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A second ancient canoe is found in Wisconsin — this time tracing back to 1000 B.C.

6 hours 22 min ago

The dugout canoe discovered most recently in a lake is believed to be the earliest direct evidence of water transportation used by native tribes in the Great Lakes region.

(Image credit: Wisconsin Historical Society )

The world's biggest digital camera is almost ready to be installed on its telescope

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 4:03pm

Technicians are putting the final touches on the world's largest digital camera at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The camera will be sent to Chile and installed on a telescope in the Andes.

This hi-tech buoy can detect whales and prevent large ships from colliding with them

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 3:21pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Professor Douglas McCauley, director of the Benioff Ocean Science Laboratory, about a new technology that protects whales from colliding with large shipping vessels.

Monkey thieves, drunk elephants — Mary Roach reveals a weird world of animal 'crime'

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 12:25pm

Roach researched animal misbehaviors for her book, Fuzz. She says animals tend to ignore the rules we try to impose on them — and they often have the last laugh. Originally broadcast Sept. 14, 2021.

How much water do you actually need? Here's the science

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 4:14pm

Many feel tethered to a water bottle, having heard that hydration is key to being healthy. Here's what the science says about how much water to drink and when.

With so many undiscovered mushrooms, citizen scientists find new species all the time

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 4:14pm

Mushroom experts are vastly outnumbered by fungi they study. That means amateur mushroom hunters discover lots of new species, adding significantly to scientific knowledge.

Extreme heat, flooding and wildfires: How climate change supercharged the weather

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 12:22pm

Washington Post reporter Brady Dennis warns our aging infrastructure systems weren't built to withstand the stresses of climate change: "There is a certain amount of suffering that we can't avoid."

Tired of Saturn's rings? Check out NASA's latest image of the bands around Neptune

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 4:00am

The last time scientists caught such a clear glimpse of Neptune's rings was when Voyager 2 flew past the distant planet in 1989. Now the James Webb Space Telescope has delivered a crisp new image.

(Image credit: NASA)

A box of 200 mosquitoes did the vaccinating in this malaria trial. That's not a joke!

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 3:59pm

Volunteers for the trial put an arm over a box with hundreds of mosquitoes carrying a genetically modified malaria parasite. Here's why they did it that way — and why the trial holds promise.

(Image credit: Annette M Seilie)

Why Latino people are on the front lines of climate change

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 4:01am

A wide range of Latino communities in the United States are affected by climate-driven storms, floods, droughts and heat waves, and are leading the charge to address global warming.

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Prehistoric oceans in Kansas could hold clues about the future of life

Tue, 09/20/2022 - 4:19pm

Scientists seeking to learn about prehistoric oceans have flocked to an unlikely place: western Kansas. And today, the fossils embedded in these Great Plains could hold clues about the future of life.

Why your bad boss will probably lose the remote-work wars

Tue, 09/20/2022 - 5:30am

Since 2020, office workers have waged an epic battle to work remotely. They're mostly winning.

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Daily 'breath training' can work as well as medicine to reduce high blood pressure

Tue, 09/20/2022 - 4:01am

Research finds five to 10 minutes daily of a type of strength training for muscles used in breathing can help anyone reduce or prevent high blood pressure. The training can also help elite athletes.

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How Biden's declaring the pandemic 'over' complicates efforts to fight COVID

Tue, 09/20/2022 - 4:00am

Biden's comments — made as officials try to convince Americans to get a new booster shot and the White House seeks $22 billion in new COVID funding — were "unfortunate," several epidemiologists said.

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The U.S. will officially phase down HFCs, gases trapping 1,000x more heat than CO2

Tue, 09/20/2022 - 4:00am

The Senate is moving to ratify a climate treaty that would formally phase down the use of industrial chemicals found in air conditioners and refrigerators.

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Climate change likely helped cause deadly Pakistan floods, scientists find

Mon, 09/19/2022 - 11:18am

Extremely heavy rain fell in the hardest-hit provinces. About 75% more water is falling during the heaviest rainstorms in the region, according to a new scientific analysis.

(Image credit: Pervez Masih/AP)

Randall Munroe's 'What If? 2' answers the absurd science questions you didn't know you had

Sun, 09/18/2022 - 6:59am

NPR's Ayesha Rascoe speaks with author Randall Munroe about his new book, "What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions."

Scientists have found a mineral stronger than diamond

Sun, 09/18/2022 - 6:59am

Scientists have found a mineral stronger than diamond. They say lonsdaleite could be used to fortify industrial tools like drill bits and saw blades - AND teach us about the evolution of earth.

What scientist doesn't dream of one day receiving the Nobel prize?

Fri, 09/16/2022 - 5:16am

Those are announced next month, but Thursday some scientists were awarded the next best thing — an Ig Nobel award, for the funniest research projects.

Your everyday rituals do impact your life — just not how you might expect

Wed, 09/14/2022 - 4:01am

In his new book, scientist and author Dimitris Xygalatas explores how performing all kinds of rituals will have tangible impacts on our everyday lives

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