Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 3:22 pm
It's one of the worst fears we have for our parents or for ourselves: that we, or they, will end up in a nursing home, drugged into a stupor. And that fear is not entirely unreasonable. Almost 300,000 nursing home residents are currently receiving antipsychotic drugs, usually to suppress the anxiety or aggression that can go with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia.
Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 4:50 pm
The photo above isn't from the archives. It was taken this week in Oklahoma City, where the price of regular gas has fallen under $2 a gallon. The last time that happened anywhere in the U.S. was in July 2010.
The OnCue filling station is the first in the country to drop its price below the $2/gallon threshold.
Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 5:18 am
Remember when Cheerios and Grape-Nuts went GMO-free? That was about a year ago, when their corporate creators announced that these products would no longer contain ingredients made from genetically modified organisms like common types of corn, soybeans or sugar beets.
Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 2:01 pm
While many know gin for its light, bright and dry characteristics â€” citrusy, herbal flavors that go so well with tonic water â€” another gin sits at the opposite end of the spectrum. Malty, lightly tannic, and with the subtle sweetness and spice of a young whiskey, dark, barrel-aged gin is pushing the frontiers of this spirit forward.
Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 3:27 pm
Meet Vikram. He's that cute baby in the picture above. Now, take a closer look at his neckwear.
It's traditional for newborns in northern India to wear a black thread necklace as a symbol of good health and good fortune, but Vikram's got a high-tech version. The round pendant on the string is a wearable device called Khushi Baby that carries his vaccination history inside a computerized chip about the size of a dime.
The Nobel Prize medal that James Watson won for helping explain how DNA is structured has a new owner, as the 1962 gold medal was bought for more than $4.75 million at auction Thursday. Watson has said he'll donate much of the money to educational institutions.
The identity of the winning bidder, who participated by phone, has not been revealed.
NASA scrubbed todayâ€™s planned launch of its Orion space capsule. Despite the delay, the City Decatur will be closely watching the test launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. APR student reporter Josh Hoppenstein has more on north Alabamaâ€™s role in the blastoffâ€¦
Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 10:10 pm
This year is on track to become the warmest on record, with average global temperatures 1.03 degrees Fahrenheit above the 1961-1990 average, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization. That would make 2014 the 38th consecutive year with above normal temperatures.
Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 1:38 pm
Update at 9:35 a.m. ET
NASA's Orion spacecraft, which could one day send astronauts to Mars, is stuck on terra firma for at least another day after the space agency's mission control was unable to satisfactorily resolve a number of issues before a 9:45 a.m. ET launch window closed.