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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?"

National Day Of Mourning Commences In Italy After Earthquake

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

Funerals are being held today for some of the more than 260 killed in the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that shook central Italy reducing many villages to rubble. Relief efforts are underway.

Guess How Many Zika Cases Showed Up At The Olympics?

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 12:48pm

Before the games, computer scientists weren't worried about the spread of Zika. But some public health experts were. What does the data show?

Ramen Noodles Are Now The Prison Currency Of Choice

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 11:47am

Ramen will buy anything from smuggled fruit to laundry services from fellow inmates, a study at one prison finds. It's not just that ramen is tasty: Prisoners say they're not getting enough food.

Protected Marine Area Near Hawaii Is Now Twice The Size Of Texas

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 11:21am

The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument was created by President George W. Bush. Now President Obama is quadrupling it in size — making it the biggest marine reserve in the world.

Planned Parenthood Joins Campaign To Rid Miami Neighborhoods Of Zika

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:45am

The organization is going door to door in some of the city's poorest neighborhoods. The goal: Reach 25,000 households in six weeks with information about Zika prevention and family planning services.

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