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Virus Profilers Race To Figure Out What Makes Zika Tick

NPR | 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.

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A Fix For Gender-Bias In Animal Research Could Help Humans

NPR | Feb. 10, 2016 3:36 p.m.

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.

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Two Grad Students Use Science To Bust The Dinner Hoax Of The Century

NPR | Feb. 5, 2016 3:08 p.m.

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.

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Florida Governor Ramps Up Mosquito Fight To Stay Ahead Of Zika

NPR | 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.

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Boosting Life Span By Clearing Out Cellular Clutter

NPR | 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?

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Landmark Deal Protects Over 9 Million Acres Of Canadian Rain Forest

NPR | Feb. 2, 2016 2:34 p.m.

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.

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Rogue Drones? Unleash The Eagles

NPR | Feb. 2, 2016 12:53 p.m.

Police in the Netherlands are helping train eagles to snatch wayward drones from the sky. Yes, there's video.

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Dog Flu Virus Spreading Across The United States

NPR | 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.

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Big Zika Virus Outbreak Unlikely In The U.S., Officials Say

NPR | 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.

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Shifting Colors Of An Octopus May Hint At A Rich, Nasty Social Life

NPR | Jan. 29, 2016 4:58 a.m.

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.