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Scientists now control how bacteria make electricity

A bacterium first isolated in New York state’s Lake Oneida almost 30 years ago has an innate ability to generate electricity. And the little …

Santa Barbara

Why Won't Sanders, Clinton, Trump and Cruz Discuss Transhumanist Science Issues?

<i>Image by DonkeyHotey</i><p>Have you heard much science-talk in the presidential debates? Or on the campaign trail? Or maybe in interviews by the leading candidates? Me neither. Yet, nothing is going to change our lives more in the next 10 years than the radical science and technology starting to engulf us.<p>…

Sign of the times: Pediatricians urged to ask all kids if they have enough food

For the first time ever, the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that its members begin screening their patients -- all their patients -- for food insecurity.<p>"It is important that everyone knows how to screen so that at every available opportunity they can do it," said Dr. Sarah Jane …

Agriculture

New EPA Guidelines Limit Methane Release From Drilling

The rules are mostly voluntary, which disappoints environmental groups, but they should ratchet down the amount of leaked methane from new or modified oil and gas operations, which contributes to climate change.<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>The Obama administration today announced plans to make oil …

A Bed Of Mouse Cells Helps Human Cells Thrive In The Lab

A drug that is used worldwide to treat malaria is now being tested as a treatment for cervical cancer. This surprising idea is the result of a new laboratory technique that could have far-reaching uses.<p>Our story starts with Dr. Richard Schlegel at Georgetown University Medical Center. He's best …

Cancer

Found! Oldest Known Alien Planet That Might Support Life

Astronomers have discovered what appears to be the oldest known alien world that could be capable of supporting life, and it's just a stone's throw away from Earth.<p>The newfound exoplanet candidate Kapteyn b, which lies a mere 13 light-years away, is about 11.5 billion years old, scientists say. …

Universe

Embryonic cloning shows promise for treating diabetes

Researchers said they created an embryonic clone of a 32-year-old woman with diabetes, extracted healthy stem cells from the clone, and then changed those cells into fresh ones that produce insulin.<p>The long-term hope would be to transplant new insulin-producing cells back into a patient and treat …

Scientists Discover How to Generate Solar Power in the Dark

Meet 'photoswitches,' a breakthrough set of materials that act as their own batteries, absorbing energy and releasing it on demand.<p>The next big thing in solar energy could be microscopic.<p>Scientists at MIT and Harvard University have devised a way to store solar energy in molecules that can then be …

Ebola Drug Could Be Ready For Human Testing Next Year

Scientists hunting treatments for Ebola and related diseases are trying several approaches. So far, the following have only been tested against the virus in animals:<p><b>Small Molecules:</b> These are drugs that can be put into a pill. BCX4430 is from a class of drugs called nucleoside analogues. These …

Climate Change Adjustments Must Be Fast And Major, U.N. Panel Says

A new report from the United Nations' panel on climate change says major action is needed, and fast, if policymakers want to limit global warming to acceptable levels.<p>There's an international target to control climate change: keeping the global temperature rise to just 2 degrees Celsius above …

Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors

There are lots of theories about why food allergies, asthma, celiac disease and intestinal disorders like Crohn's disease have been on the rise. Dr. Martin Blaser speculates that it may be connected to the overuse of antibiotics, which has resulted in killing off strains of bacteria that typically …

Gene Linked To Alzheimer's Poses A Special Threat To Women

A gene associated with Alzheimer's disease appears especially dangerous to women and may be one reason that more women than men are diagnosed with the disease.<p>The gene, known as APOE4, increases the risk of developing Alzheimer's in both sexes. But a study published Monday in the <i>Annals of Neurology</i> …

Lab-grown vaginas have been successfully implanted in four women

Scientists announced today that four women received lab-grown vaginas between 2005 and 2008 — and, according to their doctors, all of the patients are doing quite well.<p>The women were born with either an underdeveloped or absent vagina<p>The women, who were between 13 and 18 at the time of the surgery, …

