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Excavation Of Lithuania's Great Synagogue Highlights A 'Painful Page' From History

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 2:55pm

The synagogue is "very important," says an archaeologist, "not only for Jews but all people living in Lithuania." Just 3,000 Jews are left in the capital, compared to some 70,000 before World War II.

(Image credit: Collection of Zusya Efron, Center for Jewish Art, Hebrew University of Jerusalem )

After Paul Allen Co-Founded Microsoft, He Changed Brain Science Forever

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 2:32pm

In 2003, Paul Allen created an institute to figure out how the human brain works. That institute has already made contributions that may turn out to be part of his greatest legacy.

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Climate Change Could Make Beer Prices Double, Study Says

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:17am

The price of a six-pack in the U.S. could rise by $1 to $8 because of drought and heat. As one of the researchers says, it's "another way climate change will suck."

(Image credit: Peter Nicholls/Reuters)

'Brief Answers To The Big Questions' Is Stephen Hawking's Parting Gift To Humanity

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 9:21am

The physicist's posthumous book highlights his belief in the rationality of nature and on our ability to uncover its secrets — and a faith in science's ability to solve humanity's biggest problems.

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Coffee Rust Threatens Latin American Crop; 150 Years Ago, It Wiped Out An Empire

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 7:02am

The fungus, which has no cure, is destroying harvests in Latin America. In the 1800s, it devastated Sri Lanka's powerhouse coffee industry. And scientists say it's only a question of time.

(Image credit: Jeff Koehler for NPR)

After Journalist Disappears, Companies Reconsider Saudi Investment

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 4:02am

U.S. executives are pulling out of an investment conference scheduled to take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, next week — as controversy swirls around the disappearance of a missing Saudi journalist.

2 Towns: Guess Which 1 Is Liberal And Which Is Conservative

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 4:02am

If being liberal and conservative is about political views, how come the labels describe other things? A social scientist says some part of people's leanings come from an unlikely source: their DNA.

Getting Back What You Lost — Rebuilding In A Wildfire Zone

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 3:53am

In northern California, homes are being rebuilt in the same area that burned to the ground in last year's Tubbs Fire. Despite the risk, a severe housing shortage in the area is forcing tough choices.

(Image credit: Lauren Sommer/KQED)

Critic Of Federal Public Lands Management To Join Department Of The Interior

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 3:47pm

The Department of the Interior has chosen a prominent property rights attorney in Wyoming as their new deputy solicitor. Its a controversial appointment for environmental groups.

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If Your Medical Information Becomes A Moneymaker, Could You Could Get A Cut?

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 3:45pm

Sometimes discoveries derived from patients' medical data become the foundation of new profit-making companies. A fledgling industry wants to help patients get a cut of the cash.

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Colorado's Anti-Fracking Measure Would Keep Wells Farther Away From Homes And Schools

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 3:28pm

A ballot measure would keep new oil and gas wells 2,500 feet away from homes and schools, the strictest setback in the nation. The oil and gas industry says that threatens its very existence.

(Image credit: Grace Hood/CPR)

Old-Growth Forests May Help Songbirds Cope With Warming Climate

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 8:44am

Songbirds have been in decline for decades, and it's becoming clear that climate change is a factor. Scientists are finding that old-growth forests may help the birds cope with rising temperatures.

(Image credit: Greg Davis/OPB)

Last Year, The Flu Put Him In A Coma. This Year He's Getting The Shot

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 7:02am

When 39-year-old Charlie Hinderliter got the flu last winter, he ended up in a medically induced coma and spent 58 days hospitalized. Serious, even fatal, complications can hit patients of any age.

(Image credit: Neeta Satam for NPR)

'Sperm Donor' Families: 45 Children And Counting

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 7:00am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Kianni Arroyo, whose biological father is donor #2757 and a popular choice in the sperm bank world. Arroyo is looking to connect with all of her half siblings.

'The Ravenmaster' Is Definitely (There) For The Birds

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 7:00am

Legend says that if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London, England will fall. Luckily, ravenmaster Chris Skaife is there to care for them, and he's got a new book about these extraordinary birds.

(Image credit: Christopher Skaife)

When In Drought: States Take On Urgent Negotiations To Avoid Colorado River Crisis

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 7:00am

After years of sustained drought, water managers along the Colorado River system are renegotiating water cutbacks to seven Western states, hoping to avoid more drastic shortages in the future.

(Image credit: Luke Runyon/KUNC)

Good News For 'Green' Brews: Consumers Say They'll Pay More For Sustainable Beer

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 8:00am

More than 1,000 U.S. beer drinkers surveyed say they would pay about $1.30 more for a six-pack of beer if it was produced at a brewery that invests in water conservation or solar power.

(Image credit: Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

Meet The Internet Researchers Unmasking Russian Assassins

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 4:06pm

The group Bellingcat seeks to unmask covert operations, rogue groups and corruption around the globe. But can it keep its independence?

(Image credit: Meredith Rizzo/NPR)

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 10:06am

Plus, the first female Doctor Who.

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Vivek Maru: How Can We Make Legal Support Accessible To All?

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 8:24am

Often, people who don't understand the law or can't pay for lawyers end up being mistreated. Lawyer Vivek Maru calls for a global community of paralegals to place the law on the side of the people.

(Image credit: Ryan Lash/TED)

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