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Congressman Proposes A Military 'Space Corps'

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 7:06am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama about a bipartisan bill that would create a new part of the military for space operations, called Space Corps.

'Interlaced Fingers' Traces Roots Of Racial Disparity In Kidney Transplants

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 5:03pm

When Dr. Vanessa Grubbs fell in love with a man whose kidneys were failing, he'd been waiting for a transplant for years. Her book explores the ways racial inequity is embedded in the system.

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Arkansas Tries To Stop An Epidemic Of Herbicide Damage

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 5:09pm

A weedkiller called dicamba, which farmers hoped could banish herbicide-resistant weeds, has become a plague itself in Arkansas. The state's regulators just voted to ban it for 120 days.

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Mountain Lions Terrified By Voices Of Rush Limbaugh, Rachel Maddow

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:32pm

Scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz were trying to understand the nature of fear for mountain lions. By playing a series of audio clips of political talk show hosts, including Rachel Maddow and Rush Limbaugh, researchers discovered that mountain lions fear people.

Invasive Carp Caught 9 Miles From Great Lakes, In 'Cause For Serious Concern'

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 1:13pm

A commercial fisher captured the silver carp beyond the barriers built to keep the invasive species out of the Great Lakes. The incident is raising alarms from local lawmakers.

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Could The Best Memory System Be One That Forgets?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:46am

Forget thinking about forgetting as failure. Researchers now say that ridding our brains of irrelevant details and outdated information helps us better navigate our ever-changing world.

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Carrie Poppy: Can Science Reveal The Truth Behind Ghost Stories?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:23am

After visiting a bookstore, Carrie Poppy started feeling odd: pressure on her chest and auditory hallucinations. She thought it was a spirit – until she found another explanation for her symptoms.

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When You Talk In Your Sleep, Are You Talking To Your Secret Self?

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:27pm

After hearing recordings of herself giggling and cheerfully talking in her sleep, Tanya Marquardt, who always thought of herself as tough and brooding, begins to connect with her other self.

'From The Ashes' Documents Rise And Fall Of Coal In America

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:31pm

After President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged to lead a group of mayors, governors and CEOs in cutting emissions according to the Paris framework. And now Bloomberg also has a film out documenting coal's rise and fall in America, From the Ashes.

Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Removed From Endangered Species List

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:31pm

The Interior Department has announced that it will end federal protections for the Yellowstone grizzly bear.

How Do Eggs Get Their Shapes? Scientists Think They've Cracked It

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 1:15pm

Eggs evolved over 300 million years ago and now come in all kinds of shapes, from Tic Tacs to teardrops to pingpong balls. After studying some 50,000 eggs, a team of researchers thinks it knows why.

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Moth Eyes Inspire Glare-Resistant Coating For Cellphone Screens

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:11am

The scientists who developed the anti-reflective film were inspired by tiny, light-trapping structures on moth eyes that help the insects avoid predators.

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Forget Freud: Dreams Replay Our Everyday Lives

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:05am

Sigmund Freud thought dreams were all about wish fulfillment and repressed desire. But scientists now think they're linked to memory processing and consciousness. And they're often quite mundane.

(Image credit: Jennifer Qian for NPR)

Republicans' Proposed Medicaid Cuts Would Hit Rural Patients Hard

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:00am

Hundreds of rural hospitals are on the brink of closing. The House Republican health plan drastically reduces one of their key sources of funding and the Senate bill is expected to do the same.

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Survivors Of Childhood Diseases Struggle To Find Care As Adults

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:00am

A few decades ago, babies born with conditions such as congenital heart disease or cystic fibrosis often didn't survive past childhood. Now many live longer, but adult medicine has not kept pace.

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Conservationists Try To Thwart Climate Change By Planting In Cold Spots

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:00am

In the north woods of Minnesota, foresters are planting thousands of pine trees to try to protect them from climate change.

Dramatic Increase In Number Of People Being Hospitalized Due To Opioids

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 3:40pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dr. Traci Green, deputy director of injury prevention at Boston Medical Center about the stunning show increase in the number of hospital visits related to opioids.

A Pioneer In 'Flat-Fee Primary Care' Had To Close Its Clinics. What Went Wrong?

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:38pm

Many patients liked the Qliance approach, which gave them unlimited access to a provider for a modest fee, and freed doctors from insurance paperwork. But critics say the approach may not be viable.

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She May Be The Most Unstoppable Scientist In The World

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:10pm

First she was shot at on the way to work. Then her house was destroyed by a bomb. That didn't deter this woman scientist.

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How Your Sandwich Changed The World

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 5:00am

What road did your lunch travel before it reached your plate? NPR's latest animated video follows a BLT from the fields where it began its journey.

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