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Gotham, The Humpback Whale: The Hudson River's New Resident

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 3:27pm

New York City is not known for whale watching. But there's a new resident in the Hudson River: Gotham, the Humpback Whale. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Paul Sieswerda, president of Gotham Whale.

Heritage Turkeys Make A Comeback, But To Save Them We Must Eat Them

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 3:25pm

They're descended from birds brought by British settlers that mated with turkeys native to the U.S. These birds taste much more like the turkeys that were on the table in the 17th century.

Research On Chinese Haze Helps Crack Mystery Of London's Deadly 1952 Fog

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 2:06pm

Atmospheric scientists, pinning down chemical processes behind Beijing's pollution, discovered an explanation for the unusually toxic smog that killed thousands of people in London in December 1952.

Your Dog Remembers Every Move You Make

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 12:03pm

Our canine pals remember lots of facts, like where to find the food bowl. Now there's evidence they also have aspects of "episodic memory," which allow them to relive experiences and events.

Scientists Say Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Made Earth's Surface Act Like Liquid

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 3:31pm

The asteroid smashed into Earth. And from miles under the Earth's surface, rock hurtled upward to a height twice that of Mount Everest and then collapsed outward to form a ring of mountains.

Eat It, Don't Leave It: How London Became A Leader In Anti-Food Waste

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 2:11pm

In the English capital, apps and small-scale businesses abound that let restaurants and food vendors share leftovers with the public for free, and otherwise reduce the amount of edibles they toss.

Watch Earth's History Play Out On A Football Field

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 1:57pm

If our planet's 4.5-billion-year existence were laid out on a 100-yard timeline, when and where would humans first show up? Good question. NPR's Skunk Bear hits the gridiron for a reality check.

When The Kids Go Vegan, It Can Be A Recipe For A Stressful Holiday Meal

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 11:03am

For parents with kids on special diets, be it vegan, paleo or gluten-free, holidays can mean more anxiety than fun. The solution lies in working together with their children to plan the perfect meal.

Scholars Delve Deeper Into The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 5:57pm

What happens when you make robots that are smart, independent thinkers — and then try to limit their autonomy? A $10 million gift is aimed at answering such questions at Carnegie Mellon University.

Dementia Risk Declines, And Education May Be One Reason Why

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 4:46pm

The prevalence of Alzheimer's and other dementias declined by almost 3 percent from 2000 to 2012, a study finds. That could be due to people getting more education, and better health overall.

For Many Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters, The Fight Is Personal

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 3:41pm

The Dakota Access Pipeline protests attract people from all over the world. They all oppose the construction of the oil pipeline, and they come for many personal reasons, too.

Several Cities Convert To LED Street Lights In Conservation Efforts

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 3:41pm

Many cities are converting to LED street lights. The move can help restore darker skies and make stars visible again, and they also save energy and money. But some LEDs emit light that disrupts sleep.

WATCH: Drone Footage Shows Aftermath Of New Zealand Quake

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 12:57pm

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook New Zealand more than a week ago. Scientists investigating the damage have recorded mesmerizing footage of the cracks in the ground that the quake left behind.

At 56, Peggy Whitson Becomes Oldest Female Astronaut

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 3:49pm

On the mission, she's projected to once again become the U.S. astronaut with the most time spent in orbit.

Evangelical Scientist Fears Trump Presidency Will Derail Climate Change Progress

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 8:11am

Donald Trump wrote in a tweet that global warming is "nonexistent." NPR's Rachel Martin talks to climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe about what Trump's presidency will mean for climate policy.

Florida Keys Approves Trial Of Genetically-Modified Mosquitoes To Fight Zika

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 8:11am

In the Florida Keys, no cases of locally-transmitted Zika have been reported, but officials have decided to go ahead with trials of a genetically modified mosquito to combat the spread of the disease.

Climate Scientist Ponders Trump Presidency's Effect On Climate Change Progress

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 8:11am

Donald Trump wrote in a tweet that global warming is "nonexistent." NPR's Rachel Martin talks to climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe about what Trump's presidency will mean for climate policy.

Heavy Screen Time Rewires Young Brains, For Better And Worse

Sat, 11/19/2016 - 7:07am

Bombarding young mice with video and audio stimulation changes the way the brain develops. But some scientists think those sorts of brain changes could protect kids from stressing out in a busy world.

A Trump Reversal On Obama's Arctic Oil Drilling Ban Won't Be Easy

Sat, 11/19/2016 - 7:07am

The Obama Administration has removed the Arctic Ocean from any new off shore oil and gas leasing for the next 5 years. Environmentalists wanted the move due to concerns over climate change.

No New Federal Oil And Gas Leases In The Arctic Ocean For The Next Five Years

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 5:19pm

The Obama administration has removed Arctic locations from planned oil and gas leases for the next 5 years. Ten of the 11 approved lease areas are in the Gulf of Mexico.




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