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Podcast: Is laughter unique to humans? No, other animals evolved the same play behavior. Here are some examples

Podcast: Is laughter unique to humans? No, other animals evolved the same play behavior. Here are some examples

Michael Martin, Sasha Winkler | 
[HOST MICHAEL MARTIN:] It's true, we all laugh. But is laughter, uniquely human? It turns out, not really. Plenty of ...
‘It would be huge to see my granddaughter’: In an attempt to cure blindness, scientists use CRISPR to edit DNA inside patients' bodies

‘It would be huge to see my granddaughter’: In an attempt to cure blindness, scientists use CRISPR to edit DNA inside patients’ bodies

Rob Stein | 
Carlene Knight would love to do things that most people take for granted, such as read books, drive a car, ...
What might happen if viruses jump from pet dogs to humans? That worrisome future is already here

What might happen if viruses jump from pet dogs to humans? That worrisome future is already here

Michaeleen Doucleff | 
[S]cientists are reporting that they have discovered what may be the latest coronavirus to jump from animals into people. And ...
Does more and easier to administer: What will the next generation of COVID vaccines look like?

Does more and easier to administer: What will the next generation of COVID vaccines look like?

Joe Palca | 
[R]esearchers are racing to develop the next generation of COVID-19 vaccines, utilizing a variety of innovative technologies to produce more ...
Podcast — 'We're growing food now in a way that doesn't leave room for other biodiversity':  How GMO crops are affecting the monarch butterfly and what can be done about it

Podcast — ‘We’re growing food now in a way that doesn’t leave room for other biodiversity’: How GMO crops are affecting the monarch butterfly and what can be done about it

Manoush Zomorodi, Sonia Altizer | 
Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from an interview with University of Georgia ecologist Sonia Altizer and NPR host ...
COVID and the Amish: Ohio congregants face soaring infectections and vaccination rate is only 1%. Here’s why

COVID and the Amish: Ohio congregants face soaring infectections and vaccination rate is only 1%. Here’s why

Anna Huntsman | 
Holmes County, where half of the population is Amish, has the lowest vaccination rate in Ohio, with just 10% of ...
'It's simply difficult to grow crops organically, on a large scale': Gigantic organic farm failure in South Dakota underscores challenge of scaling up production

‘It’s simply difficult to grow crops organically, on a large scale’: Gigantic organic farm failure in South Dakota underscores challenge of scaling up production

Dan Charles | 
The food company General Mills, maker of Cheerios, announced in 2018 that it would convert [Gunsmoke Farms, located northwest of Pierre, ...
Podcast: How to live in a partially COVID-vaccinated society

Podcast: How to live in a partially COVID-vaccinated society

[A]bout a quarter of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated. So until many more people get their shots, Americans remain ...
Dating apps, gay sex and drug use: Syphilis running rampant after eradication appeared on the horizon

Dating apps, gay sex and drug use: Syphilis running rampant after eradication appeared on the horizon

April Dembosky | 
In 2000, syphilis rates were so low that public health officials believed eradication was on the horizon. But the rates ...
‘You are 3 times more likely to get hit by lightning than die from a COVID vaccine’: Misinformation on shot risk dominates social media

‘You are 3 times more likely to get hit by lightning than die from a COVID vaccine’: Misinformation on shot risk dominates social media

Miles Parks | 
According to recent data from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, you're three times more likely to get struck ...
Generous apes: What explains the evolution of human kindness?

Generous apes: What explains the evolution of human kindness?

Jon Hamilton | 
With chimpanzees, the prospect of food can lead to aggression.  But bonobos take a different approach, says Suzy Kwetuenda, a ...
How women turned the tide against smallpox in the 1700s

How women turned the tide against smallpox in the 1700s

Geoff Brumfiel | 
Smallpox was far deadlier than the coronavirus the world is currently battling. Fatality rates were as high as 30%, and ...
Simulation: Here’s how herd immunity works

Simulation: Here’s how herd immunity works

Richard Harris, Thomas Wilburn | 
When you click "Run Simulation" [below], you are witnessing how a disease can spread through a population and how increased ...
GM plants with bigger roots could suck more carbon out of the atmosphere, mitigating climate change

GM plants with bigger roots could suck more carbon out of the atmosphere, mitigating climate change

Caleigh Wells | 
[S]cientists like Wolfgang Busch, Salk Institute for Biological Studies professor, are trying to harness the carbon-sucking power of plants to ...
Could vaccines accelerate the evolution of more dangerous mutant COVID variants?

Could vaccines accelerate the evolution of more dangerous mutant COVID variants?

Richard Harris | 
Some scientists have argued that it would be better to use the scarce vaccines to give first doses to as ...
Did closing schools cost lives?

Did closing schools cost lives?

Anya Kamenetz | 
Killing people? Because of several months of Zoom school? How could that be?  Well, there is a well-documented association between ...
Infographic: How dangerous COVID mutant strains develop

Infographic: How dangerous COVID mutant strains develop

Michaeleen Doucleff | 
Sometime in 2019, probably in China, SARS CoV-2 figured out a way to interact with a specific "spike" on the ...
Protection, Kansas was the first town in the nation to be fully vaccinated against polio. Now it’s an epicenter of vaccine skepticism.

Protection, Kansas was the first town in the nation to be fully vaccinated against polio. Now it’s an epicenter of vaccine skepticism.

Jim McLean | 
Sixty-four years ago, residents of this tiny town in southwestern Kansas set a public health example by making it the ...
Why are COVID cases declining dramatically in India?

Why are COVID cases declining dramatically in India?

Lauren Frayer | 
[Four months after a COVID case surge], India's coronavirus numbers have plummeted. Late last month, on Jan. 26, the country's ...
18 months later, first sickle cell patient treated with CRISPR is still pain free

18 months later, first sickle cell patient treated with CRISPR is still pain free

Rob Stein | 
[35-year-old Victoria] Gray is the first person in the United States to be successfully treated for a genetic disorder, [sickle ...
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