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Federal Court Blocks Challenge To Social Cost Of Carbon

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 3:32pm

Economists call it the social cost of carbon. A single number that is supposed to reflect all of the costs society incurs when people burn fossil fuels. That number is now part of federal regulations, and some industries aren't happy.

Scientists Engineer An Opioid That May Reduce Pain With Less Risk

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 2:31pm

Opioids lock to a receptor in the brain that controls pain relief, pleasure and need. A new compound may offer relief without as much risk of addiction or overdose. But it's only been tested in mice.

What Does It Take To Map A Walrus Hangout? 160 Years And A Lot Of Help

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 9:49am

Groups of walruses are vulnerable to disturbances, but it's hard to avoid them if you don't know where they are. A new tool from U.S. and Russian researchers draws on history to protect the animals.

How To Catch The Biggest Wave In The Universe

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 3:33am

An L-shaped machine in Louisiana is hunting for some of the most powerful waves in existence: gravitational waves. This wave detector acts like a giant tape measure to capture bends in space and time.

Short Answers To Big Questions: The Power Of Earth's Magnetic Field

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 3:33pm

All Things Considered asked listeners to ask our resident astrophysicist big questions, so we can give you short answers. Today we explore magnetic fields and explain why they are so powerful on Earth.

White House Announces New Fuel Efficiency Standards For Trucks, Buses

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 3:33pm

The Obama administration has announced new fuel efficiency standards for trucks and buses.

'Roaring Wind' Examines Extreme Weather, And The Power Of Air

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 12:26pm

Biologist Bill Streever sailed from Texas to Guatemala while doing research for his new book, And Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind. He says the wind was working against him "most of the time."

Why High-Income Households Benefit More From Product Innovations

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 4:05am

A Stanford University researcher finds that products purchased mainly by poor people were increasing in price much more quickly than those purchased by the wealthy.

Fishing And Foraging: How To Catch Your Seafood, Ethically

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 9:00am

Fisherman Kirk Lombard's new book teaches people to fish and forage along the northern California coast, while urging them to harvest in moderation, follow regulations and respect sea creatures.

The Physics And Psychology Of 'The Wave' At Sporting Events

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 8:54am

You may love or hate 'the wave' as it sweeps through spectators at baseball, football and soccer games. But physicists say the synchronized action shows how humans are like particles.

Will Your Prescription Meds Be Covered Next Year? Better Check!

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 3:32am

Insurers have released the latest lists of prescription drugs they won't cover in 2017. Express Scripts is excluding 85 drugs and CVS Caremark, 131. Some drugs for diabetes and asthma are out.

How 'Patient H.M.' And His Lobotomy Contributed To Understanding Memories

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 4:25pm

William Scoville's lobotomy on patient Henry Molaison taught scientists a lot about human memory, but left Molaison with memory problems. Luke Dittrich discusses the story in his book Patient H.M.

How The Placebo Effect Could Boost An Olympic Performance

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 5:00am

One athlete's "psych-up" ritual may psych out an opponent. And even treatments that lack hard evidence of benefit, scientists say, might provide a competitive edge if the athletes believe they work.

In A Remote Vault In Norway, Repository Stores The World's Seeds

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 4:02pm

Cary Fowler, senior adviser to the Global Crop Diversity Trust, talks about a giant vault of millions of seeds stored away in an icy mountain in Norway. Fowler is the author of Seeds on Ice.

Bird Myth Busters: Do Birds Fly To The Moon In Winter? And Other Unknowns

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 7:54am

Do hummingbirds migrate on the backs of geese? And will rice thrown at weddings really make birds explode? Scott Simon gets to the bottom of some bird myths with Ray Brown, host of "Talkin' Birds."

How To Keep Your Coffee In Its Cup: The Claw Grip

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 7:54am

What's the best method for holding a cup of coffee so it doesn't spill? NPR's Scott Simon learned that an overhand claw-like grip is best.

Astronomers Are On A Celestial Treasure Hunt. The Prize? Planet Nine

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 7:54am

Earlier this year, a pair of scientists predicted the existence of a ninth planet based on computer modeling of the solar system. This fall, the race is on to be the first to spot it in a telescope.

In The Pacific Northwest, Oil Train Derailment Highlights Potential Dangers

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 3:31pm

The number of trains carrying oil along the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington could dramatically increase. There's a plan to ship more oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota to a proposed oil terminal in southwest Washington state. An oil train derailment earlier this year has shown the potential danger faced by the region.

The Colony-Killing Mistake Backyard Beekeepers Are Making

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 1:50pm

Bee experts warn that novices may be inadvertently putting their hives in danger by not keeping the mite population in check.

Why Doctors Want A Computerized Assistant For Cancer Care

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 11:35am

There's more information on genetic mutations and in the scientific literature than cancer doctors can process easily. Smart, fast computers might be able to help.

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