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SpaceX Rocket Launches Secret Government Payload Into Orbit

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:51am

The launch of the top-secret Zuma satellite into an undisclosed orbit ended with yet another pinpoint landing for the Falcon's first-stage booster, which will be reused.

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Dozens Evacuate In Washington State, Fearing Landslide

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 5:51pm

A massive crack on top of Rattlesnake Ridge in south-central Washington state has nearby residents evacuating, as geologists and government officials predict a potentially devastating landslide.

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Controversial Social Scientist Charles Murray Retires

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 5:01pm

After more than 30 years, The Bell Curve author Charles Murray is taking on a new role as emeritus scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. NPR's Michel Martin talks to Dr. Murray about his career.

Night Light Increasing Around The World

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 7:06am

A new study of satellite data shows how nighttime light has been steadily increasing in recent years. This is happening despite new forms of lighting that were supposed to lower energy consumption.

New Prime Number Discovered

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 7:06am

This past week, John Pace of Germantown, Tenn., made a massive discovery. He found the largest prime number known to humankind. It's 23 million digits long.

Star 'Treknology': Imagining The Future Into Being

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 3:47pm

From its first appearance, Star Trek has always been hopeful about the relationship between society and technology. Ethan Siegel doesn't lose sight of this in his book, Treknology, says Adam Frank.

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It's Not Just A Cold, It's 'Sickness Behavior'

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 5:00am

Feeling grumpy and antisocial because you've got a cold? That's not just a random side effect. It's your body saying hey, slow down and rest so you can get better.

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While The Eastern U.S. Freezes, It's Too Warm In Alaska

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 8:51am

"We're way behind on winter," one resident says. Higher than average temperatures in rural Alaska are being blamed for two deaths and are preventing people from hunting for food.

(Image credit: Mark Thiessen/AP)

Hospitals Nationally Hit Hard By Medicare's Safety Penalties

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 4:00am

Seven states saw a third or more of their hospitals punished under the federal heath law's campaign against hospital-acquired conditions. Critics accuse some unscathed hospitals of gaming the system.

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Cold Casualties: Sharksicles And Frozen Iguanas

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:41am

The unusual cold slamming the U.S. East Coast is wreaking havoc with wildlife, particularly the cold-blooded variety. Social media has been flooded by photos of downed iguanas and frozen sharks.

Shellfish Industry, Scientists Wrestle With Potentially Deadly Toxic Algae Bloom

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 1:36pm

After decades with no sign of a lethal neurotoxin, the algae that produces it is now plaguing the warming waters of the Gulf of Maine, forcing unprecedented closures in shellfish harvesting.

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Astronomers Find Huge Stars More Common Than Previously Thought

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 1:01pm

A survey of a neighboring galaxy turned up 30 percent more super-heavy stars than expected. The discovery has implications for how stars form.

(Image credit: NASA, ESA, E. Sabbi (STScI))

Unlike Humans, Bonobos Shun Helpers And Befriend The Bullies

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 11:02am

Given a choice, bonobos tend to prefer people who act like jerks and dominate. That's very different than humans, who even as infants consistently prefer people who are cooperative and not mean.

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Share Your Flooding Story And Plan

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 4:00am

After severe hurricanes, residents and officials from Florida to California and New York to Alaska are thinking about how to cope with repeated flooding and future flood risk.

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Louisiana Says Thousands Should Move From Vulnerable Coast, But Can't Pay Them

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 4:00am

Louisiana is losing land faster than just about anywhere in the world, and the state now says it can't protect everyone from flooding. It created a program to buy out 2,400 homes but it's not funded.

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'Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics' Offers Practical Advice For Stressed-Out Cynics

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 3:59am

Trying to reduce anxiety and stress in 2018? If the idea of meditation makes you want to toss your coffee cup across the room, ABC News anchor Dan Harris offers some advice in his new book.

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Scientists Warn 'Bomb Cyclone' Will Bring Strong Winds, Cold Temperatures

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 3:20pm

This powerful storm was created by a cold jet stream colliding with warm air over the Atlantic. It is similar to Superstorm Sandy, but will likely cause less damage.

(Image credit: Stephen B. Morton/AP)

Ancient Human Remains Document Migration From Asia To America

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 2:54pm

A discovery of the remains of two infants in central Alaska provides evidence of the earliest wave of people to move from Asia into the Americas.

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How Cold Is Too Cold For Pets?

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 11:50am

A common misconception is that dogs and cats are more resistant to cold weather than humans because of their fur, but the risks to animals can be greater during a cold snap than during extreme heat.

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UFO Investigations: The Science And The Will To Believe

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 9:49am

Employing science's methodology is key — as it's the best antidote we have to the very human propensity to turn something we want to believe into a reality, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

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