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Spin To Survive: How 'Saturn On Steroids' Keeps From Self-Destructing

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 1:32pm

A distant planet has rings so large it makes Saturn look like a child's toy. But, until now, scientists have been baffled about how the enormous rings keep from self-destructing. The answer: spin.

A Spider Across The Room Can 'Hear' You, Study Finds

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 1:17pm

"Based on what we know, this shouldn't be happening, but it definitely is," Harvard fellow Paul Shamble says. The researchers' finding changes what we know about how spiders experience the world.

In Other News: This Photo Of An Elephant Snuggling An Ostrich

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 12:51pm

It can be hard for different animals to get along, but Pea and Jotto have figured it out.

Organ Donations Spike In The Wake Of The Opioid Epidemic

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 6:00am

So far this year, more than 1 in 4 donations in New England are from people who died after a drug overdose — a much higher rate than in the U.S. overall, though it's not clear why.

Apes May Be More Like Us Than We Thought

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 3:26am

Blogger Alva Noë looks at new research showing apes understand what we think: They are able to differentiate how someone thinks something to be from how it actually is.

Brain Implant Restores Sense of Touch To Paralyzed Man

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 12:18pm

A mind-controlled robotic arm has pressure sensors in each fingertip that send signals directly to a paralyzed man's brain. It's still experimental, but could eventually help thousands, engineers say.

Hurricane Nicole Wallops Island Of Bermuda

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 9:40am

The Category 3 storm has maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour. The National Hurricane Center calls it "extremely dangerous."

We Pay Billions For Greener Farms, So What Does That Buy Us?

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 6:00am

American farmers receive billions of dollars each year in "conservation payments" that are intended to protect the environment. Some environmentalists think the payments deserve scrutiny - and reform.

Research Explores The Effects Of Trade And Economic Disruption

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 4:07am

Economic disruption has been a big part of the political conversation. Free trade might be a net benefit to the U.S., but there are large areas of the country that bear the brunt of negative effects.

Protests Disrupt Pipelines Across The West

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 4:11pm

On Tuesday, activists targeted five pipelines carrying crude oil into the U.S. from Canada, as construction resumed on a North Dakota pipeline. Twenty-seven protesters were arrested.

Obama Declares Humans Should Go To Mars By The 2030s

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 3:32pm

President Obama has once again declared that humans should go to Mars by the 2030s. NPR looks back on his eight years in office to see whether he's put NASA on track to get there.

Coffee And Climate Change: In Brazil, A Disaster Is Brewing

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 3:00pm

Climate change is threatening the world's coffee, a new report says. In the biggest coffee supplier on the planet, Brazil, rising temperatures are being felt to devastating effect.

How The 'Cannabis Catch-22' Keeps Marijuana Classified As A Harmful Drug

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 2:22pm

Author John Hudak says federal law makes it hard to prove the medicinal value of marijuana. "As a Schedule 1 drug, it is very difficult to do research on the plant," he explains.

Reviews Of Medical Studies May Be Tainted By Funders' Influence

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 11:16am

Researchers often combine the results of many medical studies to evaluate treatments. But when the combiners have a financial interest, the results might be inaccurate, a scientist says.

President Obama Really Wants People To Live On Mars

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 12:13pm

In an op-ed for CNN, the president wrote that he hopes to one day look at the night sky with his grandchildren and tell them that humans are living on Mars.

Trace The Remarkable History Of The Humble Pencil

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 10:10am

The humble writing implement has its roots in exploding stars, the French Revolution, the crown jewels of England and Walden pond.

A Friend For Pluto: Astronomers Find New Dwarf Planet In Our Solar System

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 3:55am

The object known for now as 2014 QZ224 is only about 330 miles across and takes 1,100 years to orbit the sun. But one of the most interesting things about it is the way researchers found it.

A Pediatrician's View Of Paid Parental Leave

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 1:55pm

Paternity leave can make a big difference in a dad's long-term engagement with the child, doctors find. Paid family leave also fosters breastfeeding and reduces the incidence of maternal depression.

State Laws Build Momentum For First National Paid Family Leave Program

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 3:32pm

Since California passed a statewide paid parental leave law, New Jersey, Rhode Island and New York have followed suit. Some think the state laws could be a model for a national paid leave policy.

Matthew Set To End U.S. Hurricane Drought After 10 Years

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 3:32pm

For the past decade, no major hurricanes have come ashore along the East Coast or Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Matthew is ending that lucky streak.




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