
Tech startups are using animal stem cells to grow meat. Big meat companies, including Tyson and Cargill, are investing in the technology, while livestock producers are trying to fight it. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Frank Morris Source Type: news

Nations Agree On Rules To Put Paris Climate Agreement Into Action
Nations agreed on rules to track the promises they made to reduce emissions, but did not set new emissions reduction goals necessary to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change.(Image credit: Czarek Sokolowski/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Countries Struggle To Agree On Rules For Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
As a major climate conference nears its end in Poland, negotiators are still haggling over the rules nations must follow in order to meet their commitments to reduce greenhouse gases. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Scientists Are Fighting For The Stricken Pickle Against This Tricky Disease
Downy mildew, once just a nuisance, has evolved into a devastating adversary to the pickle, as it now quickly adapts to fungicides and pickle hybrids, and can lay waste to crops in a matter of days.(Image credit: Bernd Settnik/Picture Alliance via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Beans Source Type: news

Yum and Yuck: The Psychology Of What We Eat...And What We Spit Out
This week on the Hidden Brain radio show, we dig into the culture and psychology that determines the foods that make us salivate and the scents that make us squirm. (Image credit: Parth Shah) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shankar Vedantam Source Type: news

Scientists Say Gene-Edited Babies Claim Is 'Wake-Up Call' For World
U.S. National Academy of Medicine, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and Chinese Academy of Sciences call for international gene-editing standards. Critics blast statement as inadequate.(Image credit: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news

Natural Disasters And The Pause Button
Scientists say too often after deadly natural disasters, like the recent wildfires in California, there is a rush to rebuild, but not always smartly. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kirk Siegler Source Type: news

After Another Deadly Disaster, A Call To Hit The Pause Button On Rebuilding
Scientists say too often after deadly natural disasters, like the recent wildfires in California, there is a rush to rebuild, but not always smartly. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kirk Siegler Source Type: news

Fentanyl Surpasses Heroin As Drug Most Often Involved In Deadly Overdoses
When fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, infiltrated the drug supply in the U.S. it had an immediate, dramatic effect on the overdose rate. (Image credit: Towfiqu Photography/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurel Wamsley Source Type: news

Arctic Report Card Documents 'Cascading Effects' Of Warming Ocean Temperatures
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Samantha Raphelson Source Type: news

What's Wrong With The Argument 'The Climate Is Always Changing'
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with climate scientist Stephanie Herring about why the argument "the climate is always changing" is problematic in explaining the temperature changes around the world today. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mayors And Governors Rebut Trump Administration Position At Climate Summit
Federal officials at the U.N. climate meeting are ignoring climate science and touting coal and fossil fuels. But local and state authorities pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on their own.(Image credit: Josh Edelson /AFP/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

VIDEO: Cosmonauts Slice Spacecraft For Clues To Cause Of Mysterious Hole
A small hole in spacecraft Soyuz MS-09 has sparked an investigation into its origin. Cosmonauts spent hours on a spacewalk to gather samples in hopes of determining its cause.(Image credit: AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew S. Schwartz Source Type: news

Advanced DNA Technology May Help To Identify Korean War Unknowns
The Pentagon is exhuming all of the more than 650 Korean War unknowns in a Honolulu military cemetery. Advances in DNA technology and other forensics make their identification highly likely. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jay Price Source Type: news

Advanced DNA Technology Make It Possible To Identify Korean War Unknowns Once Exhumed
The Pentagon is exhuming all of the more than 650 Korean War unknowns in a Honolulu military cemetery. Advances in DNA technology and other forensics make their identification highly likely. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jay Price Source Type: news

Mystery Blast Sank The USS San Diego in 1918. New Report Reveals What Happened
A team of researchers had been trying to determine whether the armored cruiser was lost to sabotage, an accident or an attack.(Image credit: Courtesy of U.S. Navy) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ian Stewart Source Type: news

Miracle On Your Street: How The Post Office Handles Holidays
Is the USPS headed for a revamp?(Image credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.N. Climate Change Summit Enters Crucial Final Week
World leaders are gathered in Poland this week to discuss climate change. The U.S. hosted a meeting on coal, a highly polluting fuel, that many developing nations depend on. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

How I Made It: The Professor From the Pueblo, Rodrigo Ba ñuelos
Latino USA catches up with Rodrigo Bañuelos at the Latinx in the Mathematical Sciences Conference at UCLA's Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Voyager 2 Bids Adieu To The Heliosphere, Entering Interstellar Space
The milestone makes the 41-year-old NASA probe just the second human-made object, after Voyager 1, to reach such distant regions. Now, Voyager 2 is over 11 billion miles from the sun — and counting.(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Colin Dwyer Source Type: news

Research Gaps Leave Doctors Guessing About Treatments For Pregnant Women
To protect a developing fetus from experimental drugs or treatments that might cause birth defects, pregnant women aren't included in many clinical trials. But that limits the safety evidence, too.(Image credit: Maria Fabrizio for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alison Kodjak Source Type: news

Dueling U.S. Agendas As U.N. Climate Change Summit Enters Crucial Final Week
The U.S. hosted an event on coal and refused to endorse the findings of a dire climate science report. And yet, in official negotiations, the U.S. is working out how to implement the Paris agreement.(Image credit: Frank Jordans/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

'We're Fighting For Our Lives': Patients Protest Sky-High Insulin Prices
The price of insulin keeps going up. For people with Type 1 diabetes, high prices can be a life and death issue. Now a grassroots movement is pushing for change.(Image credit: Maddie McGarvey for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bram Sable-Smith Source Type: news

'We're Fighting For Our Lives' — Patients Protest Sky-High Insulin Prices
The price of insulin keeps going up. For people with Type 1 diabetes, high prices can be a life and death issue. Now a grassroots movement is pushing for change.(Image credit: Maddie McGarvey for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bram Sable-Smith Source Type: news

How One Company Pulls Carbon From The Air, Aiming To Avert A Climate Catastrophe
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeff Brady Source Type: news

How 1 Company Pulls Carbon From The Air, Aiming To Avert A Climate Catastrophe
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeff Brady Source Type: news

Why Cancer Treatment Can Differ For Those Who Aren't Married
New research shows that cancer patients who are single receive less aggressive treatment than those who are married. NPR's Michel Martin talks with researcher Joan DelFattore about her findings. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wildfires, Hurricanes: How Climate Change Is Affecting Natural Disasters
The effects of climate change are already being felt as natural disasters get more severe and frequent. Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Harvard faculty member Jesse Keenan about climate migration. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lulu Garcia-Navarro Source Type: news