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What Does El Niño Precipitation Mean For California Drought?

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 7:01am

It's finally raining in California, but will the El Niño storms be enough to refill the state's reservoirs? Can the water be collected? Alice Walton of the LA Times talks with NPR's Rachel Martin.

New Orleans Prepares For Mississippi River Flooding

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 7:13am

The Mississippi River is expected to crest Sunday. Officials in low-lying New Orleans don't expect this time to be as bad as last month, but they're not taking any chances.

#NPRreads: 3 Stories To Check Out This Weekend

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 6:00am

Read about how robots could save the Great Barrier Reef, why Americans work so much, and what art projects veterans are making to help them recover from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Finally, Some Good News For Manatees And Green Sea Turtles

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 3:36pm

These two species have been in danger of extinction for decades, but have responded well to conservation efforts. Those measures are going to stay in effect.

Forecast For Vikings-Seahawks Game Reminds Former Player Of 'Freezer Bowl'

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 3:31pm

The weather for Sunday's Vikings vs. Seahawks football game looks like it will be ridiculously cold. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Dave Lapham, a former player for the Cincinnati Bengals and currently the color analyst for the Bengals radio broadcast, about how to survive the frigid conditions.

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Us Your Toilets (Without Parasites)

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 6:01pm

The Romans are famous for their baths, aqueducts and toilets. But the sanitary innovations might not have done as much to improve health as was once believed.

U.S. Weather Wet And Wild In 2015, Though No Big Hurricanes

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 5:13pm

The U.S. had 10 weather events in 2015 that cost $1 billion or more in damage, with December the warmest and wettest month on record. Climate scientists blame a warming climate and strong El Nino.

Stomach Of Ancient Iceman Held Microbes Like Ours

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 4:11pm

Scientists analyzed the tummy of a 5,300-year-old ice mummy and found bacteria that many modern humans still carry.

Animal Rights Group Loses Copyright Suit Over Monkey Selfies

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 3:13pm

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a monkey cannot own the copyrights to selfies she took.

California Declares State Of Emergency Over Monthslong Gas Leak

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 1:49pm

Since October, a natural gas storage well near Los Angeles has been spewing hundreds of tons of methane gas each day. The leak isn't expected to be fixed for months.

Itchy Eyes? Sneezing? Maybe Blame That Allergy On Neanderthals

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 1:46pm

At least three genes that predispose some of us to hay fever and other allergies came from Neanderthal DNA, scientists say. The genes likely boosted the immunity of our early ancestors.

Debate Over Bird Flu Research Moratorium Flares Up Again

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 4:02am

Scientists are convening to talk about whether experiments that make some viruses more contagious in order to advance understanding of potential outbreaks are worth the risk of creating one.

Southern California Moves To Protect Homeless As El Niño Rain Hits Region

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 3:33pm

Rain, and lots of it, is falling in parts of California as the first of several El Niño storms makes its way across the state. In the Los Angeles area, county officials have spent extra to offer more shelter options for its large homeless population.

Scientists Spot 'Burping' Black Hole In Nearby Galaxy

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 1:02pm

Astronomers observed two arcs of X-ray emissions near a supermassive black hole. They say this shows "black holes can create, not just destroy."

Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against Volkswagen Over Emissions Software

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 3:19pm

On Monday, the Department of Justice, acting on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, filed a civil complaint in federal court in Detroit against Volkswagen. The DOJ alleges that nearly 600,000 diesel engine vehicles had illegal defeat devices installed that impaired emission control systems and caused emissions to exceed EPA's standards, resulting in harmful air pollution.

The Periodic Table Gets Update With 4 New Elements

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 3:19pm

The periodic table is getting an update. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry announced that four new chemical elements have been assigned atomic numbers 113, 115, 117 and 118.

Veterans Say Trained Dogs Help With PTSD, But The VA Won't Pay

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 3:19pm

Service dogs help veterans with physical disabilities, and there's increased interest in using dogs for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, too. A study is underway to see whether that helps.

Using Technology To Keep Carbon Emissions In Check

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 3:19pm

Renewable energy is only one of the steps toward achieving the goals set by the Paris climate deal. We take a trip around North America to explore other ways of keeping carbon out of the atmosphere.

4 New Elements Are Added To the Periodic Table

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 9:19am

With the discoveries now confirmed, "The 7th period of the periodic table of elements is complete," according to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

Lack Of Deep Sleep May Set The Stage For Alzheimer's

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 4:05am

A mouse's brain clears out toxins during periods of deep sleep — including toxins that form the sticky plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease. Could the same hold true for people?

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