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New Research Shows How 'Atmospheric Rivers' Wreak Havoc Around The Globe

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 10:01am

The idea of plumes of moisture curling above our heads might seem beautiful, but new research shows atmospheric rivers to be among the most damaging of weather systems.

(Image credit: NOAA)

Can Poetry Keep You Young? Science Is Still Out, But The Heart Says Yes

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 4:03am

Scientific evidence showing health benefits from engaging in the arts is still weak. But Los Angeles students in their 80s say their poetry class gives them joy, solace, community and a voice.

(Image credit: Maria Fabrizio for NPR)

WATCH LIVE: 'All Systems Go' For SpaceX Launch At NASA's Historic Pad

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 8:01am

SpaceX scrubbed an attempt Saturday to launch a rocket from NASA's Launch Complex 39A, site of the shuttle program and the mission that first sent humans to the moon. Watch as they try again Sunday.

(Image credit: Bruce Weaver/AFP/Getty Images)

Why NASA Is Exploring An Alien World In Antarctica

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 6:58am

Covered in ice and filled with bubbling lava, the Antarctic volcano Mount Erebus is the perfect proxy for an alien world. That's why NASA's Aaron Curtis travels there to test space exploration robots.

NASA Announces Winners In 'Space Poop Challenge'

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 6:58am

Even astronauts have to go number two. NASA recently asked the public for suggestions on how to better deal with poop in spacesuits.

Can Changing When And What We Eat Help Outwit Disease?

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 4:00am

I'm fasting intermittently as part of a research study, to see if changing my gut microbiome affects my multiple sclerosis. But maybe living on Peanut Chews isn't the best strategy.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Brandi Jefferson)

Have Spare Time? Try To Discover A Planet

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 11:00am

Astronomers think there's an undiscovered planet lurking in the far reaches of the solar system, and they're asking the public's help to find it.

(Image credit: Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

A Liftoff Deferred: SpaceX Mission From NASA's Historic Launch Pad Delayed

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 8:43am

Launch Complex 39A, the site of the Apollo 11 mission, has quite a storied past. Now, it's on the brink of a new era — but it'll have to wait a bit, after Saturday's launch was scrubbed for 24 hours.

(Image credit: Bruce Weaver/AFP/Getty Images)

When Their Food Ran Out, These Reindeer Kept Digging

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 6:54am

Reindeer are thought to face a grim future as climate change threatens lichen, a key winter food source. But on one Alaskan island, reindeer have found a new food source, making scientists hopeful.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Paul Melovidov)

'Are We Alone?' Churchill Concludes It's Likely Life Circles Other Suns

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 6:52am

In an essay written in 1939, Winston Churchill pondered the possibility that there might be life elsewhere in the universe. The document was recently rediscovered in a museum in Fulton, Mo.

(Image credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble SM4 ERO Team /AP)

In Massachusetts, Coastal Residents Consider How To Adapt To Climate Change

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:51pm

Living by the shore in the age of climate change means managing risk. In the community of Nahant, Mass., residents are trying to decide how to adapt.

(Image credit: Lucian Perkins for WBEZ)

Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt To Lead Environmental Protection Agency

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:32pm

Scott Pruitt is promising an aggressive rollback of regulations at the Environmental Protection Agency. NPR takes a look at what he's likely to target and the challenges he will face.

Scientific Conference Planners Concerned About Immigration Policy

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:32pm

There's increasing concern among planners of science and technical conferences about the Trump administration's immigration restrictions. Many groups signed a letter asking Trump to rescind the order.

How Hermann Rorschach's 'Inkblots' Took On A Life Of Their Own

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:05pm

These days, you're more likely to come across the concept of a Rorschach test in a cultural context than a clinical one. In a new book, author Damion Searls traces the history of the famous inkblots.

(Image credit: Archiv und Sammlung Hermann Rorschach, University Library of Bern)

Oroville Dam Reached Capacity Faster Than Previous 16 Years

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:33am

The Oroville dam is the tallest in the country and has a capacity of 3,537,577 acre feet. It went over capacity last week causing massive evacuations and bringing attention to its damaged spillways.

(Image credit: Alyson Hurt/NPR)

A Daughter Of Coal Country Battles Climate Change — And Her Father's Doubt

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:36pm

In southwestern Pennsylvania, collapsed mining and steel industries led to economic and environmental downturn. A divided father and daughter work to find common ground to save their hometown.

(Image credit: Stephanie Strasburg for WBEZ)

Yahoo Warns More Users That Their Private Information May Have Been Stolen

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:34am

The company warned some users that their accounts may have been accessed using forged cookies in connection with a previously disclosed hack in 2014.

(Image credit: Michael Probst/AP)

Crop-Protecting Fungicides May Be Hurting The Honey Bees

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 8:00am

Bees have been dying in unprecedented numbers. A new study has found that fungi-destroying chemicals may make it harder for bees to metabolize their food. And if they can't get energy, they can't fly.

(Image credit: Kathryn Boyd-Batstone/Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Germ History: Milkmaids Inspire Vaccines, But The Germs Keep Coming

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 5:38am

After milkmaids helped discover vaccination, we spent the next 150 years learning how to keep ourselves safe from germs. By the 1960s, we thought the battle was finally over. If only!

In West Bank, Israeli And Palestinian Archaeologists Both Lay Claim To Heritage

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:41am

The military's archaeology unit conducts excavations but keeps some information about the digs secret. "This approach raises suspicions," says an Israeli archaeologist who favors greater transparency.

(Image credit: Daniel Estrin/NPR)




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