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Scientists Spot First Alien Space Rock In Our Solar System

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 4:22pm

Astronomers are eager to learn more about the visitor as it zooms through, like how far-off planets form: "You'd love to see if it looks like stuff in our solar system."

(Image credit: Brooks Bays / SOEST Publication Services / UH Institute for Astronomy)

AI Model Fundamentally Cracks CAPTCHAs, Scientists Say

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 3:03pm

The report says the model has defeated tests used to tell humans from bots. It uses reasoning to explain the jumbled letters.

(Image credit: Vicarious AI)

Skull Is Potentially From The Oldest Known Victim Of A Tsunami

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 8:37am

Researchers say they've determined that a skull discovered in 1929 likely belonged to an individual who was killed in a tsunami 6,000 years ago.

(Image credit: Channel 7 TV Sydney via AP)

When The State Sinks, Science Is The Anchor

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 8:07am

As history has shown, political and ideological repression passes — but scientific knowledge remains, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

(Image credit: LeoRossi/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Court To Rule On Whether Relapse By An Addicted Opioid User Should Be A Crime

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 4:00am

The high court in Massachusetts is weighing legal and scientific evidence to decide whether a woman convicted of larceny violated the terms of her probation by relapsing into drug use.

(Image credit: Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Monsanto And The Weed Scientists: Not A Love Story

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 3:57am

Scientists are accusing the seed-and-pesticide giant Monsanto of denying the risks of its latest weedkilling technology. Monsanto has responded by attacking some of its scientific critics.

(Image credit: Dan Charles/ NPR)

$15,500 Reward Offered After Endangered Wolf Shot Dead

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 4:46pm

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has banded together with five conservation groups to offer a reward for information about the killing of a federally protected gray wolf.

(Image credit: ODFW (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife))

Scientists Work To Overcome Legacy Of Tuskegee Study, Henrietta Lacks

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 2:18pm

An influential Harlem church is trying to help the National Institutes of Health overcome reluctance by some African-Americans to participate in a medical study of 1 million diverse Americans.

(Image credit: Elias Williams for NPR)

Scientists And Surgeons Team Up To Create Models Of Living Human Brain Cells

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:43am

By rushing live brain cells from the operating room to the lab, scientists have been able to create three-dimensional models that reveal cells' electrical behavior and details about their shape.

(Image credit: Allen Institute)

Einstein's Note On Happiness, Given To Bellboy In 1922, Fetches $1.6 Million

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 10:33am

The physicist had just won the 1921 Nobel Prize when he scribbled his theory of happy living on a piece of hotel stationery and handed it to the courier at the Imperial Hotel Tokyo.

(Image credit: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

Amid GMO Strife, Food Industry Vies For Public Trust In CRISPR Technology

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 3:30am

Mushrooms that don't brown? Pigs resistant to diseases? Though the process does not introduce foreign genetic material into food or livestock, getting consumers to buy in will be an uphill battle.

(Image credit: Adam Fagen/Flickr)

Left By Explorer's Armada, Shipwreck Yields 'Earliest Known' Marine Astrolabe

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 6:28pm

Sunk off Oman, the ship once sailed in the fleet of Vasco da Gama, who found a sea route from Europe to India. Now, researchers say an artifact found on board is a 500-year-old navigation tool.

(Image credit: University of Warwick)

Climate Change Journalist Warns: 'Mother Nature Is Playing By Different Rules Now'

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 1:00pm

Author Jeff Goodell says that American cities are under threat from extreme weather, rising sea levels and lax enforcement of environmental regulations. His new book is The Water Will Come.

Watch The Moment A Dying Chimpanzee Recognizes An Old Friend

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 12:30pm

We may all tear up watching this elderly chimpanzee reunite with a friend at the end of her life — a testament to the complexity of animal thinking and feeling, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Wine Organization Forecasts Historically Bad Year Due To Weather Events

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 11:56am

Europe, home to the world's leading wine producers, is making wine at significantly lower levels than usual – and that's because of weather such as frost and drought that have damaged vineyards.

(Image credit: Laurent Cipriani/AP)

Astronaut Paul Weitz Dies At 85; Veteran Of Skylab And Shuttle Missions

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 9:40am

Selected by NASA in 1966, Weitz went on to fly on the first manned Skylab mission and performed vital space walks to fix the stricken station. He later commanded the maiden flight of Challenger.

(Image credit: AP)

Can Science Change The Mildewed Fortunes Of New York Heritage Hops?

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 7:00am

Hops helped make vast fortunes for 19th century farmers and brewers in New York state before a mildew blight ushered in their demise. Now, undergrads hope to develop mildew-resistant heritage hops.

(Image credit: Lela Nargi/For NPR)

Predictably Unpredictable: Why We Don't Act Like We Should

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 8:00pm

We don't always do what we're supposed to. We don't save enough for retirement. We order dessert when we're dieting. In other words we misbehave. Nobel Prize winning economist Richard Thaler asks why.

(Image credit: Allison Shelley/for NPR )

Screening For Diabetes Is Working Better Than Thought

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 4:02pm

The CDC says 7 million people have Type 2 diabetes and don't know it. But a new analysis says that number's much lower. Screening efforts should focus on people at highest risk, the researchers say.

(Image credit: ERproductions Ltd/Blend Images/Getty Images)

Stephen Hawking's Ph.D. Thesis Crashes Cambridge Site After It's Posted Online

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 2:43pm

By late Monday, the thesis had been viewed more than 60,000 times, a Cambridge official says. He adds, "Other popular theses might have 100 views per month."

(Image credit: Cambridge University Libary)

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