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Massive Black Hole Reveals When The First Stars Blinked On

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:01pm

Scientists have detected a black hole thought to be about 800 million times as massive as our sun that is helping to reveal when the universe filled with starlight.

(Image credit: Robin Dienel/Courtesy of the Carnegie Institution for Science/Nature)

Evaluating Smoking Bans

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 4:06am

A new study indicates that smoking bans, which were designed to affect adults' behavior, in fact improve children's health.

First Baby Born To U.S. Uterus Transplant Patient Raises Ethics Questions

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 4:15pm

A woman who received a uterus transplant recently delivered a healthy baby boy. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with the doctors working on the experiment about its ethics, risk, and cost implications.

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What Would Enrico Fermi Think Of Science Today?

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 11:12am

More than 60 years after the physicist won the Nobel Prize, author David N. Schwartz considers how Fermi would react to today's science of black holes, genetic engineering and climate change.

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Ask The FCC

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 9:06am

What do you want to ask an FCC commissioner?

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Making Pizza In Space

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 4:17am

Astronauts at the International Space Station sent down video of pizza night. Without gravity, they made pizza tossing look like a slow game of Frisbee.

Across The World, If You Eat For Your Health, You'll Help The Planet

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 3:27pm

Dozens of countries have government-recommended diets. That advice differs from country to country, but according to a new study, following it generally would help the environment.

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This Year's Hurricane Season Was Intense. Is It A Taste Of The Future?

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 2:56pm

Scientists say they see the fingerprint of climate change in these storms, but it's too soon to say whether this is a new normal.

(Image credit: NASA/J. Stevens/J. Allen)

Peregrine Falcons Attack Like Missiles To Grab Prey Midair, Scientists Find

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 2:11pm

The same guidance principle that governs how missiles intercept moving targets also describes how the falcons, which are known to dive at 200 mph or more, plummet to catch their prey.

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Can Celebrity Scientists Change The Way People Think About Science And Religion?

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:34am

Ideas on the relationship between science and religion — independence, compatibility, or conflict — have dominated popular debate. Tania Lombrozo looks at a study on the weight of big-name scientists.

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Fishermen Fear Damage From Wind Farms Along The Eastern Seaboard

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:19am

Will thousands of giant turbines and underwater cables in the Atlantic disrupt the commercial fishing industry? The answer is not yet clear, and studies on the farms' possible impact are underway.

(Image credit: Jon Kalish for NPR)

The Ground Beneath Our Feet

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:06am

"Without proper care for it we can have no life."

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Trump To Take Aim At Utah's National Monuments, Reversing Predecessors' Legacies

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 4:14am

President Trump on Monday is expected to announce that his administration will dramatically shrink two large national monuments that protect hundreds of thousands of acres of public land in Utah.

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Trump Dramatically Shrinks 2 Utah National Monuments

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 4:14am

Reversing his predecessors' legacies, President Trump said his administration will shrink the Bears Ears National Monument by roughly 85 percent and the Grand Staircase by about half its size.

(Image credit: Howard Berkes/NPR)

Trump To Take Aim At Utah's National Monuments, Reversing Predecessors' Legacies

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 4:14am

President Trump on Monday is expected to announce that his administration will dramatically shrink two large national monuments that protect hundreds of thousands of acres of public land in Utah.

(Image credit: Howard Berkes/NPR)

New Drugs Could Prevent Migraine Headaches For Some People

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 2:50am

The first drugs designed specifically to prevent migraines have been found safe and effective in studies, but aren't yet FDA approved. Both drugs work by tweaking a brain system involved in pain.

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The Many Eyes Of Scallops

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 7:08am

Scientists have discovered that the sea scallop has an incredibly complicated eyesight system.

Encore: Blue Light And Sleep

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 7:08am

Lots of phone and tablet apps promise to improve sleep by filtering the blue light from device screens. But that won't help if you're not getting enough shuteye because of caffeine or stress.

The Call-In: DNA Testing

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 7:08am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro asks listener Maria Colon what about DNA testing kits interests her and then turns to The Gene author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee for more information.

U.N. Body Alarmed Over Mining Waste Disasters

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 6:00am

A report by the United Nations Environmental Programme offers recommendations to stop the failure of dams holding mine waste. Will governments and industry leaders sign on?

(Image credit: YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

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