Flora and Fauna | Health | Nation | ScienceNPR | Feb. 10, 2016 6:38 p.m.
Though Zika was discovered in 1947, few scientists since had studied the virus. Now, while some check its genes, others turn to placental cells for clues to any link between Zika and birth defects.
Women report more bad side effects from medicines than men do. Researchers say the discrepancy may stem in part from how biomedical research is conducted at its earliest stages in animals.
In 1951, members of the scientific Explorers Club thought they'd dined on prehistoric meat dug out of the Alaskan tundra. The meal became legend. Now two Yale students have unraveled the deception.
Flora and Fauna | Environment | Nation | Science | HealthNPR | Feb. 5, 2016 9:33 a.m.
It's only a matter of time, Gov. Rick Scott figures, before the Zika virus shows up in Florida mosquitoes. He's called for increased spraying and other moves to keep Zika and other diseases in check.
Flora and Fauna | Health | Nation | ScienceNPR | Feb. 3, 2016 5 p.m.
So-called senescence cells no longer divide, but they secrete a mixture of chemicals that can trigger inflammation, which is involved in many age-related disorders. What if the cells were removed?
The agreement reached between aboriginal groups known as First Nations, environmental groups and logging companies designates 85 percent of the forest land as permanently protected from logging.
Flora and Fauna | Health | Nation | ScienceNPR | Feb. 1, 2016 4:14 p.m.
One strain of dog flu causing outbreaks in the U.S. appears to be especially contagious, making it likely more dogs than usual will get sick, veterinarians say. Still, 90 percent of cases are mild.
Flora and Fauna | Health | Nation | ScienceNPR | Jan. 29, 2016 9:26 a.m.
The spread of Zika is probably limited by window screens and other mosquito-control measures in common use in the U.S. Also, the mosquito that carries Zika has a somewhat limited range in the country.
When the gloomy octopus of Australia turns dark and towers threateningly over his neighbor, he's likely signaling aggression, scientists now say. Neighbors get the message — they turn pale and flee.