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Writing On The Terrifying Beauty Of The Human Future

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 11:13am

Author Kim Stanley Robinson deserves a place as a true visionary: He has done more than just write good science-fiction — he's mapped out new territory in what it means to be human, says Adam Frank.

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Scientists Say They've Found Hidden Space In Great Pyramid Of Giza

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 7:01am

Researchers used equipment that detects muons. Measuring the density of the tiny particles yielded an image of what's behind the pyramid walls with no damage to the ancient structure.

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Scientists Say They've Found Hidden Space In Great Pyramid Of Giza

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 7:01am

Researchers used equipment that detects muons. Measuring the density of the tiny particles yielded an image of what's behind the pyramid walls with no damage to the ancient structure.

(Image credit: Amr Nabil/AP)

When More Vegan Meals Are The Goal, What Is The Strategy?

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 1:18pm

Activist Tobias Leenaert counsels vegans and vegetarians to focus on vegan meals rather than vegan identities — and to talk encouragingly with meat reducers, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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When More Vegan Meals Are The Goal, What Is The Strategy?

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 1:18pm

Activist Tobias Leenaert counsels vegans and vegetarians to focus on vegan meals rather than vegan identities — and to talk encouragingly with meat reducers, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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Plastics Are Forever

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:06am

Plastic is in everything, including our tap water.

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Trump's Nominee To Be The Next Head Of NASA Prepares For Senate Hearing

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 5:31pm

President Trump's pick for the next head of NASA, Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., will have his Senate nomination hearing on Wednesday. He's been controversial because of his views on climate change.

Trump's Nominee To Be The Next Head Of NASA Prepares For Senate Hearing

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 5:31pm

President Trump's pick for the next head of NASA, Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., will have his Senate nomination hearing on Wednesday. He's been controversial because of his views on climate change.

How Climate Change Is Already Affecting Health, Spreading Disease

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 4:01am

For decades, scientists have predicted how climate change will hurt people's health. Now an international team of researchers say they're already seeing some of the damage.

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How Climate Change Is Already Affecting Health, Spreading Disease

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 4:01am

For decades, scientists have predicted how climate change will hurt people's health. Now an international team of researchers say they're already seeing some of the damage.

(Image credit: (From left) Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images; Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images; Arif Hudaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Scientists From Around The World Report On Health Effects From Climate Change

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 4:01am

A big, international team of scientists has come together to assess how climate change has affected people's health around the world in the past few decades. A rise in heat waves and weather-related disasters threatens the health of millions each year.

Study: CEOs Who Invest In Social Responsibility Initiatives Risk Their Jobs

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 4:01am

A new study shows that CEOs who invest in corporate social responsibility initiatives put themselves at significant risk of losing their jobs.

Brain Patterns May Predict People At Risk Of Suicide

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 6:27pm

A computer program learned to identify people thinking about suicide by studying brain activity patterns associated with words like "death" and "trouble."

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Shop Around: Subsidies May Offset Your 2018 Health Insurance Price Hike

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 3:08pm

Premiums for top-line HealthCare.gov policies are going up, federal officials confirm. But higher subsidies could cut some consumers' out-of-pocket expenses enough to make coverage cheaper overall.

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Toxic. Sour. Atomic. Why We Love To Hate Gross Candy

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 2:35pm

Candy is supposed to be sweet and delicious. So why are we tempted by candy that pretends to be made of hazardous chemicals, that threatens to nuke our tastebuds, or that dares us to be disgusted?

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How Tariffs Could Help And Hurt The Solar Industry

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 4:00am

The U.S. solar industry is bracing for possible tariffs or quotas on imported solar panels. Such action could have very different consequences on different parts of the industry.

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Alexa, Are You Safe For My Kids?

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 3:51am

Talking to a device that talks back can be entertaining and educational for children. But psychologists say children can develop relationships with these devices that can be different than adults.

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Did The EPA Censor Its Scientists?

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 8:08am

Last week, EPA scientists were pulled from speaking at a meeting where they would address climate change. New EPA leaders were quickly accused of censoring their own scientists, says Adam Frank.

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Bats And Tequila: A Once Boo-tiful Relationship Cursed By Growing Demands

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 7:07am

As the tequila industry surges, the early harvesting and cloning of agave are disrupting the ecosystem of some species — leading some groups to go to bat for the hardworking nighttime pollinators.

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'Hidden No More': Encouraging Girls To Pursue STEM

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 7:09am

NPR's Melissa Block talks to Yefon Mbangsi, a chemical engineer in Cameroon, about coming to the U.S. to participate in a State Department program inspired by the film Hidden Figures.

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