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Trump Has Multiple Escape Routes From Paris Climate Accord

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:42am

President Trump is nearing a decision on whether to pull out of the Paris climate agreement and has been meeting this week with competing voices in his Cabinet.

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Total Failure: The World's Worst Video Game

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:30am

In the late summer of 1982, one man worked around the clock to program the video game version of Steven Spielberg's E.T. in just five weeks. The result wasn't pretty.

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Activists Build Human Rights Abuse Cases With Help From Cellphone Videos

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 6:51am

A human rights group finds itself with an interesting problem — an overwhelming number of videos to catalogue as it builds legal cases. Computer scientists are creating tools to analyze the videos.

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College Art Professor Challenges Students To Build Insect Motels

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 3:40pm

A concerned University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee art instructor challenged her students to construct insect motels out of natural, untreated materials. Each motel must provide an appropriate habitat for a particular insect and attract human interest too, as each has a QR Code with information about why that bug or bee matters in nature and needs to be nurtured. Nearly 100 are installed in a state park overlooking Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee.

Are State Rules For Treating Sepsis Really Saving Lives?

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:56am

Some states dictate how doctors must treat this life-threatening reaction to infection, and early intervention is helping. But scientific evidence may be changing too rapidly for the rules to keep up.

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Predicting A Hurricane's Intensity May Have Gotten Easier

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 4:06am

Forecasters have had a great track record telling people about a hurricane's path. What continues to vex meteorologists is predicting how strong the storm will be — but that might be changing.

How A Theory Of Crime And Policing Was Born, And Went Terribly Wrong

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 8:02pm

Decades ago, researchers introduced a new theory of policing. It's called "broken windows" and is seen by many as a cure-all for crime. But the idea is often used in ways its creators never intended.

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How An Interview With A Shark Researcher Wound Up Starring A Shark

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 4:01am

Why have dozens of great sharks turned up around southern California beaches recently? Finding out the answer led to a close-up view of a baby great white shark — and the researcher who caught her.

(Image credit: Cal State Long Beach Shark Lab)

Handshake-Free Zones Target Spread Of Germs In The Hospital

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 4:01am

Hospital-acquired infections can be life-threatening, and unwashed hands are often to blame. One hospital in California thinks banishing handshakes could help reduce infections.

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From NFL Player To Neurosurgeon: 'Why Can't I Do Both?'

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 4:03pm

Myron Rolle talks about his long journey from playing football at Florida State University and joining the NFL to going to Harvard medical school to start his residency in neurosurgery.

NASA Spacecraft Finds Storms On Jupiter

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 7:09am

Raging cyclones and an uneven magnetic field: NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to NASA scientist Jack Connerney about the surprising findings made by a spacecraft orbiting Jupiter.

In The Age Of Digital Medicine, The Humble Reflex Hammer Hangs On

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 4:00am

Nearly 130 years since its inception, a modest knob of rubber with a metal handle is still invaluable in diagnosing disease and avoiding expensive testing. But its history is anything but simple.

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How A Gene Editing Tool Went From Labs To A Middle-School Classroom

Sat, 05/27/2017 - 7:01am

Some compare the democratization of personal computing in the 1970s to the current changes in access to genetic engineering tools, in part thanks to the CRISPR gene editing tool.

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Two Scientists, Two Different Approaches To Saving Bees From Poison Dust

Sat, 05/27/2017 - 7:00am

Two scientists agree that pesticide-laden dust from planting equipment kills bees. But they're proposing different solutions, because they disagree about whether the pesticides are useful to farmers.

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Market Forces May Impact Emissions More Than Climate Agreements

Sat, 05/27/2017 - 6:59am

Today President Trump is at the G7 summit and high on the agenda is climate change. Many world leaders are imploring Trump stay in the global climate agreement, but emissions are going down already.

Richard Dawkins On Terrorism And Religion

Sat, 05/27/2017 - 6:59am

Richard Dawkins, the scientist and outspoken atheist, speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about terrorism, and how the world has changed since he first began talking about his opposition to religion.

As Brains Mature, More Robust Information Networks Boost Self-Control

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:57am

Sometime between grade school and grad school, the brain's information highways get remapped in a way that dramatically reins in impulsive behavior.

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Abigail Marsh: Are We Wired To Be Altruistic?

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 8:10am

When Abigail Marsh was 19, a complete stranger risked his life to save her from a car accident. Today, she studies what motivates us to help others — and why some of us are "extraordinary" altruists.

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Scientists Pinpoint How A Flamingo Balances On One Leg

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 4:03pm

What appears to be a feat actually requires almost no muscle effort from the bird. The researchers found even a dead flamingo's body will fall into a stable one-leg balance if positioned vertically.

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Juno Spacecraft Reveals Spectacular Cyclones At Jupiter's Poles

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 1:35pm

The NASA has spotted enormous cyclones at the gas giant's north and south poles. The probe has also returned other data that have project scientists scratching their heads.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Betsy Asher Hall/Gervasio Robles)

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