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A Banana Grown At Subzero Temps Also Has An Edible Peel

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 7:00am

Banana crops aren't in the best shape, but new varieties could help. Japanese Mongee bananas debuted this winter, bred to be cold-resistant and pesticide-free. Plus: you can eat the peel.

(Image credit: Courtesy of D&T Farm Inc.)

Why #MeToo Happened In 2017

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 3:52am

Why did the #MeToo movement take off recently and not decades ago? The story of a playwright who was publicly accused of sexual misconduct in the 1990s and again in 2017 offers some clues.

Theoretical Physicist Joseph Polchinski Dies At 63

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 3:23pm

Influential physicist Joseph Polchinski has died at 63. Caltech Professor Sean Carroll remembers Polchinski and the significant contributions he made to theoretical physics.

Despite Progress, Cities Struggle With Ambitious Climate Goals

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 3:23pm

Dozens of cities are vowing to cut their carbon emissions and uphold the U.S. commitment to the Paris climate deal. Despite progress, many are falling short of their most ambitious goals.

(Image credit: Dan Boyce for NPR)

SpaceX Prepares To Launch Powerful Falcon Heavy Rocket

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 10:16am

A rocket more powerful than any other flying today is scheduled to launch between 1:30 and 4:00 p.m. ET Tuesday, complete with a cherry red Tesla car on board.

(Image credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

WATCH LIVE: SpaceX Attempts Launch Of Powerful Falcon Heavy Rocket

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 10:16am

The private space company is launching a rocket more powerful than any other in use today — and it'll be bearing a cherry red roadster into an elliptical Earth-Mars orbit. Watch the launch live here.

(Image credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Risky Antipsychotic Drugs Still Overprescribed In Nursing Homes

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 7:51pm

Too many people with dementia are being given sedating drugs to make them easier to handle in understaffed facilities, a new study finds, despite federal warnings to stop the practice.

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Fossils In Amber May Provide Link Between Ancient Arachnids And Modern Spiders

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 5:46pm

Two teams of researchers are studying tailed spiders captured and preserved about 100 million years ago, which could provide evidence of the species' evolution.

Could A More Individualistic World Also Be A More Altruistic One?

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 2:11pm

Equating individualism with selfishness may be a mistake: Some of the world's wealthiest and most individualistic countries are some of the most altruistic, says 13.7 guest commentator Abigail Marsh.

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Lethal Pneumonia Outbreak Caused By Low Chlorine In Flint Water

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 2:00pm

Two new studies confirm that an outbreak of deadly Legionnaires' disease in Flint, Mich., was caused by the city's water crisis in 2014 and 2015.

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Can Computers Learn Like Humans?

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 1:46pm

Computers use artificial intelligence to do everything from drive cars to pick music we like. But what exactly is artificial intelligence? How does it work? What are its limits?

(Image credit: Sam Rowe for NPR)

SpaceX Set To Launch World's Most Powerful Rocket

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 11:00am

The company is getting ready for the first flight of its massive Falcon Heavy. It will be the most powerful rocket in use — if it doesn't blow up.

(Image credit: SpaceX)

Why You Don't Hear Much About Sickle Cell Anymore

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 10:06am

It was cured … wasn't it?

Eating Leafy Greens Daily May Help Keep Minds Sharp

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 4:00am

Scientists are keen to figure out how diet influences aging, including brain health. A 5-year study of healthy seniors found those who ate a serving or two of daily greens had less cognitive decline.

(Image credit: Meredith Miotke for NPR)

Trump Administration Reverses Policy On Protecting Migrating Birds

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 4:08pm

The Trump administration has reversed a key policy for protecting migrating birds. Officials say a century old federal law is outdated, and poses a burden for utilities and energy companies.

The Forgotten Renewable: Geothermal Energy Production Heats Up

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 4:08pm

Experts say the American West is full of geothermal reservoirs whose energy could power millions of homes. But extracting that energy isn't easy.

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In The U.S. Virgin Islands, Health Care Remains In A Critical State

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 7:09am

In September, two Category 5 hurricanes devastated the region. Now, its hospitals can no longer provide major surgery, cancer treatment or specialized care, forcing daily staff cuts and revenue loss.

(Image credit: Greg Allen/NPR)

Reports: White House To Withdraw Controversial Nominee For Top Environmental Post

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 12:38am

The White House will reportedly pull nominee Kathleen Hartnett White to lead the Council on Environmental Quality. White has drawn criticism for her comments on climate change.

Making Space Food With Space Poop

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 7:33am

One of the difficult aspects of getting humans to Mars is the need to bring food. Researchers are experimenting with a way to make edible "microbial goo" with help from human waste.

(Image credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Gone With A Shot? Hopeful New Signs Of Relief For Migraine Sufferers

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 7:00am

Novel migraine therapies could change how physicians treat these debilitating headaches. But they are likely to be expensive and the long-term side effects will not be known for some time.

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