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WATCH: In Hawaii, A 'Firehose' Of Lava Pours Into The Ocean

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 12:54pm

Researchers have captured dramatic footage of a tube of red-hot lava plummeting down a cliff into the ocean, sending fragments of lava and clouds of gray smoke into the sky.

(Image credit: USGS)

More Than 70 Arrests In North Dakota As Pipeline Detractors Weigh Legal Action

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 11:49am

Proponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline say final federal permission for the project is assured. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says the Army must complete an environmental review already underway.

(Image credit: James MacPherson/AP)

Why Eating The Same Food Increases People's Trust And Cooperation

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 3:55am

All over the world, people say they make friends by "breaking bread together." Social science research explores why sitting down to eat together makes people feel closer.

CDC Seeks Controversial New Quarantine Powers To Stop Outbreaks

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 3:47am

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants more flexibility in deciding whom to quarantine and why. But critics say the changes the agency has proposed raise civil liberties questions.

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VIDEO: When Humans Got Cozy, Germs Got Deadly

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:26pm

Our first germs didn't do much damage, until we gave up our hunter-gatherer ways and started farming. Episode 1 of a three-part animated miniseries on the battle between humans and germs.

(Image credit: Xaver Xylophon/for NPR)

World's Most Destructive Stone Marten Goes On Display In The Netherlands

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 4:27pm

The carcass of a marten that shut down the $7 billion Large Hadron Collider last year is the most recent addition to a Dutch exhibit of animals that have had notable interactions with humans.

(Image credit: Natural History Museum Rotterdam)

Moon Express Reaches Finals In Google Lunar Xprize Competition

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 3:27pm

The Silicon Valley company, Moon Express, is now a finalist in the $30 million Google Lunar Xprize competition. The company will attempt to place a spacecraft on the moon that could travel on its surface and transmit high definition images. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Naveen Jain, one of the founders of Moon Express, about the competition and the future of private space exploration and research.

With Concussion Risk In Soccer, Headers May Kick It Up A Notch

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 3:03pm

While a large number of the concussions in soccer come from players knocking skulls, heading the ball poses its own threat, a study finds.

(Image credit: Roger Weber/Getty Images)

U.S. Increases Firefighting Aid To Chile As More Than 70 Blazes Rage

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 2:31pm

At least 13 countries have sent money, equipment and people to help fight wildfires that have killed at least 11 people, including four firefighters.

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Why The Arctic Apple Means You May Be Seeing More GMOs At The Store

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 2:10pm

The fruit is one of the first GMOs to be marketed directly to consumers, not at farmers. It's headed to test markets this month. And it's a sign of how the science of genetic engineering is evolving.

(Image credit: Courtesy Okanagan Specialty Fruits)

Which Genes Make You Taller? A Whole Bunch Of Them, It Turns Out

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 12:12pm

You'd think it would be a simple matter of looking at a few genes from Mom and Dad. But scientists say they've already found more than 700 variants that affect height and are still counting.

(Image credit: Giordano Poloni/Ikon Images/Getty Images)

To Catch Prey, Frogs Turn to Sticky Spit

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 6:47pm

Frogs are unmatched in their speed and ability to catch prey. It's all about their super-soft tongue and specialized saliva, say researchers, who got saliva to test by scraping frogs' tongues.

(Image credit: Courtesy of A. Noel and D.L. Hu/Georgia Institute of Technology)

Space Archaeologist Wants Citizen Scientists To Identify Archaeological Looting

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 2:55pm

Sarah Parcak used $1 million in TED Prize money to launch a program called GlobalXplorer that allows anyone online to analyze satellite images of archaeological sites for evidence.

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Government Releases 16 Years Of Data About Solar Weather

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 3:57pm

It's the first time the U.S military has made public the data collected by GPS satellites about solar events. It may help people predict Earth disasters caused by space weather.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Los Alamos National Laboratory)

Scientists Describe Ancient Bag-Like Sea Creatures From China

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 3:36pm

They were ugly. And, unfortunately, they were not equipped with an anus. But the sand dwellers could be an important part of filling in our own early evolutionary tree.

(Image credit: Jian Han, Northwest University, China)

Save The Monkeys, Save The Trees, Sell The Chocolate

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 12:53pm

An enterprise-minded ecologist from England is helping endangered brown-headed spider monkeys in Ecuador by connecting their preservation to high-end chocolate.

(Image credit: Ryan Eskalis/NPR )

Can New DNA Science Help Keep Our Fish Safe?

Sun, 01/29/2017 - 6:00am

Scientists are experimenting with species' environmental DNA to find out how far and how fast it travels in streams. The technology is starting to revolutionize how we protect native animals.

(Image credit: Jes Burns/Oregon Public Broadcasting/EarthFix)

This Tiny Submarine Cruises Inside A Stomach To Deliver Drugs

Sun, 01/29/2017 - 4:00am

Scientists have created an experimental device that putters around inside the stomach, neutralizing acid and then delivering antibiotics. The goal is to help the antibiotics work better.

(Image credit: Angewandte Chemie International Edition)

Doomsday Clock Closest To Midnight Since 1954

Sat, 01/28/2017 - 6:05pm

The Doomsday Clock has inched closer to and farther from nuclear Armageddon since the Manhattan Project in 1947. On Thursday, the clock moved closer to Midnight — the closest it has been since 1954.

Obamacare Repeal Could Threaten Provisions That Help Older Adults

Sat, 01/28/2017 - 6:10am

Some lesser known parts of the Affordable Care Act have especially benefited people 50 and older. Will repeal of the ACA bring back sky-high premiums and gaps in Medicare's prescription drug coverage?

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