Richard Harris

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First Embryonic Stem Cells Cloned From A Man's Skin

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Scientists based their technique on the one used to create the sheep Dolly years ago. These cells might one day be useful in treating all sorts of diseases.


Ebola Drug Could Be Ready For Human Testing Next Year

Friday, April 11, 2014

There's no treatment yet for the deadly viral disease, but several approaches are in the works. At least one experimental drug seems effective in monkeys. Next step: safety tests in people.


How Mouse Studies Lead Medical Research Down Dead Ends

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

New drugs are usually tested in animals before they're tested in humans. But many of those studies aren't done carefully enough, analysts say. So time and money is wasted, and treatments are delayed.


Simple Blood Test To Spot Early Lung Cancer Getting Closer

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Several scientific teams are developing sensitive tests for tumor DNA that, when perfected, could be used to diagnose cancer earlier, and more closely monitor the response to treatment.


Custom Chromo: First Yeast Chromosome Built From Scratch

Thursday, March 27, 2014

It's not about making designer beer. Johns Hopkins scientists and undergrads stitched together strands of yeast DNA as a step in exploring the essential genetics of various species: What makes us us?


Fewer People Are Getting Infections In Hospitals, But Many Still Die

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

More than 70,000 deaths a year are caused by hospital-acquired infections, a CDC survey of U.S. hospitals finds. The numbers are improving, doctors say, but not fast enough.


Never Mind Eyesight, Your Nose Knows Much More

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The human nose may be able to distinguish more than a trillion different odors and fragrances, research hints. If true, our noses are much more discerning with smells than our eyes are with color.


Flu Drugs Saved Lives During 2009 Pandemic

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A look back confirms that adults treated with Tamiflu, Relenza or a related drug were half as likely to die in the hospital as those who caught the pandemic flu strain and weren't treated.


Google's Flu Tracker Suffers From Sniffles

Thursday, March 13, 2014

It sounds like a good idea: anticipating flu's spread by monitoring a region's online searches. But sometimes a sneeze is just a cold.


Ready — Or Not. Abrupt Climate Changes Worry Scientists Most

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

To forecast sudden global catastrophe — and, perhaps, head it off — we should be spying on the climate at least as closely as we spy on each other, an expert panel warns. Yet the primary global monitoring network has been cut by 30 percent.


Tech Leaders, Economists Split Over Clean Energy's Prospects

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Renewable energy has become a $220 billion a year industry. But to significantly slow climate change, the power of wind, solar and other renewable sources must vastly expand. Some say the tech breakthroughs needed are on the horizon, though a top economist sees a tougher road ahead.


Why Typhoon Haiyan Caused So Much Damage

Monday, November 11, 2013

Scientists say Typhoon Haiyan is one of the strongest ever recorded, though limited measurements may prevent them from declaring it as the record holder. Still, the storm was devastating: "We had a triple whammy of surge, very high winds and strong rainfall," says one climate scientist.


For A New Kind Of Commute, Some Eye The Sky

Thursday, October 31, 2013

If you commute to work, chances are you travel on roads or rails. A designer in Austin, Texas, wonders, "Why not up in the air?" In a nod to orangutans at the National Zoo who get around on wires 50 feet above the ground, designers see the potential for aerial mass transit.


Delegates To Debate Watered-Down Plan For Antarctic Marine Preserve

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Diplomats are again meeting to consider setting aside a protected zone in the pristine waters around Antarctica, though their previous negotiations ended in failure. A scaled-back plan on the table this week would still create the largest marine preserve in the world.


Fuel Efficiency Standards Live On After 1973 Oil Embargo

Thursday, October 17, 2013

This is the 40th anniversary of the Arab Oil Embargo, which triggered a seven-year energy crisis. The results of the energy crisis are still with us — both in the political fault-lines in Washington and in the cars that are on our roads.


See Ya, Voyager: Probe Has Finally Entered Interstellar Space

Thursday, September 12, 2013

"This is the real deal. Voyager 1 has finally reached interstellar space; the first time a spacecraft has been in the space between the stars," says one project scientist. Launched in 1977, the probe has been surveying the solar system.


Industrial Soot May Have Melted Europe's Glaciers

Saturday, September 07, 2013

About 160 years ago, Europe's glaciers began melting, centuries before the temperatures started rising. Now NASA scientists offer a possible explanation for this apparent paradox: Soot from the Industrial Revolution could have heated up the ice. (This piece initially aired Sept. 3 on Morning Edition.)


Scientists Look Into Reasons For 2012's Dramatic Weather

Friday, September 06, 2013

Scientists looking back on last year's extreme weather events conclude that human-induced climate change didn't cause any of the events, but appears to have made some of them worse. The results are published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.


Pollution, Not Rising Temperatures, May Have Melted Alpine Glaciers

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

About 160 years ago, before Europe began warming up, glaciers in the Alps started rapidly retreating. Now NASA scientists offer a possible explanation for this apparent paradox: Soot from the Industrial Revolution could have heated up the ice.


Another 'Grand Canyon' Discovered Beneath Greenland's Ice

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Greenland is covered in an ice layer that's up to 2 miles thick. But below the ice, there's a vast terrain of bedrock. Now scientists have found a mega-canyon there, twice the size of the one in Arizona. The hidden canyon is drawing oohs and aahs from scientists around the world.