NPR | Aug. 27, 2015
There's a new contender in the century-old quest for perfect, guiltless sweetness: allulose. It's sugar — but in a form that our bodies don't convert into calories. Perfect? Not quite.
OPB | Aug. 27, 2015
Oregon will likely see a lot more advisories for beach bacteria in the future. But it’s not because the state is finding more bacteria, it’s because it’s lowering the bar for issuing an advisory.
NPR | Aug. 27, 2015
For some insects, sound waves or vibrations are the real social media — high-speed rumbles sent through the air and along leaf stems to help the bugs claim territory, send warnings and find mates.
Given two choices of attractive mates, female frogs pick the top vocalist. But add a third, inferior male to the mix, and females go for No. 2. The "decoy effect" shapes some human choices, too.
Entertainment | Food | Arts | ScienceNPR | Aug. 27, 2015 7:55 a.m.
Some scientists carry on the tradition of eating the animals or plants they study: leeches, tadpoles, 30,000-year-old bison. Darwin did it first, but why do it at all? Call it all-consuming curiosity.
U.S. drug officials have traced a sharp spike in the already climbing death toll from heroin overdoses to an additive — acetyl fentanyl. The fentanyl is being cooked up in clandestine labs in Mexico.
More than 70 percent of New Orleans residents say some progress has been made in the availability of medical services since the storm. Still, most say care for the poor continues to lag.
World | Environment | Science | Nation | EnergyNPR | Aug. 25, 2015 6:49 p.m.
Researchers have been using muons to take a peek inside the nuclear reactors in Japan that melted down in 2011. The results could aid the continuing cleanup operations.
Technology | Energy | Science | BusinessNPR | Aug. 25, 2015 5:08 p.m.
The PowerCard, a small card with an imbedded thermoelectric, is like a mini solar cell. But, instead of converting sunlight into energy, it converts wasted heat from things such as coal stacks.
Science | Technology | Health | NationNPR | Aug. 25, 2015 2:23 p.m.
Former spouses who disagree over whether their embryos can be destroyed have taken their case to court. In the process, one thing has become clear: how far the law lags behind reproductive technology.
A lack of sleep can increase the risk of traffic accidents, heart attacks, diabetes and maybe even Alzheimer's disease, research suggests. Yet most people with sleep disorders don't get treatment.