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Titans Linebacker Derrick Morgan To NFL: Consider The Benefits Of Marijuana

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 4:17pm

The NFL is physically brutal. Some say marijuana can alleviate pain, but it's still illegal in most places. Some players want their league to take a closer look at the benefits of the drug.

How A Baseball Batter's Brain Reacts To A Fast Pitch

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 7:50am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with neurophysiologist Jason Sherwin about his research into how a baseball batter processes an incoming fastball.

We Got Your Letters: Listeners Puzzled By Tom Wolfe's Words On Evolution

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 7:50am

NPR's Scott Simon's interview last week with author Tom Wolfe prompted an unusual number of responses from listeners regarding the author's questioning of some aspects of the theory of evolution.

Why Do Small Dogs Live Longer Than Big Dogs?

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 7:50am

Researchers at the University of Washington are hoping to answer that question. NPR's Scott Simon talks to biology and pathology professor Daniel Promislow about the Dog Aging Project.

G-20 Summit: A First For Host China, A Last For President Obama

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 7:50am

The meeting kicks off tomorrow in Hangzhou, China, after this year's host country formally agreed with the U.S. to cut its greenhouse gas emissions according to the Paris agreement reached last year.

S.C. County Sprays For Mosquitoes But Accidentally Takes Out Millions Of Bees

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 1:32pm

Dorchester County, in South Carolina, was worried about the risk posed by Zika. So officials recently ordered that a pesticide be sprayed from planes. Local beehives have been devastated.

NASA Probe Takes First-Ever Images Of Jupiter's North Pole

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 12:12pm

"It's bluer in color up there than other parts of the planet, and there are a lot of storms," a Juno mission leader says of the gas giant's northern reaches.

Massive 'Donut' Reef Discovered Behind Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 10:19am

The reef structure covers more than 2,000 square miles north of the Great Barrier Reef. What might live there and even what it looks like up close, is still largely a mystery.

'Alien' Signal Source Reportedly Located (It Wasn't The Vulcans)

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 4:37pm

If it were a phone call, we might call it a butt-dial: A strong radio signal that set off speculation about possible alien origins is now believed to have come from a terrestrial source.

Conservationists Review Efforts To Restore California's Bighorn Sheep

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 3:26pm

This time of year, the endangered bighorn sheep of Southern California gather at desert watering holes. Conservationists use these huddles to see how efforts to restore the population are going.

Fast-Growing Idaho Wildfire Could Keep Burning Until October

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 10:47am

The Pioneer Fire in the Idaho backcountry has been burning since July, but it exploded in size this week during hot, dry weather. Smoke from the blaze has created a monstrous cloud visible from space.

How GMOs Cut The Use Of Pesticides — And Perhaps Boosted It Again

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 10:43am

There's new and detailed data on the impact of genetically modified crops on pesticide use. Those crops replaced insecticides, and, at first, some herbicides. But herbicide use has rebounded.

SpaceX Rocket And Its Cargo Explode On Launch Pad In Florida

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 9:20am

A "significant explosion" hit the SpaceX launch pad at Cape Canaveral early Thursday, destroying the unmanned rocket that was set to launch this weekend.

One Result Of China's Buildup In South China Sea: Environmental Havoc

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 8:11am

China has been creating artificial islands out of reefs in the South China Sea. Environmentalists say the process is killing off coral and giant clams.

Want To Make Better Predictions? Researchers Explore How

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 4:07am

Analyzing an event by breaking it down into details might seem like a good way to predict the outcome, but social science research suggests that when most of us do it, we make worse predictions.

POLL: Most Americans Want Congress To Make Zika Funding A High Priority

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 2:05am

That's what 76 percent said in a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey. Half the respondents also said they'd be uncomfortable traveling to places in Florida where mosquitoes are spreading Zika.

Obama at Lake Tahoe Praises Conservation Efforts

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 8:07pm

The president warns that climate change can undermine decades-long conservation efforts. He spoke at an annual summit that brings people together to discuss how to keep Lake Tahoe blue.

Don't Be A Slowpoke: Why Left Lane Driving Causes Traffic

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 3:28pm

If you've ever yelled at a slowpoke blocking your way on the left lane of a crowded highway, your anger is now justified.

Western States Face Challenges Cleaning Up After Coal Mining

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 3:28pm

Coal companies in the West have mined an area the size of New York City — more than 400 square miles. Now they have to clean it up, and it's given rise to a whole new reclamation economy.

Minnesota Cracks Down On Neonic Pesticides, Promising Aid To Bees

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 1:18pm

Minnesota's governor has ordered new restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been blamed for killing bees. Many details of the plan, however, remain to be worked out.




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