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Dog Flu Virus Spreading Across The United States

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 3:30pm

One strain of dog flu causing outbreaks in the U.S. appears to be especially contagious, making it likely more dogs than usual will get sick, veterinarians say. Still, 90 percent of cases are mild.

Scientists Use Genetic Engineering To Vanquish Disease-Carrying Insects

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 3:29pm

A city in Brazil is using a genetically modified mosquito to control the spread of diseases like Dengue fever and the Zika virus. NPR reports on whether the scheme is working.

Why Do Humans Have Chins? A Scientist Explains The 'Enduring Puzzle'

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 3:29pm

James Pampush devoted five years and his Ph.D. dissertation to one question: Why do homo sapiens have chins, when all of our evolutionary relatives don't? He tells NPR's Robert Siegel about "the enduring puzzle of the human chin."

We Sampled The Gastronomic Frontier Of Virtual Reality

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 3:24pm

Project Nourished uses a variety of tricks to fool the mind into thinking it's eating. The goal: to let us consume our favorite tastes without unwanted extras — like food allergens or just calories.

30 Years After Disaster, Challenger Engineer Still Blames Himself

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 5:25pm

Bob Ebeling, an anonymous source for NPR's 1986 report on the disaster, tells NPR that despite warning NASA of troubles before the launch, he believes God "shouldn't have picked me for that job."

Still Uninsured? Buy A Health Plan This Week To Avoid A Tax Penalty

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 3:00pm

Millions are still uninsured, even as the Jan. 31 deadline to sign up for a plan under the Affordable Care Act approaches. No deadline extensions this year, federal health officials warn.

NPR Contest: Send Us Your Stories Of Happy Accidents In Science

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 1:51pm

Scientists need curiosity, determination — and luck. We're especially interested in that last bit, so tell us your stories of mistakes and surprises that led to discoveries in the past few years.

Track Jupiter's Path Like An Ancient Babylonian

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 1:01pm

Clay tablets confirm that 14 centuries before Europeans first mapped the movement of planets, Babylonian astronomers were doing it. In a way, scientists say, their techniques were "very modern."

Shifting Colors Of An Octopus May Hint At A Rich, Nasty Social Life

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:02am

When the gloomy octopus of Australia turns dark and towers threateningly over his neighbor, he's likely signaling aggression, scientists now say. Neighbors get the message — they turn pale and flee.

A Big El Niño Was The Likely Instigator Of Last Week's Blizzard

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 5:09pm

The weather trail that led to a blizzard in the Mid-Atlantic likely started with a very warm Pacific, scientists suspect. Whether climate shifts will bring more strong El Niños is still uncertain.

National Park Service Launches Search For Next Ansel Adams

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:13pm

The National Park Service is hiring a full-time photographer to document the country's natural landscapes. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Rich O'Connor of the National Park Service photography program about the position, which some are comparing to the job held by Ansel Adams in the 1940s.

Why The Southeast Could Become The Napa Valley Of Oysters

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 12:53pm

Oysters from the Pacific Northwest have long been the most coveted for their sweet, mild flavor. But they now have more competition from Southeast oysters cultivated from Virginia down to Florida.

Forget Chess. A.I. Masters Wickedly Complex, Chinese Game Of 'Go'

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 12:10pm

In a milestone for computers, a machine learned to play and has now beaten the European champion of the game.

Promoting Partisan Divide May Up Candidates' Donations

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 4:12am

A political fundraising experiment reveals: Small donors are more likely to open their wallets for political campaigns when they're told other donors who support a rival candidate are being generous.

Big Zika Virus Outbreak Unlikely In The U.S., Officials Say

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 5:09pm

The spread of Zika is probably limited by window screens and other mosquito-control measures in common use in the U.S. Also, the primary mosquito that carries Zika has a somewhat limited range.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Gets Into A Rap Battle With B.o.B. Over Flat Earth Theory

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:51pm

The famed astrophysicist got into a Twitter spat with the rapper, which then turned into a bona fide rap battle.

New Jersey River Polluters Fund Toxic Fish Swap — But There's A Snag

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:00pm

Passaic River polluters are telling local fishermen to trade contaminated catch for healthy tilapia. But there's no disposal plan for the toxic fish, and residents don't want them to be incinerated.

Marvin Minsky, Who Pioneered Artificial Intelligence Research, Dies At 88

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 3:28pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to Ray Kurzweil, the inventor and futurist, and founder of Kurzweil Technologies, Inc., about Marvin Minsky. Minsky, who was a founding father of artificial intelligence, has died at the age of 88.

Doomsday Clock Stays At 3 Minutes To Midnight

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 1:55pm

Despite the progress represented by the Iran nuclear deal, rising tensions between the U.S. and Russia, North Korea's nuclear tests and other conflicts mean the world is still close to catastrophe.

World's Oldest Tea Discovered In An Ancient Chinese Emperor's Tomb

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 1:14pm

Archaeologists found the 2,100-year-old tea leaves in the tomb of a Han dynasty emperor, suggesting tea was highly valued. But was the emperor drinking tea as we do, or using it as medicine?




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