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U.S. Increases Firefighting Aid To Chile As More Than 70 Blazes Rage

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 2:31pm

At least 13 countries have sent money, equipment and people to help fight wildfires that have killed at least 11 people, including four firefighters.

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Why The Arctic Apple Means You May Be Seeing More GMOs At The Store

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 2:10pm

The fruit is one of the first GMOs to be marketed directly to consumers, not at farmers. It's headed to test markets this month. And it's a sign of how the science of genetic engineering is evolving.

(Image credit: Courtesy Okanagan Specialty Fruits)

Which Genes Make You Taller? A Whole Bunch Of Them, It Turns Out

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 12:12pm

You'd think it would be a simple matter of looking at a few genes from Mom and Dad. But scientists say they've already found more than 700 variants that affect height and are still counting.

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To Catch Prey, Frogs Turn to Sticky Spit

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 6:47pm

Frogs are unmatched in their speed and ability to catch prey. It's all about their super-soft tongue and specialized saliva, say researchers, who got saliva to test by scraping frogs' tongues.

(Image credit: Courtesy of A. Noel and D.L. Hu/Georgia Institute of Technology)

Space Archaeologist Wants Citizen Scientists To Identify Archaeological Looting

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 2:55pm

Sarah Parcak used $1 million in TED Prize money to launch a program called GlobalXplorer that allows anyone online to analyze satellite images of archaeological sites for evidence.

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Government Releases 16 Years Of Data About Solar Weather

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 3:57pm

It's the first time the U.S military has made public the data collected by GPS satellites about solar events. It may help people predict Earth disasters caused by space weather.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Los Alamos National Laboratory)

Scientists Describe Ancient Bag-Like Sea Creatures From China

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 3:36pm

They were ugly. And, unfortunately, they were not equipped with an anus. But the sand dwellers could be an important part of filling in our own early evolutionary tree.

(Image credit: Jian Han, Northwest University, China)

Save The Monkeys, Save The Trees, Sell The Chocolate

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 12:53pm

An enterprise-minded ecologist from England is helping endangered brown-headed spider monkeys in Ecuador by connecting their preservation to high-end chocolate.

(Image credit: Ryan Eskalis/NPR )

Can New DNA Science Help Keep Our Fish Safe?

Sun, 01/29/2017 - 6:00am

Scientists are experimenting with species' environmental DNA to find out how far and how fast it travels in streams. The technology is starting to revolutionize how we protect native animals.

(Image credit: Jes Burns/Oregon Public Broadcasting/EarthFix)

This Tiny Submarine Cruises Inside A Stomach To Deliver Drugs

Sun, 01/29/2017 - 4:00am

Scientists have created an experimental device that putters around inside the stomach, neutralizing acid and then delivering antibiotics. The goal is to help the antibiotics work better.

(Image credit: Angewandte Chemie International Edition)

Doomsday Clock Closest To Midnight Since 1954

Sat, 01/28/2017 - 6:05pm

The Doomsday Clock has inched closer to and farther from nuclear Armageddon since the Manhattan Project in 1947. On Thursday, the clock moved closer to Midnight — the closest it has been since 1954.

Obamacare Repeal Could Threaten Provisions That Help Older Adults

Sat, 01/28/2017 - 6:10am

Some lesser known parts of the Affordable Care Act have especially benefited people 50 and older. Will repeal of the ACA bring back sky-high premiums and gaps in Medicare's prescription drug coverage?

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It's Not Just The Park Service: 'Rogue' Federal Twitter Accounts Multiply

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 4:28pm

What started as one "unofficial resistance" Twitter account has grown to a list of more than 80 "rogue" accounts advocating for the science community and climate change research.

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'A Nightmare Without An End': Wildfires Burn Out Of Control In Chile

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 11:15am

Hundreds of thousands of acres have been destroyed and at least 10 people have died, including several firefighters. The Chilean government says the blazes are the worst in the country's history.

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50 Years Later, NASA Creates Tribute To 3 Astronauts Who Died In Space Race

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 5:18pm

On Jan. 27, 1967, three astronauts were killed when a fire broke out in their Apollo 1 capsule during a test on the launchpad. The capsule will be put on public view for the first time Friday.

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Controversial Research On Creation Of Human-Animal Embryos Published

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 4:45pm

Results from two sets of experiments provide encouragement to researchers working on "chimera" embryos that may someday be used to grow organs for transplantation into people.

(Image credit: Cell)

Former EPA Scientist Weighs In On Fate Of Climate Science Under Trump

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 3:30pm

The relationship between the Trump administration and the Environmental Protection Agency is off to a rough start. The new administration has instructed officials to freeze its grants and contracts, external communication has been frozen, and academic papers by agency scientists may be subject to review before publication. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Tracey Woodruff, a former senior scientist and policy advisor at the EPA under the Clinton and Bush administration, about whether previous transitions in administrations have always had been this rocky.

Art Exhibition Celebrates Drawings By The Founder of Modern Neuroscience

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 2:59pm

Santiago Ramón y Cajal's drawings of nerve cells changed scientists' understanding of the brain. Now, 80 of those drawings are going on display at an art museum in Minnesota.

(Image credit: Courtesy Instituto Cajal del Consjo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid)

Huge Federal Climate Enterprise At Stake As Trump Team Moves In

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 2:38pm

The country's single biggest source of climate information is the federal government. What happens if a Trump administration tries to censor it?

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Nearly Half Of California Emerges From Drought In Latest Report

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 1:38pm

For the first time since January of 2014, no part of California is in the "exceptional drought" category, according to a U.S. Drought Monitor report.

(Image credit: U.S. Drought Monitor)

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