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Astronomers Find Huge Stars More Common Than Previously Thought

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 1:01pm

A survey of a neighboring galaxy turned up 30 percent more super-heavy stars than expected. The discovery has implications for how stars form.

(Image credit: NASA, ESA, E. Sabbi (STScI))

Unlike Humans, Bonobos Shun Helpers And Befriend The Bullies

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 11:02am

Given a choice, bonobos tend to prefer people who act like jerks and dominate. That's very different than humans, who even as infants consistently prefer people who are cooperative and not mean.

(Image credit: Emilie Genty/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Share Your Flooding Story And Plan

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 4:00am

After severe hurricanes, residents and officials from Florida to California and New York to Alaska are thinking about how to cope with repeated flooding and future flood risk.

(Image credit: Katherine Du/NPR)

Louisiana Says Thousands Should Move From Vulnerable Coast, But Can't Pay Them

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 4:00am

Louisiana is losing land faster than just about anywhere in the world, and the state now says it can't protect everyone from flooding. It created a program to buy out 2,400 homes but it's not funded.

(Image credit: William Widmer/for NPR)

'Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics' Offers Practical Advice For Stressed-Out Cynics

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 3:59am

Trying to reduce anxiety and stress in 2018? If the idea of meditation makes you want to toss your coffee cup across the room, ABC News anchor Dan Harris offers some advice in his new book.

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Scientists Warn 'Bomb Cyclone' Will Bring Strong Winds, Cold Temperatures

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 3:20pm

This powerful storm was created by a cold jet stream colliding with warm air over the Atlantic. It is similar to Superstorm Sandy, but will likely cause less damage.

(Image credit: Stephen B. Morton/AP)

Ancient Human Remains Document Migration From Asia To America

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 2:54pm

A discovery of the remains of two infants in central Alaska provides evidence of the earliest wave of people to move from Asia into the Americas.

(Image credit: Eric S. Carlson and Ben A. Potter/Nature)

How Cold Is Too Cold For Pets?

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 11:50am

A common misconception is that dogs and cats are more resistant to cold weather than humans because of their fur, but the risks to animals can be greater during a cold snap than during extreme heat.

(Image credit: Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

UFO Investigations: The Science And The Will To Believe

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 9:49am

Employing science's methodology is key — as it's the best antidote we have to the very human propensity to turn something we want to believe into a reality, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

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Winter Storm Could Bring Snow And Sleet To U.S. East Coast

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 2:42am

Winter Storm Grayson is expected to move up the coast from Florida to Maine, but its impact on the East Coast depends on how far west it tracks and how wide of a swath it cuts.

(Image credit: Julio Cortez/AP)

Neuroscientist Predicts 'Much Better Treatment' For Alzheimer's Is 10 Years Away

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 12:20pm

"Just the last few years alone have seen some serious breakthroughs in Alzheimer's research," Joseph Jebelli says. His new book is The Pursuit of Memory.

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Rated PG: Profoundly Gifted

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 10:06am

Intelligence happens on a spectrum. What happens on the high end?

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Clean Meat, Via Lab, Is On The Way

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 8:42am

Would you eat beef, chicken, even foie gras grown from animal cells in the lab? Anthropologist Barbara J. King takes a look at new food technologies.

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Encore: Testing For A Marijuana High

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 3:42pm

Rae Ellen Bichell reports on scientists' efforts to develop a reliable test for marijuana intoxication. This story was originally broadcast on All Things Considered on Aug. 6, 2017.

Top Fitness Trends For 2018: Back To Basics

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 4:00am

A survey of fitness professionals who keep track of how we exercise suggests 2018 is likely to find more of us trading fitness gadgets for high-intensity interval training and group classes.

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Top Fitness Trends For 2018: Back To Basics

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 4:00am

A survey of fitness professionals who keep track of how we exercise suggests 2018 is likely to find more of us trading fitness gadgets for high-intensity interval training and group classes.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Equinox)

We Gave Weight Loss Using Food Tracking Apps A Try

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 3:57am

If you want to shed pounds in 2018, you should know that how much you eat matters more than how much you work out. Several apps are designed to make watching what your diet easier. We gave one a shot.

(Image credit: Paige Vickers for NPR)

The Year In Space Discoveries

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 7:12am

It's been a banner year in space. We hear about 2017's biggest highlights, including the "Great American Eclipse" and NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Researchers Gather Health Data For 'All Of Us'

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 7:12am

Federal researchers are collecting blood samples from 1 million Americans as part of an effort called "precision medicine." But some critics worry that the path ahead is expensive and unclear.

(Image credit: Richard Harris/NPR)

2017 Was The Year Of Extreme Weather

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 7:02am

This year will go down in history for its extreme weather. Researchers have now definitively attributed three major extreme weather events to climate change.




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