Health & Science http://blog.wuwm.com en The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan http://blog.wuwm.com/post/hidden-costs-fighting-polio-pakistan Pakistan is currently at the center of the global effort to eradicate polio. Although the country has reported only about a <a href="http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx">hundred</a> cases this year, that's more cases than in all other nations combined.<p>Eliminating the paralyzing disease is a major logistical operation in Pakistan. More than 200,000 vaccinators fan out across the country, several times a year, to inoculate millions of children. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:41:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 37164 at http://blog.wuwm.com The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan Court Rejects Law Threatening Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic http://blog.wuwm.com/post/court-rejects-law-threatening-mississippis-last-abortion-clinic A federal appeals court has rejected a Mississippi law that would have forced the state's only abortion clinic to close.<p>In a 2-1 <a href="http://jacksonfreepress.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/news/documents/2014/07/29/JWHO_Ruling.pdf">decision</a>, a panel of the 5th U.S. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 37160 at http://blog.wuwm.com Court Rejects Law Threatening Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp http://blog.wuwm.com/post/want-reduce-your-carbon-footprint-choose-mackerel-over-shrimp Small fatty fish like mackerel, herring, sardines and anchovies are high in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/07/14/329529110/food-mood-connection-how-you-eat-can-amp-up-or-tamp-down-stress">omega-3s</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=111509588">vitamin D</a> and low on the food chain.<p>Those shining attributes have earned them plenty of nods from doctors and environmentalists alike, as we've <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/07/14/329529110/food-mood-connection-how-you-eat-can-amp-up-or-tamp-down-stress">reported</a>. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:07:00 +0000 April Fulton 37153 at http://blog.wuwm.com Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp OkCupid Sometimes Messes A Bit With Love, In The Name Of Science http://blog.wuwm.com/post/okcupid-sometimes-messes-bit-love-name-science OkCupid, the online dating site, disclosed Monday that they sometimes manipulate their users' profiles for experiments. Christian Rudder, co-founder and president of OkCupid, tells Audie Cornish that these experiments help the site improve how it works. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=OkCupid+Sometimes+Messes+A+Bit+With+Love%2C+In+The+Name+Of+Science&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:59:00 +0000 editor 37154 at http://blog.wuwm.com American Doctor Sick With Ebola Now Fighting For His Life http://blog.wuwm.com/post/american-doctor-sick-ebola-now-fighting-his-life A doctor trained in Fort Worth, Texas, is now a victim of the Ebola outbreak he was battling.<p>Kent Brantly, 33, had been caring for Ebola patients in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, for several months when he noticed he had symptoms of the deadly virus last Wednesday.<p>He immediately put himself into an isolation ward.<p>"He is still conversing and is in isolation. But he is seriously ill with a very grave prognosis," says Dr. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:56:00 +0000 editor 37152 at http://blog.wuwm.com American Doctor Sick With Ebola Now Fighting For His Life In Treating Ebola, Doctors Have Only Containment, Not Yet A Cure http://blog.wuwm.com/post/treating-ebola-doctors-have-only-containment-not-yet-cure <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=In+Treating+Ebola%2C+Doctors+Have+Only+Containment%2C+Not+Yet+A+Cure&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDY5ODMwMDEyMjg3NjMzMTE1ZjE2MA001)"/></div><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 editor 37138 at http://blog.wuwm.com The 30-Foot High Pile Of Bones That Could Be A DNA Treasure Trove http://blog.wuwm.com/post/30-foot-high-pile-bones-could-be-dna-treasure-trove <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=The+30-Foot+High+Pile+Of+Bones+That+Could+Be+A+DNA+Treasure+Trove&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyMjA2NTMyMDEyMjUzNzM0MjA0ODc5OA004)"/></div><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 editor 37147 at http://blog.wuwm.com Welcome To The Nuclear Command Bunker http://blog.wuwm.com/post/welcome-nuclear-command-bunker The stretch of Interstate 80 between Cheyenne, Wyo., and Lincoln, Neb., is straight and flat. High plains stretch out on either side.<p>But scattered along this unremarkable road, the Air Force keeps some of its most powerful weapons — <a href="http://www.boeing.com/boeing/history/boeing/minuteman.page">Minuteman III nuclear missiles</a>.<p>Outsiders are rarely allowed to see the missiles up close. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:48:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 37135 at http://blog.wuwm.com Welcome To The Nuclear Command Bunker Widely Used Insecticides Are Leaching Into Midwest Rivers http://blog.wuwm.com/post/widely-used-insecticides-are-leaching-midwest-rivers A class of insecticides called neonicotinoids, which are used on a lot of big corn and soybean fields, has been getting a pretty bad rap lately.<p>Researchers have implicated these chemicals, which are similar to nicotine, as a contributor to the alarming decline of bee colonies. That led the European Union to place a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/29/179868454/europe-bans-pesticides-in-move-to-protect-honey-bees">moratorium</a> on their use, and environmentalists want the U.S. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:53:00 +0000 editor 37123 at http://blog.wuwm.com Widely Used Insecticides Are Leaching Into Midwest Rivers Fist Bumps Pass Along Fewer Germs Than Handshakes http://blog.wuwm.com/post/fist-bumps-pass-along-fewer-germs-handshakes A few weeks ago, we took a look at nonverbal greetings around the world. In Japan, they bow. Ethiopian men touch shoulders. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:19:00 +0000 editor 37127 at http://blog.wuwm.com Fist Bumps Pass Along Fewer Germs Than Handshakes