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Scientists Say They've Unearthed A Completely New Kind Of Meteorite

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 4:07pm

Scientists say that in a Swedish quarry, they've uncovered a meteorite unique among the 50,000 known on Earth today. They say it could hold clues about the history of the solar system.

Ex-Wife Reveals Orlando Gunman's History Of Domestic Violence

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 3:28pm

The ex-wife of Omar Mateen — who attacked an Orlando, Fla., nightclub killing at least 49 people — has described suffering physical and psychological abuse from Mateen during their marriage. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to Deborah Epstein of Georgetown University about the possible connections between domestic violence and mass shootings.

Psychologist Urges Caution In Speculation About Orlando Gunman's Sexuality

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 3:28pm

Investigators in Orlando are pursuing reports the shooter at Pulse nightclub used gay dating apps and was seen at the club several times before. There's speculation that the shooter could have been motivated by self-hatred as a closeted gay man. But Gregory Herek, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, urges caution.

Gravitational Waves From Colliding Black Holes Shake Scientists' Detectors Again

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:18pm

For the second time in recent months, scientists say they have picked up distortions in space and time. The find suggests smaller-sized black holes may be more numerous than many scientists thought.

Research Explores Ways To Overcome STEM Fields' Gender Gap

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 4:06am

Why do so few women sign up for careers in science, technology, engineering and math? Research suggests having few women in college in these fields and in technology companies creates a vicious cycle.

Despite Overdose Epidemic, Georgia Caps The Number Of Opioid Treatment Clinics

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 3:34am

Georgia has stopped licensing new clinics that provide medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. Some call the state's move irresponsible. Others say the clinics aren't regulated enough.

What Does It Take To Get A Drug Banned For Enhancing Athletes' Performance?

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 12:39pm

The World Anti-Doping Agency considers whether a drug can unfairly improve athletes' chances of winning and also whether it could harm them when deciding to blackball a drug.

The Psychology Of Modern Terrorism: What Drives Radicalization At Home

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 11:10pm

What draws people to terrorism? What propels them to commit mass murder? This week, we explore why some young people are attracted to terrorism.

Here's Really Where Zika Mosquitoes Are Likely In The U.S.

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 3:14pm

A few months ago, health officials published a map that made it look like a big part of the U.S. was at high risk for Zika. Now they've released a new map that paints a very different picture.

A Map Of Where Your Food Originated May Surprise You

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 1:25pm

A new study reveals the full extent of globalization in our food supply. More than two-thirds of the crops that underpin national diets originally came from somewhere else — often far away.

Millennials May Be Losing Their Grip

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 12:07pm

Less manual labor may be why today's young adults have weaker grips than their counterparts did 30 years ago. The change augurs limper handshakes and fewer opened jars for 20-somethings.

Celery: Why?

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 10:36am

Considering humans' millennia-long struggle with famine, it's surprising anyone spent time or resources cultivating low-calorie celery. But the vegetable's original use had nothing to do with food.

Scientist Stephon Alexander: 'Infinite Possibilities' Unite Jazz And Physics

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 4:18pm

Stephon Alexander once downplayed the connections he saw between jazz and physics, concerned that — as "the only black person" in his professional circle — his credibility would be questioned.

Safety Regulator Looks At Alleged Tesla Suspension Flaw

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 8:45pm

The celebrated electric car company denies allegations of a safety problem with its suspension and says claims that it told customers not to report the problem "preposterous."

Drones Lead Archaeologists To New Discovery In Petra, Jordan

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 3:34pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with archaeologist Sarah Parcak about her team's discovery of the monument in Petra, Jordan — an archaeological park among the richest and most visited in the world. She found the structure using satellite imagery, Google Earth and drones.

Light Pollution Hides Milky Way From 80 Percent Of North Americans, Atlas Shows

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 1:42pm

More than 99 percent of the people living in the U.S. and Europe look up and see light-polluted skies, according to a new atlas of artificial night sky brightness.

Spring Is Swarm Season, When Beekeepers Are On The Hunt For New Hives

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 11:54am

While a new neighborhood beehive can be stressful for homeowners, it's an exciting time for beekeepers. They see it as an opportunity to collect more colonies for their apiaries.

Stick A Fork In It: Federal Meteorologists Say El Nino Is Done

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 3:58pm

This year's extra-large El Nino weather pattern is over, according to federal meteorologists. The pattern brought heavy rain to many parts of the country and was one of the strongest ever.

Cancer Scientist Jams With Willie Nelson One More Time

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 2:42pm

Joe Palca was fresh out of college in 1975, when he got a job as a lab tech, working for a young scientist and country music fan who would one day harness the immune system to fight cancer.

A Scientist's Dream Fulfilled: Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 2:41pm

Melanoma can be a deadly skin cancer, but 10 years ago biologist Jim Allison figured out a way to tweak the body's immune system to go after those malignant cells. Some patients are now cancer-free.

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