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Millions Have Dyslexia, Few Understand It

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 3:07am

It's the most common learning disability, yet it's still hard to answer the question: What is it? An NPR reporter who has dyslexia talks with other people — young and old — in search of answers.

As Batteries Keep Catching Fire, U.S. Safety Agency Prepares For Change

Sun, 11/27/2016 - 12:57pm

The Consumer Product Safety Commission grabbed the spotlight in recalls of hoverboard scooters and Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 phones. It's a tiny agency with a vast oversight of thousands of products.

CDC Study: Babies Of Mothers With Zika Didn't Show Symptoms For Months

Sun, 11/27/2016 - 7:38am

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found some of the babies didn't show symptoms of microcephaly for months. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to the CDC's Dr. Denise Jamieson.

Haiti Still Reels From Hurricane Matthew, One Month On

Sat, 11/26/2016 - 8:06am

Haitians voted for a new president this week and are hoping the winner can help speed the recovery. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Reuters correspondent Makini Brice.

Army Corps Of Engineers Issue Dec. 5 Leave Deadline To Pipeline Protesters

Sat, 11/26/2016 - 8:06am

The Army Corps of Engineers has told a Native American tribe in North Dakota and its supporters that it will close down a camp housing protesters against a major oil pipeline in the state.

In New Jersey, Kids Help Dig For Fossils In An Unlikely Place

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 3:32pm

Each week, hundreds of kids gather behind an unassuming shopping center in New Jersey. They're digging for fossils with a real paleontologist.

Who Invented Agriculture First? It Sure Wasn't Humans

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 5:00am

Ants in Fiji farm plants and fertilize them with their poop. And they've been doing this for 3 million years, much longer than humans, who began experimenting with farming about 12,000 years ago.

Clean Energy Analyst: Renewables Are 'Here To Stay' Under Trump Presidency

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability at the University of California, Davis, about the future of renewable energy under the Trump administration.

Researchers Explore The Struggle Of Recognizing Faces

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 3:29pm

Being able to recognize faces is a crucial part of life. But why are some of us so good or bad at it, and how skilled at it are we on average? The answers might surprise you.

TV Chef Alton Brown Shares Tips On The Science Of Thanksgiving Dinner

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 3:29pm

There are tons of tips on how to cook that Thanksgiving dinner, many of them rooted in science. Alton Brown, the showman of food TV, runs through why we stuff the turkey after it's cooked, why gravy should be kept in a thermos, and why canned cranberries are the devil.

Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Continue On Thanksgiving Day

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 3:29pm

Opponents of a 1,200-mile oil pipeline from North Dakota are marking this Thanksgiving Day at the site of a planned river crossing near Lake Oahe. Protesters say the pipeline could damage local drinking water sources and Native American heritage sites. The pipeline's developers say the project will have big economic benefits.

Gotham, The Humpback Whale: The Hudson River's New Resident

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 3:27pm

New York City is not known for whale watching. But there's a new resident in the Hudson River: Gotham, the Humpback Whale. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Paul Sieswerda, president of Gotham Whale.

Heritage Turkeys Make A Comeback, But To Save Them We Must Eat Them

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 3:25pm

They're descended from birds brought by British settlers that mated with turkeys native to the U.S. These birds taste much more like the turkeys that were on the table in the 17th century.

Research On Chinese Haze Helps Crack Mystery Of London's Deadly 1952 Fog

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 2:06pm

Atmospheric scientists, pinning down chemical processes behind Beijing's pollution, discovered an explanation for the unusually toxic smog that killed thousands of people in London in December 1952.

Your Dog Remembers Every Move You Make

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 12:03pm

Our canine pals remember lots of facts, like where to find the food bowl. Now there's evidence they also have aspects of "episodic memory," which allow them to relive experiences and events.

Scientists Say Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Made Earth's Surface Act Like Liquid

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 3:31pm

The asteroid smashed into Earth. And from miles under the Earth's surface, rock hurtled upward to a height twice that of Mount Everest and then collapsed outward to form a ring of mountains.

Eat It, Don't Leave It: How London Became A Leader In Anti-Food Waste

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 2:11pm

In the English capital, apps and small-scale businesses abound that let restaurants and food vendors share leftovers with the public for free, and otherwise reduce the amount of edibles they toss.

Watch Earth's History Play Out On A Football Field

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 1:57pm

If our planet's 4.5-billion-year existence were laid out on a 100-yard timeline, when and where would humans first show up? Good question. NPR's Skunk Bear hits the gridiron for a reality check.

When The Kids Go Vegan, It Can Be A Recipe For A Stressful Holiday Meal

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 11:03am

For parents with kids on special diets, be it vegan, paleo or gluten-free, holidays can mean more anxiety than fun. The solution lies in working together with their children to plan the perfect meal.

Scholars Delve Deeper Into The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 5:57pm

What happens when you make robots that are smart, independent thinkers — and then try to limit their autonomy? A $10 million gift is aimed at answering such questions at Carnegie Mellon University.

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