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Drones Increase Heart Rates Of Wild Bears. Too Much Stress?

Scientists studying animals in their natural habitats can now just send in a drone with a camera, rather than trudging through rough terrain. But a new study finds that the drones don't go unnoticed.
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Synthetic Drugs: What's Behind The Nationwide Surge in Related Crime And Overdoses

Doctors and police warn there is nationwide surge in crime and overdoses related to synthetic cannabinoids. The illegal street drugs often make users violently psychotic. A discussion on the health risks, national trends and challenges to medical professionals and law enforcement.


Listening To Whale Migration Reveals A Sea Of Noise Pollution, Too

Christopher Clark, an engineer turned whale biologist, wired the world's oceans with hydrophones. Whales sing as they migrate, he learned. And the ship sounds clouding the ocean can deeply interfere.

Perseid Meteor Shower Excites Skywatchers

This is the best time of year to see meteors streak across the night sky. David Greene talks to Alan MacRobert, senior editor at Sky & Telescope magazine, about the annual Perseid meteor shower.

Matchmakers Are Happier Than Non-Matchmakers, Research Shows

Why do people like to play matchmaker? New research finds that matchmaking produces happiness and, the more unlikely the match, the greater the happiness for the matchmaker.

Sutures With A Soundtrack: Music Can Ease Pain, Anxiety Of Surgery

Most studies of music's ability to ease pain have been small. But an analysis pooling the best research builds a strong case, doctors say, that a dose of music reduces the need for painkilling pills.

Don't Worry, Honey, The Other Bees Have Your Back

Honeybees are major crop pollinators in the U.S., but they're in trouble. So researchers are now investigating how other bees could start picking up some of the slack.

Research Biologist Coins Term 'Kilo-Author' For Scientific Journal Articles

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Zen Faulkes of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley about the term, which describes the trend of adding more names as contributors to science journal articles.

Perseid Meteor Shower To Reach Its Peak Tonight

NPR's Melissa Block talks with Kelly Beatty, senior contributing editor for Sky & Telescope, about the annual Perseid meteor shower, which reaches its peak Wednesday night.

'Defunding' Planned Parenthood Is Easier Promised Than Done

Some Republican candidates for president claim they have defunded Planned Parenthood in their states already. But the truth, others say, depends on how you define "defund."