Company Plans To Make Paper Towels And Diapers Out Of Jellyfish

Gird thy loins with jellyfish, child.<p>In many places, like beaches in Israel, there are too many jellyfish, nourished by rising ocean temperatures and acidity. Besides stinging swimmers in that country and worldwide, they can cause other thorny problems, like recently clogging the intake pipes of a …

The Forgotten Childhood: Why Early Memories Fade

Francis Csedrik, who is 8 and lives in Washington, D.C., remembers a lot of events from when he was 4 or just a bit younger. There was the time he fell "headfirst on a marble floor" and got a concussion, the day someone stole the family car ("my dad had to chase it down the block"), or the morning …

Even A Very Weak Signal From The Brain Might Help Paraplegics

A report that four young men who are paralyzed below the waist were able to move toes, ankles or knees when their lower spine was electrically stimulated was hailed as a breakthrough.<p>But it's hard not to be skeptical about anything labeled a medical breakthrough these days, and that's especially …

Gut-Eating Amoeba Caught On Film

Most of us have heard of the brain-eating amoeba. You know, the little guy that crops up in neti pots and backyard swimming holes every now and then.<p>Now let me introduce you to its cousin: the gut-eating amoeba.<p>This nasty critter can wreak havoc in your intestinal tract and cause a dreadful case of …

Methane-Producing Microbes Caused 'The Great Dying'

The world's biggest extinction some 250 million years ago wiped out 90 percent of all living things. What caused it has puzzled scientists, and now they think microbes may have done it.<p>Transcript<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:<p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST:<p>And I'm …

Map Of The Developing Human Brain Shows Where Problems Begin

A high-resolution map of the human brain in utero is providing hints about the origins of brain disorders including schizophrenia and autism.<p>The map shows where genes are turned on and off throughout the entire brain at about the midpoint of pregnancy, a time when critical structures are taking …

Why Anthropologists Join An Ebola Outbreak Team

When disease strikes in the developing world, like the current Ebola outbreak in Guinea, doctors, nurses and epidemiologists from international organizations fly in to help.<p>So do anthropologists.<p>Understanding local customs — and fears — can go a long way in getting communities to cooperate with …

Simple Blood Test To Spot Early Lung Cancer Getting Closer

One of these days, there could well be a simple blood test that can help diagnose and track cancers. We aren't there yet, but a burst of research in this area shows we are getting a lot closer.<p>In the latest of these studies, scientists have used blood samples to identify people with lung cancer.<p>At …

Scientists Say A Lake Superior Lurks On Saturn's Moon Enceladus

Water, water, everywhere ...<p>After finding tantalizing clues that liquid water once flowed on Mars (and may still exist under the surface), of water ice on the moon and an ocean under thick ice on Jupiter's moon Europa, scientists have confirmed the existence of liquid on yet another moon, Saturn's …

Feds Hope $5 Billion Settlement A Lesson For Polluters

This week, the federal government announced a record-breaking $5 billion settlement in a remarkable environmental case. The toxic legacy of the company involved, Kerr-McGee, stretches back 85 years and includes scores of sites across the country.<p>Kerr-McGee ran uranium mines in the Navajo Nation, …

The Future Of Clean, Green Fish Farming Could Be Indoor Factories

Why hasn't fish farming taken off in the U.S.?<p>It's certainly not for lack of demand for the fish. Slowly but surely, seafood that's grown in aquaculture is taking over the seafood section at your supermarket, and the vast majority is imported.<p>The shrimp and tilapia typically come from warm-water …

Oil, Gas Drilling Seems To Make The Earth Slip And Go Boom

There's been a surge in earthquakes in the U.S. over the last few years. In Texas, there are 10 times the number of earthquakes now than just a few years ago.<p>Scientists say it's likely linked to the boom in oil and gas activity, meaning that people who never felt the ground shake are starting …