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Sun-Powered Airplane Completes Historic Trip Around The World

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 6:56am

"This is not only a first in the history of aviation; it's before all a first in the history of energy," Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard says. His plane flew more than 26,700 miles without using fuel.

Canadian Oil Spill Threatens Drinking Water

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 4:10pm

An oil slick has forced the city of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, to shut down its water treatment plant, after a pipeline dumped tens of thousands of gallons into the North Saskatchewan River.

California Fires Threaten Homes, Force Hundreds Of Evacuations

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 10:46am

The body of a man was found in an area burned by a 33,000 acre wildfire north of Los Angeles. The Sand Fire has destroyed more than a dozen homes and is one of 19 major fires burning in California.

#FoodPorn, Circa 1600s: Then And Now, It Was More About Status Than Appetite

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 10:32am

A new study of old masters finds that capturing and showing off decadent and expensive meals is a decidedly old-fashioned practice. Like today's Instagrammers, it was all about projecting an image.

The Uppermost Aristocracy of the Hoverfly Society

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 8:07am

Fredrik Sjöberg had been hunting for hoverflies for 30 years. But his collection wasn't complete without the rare and beautiful Callicera fly.

Helping Transgender People Find Their Voice

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 7:34am

Speech therapist Wendy Chase helps transgender people make their voices sound like their gender identity. She says how people communicate affects how they are perceived.

The HIV Trap: A Woman's Lack Of Control

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 4:41am

AIDS is the biggest killer of young women in southern Africa, where many are sexually abused. The CEO of a nonprofit is trying to tip the balance to women with an unlikely tool: a vaginal ring.

Cosplayers Use Costume To Unleash Their Superpowers

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 4:00am

A shy woman becomes a brave warrior princess. A man calls on Captain America to help him lose 45 pounds. In costume role play they become part of a community where they can transform themselves.

Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 3:32pm

Few people can demand what kind of electricity they get. But Microsoft and Facebook, which operate huge, power-hungry data centers, are trying to green up the electricity grid with their buying power.

Invisibilia: The Unbearable Lightness Of Footwear

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 12:57pm

When we invented shoes, we slipped a surface between ourselves and the world. Ever wonder if this is the moment mankind fell from grace? No? Well, for better or worse, NPR's Colin Dwyer has.

'Heat Dome' Causing Excessive Temperatures In Much Of U.S.

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 12:09pm

It's over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in much of the Midwest, South and East, and the culprit is hot air trapped under an atmospheric pressure lid that heats it up even further.

WATCH: Facebook Tests Internet-Beaming Plane

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 11:24am

The social media company's high-altitude, unmanned, solar-powered drone is designed to provide wireless Internet coverage to the ground below.

Astrophysicist, Wine Lover, Foodie: The Neil deGrasse Tyson You Didn't Know

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 6:00am

He's the man with a seemingly endless stream of science fun facts at his command. He's also a great gourmet. We talk to the famed scientist about how his two great passions collide in the kitchen.

Invisibilia: Do His Sunglasses Keep Him From Seeing The Light?

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 2:00am

Cass Frankenstein started wearing sunglasses to protect himself from bullies. Decades later, he still wears them. Some friends and relatives say that holds people at bay. But he says it's worth it.

How Wild Birds Team Up With Humans To Guide Them To Honey

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 3:50pm

It sounds like a fairy tale but it's real. A study shows how wild birds and people communicate to find bees' nests and share the sweet honeycomb. The teamwork may date back thousands of years or more.

Research Provides New Insight Into The Evolution Of Human Microbes

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 3:39pm

The microbes that inhabit our bodies evolved with us for millions of years, providing new evidence of the symbiotic role our bacteria play in our lives.

Invisibilia: How A Shirt Collar Helped A Man Survive Auschwitz

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 3:39pm

NPR's podcast and show Invisibilia explore how clothes shape who people think we are and who we want to be. Hanna Rosin tells the tale of an Auschwitz prisoner who appropriated a Nazi's shirt.

Turning Down The Background Noise Could Help Toddlers Learn

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 11:19am

Being surrounded by noisy conversations, radio or TV can make it harder for toddlers to learn new words, researchers say. Quieter conversations didn't affect the learning process.

Rehab Hospitals May Harm A Third Of Patients, Report Finds

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 11:02pm

Patients sent to rehabilitation facilities to recover from medical crises or surgery too often suffer additional harm from the care they get there, according to research by U.S. health officials.

An Archaeological Mystery In Ghana: Why Didn't Past Droughts Spell Famine?

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 2:16pm

A terrible drought hit Ghana in the 1400s, far worse than today's conditions. Yet people had enough to eat, while today they go hungry. What changed? In a word, colonialism, a new study suggests.

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