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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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Scientists Move To Establish Wildlife Preserve At Guantanamo Bay

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:29pm

In the 15 years since the Guantanamo Bay detention camp was established to house suspected terrorists, a green buffer surrounding the facility to keep out the world has reverted back to the wild. Now some scientists would like to turn it into a protected research area.

Can We Feed The World With Farmed Fish?

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 2:01pm

New research suggests there is space on the open ocean to farm essentially all the seafood humans can eat — and then some. But such volumes of fish and shellfish could not be grown without costs.

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In The Event Of A Nuclear Blast, Don't Condition Your Hair

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:37pm

That advice came in guidelines issued to residents of Guam on how to prepare for a missile threat on the island. The reason is conditioner can trap radioactive particles in strands of hair.

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Science, Solitude And The Sacred On The Appalachian Trail

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:47am

There is no greater source for science, for the inspiration to do science, than the wild; that is where the sense of sacredness at the root of science's aspiration lives, says blogger Adam Frank.

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Greenland Is Still Burning, But The Smoke May Be The Real Problem

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:02am

Wildfires are still burning in western Greenland, close to the Arctic island's ice sheet. As the fires burn, they release black particles that can coat the ice and snow, and make it melt more quickly.

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6,000-Year-Old Knee Joints Suggest Osteoarthritis Isn't Just Wear And Tear

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:00am

Even after a Harvard team took into account differences in age and weight among ancient specimens and knee joints today, they found that modern humans tend to have more osteoarthritis.

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New Study Highlights Strong Link Between Basic Research And Inventions

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 3:33pm

A big waste of money or the engine of marketplace innovation? That's how some people see basic scientific research. Now a new study shows how basic research and inventions are connected.

Trump Administration Takes Key Step To Rolling Back Auto Fuel Standards

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 3:28pm

The Trump administration has opened a 45-day comment period ahead of proposed changes to Obama-era EPA rules for greenhouse gas emissions for cars and light trucks.

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In Children's Storybooks, Realism Has Advantages

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 10:47am

Young children have an easier time exporting what they learn from a fictional storybook to the real world when the storybook is realistic, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.

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Why Future Earthlings Won't See Total Solar Eclipses

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 6:00am

The Earth won't enjoy total solar eclipses forever because the Moon is moving farther away, so it looks smaller and smaller over time.

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The Call-In: The Solar Eclipse

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 7:33am

This week, on The Call-In, we answer all your questions about the upcoming solar eclipse — how to protect your eyes, and what to do if the day is cloudy.

People In Nepal Used To Think Vultures Were Bad Luck. Not Anymore

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 6:00am

The number of vultures in South Asia has plummeted. But "restaurants" to feed rescued chicks and wild vultures are good for the birds — and for the local economy.

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Researchers: Hackers Could Encode Human DNA With Malicious Software

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 6:55am

University of Washington researchers say malware could be encoded into DNA strands. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to researcher Karl Koscher about the findings and what they mean for gene sequencing.

40 Years Ago, NASA Launched Message To Aliens Into Deep Space

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 3:25pm

Forty years ago, NASA launched two Voyager spacecraft into deep space. Onboard both were gold discs with music, greetings and sounds from Earth — a message to aliens. Ann Druyan, the creative director of the project, talks about how they decided what message to put in the interstellar bottle.

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