A bar owner who wants patrons to put away their phones, Internet users tracking down a vandal, a project to analyze hundreds of Rembrandt paintings — can you remember (or guess) what happened?
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As 2016 winds down, we take a moment to contemplate the billions of years that led to 2017 and the billions more yet to come.
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A diet high in saturated fats and sugars can affect the parts of the brain that are important to memory. Diet-linked brain changes can also make people more likely to crave the unhealthful food.
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Actress Debbie Reynolds died just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher's sudden death — which has led some to speculate that grief might have been a contributing factor.
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To keep our system of time in sync with Earth's rotation, the world's foremost timekeepers are adding an extra second to 2016. For such a small thing, the leap second has some big implications.
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Brought to America by enslaved West Africans, the Carolina African runner was a defining taste of the antebellum South. Now, from just 40 remaining seeds, it's come back from the brink of extinction.
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Scientists will search the sky Thursday for an undiscovered planet in the outer solar system — they're pretty sure it's out there, and computer models tell them where to look.
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The failure of an experimental drug that targets clumps of protein inside the brains of Alzheimer's patients called into question one of the leading theories about the cause of the dementia.
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Six Senators sent a letter Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump's pick to run the EPA. They want lists of donors and details about meetings with Energy lobbyists ahead of his confirmation hearings.
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But that's not the final word, caution pediatricians, including the Danish author. It's one of several recent studies with contradictory findings that suggest the supplements could help or hurt.
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President-elect Donald Trump hasn't said much about food and farm policy or named his choices for top food-related jobs. But the coming years will likely see profound battles over food and nutrition.
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Listeners of our NPR One app rated these 10 stories as the most liked, recommended and shared in 2016.
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Pangolins — raccoon-sized animals that resemble artichokes — are the most trafficked mammal in the world. Chinese state media say more than 3 tons of scales were recently seized in Shanghai.
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Scientist Vera Rubin made the theory of dark matter a reality and, many say, created modern astrophysics. NPR's Ari Shaprio discusses Rubin's passing with a fellow astrophysicist Risa Weschler.
Social science research suggests that boredom, or satiety, has a lot to do with the mind. When we imagine variety in the future, it turns out we can tolerate a lot more boredom in the present.
Researchers are studying families from the U.S. and Mexico for clues about how a form of Alzheimer's develops in young people. Insights might help with the more common form of the disease in old age.
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The astrophysicist's groundbreaking research on spiral galaxies provided evidence of invisible dark matter. She was a pioneer in an era when women were excluded from many astronomy programs.
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Gratitude is linked to better physical and mental health. But some people are wired in a way that that they place less value on it. And quickie exercises to boost gratefulness may not pay off.
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Dying in America doesn't always go the way we plan. One terminally ill man's hope to be disconnected from his respirator and donate his organs was almost thwarted, despite his best laid plans.
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Countries that used to be too cold to produce wine are now able to do so, in part due to global warming. Lee Hannah of Conservation International discusses how this could affect conservation efforts.