Category Archives: NPR


Aug

18

2017
Be Smart: A Partial Eclipse Can Fry Your Naked Eyes

Be Smart: A Partial Eclipse Can Fry Your Naked Eyes

Enlarge this image Left: A partial solar eclipse, as viewed from the Cotswolds, United Kingdom, March 2015. Right: A total solar eclipse, as viewed from Longyearbyen, Norway, March 2015. Tim Graham/Getty Images/Haakon Mosvold Larsen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Tim Graham/Getty Images/Haakon Mosvold Larsen/AFP/Getty Images The day of the long-awaited coast-to-coast solar eclipse has all but arrived — and if history is any guide, it’s…

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Aug

18

2017
A First Look: Inside The Lab Where Scientists Are Editing DNA In Human Embryos

A First Look: Inside The Lab Where Scientists Are Editing DNA In Human Embryos

Enlarge this image This sequence of images shows the development of embryos formed after eggs were injected with both CRISPR, a gene-editing tool, and sperm from a donor with a genetic mutation known to cause cardiomyopathy. OHSU hide caption toggle caption OHSU From the thirteenth floor of a glass tower at the Oregon Health & Science University, you get a panoramic view of downtown Portland…

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Aug

16

2017
Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection

Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection

Enlarge this image Matt Twombly for NPR If you’re in desperate need for some good news, look no further. Scientists in the U.S. and India have found an inexpensive treatment that could possibly save hundreds of thousands of newborns each year. And it turns out, the secret weapon was sitting in Asian kitchens all along: probiotic bacteria that are common in kimchi, pickles and other…

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Aug

14

2017
Poet Imagines Life Inside A 1910 Institution That Eugenics Built

Poet Imagines Life Inside A 1910 Institution That Eugenics Built

Enlarge this image In her book The Virginia State Colony For Epileptics And Feebleminded, poet Molly McCully Brown explores themes of disability, eugenics and faith. Kristin Teston/Persea hide caption toggle caption Kristin Teston/Persea Growing up in southwestern Virginia in recent decades, poet Molly McCully Brown often passed by a state institution in Amherst County that was once known as the “Virginia State Colony for Epileptics…

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Aug

11

2017
Linda Cliatt-Wayman: What Can We Do To Empower Students Living In Poverty?

Linda Cliatt-Wayman: What Can We Do To Empower Students Living In Poverty?

[embedded content] Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Rethinking School. About Linda Cliatt-Wayman’s TED Talk As principal of a low-performing high school, Linda Cliatt-Wayman’s students faced huge challenges. She describes how she transformed her school while providing unwavering love and support for her students. About Linda Cliatt-Wayman Linda Cliatt-Wayman spent 20 years as a special education teacher, and served as principal to three…

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Aug

09

2017
‘Pay For Success’ Approach Used To Fund A Program That Supports New Moms

‘Pay For Success’ Approach Used To Fund A Program That Supports New Moms

Enlarge this image Deona Scott and her son Phoenix at her graduation from Charleston Southern University in South Carolina in 2015. Scott now works full time for Nurse-Family Partnership, a program she credits with helping to prepare her to be a good mother. Courtesy of Deona Scott hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Deona Scott Deona Scott was 24 and in her final semester at…

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Aug

07

2017
How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy

How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy

Enlarge this image Author Jean Twenge says smartphones have brought about dramatic shifts in behavior among the generation of children who grew up with the devices. Image Source/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Image Source/Getty Images For the first time, a generation of children is going through adolescence with smartphones ever present. Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, has a…

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Aug

02

2017
One Million Malnourished Children At Risk Of Cholera In Yemen

One Million Malnourished Children At Risk Of Cholera In Yemen

Enlarge this image A girl is treated for a suspected cholera infection last month at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. Hani Mohammed/AP hide caption toggle caption Hani Mohammed/AP More than a million malnourished children are living in areas of Yemen hit hardest by a cholera outbreak, according to a new analysis by Save the Children. The report notes, “Malnourished children have substantially reduced immune systems…

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Aug

02

2017
Scientists Precisely Edit DNA In Human Embryos To Fix A Disease Gene

Scientists Precisely Edit DNA In Human Embryos To Fix A Disease Gene

Enlarge this image The first sign of successful in vitro fertilization, after co-injection of a gene-correcting enzyme and sperm from a donor with a genetic mutation known to cause hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Courtesy of OHSU hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of OHSU Scientists have been tinkering with the DNA in humans and other living things for decades. But one thing has long been considered off-limits: Modifying…

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Jul

31

2017
‘Social Camouflage’ May Lead To Underdiagnosis Of Autism In Girls

‘Social Camouflage’ May Lead To Underdiagnosis Of Autism In Girls

Enlarge this image Girls are much less likely to be diagnosed with autism, but that may be because the signs of the disorder can be less obvious than in boys. And girls may be missing out on help as a result. Sara Wong for NPR hide caption toggle caption Sara Wong for NPR Many more boys are diagnosed with autism every year than girls. According…

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