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Where Levees Fail In California, Nature Can Step In To Nurture Rivers

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 4:20pm

After devastating floods, California is looking to spend billions on dams and levees. Some are calling for a new approach to flood control, one that mimics nature instead of trying to contain it.

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Launch, Land, Launch — SpaceX Tries Reusing Its Rocket

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 3:48pm

Thursday the private company SpaceX plans on launching a satellite using a rocket that it has launched once before. Reusing equipment could make it cheaper to do business in deep space.

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Fishermen Catch 50 Pound Carp In The Middle Of Los Angeles

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 3:41pm

MacArthur Park in the middle of Los Angles is not the most picturesque location, but it is where members of the California Ghetto Carping Club love to fish. And this week, it's where Eddie Salmeron caught the club's record fish, a 50 pound carp.

Will The EPA Reject A Pesticide, Or Its Own Scientific Evidence?

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 3:02pm

The agency must decide this week whether to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide widely used on produce. The EPA thinks it could pose risks to consumers. But its new head made his name fighting such rules.

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HPV Vaccine Could Protect More People With Fewer Doses, Doctors Insist

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 9:21am

In the U.S., there are about 39,000 cancers associated with the human papillomavirus each year. Doctors say the new HPV vaccine may help reduce the number of cases.

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Measuring The Impact Of Rolling Back Environmental Regulations

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 4:07am

President Trump's environmental order proposes rolling back regulations. David Greene speaks with John Larsen of the Rhodium Group about the impact those rollbacks could have on emissions levels.

Passengers Take Flight To View Southern Lights

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 4:07am

The Aurora Australis is a display of neon green lights that dance across the southern skies. A plane took off from New Zealand to get a special view.

Scientists Who Want To Study Climate Engineering Shun Trump

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 4:07am

The controversial study of climate engineering — aka deliberately messing with Earth's temperature — was finally starting to regain a measure of respectability. And then came President Trump.

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A New Kind Of March Madness Hits Schools

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 3:23am

It's March Mammal Madness, a bracket with real animals facing off in fictional battles. Hundreds of science classes are playing in schools around the country.

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Paralyzed Man Uses Thoughts to Control His Own Arm And Hand

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 6:42pm

A spinal injury severed the connection between Bill Kochevar's brain and everything below his shoulders. But technology has given him a new way to control one arm and hand.

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Mayor Of Wyoming Coal Town Reacts To Trump's Climate Order

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 3:32pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Louise Carter-King, mayor of Gillette, Wyo., about the impact that President Trump's executive order loosening regulations on coal will have on the the town.

Trump Signs Executive Order Rolling Back Regulation On Carbon Emissions

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 3:32pm

President Trump signed a sweeping set of executive orders on Tuesday that aim to dismantle the Obama administration's efforts to combat climate change.

Device Mimicking Female Reproductive Cycle Could Aid Research

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 1:32pm

Scientists have assembled a lab system from living tissue that can replicate a woman's 28-day hormonal cycle. The goal is to use the system to find new ways to treat a host of women's health problems.

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The Truth Is, Lying Might Not Be So Bad

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

With repeated lies, the brain becomes less and less sensitive to dishonesty, supporting ever larger acts of dishonesty. But why do we lie and is it such a terrible thing if we do?

Expected Executive Actions On Climate Change Policies Aim To Ensure Focus On Energy Independence

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

President Trump will sign executive actions Tuesday that aim to roll back a sweeping set of climate policies put in place by the Obama administration. A moratorium on new coal leases on public lands, a rule designed to address methane emissions from oil and gas operations and the Clean Power Plan, will all get a review.

What Gave Some Primates Bigger Brains? A Fruit-Filled Diet

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:49pm

A new study suggests that diet had a big influence in driving the evolution of brain size in primates. Monkeys who thrive on fruit have bigger brains than their plant eating neighbors.

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Proposed Budget Cuts Slash Funding For Great Lakes Clean-Up

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:28pm

Proposed White House budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies will end federal spending on Great Lakes clean-up. That includes axing work on invasive species like Asian carp and a public health program that protects drinking water from toxic algae for 11 million residents around Lake Erie.

Trump's Plan To Ditch Clean Power Plan Threatens Paris Agreement

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:28pm

President Trump is expected to ditch the Clean Power Plan this week. The CPP regulations would reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that warm the planet. Without it, the U.S. won't live up to its pledge, made in Paris in 2015, to make deep cuts in emissions. That could jeopardize the Paris deal, in which nearly 200 nations made similar pledges.

Breast-Fed Kids May Be Less Hyper, But Not Necessarily Smarter, Study Finds

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 4:06am

Prior research points to an association between breast-feeding and higher intelligence, but a new study finds no causal link. The study does find that breast-fed kids are less hyperactive at age 3.

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EPA Chief: Trump Plans To Kill Obama-era Clean Power Plan

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 4:06am

The Trump administration is expected this week to unveil its executive order undoing President Obama's Clean Power Plan, which aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

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