Nicholas St. Fleur

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Heads Still Dry, Scientists Try New Approach With ALS

Thursday, August 14, 2014

While your Facebook friends douse themselves with buckets of ice-cold water to raise money to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an international team of scientists said they'd taken a small step toward drowning out the deadly disease.

Researchers from the Scripps Research Institute and the Mayo Clinic developed a new drug ...


Many Women Leave Engineering, Blame The Work Culture

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

From the aerospace sector to Silicon Valley, engineering has a retention problem: Close to 40 percent of women with engineering degrees either leave the profession or never enter the field.

Conventional wisdom says that women in engineering face obstacles such as the glass ceiling, a lack of self-confidence and a ...


Playing Video Games Can Help Or Hurt, Depending On Whom You Ask

Friday, August 08, 2014

Parents worry that video games are bad for kids, but the evidence on how and why they may be harmful has been confusing.

"Most of popular media puts the most emphasis of concern on aggression," says psychologist Jay Hull from Dartmouth College. "But aggression is just the tip of ...


Problem Drinking In Midlife Linked To Memory Trouble Later

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

To ward off big memory problems in your 70s and beyond you may want to cork the bottle more often now.

In a study of 6,500 people published this week, adults with a midlife history of drinking problems were more than twice as likely as those without alcohol problems ...


Sierra Leone Doctor Who Led The Fight Against Ebola Dies

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

For the past several months, Dr. Sheik Umar Khan had been one of the top doctors battling the deadliest and largest Ebola outbreak in history.

Khan had treated over a 100 Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and was hailed by the government as a "national hero."

Then last week Khan ...


U.S. Teens Still Lag In Getting Vaccinated Against HPV

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Though the vaccine against human papilloma virus is highly effective in preventing certain forms of cancer, the number of preteens getting the vaccine is still dismally low, doctors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.

"One of the top five reasons parents listed is that it hadn't ...


Don't Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hate to burst your bubble, glass lab gear. But plastic bubble wrap also works pretty well at running science experiments.

Scientists at Harvard University have figured out a way to use these petite pouches as an inexpensive alternate to glass test tubes and culture dishes. They even ran glucose tests ...


In The World Of Global Gestures, The Fist Bump Stands Alone

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Back in the 2008 presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama launched a media storm when he nonchalantly fist bumped his wife Michelle. "Obama's Fist-bump Rocks The Nation!: The Huffington Post exclaimed. "Is the fist bump the new high-five?" NPR's Laura Silverman asked.

Obama has done it again.

Earlier this ...


From Twitter: The News Unfolds Of The AIDS Figures On Flight MH17

Friday, July 18, 2014

The AIDS world is reeling. Researchers, activists and officials were aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, which was shot out of the sky on Thursday; they were headed to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne.

The nearly 300 passengers on the plane were all killed. Twitter users were among the first ...


What's Going On In There? How Babies' Brains Practice Speech

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A baby's first words may seem spur of the moment, but really, the little ones have practiced their "Mamas" and "Dadas" for months in their minds.

Using what looks like a hair dryer from Mars, researchers from the University of Washington have taken the most precise peeks yet into the ...


Captain Ahab's Revenge: Brewing Beer From An Ancient Whale Bone

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What happens when an amateur paleontologist with a love for beer teams up with a microbiologist? Bone beer, or beer made from yeast scraped from a 35-million-year-old whale fossil, to be precise.

The new brew, dubbed Bone Dusters Paleo Ale, is a concoction created by amateur fossil hunter Jason ...


People Asked A Stress Psychologist Just About Everything On Reddit

Saturday, July 12, 2014

We've been asking Americans about stress in their lives.

On Friday, the tables were turned when Dr. Lynn Bufka, a licensed psychologist with expertise in treating anxiety, stress and related problems, came to NPR to take questions on Reddit about coping with stress.

Bufka, who works at the American Psychology ...


Do The World Cup's Fluttering Kicks Put Fans' Hearts At Risk?

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Brazil's cataclysmic World Cup loss to Germany broke the heart of a nation.

But for some fans, the emotional anguish may have felt all too real – resulting in heart attacks that not even the U.S.'s star goalie Tim Howard could stop.

A 2008 analysis published in the New ...


'Frobot' Creator: Taking Frozen Yogurt Where It's Never Been Before

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

There has been a lot of talk of disrupting the food system lately. Bill Gates, among others, has said the way we produce meat is hugely inefficient — and is crying for Silicon Valley-style disruption. That's why he's investing in chicken-less eggs.

But frozen yogurt?

You can already walk ...


Did Neanderthals Eat Plants? The Proof May Be In The Poop

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Neanderthals clubbed their way to the top of an ancient food chain, slaying caribou and mammoths. But a peek inside their prehistoric poop reveals that the meat-loving early humans may have also enjoyed some salad on the side.

Researchers excavating a site in southern Spain where Neanderthals lived 50,000 years ...


Parents Get Some Help In Teaching Their Teens To Drive

Monday, June 23, 2014

A web-based program that puts Mom and Dad back in the learner's seat appears to improve their teenagers' driving performance, while getting them more time on the road.


In Trial, Movement To Ordain Mormon Women Approaches Defining Moment

Monday, June 23, 2014

Activists are now asking Mormon church leaders to reconsider a policy that allows only men to be ordained. One Mormon woman has just been expelled from the church for her activism.


Former Foster Care Youth Get Help Paying For Health Care

Friday, June 20, 2014

When Joseph Hill turned 21, he went from being homeless to being homeless and uninsured.

Hill grew up in foster care. He entered the system when he was 3 months old, and lived in 10 different foster homes in San Diego. At 19, he aged out of foster care and ...