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WATCH: International Space Station Flies Over 3 Hurricanes

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 8:34am

Two hurricanes in the Pacific — Lester and Madeline — are threatening Hawaii. Meanwhile, Gaston is crossing the open Atlantic. The space station got a good view of all three of them on Tuesday.

With Water In Short Supply, California Ranchers Grow Their Feed Indoors

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 4:10am

The extended drought in California has farmers looking for ways to use less water. Among them, growing feed indoors using hydroponics. The new diet is making some Central Valley sheep very happy.

Banned From National Forest, For-Profit Mushroom Pickers Go Underground

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 4:10am

Last year's forest fires have produced a bumper crop of coveted morel mushrooms in Montana's northwestern forests. But the Forest Service isn't issuing commercial licenses in some prime picking spots.

U.N. Health Officials Warn Gonorrhea Is Becoming Untreatable

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:08pm

The World Health Organization released new treatment guidelines that acknowledge an entire class of antibiotics is now all but useless against the sexually transmitted disease.

Their Masters' Voices: Dogs Understand Tone And Meaning Of Words

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 11:08am

When humans talk to dogs, the canine brains seem to separate the meaning of the words from the intonation used and to analyze each aspect independently.

Scientists Looking For Alien Life Investigate 'Interesting' Signal From Space

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 9:38am

Russian astronomers detected an unusual radio signal last year. The SETI Institute says its too soon to say if the signal came from intelligent lifeforms — but they're checking it out.

Researchers Test The Effects Of Background Music On People

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:02am

Despite being aware that the background music on a documentary about sharks was manipulating them, viewers found they were unable to keep the music from producing a sense of upliftment or of menace.

Baby Simulator Doesn't Deter Teenage Pregnancies, Study Indicates

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:02am

A study in The Lancet medical journal shows the prevention program didn't appear to have long-term effects on reducing risks of teenage pregnancy. Renee Montagne talks to lead author Sally Brinkman.

Surfers And Scientists Team Up To Create The 'Perfect Wave'

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 3:50am

Surfers once deemed man-made waves weak and mushy compared to the best that break along the coast. Then engineers and an 11-time world champion surfer showed just how good an artificial wave can be.

Your Gut's Gone Viral, And That Might Be Good For Your Health

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 6:33pm

Think of it as a gift within a gift. Some beneficial gut bacteria contain viruses called "bacteriophages." And some of these phages now have been associated with good intestinal health in humans.

Scientists Divided Over How Lucy Died

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 5:36pm

A new study suggests the 3.2-million-year-old hominin died when she fell from a tree and fractured her bones. But other paleoanthropologists say the breaks happened after she died.

NASA Completes Year-Long Mars Simulation In Hawaii

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 3:31pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Carmel Johnston, the mission commander of the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation crew, about what it was like to complete a year-long simulation of Mars.

323 Reindeer Killed In Lightning Storm In Norway

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 1:22pm

The reindeer died on a mountain plateau in central Norway. "I don't remember hearing about lightning killing animals on this scale before," says a Norwegian environmental official.

A Robot That Harms: When Machines Make Life Or Death Decisions

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 1:03pm

An artist has designed a robot that purposefully defies Isaac Asimov's law that "a robot may not harm humanity" — to bring urgency to the discussion about self-driving and other smart technology.

'Mars Mission' Crew Emerges From Yearlong Simulation In Hawaii

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 11:07am

Six people spent that time living in a dome on a rocky volcanic plain on the island of Hawaii. The NASA-funded experiment was meant to simulate a long-term settlement on Mars.

Audits Of Some Medicare Advantage Plans Reveal Pervasive Overcharging

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 4:00am

Federal audits of 37 Medicare Advantage health plans cited 35 for overbilling the government. Many plans, for example, claimed patients with depression or diabetes were sicker than they actually were.

When The Biggest Earthquake Ever Recorded Hit Chile, It Rocked The World

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 3:50am

In 1960, all of Chile shook violently for more than 10 minutes. That quake along the western coast of South America was so big it changed the way people see the world.

A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 6:38am

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

After Losing Half A Beak, Grecia The Toucan Becomes A Symbol Against Abuse

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 10:45am

After the famous toucan received a prosthetic replacement, it's story has helped spark a national movement against harming animals in Costa Rica, where a new anti-abuse bill is also gaining traction.

Why Do We Only See Dragonflies In The Summer?

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 7:39am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Dr. Jessica Ware about dragonflies in this next installment of the summer series "What's Bugging You?"

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