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A Slow Trip To A Hot Planet: Spacecraft Poised For Mission To Mercury

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 1:57pm

The European Space Agency's BepiColombo will take seven years to reach the innermost planet in our solar system, where temperatures at the surface can reach 800 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Image credit: NASA, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington via AP)

Scientists Learn To Hear The 'Songs' Of Ice Shelves

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:28pm

Scientists have found a new way to analyze the structural integrity of ice shelves at the end of the world, through the songs the winds sing on top of them.

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Grandma Was Right: Sunshine Helps Kill Germs Indoors

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 9:51am

All kinds of bacteria live with us indoors, and some can make us sick. A new study shows that rooms exposed to light had about half the live bacteria found in rooms that were kept in darkness.

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Bye, Bye, Beer? Brewers Say They've Got A Plan On Climate Change

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 7:02am

A scientific paper published this week predicts climate change will send beer prices skyrocketing and drastically reduce the barley crop. It got tons of media attention. But is beer really doomed?

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What Do You Get A Nobel Prize Winner? It's Hard To Find A Perfect Gift

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 5:10am

The University of Missouri was deciding how to honor George Smith, who shared the 2018 Nobel in chemistry. Some schools designate parking spots but Smith bikes. He now has his own spot in a bike rack.

Geological Teams Try To Determine The Future Of Storm-Affected Communities

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:03am

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey are on the ground in Florida looking for the high water marks of Hurricane Michael. FEMA uses these maps to determine who is eligible for what kind of aid.

EPA Boasts Of Reduced Greenhouse Gases, Even As Trump Questions Climate Science

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:00am

U.S. production of heat-trapping greenhouse gases fell 2.7 percent last year. But larger cuts will be needed to address climate change.

(Image credit: Branden Camp/AP)

Not Just For Cows Anymore: New Cottonseed Is Safe For People To Eat

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 3:38pm

Cottonseed is full of protein but toxic to humans and most animals. The USDA has approved a genetically engineered cotton with edible seeds. They could eventually feed chickens, fish — or even people.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Lacey Roberts/Texas A&M University)

Geologists Question 'Evidence Of Ancient Life' in 3.7 Billion-Year-Old Rocks

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:01pm

A new analysis of what were initially thought to be microbial fossils in Greenland suggests they might instead just be mineral structures created when ancient tectonic forces squeezed stone.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Abigail Allwood)

Distrust Of Health Care System May Keep Black Men Away From Prostate Cancer Research

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 10:30am

Black men are hit hardest by prostate cancer, but they are underrepresented in research. Researchers held focus groups in three states to understand why.

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Survey Finds Widespread 'Moral Distress' Among Veterinarians

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 4:00am

Most of the 800 veterinarians surveyed feel ethical qualms when pet owners ask them to euthanize animals that could be treated, or when owners ask to keep pets alive who will suffer needlessly.

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Excavation Of Lithuania's Great Synagogue Highlights A 'Painful Page' From History

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 2:55pm

The synagogue is "very important," says an archaeologist, "not only for Jews but all people living in Lithuania." Just 3,000 Jews are left in the capital, compared to some 70,000 before World War II.

(Image credit: Collection of Zusya Efron, Center for Jewish Art, Hebrew University of Jerusalem )

After Paul Allen Co-Founded Microsoft, He Changed Brain Science Forever

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 2:32pm

In 2003, Paul Allen created an institute to figure out how the human brain works. That institute has already made contributions that may turn out to be part of his greatest legacy.

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Climate Change Could Make Beer Prices Double, Study Says

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:17am

The price of a six-pack in the U.S. could rise by $1 to $8 because of drought and heat. As one of the researchers says, it's "another way climate change will suck."

(Image credit: Peter Nicholls/Reuters)

'Brief Answers To The Big Questions' Is Stephen Hawking's Parting Gift To Humanity

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 9:21am

The physicist's posthumous book highlights his belief in the rationality of nature and on our ability to uncover its secrets — and a faith in science's ability to solve humanity's biggest problems.

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Why It's Hard To Change Minds About Climate Change

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 9:06am

The science is there. But some people aren't.

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Coffee Rust Threatens Latin American Crop; 150 Years Ago, It Wiped Out An Empire

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 7:02am

The fungus, which has no cure, is destroying harvests in Latin America. In the 1800s, it devastated Sri Lanka's powerhouse coffee industry. And scientists say it's only a question of time.

(Image credit: Jeff Koehler for NPR)

After Journalist Disappears, Companies Reconsider Saudi Investment

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 4:02am

U.S. executives are pulling out of an investment conference scheduled to take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, next week — as controversy swirls around the disappearance of a missing Saudi journalist.

2 Towns: Guess Which 1 Is Liberal And Which Is Conservative

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 4:02am

If being liberal and conservative is about political views, how come the labels describe other things? A social scientist says some part of people's leanings come from an unlikely source: their DNA.

Getting Back What You Lost — Rebuilding In A Wildfire Zone

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 3:53am

In northern California, homes are being rebuilt in the same area that burned to the ground in last year's Tubbs Fire. Despite the risk, a severe housing shortage in the area is forcing tough choices.

(Image credit: Lauren Sommer/KQED)

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