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Be Smart: A Partial Eclipse Can Fry Your Naked Eyes

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 4:11pm

And telescopes and binoculars only amplify the risk to your eyes from looking at the sun, doctors say. So even if you're not in the "path of totality," take precautions if you plan to watch.

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Is AI More Threatening Than North Korean Missiles?

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:52am

Tesla CEO Elon Musk last week warned that AI is an enormous threat. There can be no doubt that the advent of smart, rather than smart-ish, machines, is a long way off, though, says blogger Alva Noë.

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A First Look: Inside The Lab Where Scientists Are Editing DNA In Human Embryos

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 4:00am

NPR gets exclusive access to a lab in Portland, Ore., where scientists have begun editing the DNA in human embryos to try to prevent genetic diseases.

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California Prepares For An Eclipse Of Its Solar Power

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 4:00am

On a sunny day, California gets up to 40 percent of its energy from solar power, so Monday's total eclipse isn't just a scientific spectacle, it's a major concern for the state's power grid.

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Will The Eclipse Make Crops And Animals Flip Out? Scientists Ask (Really)

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 1:42pm

During the day on Aug. 21, large swaths of farmland will be plunged into darkness and temperatures will drop about 10 degrees. And scientists are waiting to see what will happen on the ground.

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Bears Can Face Summer Challenges In Roadside Zoos

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:23am

Even when the Animal Welfare Act is followed, bears may not live in conditions that many would find reasonable for such large, intelligent animals to flourish, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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Chemists Say You Should Add A Little Water To Your Whiskey. Here's Why

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 8:19am

It's a common refrain from whiskey enthusiasts: Adding a few drops of water to a glass opens up the flavors of the drink. Chemists in Sweden provide a molecular explanation for why this works.

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Chemists Say You Should Add A Little Water To Your Whiskey. Here's Why

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 8:19am

It's a common refrain from whiskey enthusiasts: Adding a few drops of water to a glass opens up the flavors of the drink. Chemists in Sweden provide a molecular explanation for why this works.

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Rituals To Sprinkle A Little Magic Into Your Eclipse Experience

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 7:08am

A slightly witch-y mother, an astrologer, and the co-writer of a guide for Basic Witches share their eclipse rituals.

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Make Your Own Eclipse Viewer

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 5:23am

No eclipse glasses? No problem. Make your own solar viewer; (almost) no tools required.

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Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 5:09pm

Each year more than 600,000 babies die of sepsis. Researchers have found a simple way to prevent it: Feed babies probiotic bacteria that are common in kimchi, pickles and other fermented vegetables.

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Women Who Love Wine: Are You Binge-Drinking Without Realizing It?

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 5:00pm

Binge-drinking sounds like an all-night bender, but here's a reality check: Many social drinkers may "binge" without knowing it. Women who drink four or more drinks on an occasion are binge-drinking.

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Trump Rolls Back Obama-Era Flood Standards For Infrastructure Projects

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:45pm

An Obama order called for new public infrastructure projects to be built to withstand rising sea levels caused by climate change. President Trump revoked that order to accelerate the review process.

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Trump Rolls Back Obama-Era Flood Standards For Infrastructure Projects

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:45pm

An Obama order called for new public infrastructure projects to be built to withstand rising sea levels caused by climate change. President Trump revoked that order to accelerate the review process.

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The Best Item In An Astronaut's Care Package? Definitely The Ice Cream

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:36pm

Unlike other cargo vehicles, the SpaceX spacecraft can return to Earth without burning up. So it's equipped with freezers for transporting medical samples — and the occasional frozen treat.

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NASA Astronauts Set To Get Sweet Treat With Next Delivery To International Space Station

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 3:31pm

This week, a rocket bound for the International Space Station lifted off with 6,400 pounds of supplies. Along with the provisions, medical supplies and experiments, NASA astronauts will be getting a special care package with ice cream.

At CERN, Hunting For Invisible Worlds

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:23pm

With so many dedicated to solving nature's riddles at CERN, it's hard not to think of it as a modern cathedral, a link between reason and mystery, a place of pilgrimage, says blogger Marcelo Gleiser.

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United By The Sun: A Solar Event For All Americans To Share (Rebroadcast)

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:06am

Skywatchers and astrophysicists are already gearing up for next month's "Great American Solar Eclipse."

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Here's What You Need To Know About The Total Solar Eclipse

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 9:50am

As America prepares for the eclipse on Aug. 21, here are some basic facts about the phenomenon.

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How Eclipses Changed History

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 5:31am

Newton and Einstein had big ideas, but needed an eclipse to prove them. And scientists are still pursuing secrets of the universe one eclipse at a time.

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