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Digging Up The Roots Of Modern Waste In Victorian-Era Rubbish

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 1:48pm

Some archaeologists excavate Roman ruins. Others dig up garbage. In England, a project is underway to study what people threw out in Victorian times, to learn about the start of the consumer era.

Study: Judges Treat Juveniles Of The Same Race As Themselves More Harshly

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 4:07am

Researchers studying racial bias examined juvenile court cases between 1996 and 2012 and found judges are more likely to send juveniles of their own race to jail and for longer sentences.

Details On Death Certificates Offer Layers Of Clues To Opioid Epidemic

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 3:41am

Deaths from opioid overdoses are on the rise, and we know that because of data on death certificates. States determine who fills them out and what information they record. And that can vary widely.

Weather Technology Falters Amid Communication Breakdown

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 3:28pm

Springtime is severe weather time in many parts of the United States. Strong storms and tornadoes can be a daily occurrence. Technology has improved to warn people days in advance, but effectively communicating severe weather remains elusive.

Doctor Outlines Plan To Battle Antibiotic Resistance In 'The Washington Post'

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 3:28pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Ezekiel Emanuel, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, about his opinion piece in the Washington Post that argues the cheap price of antibiotics has led to their overuse and has also discouraged drug companies from developing new antibiotics.

From Medical Maggots To Stench Soup, 'Grunt' Explores The Science Of Warfare

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 1:10pm

When it comes to curiosity, science writer Mary Roach describes herself as someone who is "very out there." Her new book, Grunt, looks at some scientific developments that help keep soldiers safe.

Can Planting More Milkweed Save Monarch Butterflies? It's Complicated

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 11:56am

Conservationists have long blamed farmers' use of pesticides for decimating the milkweed that monarch caterpillars like to eat. But scientists say simply planting more milkweed isn't the answer.

Food For Thought: The Subtle Forces That Affect Your Appetite

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 11:10pm

What do large tables, large breakfasts, and large servers have in common? They all affect how much you eat. This week on Hidden Brain, we look at the hidden forces that drive our diets.

Turns Out You Do Need A Weatherman To Know Which Way The Wind Blew

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 3:28pm

Rwanda is missing 15 years of weather data. Getting it back would be a boon for farmers. But can it be done?

Bumblebees' Little Hairs Can Sense Flowers' Electric Fields

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 2:00pm

The fields bend the hairs and that generates a nerve signal, scientists say.

Hidden, Abandoned, Dangerous: Old Gas And Oil Wells In Neighborhoods

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 4:12am

Around the country, houses, schools and shopping centers are built on old oil and gas fields — but hidden underground are millions of abandoned wells that are not monitored for leaks.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Says Government Can Help Clean Energy Innovation

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 4:14pm

As he prepares for a conference on implementing clean energy to combat climate change, energy secretary Ernest Moniz says he's confident the Obama administration's commitments will remain in place.

Wrecked By Superstorm Sandy, Conservationists Work To Restore Migratory Birds' Refuge

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 6:38am

The migratory birds of the East Coast are about to get back a piece of habitat they lost to Hurricane Sandy — a freshwater pond in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in New York City.

Death Talk Is Cool At This Festival

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 5:14am

How to make thinking about death less somber? Hold a festival! Indianapolis did. Through art, film and book talks, residents explored everything from bucket lists to advance directives and cremation.

Using Algorithms To Catch The Sounds Of Endangered Frogs

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 5:12am

Scientists are turning to big data to try to save California's state amphibian. They're using software to comb through hours of recordings to find the red-legged frogs that remain.

Going There: The Future Of Water

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 4:07pm

Michel Martin traveled to Fort Collins, Colo. to talk with Kathleen Curry, Patty Limerick, Roger Fragua and Paolo Bacigalupi about owning water and dealing with a future where water may be scarce.

A Conversation About The Future Of Water

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 4:07pm

Michel Martin traveled to Fort Collins, Colo. to talk with Kathleen Curry, Patty Limerick, Roger Fragua and Paolo Bacigalupi about owning water and dealing with a future where water may be scarce.

#NPRreads: 4 Reads To Keep You Young This Weekend

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 6:51am

Correspondents, editors and producers from our newsroom share the pieces that have kept them reading, using the #NPRreads hashtag. Each weekend, we highlight some of the best stories.

AI? More Like Aieeee!! For The First Time, A Robot Can Feel Pain

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 5:19pm

The German researchers say this will keep robots safer, because "pain is a system that protects us." Added bonus: they say the humans who work alongside them will likely be safer, too.

Platform Check: How Trump's Energy Plan Stacks Up To The Democrats

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 3:31pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability at the University of California, Davis, about the presidential candidates' energy strategies after Donald Trump rolled out his platform.

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