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8 Years After Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Is Another Disaster Waiting To Happen?

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:00am

Eight years after the deadly Deepwater Horizon explosion, a safety watchdog aims to prevent another disaster. But it faces multiple challenges, and a shift in focus under the Trump administration.

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Bottlenose Dolphins Spotted Off Canada's Pacific Coast For The First Time

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 7:05pm

This was a bizarre sight because this kind of dolphin has never before been spotted in this northern area. They like the warmer waters farther south. About 200 were swimming in the group.

(Image credit: Mike Hill/Getty Images)

New Study Says Ancient Humans Hunted Big Mammals To Extinction

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 3:31pm

As humans spread around the globe, other big mammals vanished. Researchers believe it's because they were tasty.

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Novelist Richard Powers Finds New Stories Deep In Old Growth Forests

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 3:31pm

In The Overstory, Powers explores how humans can revere ancient trees with "the same kind of sanctity that we reserve exclusively for ourselves."

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To Curb Ocean Pollution, U.K. May Ban Plastic Straws, Stirrers And Cotton Swabs

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 1:31pm

Prime Minister Theresa May called plastic waste "one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world." The government said it will work with industry to develop alternatives.

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After Alert On Russian Hacks, Bigger Push To Protect Power Grid

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 6:29am

Homeland Security and the FBI have blamed Russia for a series of cyberattacks on U.S. power plants. The industry is stepping up efforts to protect the electric grid.

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Rwandan Reconciliation Through Radio Soap Opera

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 4:00am

In the ruins of the recently-ended Rwandan civil war, a team of radio performers attempted to unite Hutus and Tutsis through a soap opera.

WATCH LIVE: SpaceX Launches NASA Satellite To Search For Alien Worlds

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 5:29pm

TESS — short for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite — will spend two years searching for planets near bright, nearby stars. The launch is scheduled for Wednesday night around 6:51 p.m. ET.

Gene Therapy For Inherited Blood Disorder Reduced Transfusions

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 4:01pm

A small study finds promise for using gene therapy to treat patients with beta-thalassemia, a blood condition that can cause severe anemia. The experimental treatment is in early development.

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Climate Change Is Killing Coral On The Great Barrier Reef

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 3:46pm

The ecosystem has collapsed for 29 percent of the 3,863 reefs in the giant coral reef system, according to new research. Scientists are learning which corals are the "winners" and "losers."

(Image credit: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies/ Gergely Torda)

How People Learned To Recognize Monkey Calls Reveals How We All Make Sense Of Sound

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 3:04pm

A brain imaging study of grown-ups hints at how children learn that "dog" and "fog" have different meanings, even though they sound so much alike.

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Swarms Of Tiny Sea Creatures Are Powerful Enough To Mix Oceans, Study Finds

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:43pm

Each night, the organisms gather in a "vertical stampede" to feed at the ocean's surface. Research suggests the columns of swimming animals can create large downward jets that help churn the waters.

(Image credit: Isabel Houghton / J.R. Strickler /courtesy of Stanford / University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

As Climate Costs Grow, Some See A Moneymaking Opportunity

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 3:25pm

Extreme weather cost Americans over $300 billion last year. Scientists say climate change will bring more of that. Entrepreneurs and businesses see a new market in gauging risk.

(Image credit: Frank Bajak/AP)

Welcome, 'Little One': Critically Endangered Gorilla Born At National Zoo

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:31am

He's named "Moke," which is a Lingala word meaning "little one." He's the first of his kind to be born at the National Zoo in nine years, perfect and wrinkly and clinging to his mother.

(Image credit: Roshan Patel/Smithsonian's National Zoo )

How Birds-To-Be Get Oxygen Inside Eggs

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 4:45am

Unlike humans, bird embryos don't have an oxygen pipeline from their mothers. They develop inside eggs in a nest. Skunk Bear's latest video explains why these pre-hatchlings don't suffocate.

(Image credit: Adam Cole/NPR's Skunk Bear)

EPA Takes Toxic Site Flooded By Harvey Off Special Cleanup List

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 4:31pm

The EPA says the San Jacinto Waste Pits near Houston no longer needs Scott Pruitt's personal attention due to progress on a remediation plan. But the site is still years away from being cleaned up.

(Image credit: Rebecca Hersher/NPR)

Grocery Stores Get Mostly Mediocre Scores On Their Food Waste Efforts

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:13am

A new report, "Supermarkets Fail to Make the Grade in Reducing Food Waste," scores the 10 largest grocery stores on how they handle food waste. No store got an A, but Walmart got a B.

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The Renewable Energy Movement Ramps Up In Red States

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 9:06am

Where might you find a city that uses only renewable energy? Try Texas.

(Image credit: Photo by Drew Anthony Smith for Smithsonian magazine)

Drug Test Spurs Frank Talk Between Hypertension Patients And Doctors

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 4:00am

High blood pressure can cause severe health problems, but some of the medications to control it have unpleasant side effects. A new drug test alerts doctors when patients aren't taking their meds.

(Image credit: Blake Farmer)

The Super-Hot Pepper That Sent A Man To The ER

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 3:56am

Carolina Reapers are some of the hottest peppers in the world. So hot, in fact, that for one man, participating in a pepper-eating contestant resulted in a painful, serious "thunderclap headache."

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