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The North Korean Electromagnetic Pulse Threat, Or Lack Thereof

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 4:10am

Can a nuclear weapon in space fired by North Korea knock off much of the world's electricity? Jeffrey Lewis, of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, says not really.

Instead Of Showing Off Wealth, Some Show Off Busy Schedules

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 4:09am

Instead of buying expensive things, people now use busyness to show their high status. New research finds that many celebrities use social media to boast about their lack of time, not their wealth.

Welcome To The Poison Garden: Medicine's Medieval Roots

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 4:00am

One corner of the garden of Alnwick Castle in northern England grows a hundred plants behind lock and key. Many of the toxic species there were used by medieval doctors — nasty plants adapted to heal.

(Image credit: Joanne Silberner for NPR)

Cassini Spacecraft Re-Establishes Contact After 'Dive' Between Saturn And Its Rings

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 3:17am

The Cassini probe has orbited Saturn for 13 years. This is the first time it entered the gap between the planet and its rings.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Overlooked Drug Could Save Thousands Of Moms After Childbirth

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 5:21pm

An inexpensive drug could dramatically reduce the number of deaths of mothers from bleeding after childbirth in low- and middle-income countries around the world.

(Image credit: Thomas Fredberg/Getty Images/Science Photo Library)

Swipe Right To Help Save The Northern White Rhino From Extinction

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 3:45pm

To fund in vitro fertilization research, Ol Pejeta Conservancy CEO Richard Vigne says researchers teamed up with the dating app Tinder to feature "Sudan" as the "Most Eligible Bachelor in the World."

'Minibrains' In A Dish Shed A Little Light On Autism And Epilepsy

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 1:20pm

Experiments with small clusters of networked brain cells are helping scientists see how real brains develop normally, and what goes awry when cells have trouble making connections.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Pasca lab/Stanford University)

New Evidence Suggests Humans Arrived In The Americas Far Earlier Than Thought

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:00pm

Until now, the earliest signs of humans in the Americas dated back about 15,000 years. But new research puts people in California 130,000 years ago. Experts are wondering whether to believe it.

(Image credit: Tom Demere/San Diego Natural History Museum)

Cassini Spacecraft Starts Weaving Between Saturn And Its Rings

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 8:13am

"Shields Up!" the Cassini craft's Twitter feed announced Wednesday. If all goes well, new images of the ringed planet will reach Earth early Thursday.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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