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President Trump Is Sending NASA Back To The Moon

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 2:19pm

"Space Policy Directive 1," which Trump signed Monday, sees Mars as the ultimate destination. But analysts wonder whether money will follow to support the plan.

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How The Food Industry Uses Cavitation, The Ocean's Most Powerful Punch

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 1:46pm

Cavitation produces a bubble that rapidly collapses and becomes hotter than the sun's surface. The mantis shrimp uses it, and now so do food and drink firms, to improve flavors — from yogurt to beer.

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Science's Journey From Data To Truth

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:09pm

There's more to the scientific method than what you learn in high school: Scientists argue with each other, too, and the participation of nature, whose say is absolute, is key, says Adam Frank.

(Image credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team)

Evaluating Personality Tests

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:16am

A drive to better understand ourselves and the people around us has led to the creation of a thriving industry built around personality testing.

Scientists Work To Stop Violence After Losing Their Child In Newtown

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:16am

After losing their child in the Newtown shooting five years ago, two scientists are working to identify the neurological roots of violence and antisocial behavior.

Could Probiotics Protect Kids From A Downside Of Antibiotics?

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:16am

Many marketing claims about the potential benefits of probiotics have raced ahead of the science, say researchers who are now trying to catch up. One NIH study is investigating kids' gut microbes.

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How 311 Helped Understand Air Pollution After Harvey

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 6:46am

NPR has obtained recordings of calls made by Houston residents fearful about putrid odors in the hours and days after Hurricane Harvey started flooding the city's petrochemical infrastructure.

Biologists With Drones And Peanut Butter Pellets Are On A Mission To Help Ferrets

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 4:00am

To increase populations of the endangered black-footed ferret, scientists aim to save prairie dogs, a main food source. The biologists use drones and medicated peanut butter-flavored pellets to do it.

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Recycling Chaos In U.S. As China Bans 'Foreign Waste'

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 7:00am

The U.S. ships a big chunk of its recycled goods to China. But China doesn't want them anymore, and that's leaving the recycling industry in turmoil.

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In The U.S., Flu Season Could Be Unusually Harsh This Year

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 3:32pm

Health officials fear the U.S. may have a nasty flu season because the main flu virus circulating this year tends to hit people hard and the flu vaccine may be weaker than normal.

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Scientists Discover Grass Species With Intriguing 'Salt And Vinegar' Chip Flavor

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:00am

Alas, you wouldn't want to eat this native of Western Australia — Spinifex grasses are often so hard and spiky that scientists say collecting samples can be painful.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Matt Barrett)

Can Your Ceramic Cookware Give You Lead Poisoning?

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 7:00am

Mass-produced crockpots and other ceramic food containers are probably safe, but handmade earthenware might merit a home test.

(Image credit: Joy Ho for NPR)

Adults Can Get Type 1 Diabetes, Too

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:00am

It used to be called juvenile diabetes because the thought was it only started in childhood. But adults are just as likely to be diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Not knowing that can delay treatment.

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Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving's Story Explains Why

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 6:51pm

Black women are three times more likely to die from complications of childbirth than white women in the U.S. Racism, and the stress it causes, can play a leading role in that disparity.

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Watch: N.J. Dashcam Captures Brilliant Nighttime Streak

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 6:11pm

A police officer on patrol in the pre-dawn hours saw a meteor and managed to record it, which has lit up social media.

Is The Tide Of Antibiotic Use On Farms Now Turning?

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 5:13pm

For the first time, government statistics show America's pigs, cattle, and poultry are getting fewer antibiotic drugs. Public health advocates call the new figures encouraging.

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Why Your Brain Has Trouble Bailing Out Of A Bad Plan

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 2:49pm

Researchers say it takes a lot of brainpower to stop an action, once it's underway. A study found that when people have to change a planned movement, 11 different brain areas have to get involved.

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Stressed-Out Narwhals Don't Know Whether to Freeze or Flee, Scientists Find

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 2:22pm

After being caught in a net, narwhals appear to get confused about what to do. Researchers say the whales' befuddlement could provide clues about how they will adapt to a changing Arctic.

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Researchers Look For Gun Violence Clues In Google Searches And Background Checks

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 1:01pm

After the 2012 mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., there was a spike in gun sales. A study examined the spike and links increased gun exposure to more accidental firearm deaths.

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Strange Parallels: Alternative Histories In Physics And Culture

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:10pm

Ideas of parallel universes and alternative histories, once confined to mere rumination about lost opportunities and fictional scenarios, are now a part of science, says guest writer Paul Halpern.

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