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EPA Faces Fallout From Flint, Mich., Water Crisis

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 3:11pm

A top EPA official resigned Thursday over the handling of the ongoing water contamination crisis in Flint, Mich. The role of the EPA and whether the federal agency should have done more has been a recurring theme in White House discussions this week.

#Blizzard2016 Blankets East Coast In An Avalanche Of Cliches

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 10:54am

Many of us are already sick of hearing about the white stuff — and we haven't even felt the wrath of Ol' Man Winter yet.

Danes Say Zoo Dissections Fit With Country's 'Very Honest' Parenting

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 6:21am

Last weekend at an event in Denmark called "Animals Inside Out," a college biology student publicly dissected a lion. Attendees — including young children — were given a close-up, gory view.

El Niño Does Bring Floods And Drought But There's A Silver Lining

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 3:14am

We're in the middle of an El Niño that's already caused weather-related disasters and will last at least several more months. Now for the good news.

In Final Report, Experts Identify Remains At Notorious Reform School

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 5:45pm

Florida's Dozier School for Boys is a horror tale come to life. Nearly 100 boys died at the school, many unidentified, in unmarked graves. Scientists are trying to discover who they were.

Florida Researchers Complete Investigation Into Shuttered Reform School

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:32pm

University of South Florida researchers completed an investigation of unmarked graves at the now closed Dozier School for Boys. Twenty-one of 55 sets of remains found at the school were identified.

California Examines Safety Of Gas Wells Amid Methane Leak

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:32pm

New information has surfaced about conditions surrounding the broken gas storage well releasing methane in southern California. The powerful greenhouse gas has been escaping for three months. It turns out the well was being operated in a way some experts say leaves little margin of safety, and the state of California is now re-examining the practice.

Scientists Unearth Remains Of Ancient Massacre In Kenya

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:32pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews University of Cambridge Professor Robert Foley, co-author of a study in Nature about remains of a massacre from 10,000 years ago in Kenya. He talks about why he believes this is evidence of the earliest known warfare among humans.

When Warm Weather Refugees First Met Snow: Readers, Share Your Stories!

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 2:56pm

A YouTube video shows Syrian refugees celebrating their first snowy winter in Canada. Goats and Soda readers, tell us, when was your first snow — and how did you react?

Discovery Of Ancient Massacre Suggests War Predated Settlements

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 12:18pm

A group of hunter-gatherers died 10,000 years ago in modern-day Kenya. Archaeologists say the remains suggest warfare — often seen as a trait of settled societies, not nomadic ones.

Long Thought To Be Extinct, Bizarre Tree Frog Surfaces In India

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 11:20am

Frankixalus jerdonii has been rediscovered in northeastern India — and scientists say it represents an entirely new genus. Strangely, the tadpoles feed on their mothers' unfertilized eggs.

For The Next Month, 5 Planets Will Align In Early Morning Sky

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 3:24pm

As of today, you can see all five planets that are possible to see in the sky with the naked eye early in the morning. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with astronomer Jackie Faherty about why this is happening.

2015 Becomes Warmest Year On Record, NASA And NOAA Say

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 3:24pm

2015 was the hottest year on record, according to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Deke Arndt of NOAA about their findings.

Ready For Prime Time: A Number With 20 Million-Plus Digits

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 3:03pm

The largest-ever prime number has been discovered at the University of Central Missouri. It breaks the previous record by almost 5 million digits.

A 'Scorcher': 2015 Shatters Record As Warmest Year, NASA And NOAA Say

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 10:10am

The Northern Hemisphere saw the biggest rise in land temperatures, finishing 2.59 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than the 20th century average.

Was Dr. Asperger A Nazi? The Question Still Haunts Autism

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 10:03am

Hans Asperger identified autism as a spectrum of disorders in the 1930s, but his work was ignored for decades because he went on to work under the Nazis. Research and treatment suffered as a result.

Scientists Find Hints Of A Giant, Hidden Planet In Our Solar System

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 9:26am

Something very big, out beyond Neptune, is warping the orbits of small, icy objects circling our sun. Astronomers haven't seen it yet, but say the culprit could be a planet with 10 times Earth's mass.

Batteries With A Less Fiery Future

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 3:30am

Overheated lithium-ion batteries have been a problem for airplanes, cars and even "hoverboards." A chemical engineer at Stanford University thinks she has a solution to the problem.

'In A Different Key' Traces History And Politics Of Autism

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 7:05pm

Authors John Donvan and Caren Zucker say parents have been "unsung heroes" in spurring more research on autism, and in getting many more kids out of institutions and into schools.

Aztec Gold: Watch The History And Science Of Popcorn

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 4:11pm

Popcorn has been around at least 4,000 years. The Aztecs even had a word for the sound of kernels popping — totopoca. On National Popcorn Day, ponder the story of this beloved snack.

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