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Eclipse Map: Tracking The Astronomical Show

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 9:00am

A total solar eclipse will begin in Oregon and make its way to South Carolina starting at 1:16 p.m. ET. Keep up with where the eclipse is as it treks across the United States.

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Live Coverage: Follow The Solar Eclipse

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 9:00am

It is indeed dark during the day as a total solar eclipse makes its way from Oregon to South Carolina. Follow the phenomenon's journey along with NPR journalists and others experiencing the eclipse.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Romeo Durscher/NASA)

In Illinois, This College Town Won't Be Eclipsed By August's Celestial Event

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 7:48pm

A town of 26,000 will more than double in size as the Great American Eclipse takes place in August. From the local state university to longtime bakery, people are getting ready for it to get dark.

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Words You'll Hear: Eclipse Cheap Seats

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 4:59pm

A total eclipse sweeps the U.S. on Monday. But most will see a partial eclipse. The question is: Is an 80 or even a 90 percent eclipse worth it? Or should people make the extra effort to see totality?

'Blinded By The Light': Your Contributions To Our Solar Eclipse Soundtrack

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 4:59pm

While watching the total eclipse, folks might want to follow along with some toe-tapping music about the sun, stars and moon. We've got the playlist for the wondrous sky event.

As India's Climate Changes, Farmers In The North Experiment With New Crops

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 6:59am

Farmers are starting to grow new crops in winter, when their fields usually lie fallow. Meanwhile, air pollution, which contributes to climate change, is weakening India's solar energy production.

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In Turkey, Schools Will Stop Teaching Evolution This Fall

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 6:00am

When Turkish children head back to school, something will be missing from their textbooks: any mention of evolution. The government is phasing in what it calls a values-based curriculum.

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Getting To The Core Of Exercises Said To Strengthen 'Mum Tum'

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 4:00am

NPR listeners had lots of questions after our story about diastasis recti, a medical condition of abdominal muscles that's common among new moms. Many wanted to know more about how to fix the problem.

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Be Smart: A Partial Eclipse Can Fry Your Naked Eyes

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 4:11pm

And telescopes and binoculars only amplify the risk to your eyes from looking at the sun, doctors say. So even if you're not in the "path of totality," take precautions if you plan to watch.

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Is AI More Threatening Than North Korean Missiles?

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:52am

Tesla CEO Elon Musk last week warned that AI is an enormous threat. There can be no doubt that the advent of smart, rather than smart-ish, machines, is a long way off, though, says blogger Alva Noë.

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A First Look: Inside The Lab Where Scientists Are Editing DNA In Human Embryos

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 4:00am

NPR gets exclusive access to a lab in Portland, Ore., where scientists have begun editing the DNA in human embryos to try to prevent genetic diseases.

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California Prepares For An Eclipse Of Its Solar Power

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 4:00am

On a sunny day, California gets up to 40 percent of its energy from solar power, so Monday's total eclipse isn't just a scientific spectacle, it's a major concern for the state's power grid.

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Will The Eclipse Make Crops And Animals Flip Out? Scientists Ask (Really)

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 1:42pm

During the day on Aug. 21, large swaths of farmland will be plunged into darkness and temperatures will drop about 10 degrees. And scientists are waiting to see what will happen on the ground.

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Bears Can Face Summer Challenges In Roadside Zoos

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:23am

Even when the Animal Welfare Act is followed, bears may not live in conditions that many would find reasonable for such large, intelligent animals to flourish, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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Chemists Say You Should Add A Little Water To Your Whiskey. Here's Why

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 8:19am

It's a common refrain from whiskey enthusiasts: Adding a few drops of water to a glass opens up the flavors of the drink. Chemists in Sweden provide a molecular explanation for why this works.

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Chemists Say You Should Add A Little Water To Your Whiskey. Here's Why

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 8:19am

It's a common refrain from whiskey enthusiasts: Adding a few drops of water to a glass opens up the flavors of the drink. Chemists in Sweden provide a molecular explanation for why this works.

(Image credit: Andy Buchanan /AFP/Getty Images)

Rituals To Sprinkle A Little Magic Into Your Eclipse Experience

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 7:08am

A slightly witch-y mother, an astrologer, and the co-writer of a guide for Basic Witches share their eclipse rituals.

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Make Your Own Eclipse Viewer

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 5:23am

No eclipse glasses? No problem. Make your own solar viewer; (almost) no tools required.

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Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 5:09pm

Each year more than 600,000 babies die of sepsis. Researchers have found a simple way to prevent it: Feed babies probiotic bacteria that are common in kimchi, pickles and other fermented vegetables.

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Women Who Love Wine: Are You Binge-Drinking Without Realizing It?

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 5:00pm

Binge-drinking sounds like an all-night bender, but here's a reality check: Many social drinkers may "binge" without knowing it. Women who drink four or more drinks on an occasion are binge-drinking.

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