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Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Says Government Can Help Clean Energy Innovation

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 4:14pm

As he prepares for a conference on implementing clean energy to combat climate change, energy secretary Ernest Moniz says he's confident the Obama administration's commitments will remain in place.

Wrecked By Superstorm Sandy, Conservationists Work To Restore Migratory Birds' Refuge

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 6:38am

The migratory birds of the East Coast are about to get back a piece of habitat they lost to Hurricane Sandy — a freshwater pond in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in New York City.

Death Talk Is Cool At This Festival

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 5:14am

How to make thinking about death less somber? Hold a festival! Indianapolis did. Through art, film and book talks, residents explored everything from bucket lists to advance directives and cremation.

Using Algorithms To Catch The Sounds Of Endangered Frogs

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 5:12am

Scientists are turning to big data to try to save California's state amphibian. They're using software to comb through hours of recordings to find the red-legged frogs that remain.

Going There: The Future Of Water

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 4:07pm

Michel Martin traveled to Fort Collins, Colo. to talk with Kathleen Curry, Patty Limerick, Roger Fragua and Paolo Bacigalupi about owning water and dealing with a future where water may be scarce.

A Conversation About The Future Of Water

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 4:07pm

Michel Martin traveled to Fort Collins, Colo. to talk with Kathleen Curry, Patty Limerick, Roger Fragua and Paolo Bacigalupi about owning water and dealing with a future where water may be scarce.

#NPRreads: 4 Reads To Keep You Young This Weekend

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 6:51am

Correspondents, editors and producers from our newsroom share the pieces that have kept them reading, using the #NPRreads hashtag. Each weekend, we highlight some of the best stories.

AI? More Like Aieeee!! For The First Time, A Robot Can Feel Pain

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 5:19pm

The German researchers say this will keep robots safer, because "pain is a system that protects us." Added bonus: they say the humans who work alongside them will likely be safer, too.

Platform Check: How Trump's Energy Plan Stacks Up To The Democrats

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 3:31pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability at the University of California, Davis, about the presidential candidates' energy strategies after Donald Trump rolled out his platform.

Hokule'a, The Hawaiian Canoe Traveling The World By A Map Of The Stars

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 6:25am

A voyaging canoe built to revive the centuries-old tradition of Hawaiian exploration is circumnavigating the globe. Its crew has already traveled 26,000 miles navigating with the sun, star and waves.

Germ Resistant To Antibiotic Of Last Resort Appears In U.S.

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:53pm

The germs caused a urinary tract infection in a Pennsylvania woman that was difficult to treat. The bacteria were resistant to the drug often used as the last-ditch treatment, but another one worked.

Deep Sea Explorers Discover A Sponge The Size Of A Minivan

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:49pm

The deep-sea researchers were surveying an ocean ridge near Hawaii. "Where did this guy come from? Holy cow!" said one researcher when he saw the huge sponge. They say it's the largest ever recorded.

Doctors Discover First U.S. Case Of Bacteria Resistant To Last Resort Antibiotics

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:37pm

Doctors are reporting the first case in the U.S. of a bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics often used as a last resort. The germ was found in a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman with a urinary tract infection.

On The Trail Of The Wily Wild Hog

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 11:41am

These descendants of wild boars were brought over from Europe decades ago. They're highly invasive and hugely destructive — threatening native bears and deer in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

NASA's Attempt To Inflate Its Expandable Space Module Fizzles

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 9:57am

The module known as BEAM can be folded so it takes up less room in a cargo rocket, and then expanded once it reaches space. Or at least that's the hope.

Mysterious Cave Rings Show Neanderthals Liked To Build

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:00am

Deep in a French cave, researchers have found numerous ovals of broken stalagmites. They believe the rings were arranged by ancient Neanderthals.

It's Still Hard To Get Birth Control Pills In California Without A Prescription

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:00am

California law now permits pharmacists to sell many types of hormonal birth control methods without a doctor's OK. But good luck finding a drug store that will dispense the contraceptives that way.

ExxonMobil, Chevron Shareholders Reject Resolutions Aimed At Battling Climate Change

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 4:01pm

But shareholders at ExxonMobil approved one resolution that could make it easier to one day nominate an environmentalist to the board.

When Cars Collide, Safety Advocates Say It's No 'Accident'

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 3:31pm

The New York Times reported this week on the movement to get people to stop using the word "accident" when describing auto incidents and instead use the word "crash," as a way to hold people responsible for their actions. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Peter Norton, a historian of engineering and society, about how the word "accident" came to be used by the manufacturing and auto industries.

For Female Fruit Flies, Mr. Right Has The Biggest Sperm

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:04pm

It's not unusual for males to try to impress females with big body parts. Consider antlers on deer, or elaborate tails on peacocks. Some male fruit flies take a different approach: giant sperm.

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