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The Uppermost Aristocracy of the Hoverfly Society

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 8:07am

Fredrik Sjöberg had been hunting for hoverflies for 30 years. But his collection wasn't complete without the rare and beautiful Callicera fly.

Helping Transgender People Find Their Voice

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 7:34am

Speech therapist Wendy Chase helps transgender people make their voices sound like their gender identity. She says how people communicate affects how they are perceived.

The HIV Trap: A Woman's Lack Of Control

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 4:41am

AIDS is the biggest killer of young women in southern Africa, where many are sexually abused. The CEO of a nonprofit is trying to tip the balance to women with an unlikely tool: a vaginal ring.

Cosplayers Use Costume To Unleash Their Superpowers

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 4:00am

A shy woman becomes a brave warrior princess. A man calls on Captain America to help him lose 45 pounds. In costume role play they become part of a community where they can transform themselves.

Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 3:32pm

Few people can demand what kind of electricity they get. But Microsoft and Facebook, which operate huge, power-hungry data centers, are trying to green up the electricity grid with their buying power.

Invisibilia: The Unbearable Lightness Of Footwear

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 12:57pm

When we invented shoes, we slipped a surface between ourselves and the world. Ever wonder if this is the moment mankind fell from grace? No? Well, for better or worse, NPR's Colin Dwyer has.

'Heat Dome' Causing Excessive Temperatures In Much Of U.S.

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 12:09pm

It's over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in much of the Midwest, South and East, and the culprit is hot air trapped under an atmospheric pressure lid that heats it up even further.

WATCH: Facebook Tests Internet-Beaming Plane

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 11:24am

The social media company's high-altitude, unmanned, solar-powered drone is designed to provide wireless Internet coverage to the ground below.

Astrophysicist, Wine Lover, Foodie: The Neil deGrasse Tyson You Didn't Know

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 6:00am

He's the man with a seemingly endless stream of science fun facts at his command. He's also a great gourmet. We talk to the famed scientist about how his two great passions collide in the kitchen.

Invisibilia: Do His Sunglasses Keep Him From Seeing The Light?

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 2:00am

Cass Frankenstein started wearing sunglasses to protect himself from bullies. Decades later, he still wears them. Some friends and relatives say that holds people at bay. But he says it's worth it.

How Wild Birds Team Up With Humans To Guide Them To Honey

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 3:50pm

It sounds like a fairy tale but it's real. A study shows how wild birds and people communicate to find bees' nests and share the sweet honeycomb. The teamwork may date back thousands of years or more.

Research Provides New Insight Into The Evolution Of Human Microbes

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 3:39pm

The microbes that inhabit our bodies evolved with us for millions of years, providing new evidence of the symbiotic role our bacteria play in our lives.

Invisibilia: How A Shirt Collar Helped A Man Survive Auschwitz

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 3:39pm

NPR's podcast and show Invisibilia explore how clothes shape who people think we are and who we want to be. Hanna Rosin tells the tale of an Auschwitz prisoner who appropriated a Nazi's shirt.

Turning Down The Background Noise Could Help Toddlers Learn

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 11:19am

Being surrounded by noisy conversations, radio or TV can make it harder for toddlers to learn new words, researchers say. Quieter conversations didn't affect the learning process.

Rehab Hospitals May Harm A Third Of Patients, Report Finds

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 11:02pm

Patients sent to rehabilitation facilities to recover from medical crises or surgery too often suffer additional harm from the care they get there, according to research by U.S. health officials.

An Archaeological Mystery In Ghana: Why Didn't Past Droughts Spell Famine?

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 2:16pm

A terrible drought hit Ghana in the 1400s, far worse than today's conditions. Yet people had enough to eat, while today they go hungry. What changed? In a word, colonialism, a new study suggests.

Taking The Battle Against Lyme Disease Ticks To The Backyard

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:04pm

Scientists have tested all sorts of strategies to keep Lyme disease ticks from biting us. One is to make it less likely you'll cross paths with the critters in your yard. Sawdust mulch, anyone?

An Old Trick Holds New Promise For Tastier Tomatoes

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:35am

Tomato plants grown in large-scale outdoors are often selected for hardiness more than taste. What if you could boost disease resistance, flavor and yield? Researchers think they can — by grafting.

Anti-Abortion Groups Take New Aim With Diverse Strategies

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 4:00am

After a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court last month reaffirmed a woman's right to an abortion, anti-abortion groups are rethinking their approach. And they don't all agree on the best next steps.

Scientists Report The Planet Was Hotter Than Ever In The First Half Of 2016

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 4:01pm

For example, June's average was up 1.62 F. A couple of degrees may not sound like much, but it's persistent warming over decades that alters the atmosphere, the oceans, and most everything else.

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