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Animals, Plants Rafted Across The Pacific After Japan's 2011 Earthquake

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 4:17pm

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Greg Ruiz, a marine ecologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, about nearly 300 Japanese marine coastal species that traveled across the Pacific Ocean.

Can Consciousness In Brain-Injured Patients Be Restored?

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 4:01pm

Facing unresponsive brain-injury victims is a real-world example of the fact that we are locked out of the minds of others — but new research shows promise in restoring consciousness, says Alva Noë.

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An Absent EPA Climate Report, And A Tale Of Two Flooded Superfund Sites

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 2:16pm

A 2014 EPA climate report warned that Superfund site cleanup and monitoring processes needed updates to prepare for more severe floods. That report is no longer located on the current agency website.

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The Pitfalls Of Social Media Advertising

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 4:02am

Many companies are investing money in social media to advertise new products. But they could be paying a hidden price for those ads.

Breakthrough Pain Treatment Or Snake Oil? You Decide.

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 3:54pm

A painkiller cream is based on sound scientific reasoning, but hasn't undergone tests to prove it works. You can buy it on the Internet, but should you?

(Image credit: Dola Sun for NPR)

A Failure Of Intelligence Testing, With Chimpanzees

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 8:32am

Apes' intelligence tests vary so much from kids' that comparative results may be invalid. Anthropologist Barbara J. King conveys new insights from psychology.

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Gravitational Wave Detector In Italy Saw Wave Pass Through Earth In August

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 3:37pm

The wave was generated by the merging of two spinning black holes, and took nearly 2 billion years to reach Earth. It is the fourth gravitational wave detection announced so far.

When Two Black Holes Dance, Space Quivers

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 9:10am

Just as two kids jumping on a trampoline around each other send waves rippling outwards on the fabric, black holes distort space as they orbit around each other, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

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Debt-Laden FEMA Is Slow To Act On Program That Buys Flooded Houses

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 6:32am

With the help of federal flood insurance, many homeowners will rebuild after disasters. Some properties already have flooded many times. It'd be cheaper to buy owners out, but that's not happening.

Guggenheim Pulls Animal Art From Upcoming Chinese Exhibition

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 3:29pm

The Guggenheim Museum in New York City announced late Monday night that it would be withdrawing three works from an upcoming exhibition of contemporary Chinese art over protests from animal rights groups.

U.K. Researchers Look To Revive Forgotten English Words

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 3:29pm

Researchers at University of York in the United Kingdom have uncovered 30 words they think need to be used more regularly in the English language, including nickum — a cheating, dishonest person. Lead linguist Dominic Watt runs through the list.

Australia Says It Is Launching Its Own Space Agency

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 12:43pm

Scientists and opposition politicians say Australia is lagging behind in the space industry. The country has been involved in the field for decades and was one of the first to launch a satellite.

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1 In 5 Teens Reports A Concussion Diagnosis

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 10:42am

Doctors know that concussions can cause serious health impacts. Research now shows that rates among adolescents, especially those involved in contact sports, may be pretty high.

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Why 'Why Buddhism Is True' Is True

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 9:50am

In his new book, Robert Wright explores Buddhism's take on our suffering, our anxiety and our general dis-ease — where he sees it lining up with scientific fields, says blogger Adam Frank.

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Thousands Flee Bali's Mount Agung After Volcano Threat Level Is Raised

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 6:58pm

Authorities say the mountain, which last erupted 54 years ago, is poised to go at any time.

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Puerto Rico's Arecibo Radio Telescope Suffers Hurricane Damage

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 6:28pm

Early reports that a secondary dish at the observatory was destroyed by Maria turn out not to be correct, according to a group that helps run the facility.

(Image credit: Seth Shostak/AP)

Astronomers Search For Giant Planet On Outer Edges Of Solar System

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 3:31pm

Astronomers are continuing their search for a giant planet they believe is lurking at the outer reaches of the solar system.

Is Curiosity A Positive Or Negative Feeling?

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 9:06am

Not all feelings of curiosity are the same. A study finds that one factor affecting the balance of negative and positive when it comes to curiosity is time, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.

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Pregnant Women Should Still Get The Flu Vaccine, Doctors Advise

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 3:35am

Researchers and physicians say a study suggesting a link between the flu vaccine and miscarriage in a limited population is cause for more research, not a reason to change vaccination recommendations.

(Image credit: Katherine Streeter for NPR )

Transgender Hockey Player Postpones Hormone Treatment To Keep Playing

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 4:00am

Sports leagues have struggled with how to define gender when it comes to deciding who can play. Pro hockey player Harrison Browne has decided to postpone hormone therapy for one more year on the ice.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the National Women's Hockey League)

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