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Astronaut Peggy Whitson Breaks NASA Record For Most Days In Space

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 3:31pm

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson has now spent more time off-planet than any other American. On Monday morning, the president and Ivanka Trump called Whitson at the International Space Station to congratulate her.

Astronaut Peggy Whitson Sets New NASA Record For Most Days In Space

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 8:30am

Peggy Whitson is a biochemist who has twice commanded the International Space Station. When she comes back down to Earth this year, she'll have logged more than 650 days in space.

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Voices From The March For Science

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 7:07am

Thousands of people gathered around the world to show their support for science, after President Trump's cuts to the EPA. We'll hear from folks in some of those countries and around the U.S.

Cassini Spacecraft Heads To Saturn

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 7:07am

The Cassini spacecraft, launched in 1997, has begun its final trip, which will end in its eventual destruction on Saturn. It recently sent back a picture of Earth from 870 million miles away.

Waste Not, Want Not: Why Aren't More Farms Putting Poop To Good Use?

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 7:00am

Digesters convert livestock manure into electricity. Farmers can use it to power their operations or even sell some back to the grid. But some have found the technology too pricey to maintain.

(Image credit: Dani Fresh for WHYY)

PHOTOS: Scientists Take To Washington To Stress A Nonpartisan Agenda

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:23pm

The science community feels threatened under the current administration. Researchers, educators and activists took to the nation's capital to stress that cuts to scientific funding affect us all.

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Out Of The Lab And Into The Streets, Science Community Marches For Science

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 5:24pm

Thousands of scientists and their supporters took to the streets to advocate for public support for science and technology today in Washington, D.C., and other cities around the country.

Renée Elise Goldsberry Hopes 'Henrietta Lacks' Movie Will Start Conversations

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 5:24pm

The actress plays a young African-American woman whose cells, which were taken without her knowledge or consent, went on to become "immortal."

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In A New 'Anti-Science' Era, Bill Nye 'Saves The World' With Same Optimism

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 4:11pm

"The Science Guy" dons his lab coat and bow tie uniform yet again, this time, in a a new political context. In his new Netflix series, Nye tackles climate change deniers and beyond.

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Saturday's March Aims To Stand Up For Science

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 10:18am

"I think the profession of science is under attack," says one organizer of the worldwide event. "[We've] left that open for politicians to [hijack] science for their own selfish needs."

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Can Placebos Work If You Know They're Placebos?

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:14am

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly asks writer Robert Siegel about "open label placebos" and whether placebos work even when patients know they're placebos. He wrote about his experience in Smithsonian Magazine.

First Step To 'Eco-Grieving' Over Climate Change? Admit There's A Problem

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:14am

Psychologists say anxiety over climate change is making some people feel overwhelmed. To talk through their worries, a group in Utah is meeting weekly and the idea has drawn interest in other states.

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An Organizer Speaks About Reasons For A 'March For Science'

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:14am

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Lucky Tran, organizer of today's March for Science, occurring in a number of cities around the world.

Chew On This For Earth Day: How Our Diets Impact The Planet

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:00am

The foods we choose to put on our plates — or toss away – could have more of an ecological impact than many of us realize.

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March For Science Organizers Work To Maintain Non-Partisan Position

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:34pm

A March for Science will be held Saturday in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of other cities in the U.S. Organizers say the march is a non-partisan celebration of science. It's meant to both encourage political leaders to fund science and rely on scientific evidence when making policy decisions. Critics worry the march will turn into an anti-Trump rally and paint scientists as just another interest group.

Lights Off, Blankets Out: Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:34pm

Conditions on Friday night and before dawn on Saturday should be ideal for spotting the streaks of space debris — leftover particles from a comet that was last seen in 1861.

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Jeremy Howard: Will Super-intelligent Machines Be The Last Human Invention?

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:02am

Data Scientist Jeremy Howard has studied machine learning for 25 years. He says super-intelligent machines can help us achieve amazing things. But he warns they might bring the end for our species.

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Maurice Conti: Can Machines Think And Feel For Themselves?

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:02am

Futurist Maurice Conti says we've entered a new era where machines and humans partner to do what neither can do alone. He calls it the "Augmented Age."

(Image credit: Video Still Courtesy Of The TED Conferences)

Marco Annunziata: What Will Human-Machine Collaboration Mean For Our Jobs?

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:02am

GE's Chief Economist Marco Annunziata is optimistic about "the marriage of minds and machines" — provided we manage it the right way.

(Image credit: Marla Aufmuth/TED)

Erik Brynjolfsson: In A Race With Machines, Can We Keep Up?

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:02am

MIT Professor Erik Brynjolfsson sees a bright future where machines serve as powerful tools and partners. But he says we can only shape this future if we keep up with the pace of innovation.

(Image credit: Bret Hartman/TED)

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