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Pipeline Company Indicted Over 2015 California Oil Spill

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 3:11pm

Plains All American Pipeline company is facing 46 criminal counts after one of its pipelines ruptured last year, spilling crude oil that fouled miles of coastline near Santa Barbara.

Rising Sea Levels Made This Republican Mayor A Climate Change Believer

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 11:03am

Already, expensive neighborhoods are flooding more often in Coral Gables, Fla. Mayor James Cason wants his city prepared for the economic fallout.

Hollywood Jet Gives Fearful Fliers The Courage To Soar

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 3:58am

A small group boards a 727 jet parked on a studio sound stage in Southern California. The airplane cabin is normally used for filming movies — but these "passengers" have real-world fears.

These Gloves Offer A Modern Twist On Sign Language

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 3:57am

Two college students developed SignAloud, gloves that connect to a computer and convert some sign language words and letters into speech and text. In the process, they've learned about deaf culture.

100,000 Orbits Later, International Space Station Still Going Strong

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 4:34pm

"One-hundred-thousand orbits, the journey continues," NASA astronaut Jeffrey Williams said in a video from space.

London Museum Hopes To Reboot Eric, Britain's First Robot

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 2:07pm

They have the technology. Now they need the money. The Science Museum has launched a Kickstarter campaign to rebuild Eric, who wowed audiences after he was created in 1928 — and then vanished.

The Power Of Genes, And The Line Between Biology And Destiny

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 12:45pm

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee says genetics play a significant role in identity, temperament, sexual orientation and disease risk — but that environment also matters. His new book is The Gene.

Breaking Down The Science Of Picky Eating

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 12:04pm

What makes us dislike certain foods? And why is everyone so concerned about what you're eating, anyway? Jane Kauer, an anthropologist who has studied the topic, helps answer our questions.

Rest Easy: New Study Doesn't Change What We Know About Safe Swaddling

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:48am

A new report on swaddling raised alarm for many new parents, but Joy Victory of HealthNewsReview.org tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer they needn't worry.

Physicist Talks 'Great Leaps' Of Physical World In 'Seven Brief Lessons On Physics'

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:48am

At only 78 pages long, Carlo Rovelli's "Seven Brief Lessons on Physics" is certainly that. He speaks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about modern physics.

Amid India's Drought Crisis, Suicides Increase Among Farmers Deep In Debt

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:48am

In the parched fields of India's central states, the district of Beed in Maharashtra has been buffeted by a multi-year cycle of drought. One widow tells her story of coping with drought and loss.

Listen: Sir Harry Kroto Was More Than A Nobel Prize Winner

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 4:17am

He shared chemistry's top prize in 1996 for finding buckyballs, and had Lou Gehrig's disease when he died. Making art was his first love. "Remember your humanity," he said, "and forget the rest."

New Photos Show The Rapid Pace Of Great Barrier Reef Bleaching

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 12:37pm

Over six months, healthy coral is bleached and then covered with algae. Scientists say bleaching has hit 93 percent of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia's "biggest ever environmental disaster."

Native Americans' Relocation From Louisiana Home: 'First Climate Change Refugees'

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 6:45am

Members of a Native American community in south Louisiana are retreating from their coastal home and trying to preserve their culture in the process.

Reviving Memory With An Electrical Current

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 6:00am

While still experimental, deep brain stimulation with implanted electrodes is being tested as a way to ease dementia in patients with Alzheimer's and other neurological conditions. Could it work?

Dung Beetles Navigate Poop-Pile Getaways Using Celestial 'Snapshots'

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 4:17pm

The tiny waste harvesters use the Milky Way as a guide to roll their dung meals away to safety. Now researchers say the beetles take "snapshots" of the constellation and store them in their brains.

Colorado Leads U.S. In Control Of Methane Gas Emissions

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 3:25pm

Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, and on Thursday the Obama administration laid out new regulations to stop methane leaks from the oil and gas industry. A report from Colorado explains how that state has brought methane emissions under control.

Fisheries Scientist Under Fire For Undisclosed Seafood Industry Funding

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 6:02pm

Ray Hilborn has a reputation for challenging studies showing declines in fish populations. But Greenpeace says its public records request has revealed a failure to disclose industry funding on papers.

As Big Candy Ditches GMOs, Sugar Beet Farmers Hit A Sour Patch

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 3:31pm

As companies shun genetically modified ingredients, they're buying more sugar extracted from sugar cane, rather than beets. Sugar beet farmers are thinking of going back to conventional beets.

In Polluted India, Negative Ion Necklaces Vow To Help You Breathe Easier

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 3:30pm

In India, there is money to be made fighting air pollution. NPR examines one product geared towards the bad air: a negative ion necklace.

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