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As July's Record Heat Builds Through August, Arctic Ice Keeps Melting

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 4:13pm

July 2016 was Earth's hottest month on record. And Arctic ice has shrunk this year almost as much as it did in 2012 — the most severe melt to date.

Sting's Brain Scan Reveals Clues About How The Musical Mind Works

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 3:26pm

When Dr. Daniel J. Levitin, a McGill University cognitive neuroscientist, mapped the brain of musician Sting in 2007, he found that a musically trained mind will make deep connections to different types of music.

300 Miles Above Us, Astronauts Give The Space Station A New Door

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 1:05pm

Two American astronauts are installing a new docking port that will allow astronauts traveling with private companies to enter the International Space Station.

Artisanal Food Waste: Can You Turn Scraps Into Premium Products?

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 6:00am

Entrepreneurs hope that, instead of paying bottom dollar for produce that might otherwise have ended up in the landfill, customers will pony up for high-end foods made from rescued ingredients.

Research Examines If Surgery Delays Affect Patients' Health Outcome

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 4:06am

Researchers find that long waiting times for surgery are not associated with worse health outcomes for patients. The study involved patients waiting for surgery in England.

Threatened By Rising Seas, Alaska Village Decides To Relocate

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 6:49pm

Rising sea levels have eroded Shishmaref for many years. Now, the Inupiat Eskimo village has voted to move. One resident told NPR that it's a matter of protecting their unique community.

Alaskan Village Votes To Relocate Amid Climate Change Fears

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 3:28pm

Residents of Shishmaref, Alaska, voted this week to relocate their village to escape rising sea levels. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Esau Sinnok, a Sishmaref native and an Arctic Youth ambassador, about the decision to move.

For Pete's Sake, Don't Sleep or Swim in Your Contact Lenses

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 2:07pm

Contact lenses seem safe and easy, but a CDC analysis shows people can get serious eye infections from them. The usual culprits: Wearing them too long, and failing to be meticulous about cleaning.

Eating Yogurt Is Not Enough: Rebalancing The Ecosystem Of 'The Microbes Within Us'

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:11pm

Ed Yong, author of I Contain Multitudes, says someday we might be able to improve our health by taking probiotics, but "we are still in the very early stages of working out how to do this."

Better Burgers, More Healthful Hot Dogs: Could A Pinch Of Seaweed Be The Answer?

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 6:00am

Processed meats used in hot dogs and hamburgers are high in levels of salt and fat. Some scientists want to boost these foods' nutritional profile by adding seaweed to the meats.

The Amazing Pedal-Powered Brain Race: The Finish Line

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 5:01am

These middle schoolers built a 200-pound human brain on wheels. Will it survive the eight-hour race through the streets of Baltimore?

Study Of Sudden Cardiac Death Exposes Limits Of Genetic Testing

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 7:41pm

Some genetic tests for a common cause of sudden heart failure can be wrong, researchers say, because the underlying science didn't take into account racial diversity.

Federal Court Blocks Challenge To Social Cost Of Carbon

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 3:32pm

Economists call it the social cost of carbon. A single number that is supposed to reflect all of the costs society incurs when people burn fossil fuels. That number is now part of federal regulations, and some industries aren't happy.

Scientists Engineer An Opioid That May Reduce Pain With Less Risk

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 2:31pm

Opioids lock to a receptor in the brain that controls pain relief, pleasure and need. A new compound may offer relief without as much risk of addiction or overdose. But it's only been tested in mice.

What Does It Take To Map A Walrus Hangout? 160 Years And A Lot Of Help

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 9:49am

Groups of walruses are vulnerable to disturbances, but it's hard to avoid them if you don't know where they are. A new tool from U.S. and Russian researchers draws on history to protect the animals.

How To Catch The Biggest Wave In The Universe

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 3:33am

An L-shaped machine in Louisiana is hunting for some of the most powerful waves in existence: gravitational waves. This wave detector acts like a giant tape measure to capture bends in space and time.

Short Answers To Big Questions: The Power Of Earth's Magnetic Field

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 3:33pm

All Things Considered asked listeners to ask our resident astrophysicist big questions, so we can give you short answers. Today we explore magnetic fields and explain why they are so powerful on Earth.

White House Announces New Fuel Efficiency Standards For Trucks, Buses

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 3:33pm

The Obama administration has announced new fuel efficiency standards for trucks and buses.

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