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When A Tattoo Means Life Or Death. Literally
A gravely ill man arrives at the hospital, alone and unconscious, with a tattoo across his chest: "Do Not Resuscitate." It sparks deep conversation about end-of-life care in America.
01/21/2018 10:00 AM
Saunas Are A Hot Trend, And They Might Even Help Your Health
Sweating in a sauna feels good, and it's associated with health benefits including a lower risk of heart disease. But is that because of the heat, or because you're able to kick back and relax?
01/20/2018 10:30 AM
U.S. Set To Decide In Trade Dispute Threatening Booming Solar Industry
President Trump is facing a Jan. 26 deadline to decide whether to impose tariffs on solar imports. While tariffs could help level the playing field for U.S. manfacturers, they could also raise prices.
01/19/2018 08:17 PM
Iowa Boys Charged In Connection With Deaths Of Half A Million Honeybees
The unidentified boys, ages 12 and 13, are accused of ransacking a Sioux City honey farm, knocking over hives and exposing the bees to frigid winter temperatures.
01/19/2018 07:55 AM
Scientists Peek Inside The 'Black Box' Of Soil Microbes To Learn Their Secrets
Microorganisms play a vital role in growing food and sustaining the planet, but they do it anonymously. Scientists haven't identified most soil microbes, but they are learning which are most common.
01/18/2018 10:51 PM
Moscow Sees Only 6 Minutes Of Sunlight During All Of December
The city experienced the darkest month in its recorded history in December. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with reporter Charles Maynes, who lived through those nearly sunless weeks.
01/18/2018 09:16 PM
Scientists Edge Closer To A Blood Test To Detect Cancers
This blood test detected signs of cancer in 70 percent of people with eight common forms of the disease. But it was much less good at identifying cancer in people in the early stages.
01/18/2018 07:28 PM
That Smells Like ... Um, I Can't Think Of A Word For It!
A new study looks at the way we identify smells. English speakers kind of stink at it. But that's not the case in every language.
01/18/2018 07:25 PM
Sugar And Sleep: More Rest May Dull Your Sweet Tooth
When study participants who routinely got less than seven hours of sleep were coached to extend their sleep time, they also changed their diets, without being asked — taking in less sugar each day.
01/18/2018 05:44 PM
2017 Among Warmest Years On Record
The planet's global surface temperature last year was the second warmest since 1880, NASA says. Scientists say the five warmest years on record have been since 2010.
01/18/2018 04:00 PM
Repeated Head Hits, Not Just Concussions, May Lead To A Type Of Chronic Brain Damage
Scientists believe they have solid evidence that repeated direct hits to the head can cause the degenerative brain disease seen in some athletes, even if there are no signs of concussion.
01/18/2018 03:01 PM
Cat Lovers, Is Your Cat Right- Or Left-Pawed?
Do you know which paw your cat uses first when coming down the stairs? Anthropologist and cat lover Barbara J. King discusses with researchers why a new finding of paw preference matters for our pets.
01/18/2018 02:58 PM
Photographer Says He Lost His Job After Leaking Pictures Of Rick Perry And Coal CEO
Former Department of Energy photographer Simon Edelman is filing a federal whistleblower suit after he leaked the photos of a private meeting between the energy secretary and Robert Murray.
01/18/2018 07:44 AM
Pioneering HIV Researcher Mathilde Krim Remembered For Her Activism
Mathilde Krim, who died this week, was a vocal pioneer in HIV treatment and research at a time when discrimination against people with AIDS in the U.S. was rampant, even in medical care.
01/18/2018 12:26 AM
U.K. Lawmakers Want To Battle Waste With A 'Latte Levy' On Disposable Cups
The British Parliament is considering a 34-cent tax on to-go cups to encourage diners to bring their own reusable containers. The goal is to replicate the success of Britain's tax on plastic bags.
01/17/2018 10:16 PM