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Buzz Aldrin Is Medically Evacuated From Antarctica

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 9:44am

The second man to walk on the moon fell ill during a trip to the South Pole and is being flown to New Zealand. Aldrin is 86 years old.

Lab-Grown Diamonds Come Into Their Own

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 9:36am

Commercial labs can now make the large, clear diamonds people prize for engagement rings and other jewelry in as little as 72 hours. How will this change the diamond industry?

North Korean Volcano Provides Rare Chance For Scientific Collaboration

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:04am

When the volcano started rumbling, North Korean researchers realized they didn't have the tools to predict if it might erupt. So they reached out to Western scientists for help.

Antarctic Beetle Species Discovery Doubles As Birthday Gift To Scientists' Mentor

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 5:04pm

Ball's Antarctic Tundra Beetle was small and brown, and it has been extinct for millions of years. The scientists who discovered it named it in honor of another beetle scientist's 90th birthday.

Are Food Allergies On The Rise? Experts Say They Don't Know

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:18pm

Despite assumptions that peanut and other allergies are becoming more common in the U.S., experts say they just don't know. One challenge: Symptoms can be misinterpreted and diagnosis isn't easy.

Deforestation Of The Amazon Up 29 Percent From Last Year, Study Finds

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 2:26pm

Brazil's National Institute for Space Research found that more than 3,000 square miles of forest cover were lost between August 2015 and July 2016 — a substantial increase over the year before.

Glowing Human Cells May Shed Light On Sickness And Health

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 8:08am

Researchers who developed a collection of human stem cells with glowing internal structures have begun sharing them with colleagues. The glow reveals the secret workings of cells.

Short Answers To Big Questions: What Is Dark Matter?

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 3:26pm

NPR blogger Adam Frank answers your questions about dark matter. What is it? And how do we find it?

Congress Poised To Pass Sweeping Law Covering FDA And NIH

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 3:09pm

The House could vote Wednesday on a vast bill that stretches nearly a thousand pages and holds changes large and small for the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.

6 Potential Brain Benefits Of Bilingual Education

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 5:00am

Kids are showing reading gains in dual-language classrooms. There may be underlying brain advantages at work.

Texas, Oklahoma Divided Over How To Handle Earthquakes Linked To Oil Drilling

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 3:22pm

Oklahoma and Texas have been experiencing a rash of human-caused earthquakes. It happens when oil and gas wastewater gets pumped underground in the wrong places and disrupts faults. Oklahoma officials have cracked down on wastewater injection; Texas is apparently uninterested in doing much. That could mean a lot more quakes given that the country's biggest oil reservoir has just been discovered in west Texas.

Encore: Scientists Discover Centuries-Long Lifespan Of Greenland Shark

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 3:22pm

The longest-living vertebrate known to science is a shark that can live centuries. This story originally aired on Aug. 11, 2016 on All Things Considered.

Big Data Coming In Faster Than Biomedical Researchers Can Process It

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 1:03pm

There's a plethora of projects to gather data about the brain, various kinds of cancer and every type of cell in the body. But researchers are struggling to keep up with the information explosion.

Kale Is About To Have An Identity Crisis

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 11:55am

To develop a new variety of kale tailored to American palates, plant researchers are surveying consumer attitudes on the leafy green. The takeaway so far? "Be less like kale."

Some Assembly Required: New Space Telescope Will Take Shape After Launch

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 3:51am

The James Webb Space Telescope is undergoing its final series of tests in NASA workshops. It's designed to take even grander images than the Hubble telescope. But deploying it will be a major feat.

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.

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