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Yes, Some Questions Are Better Than Others

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 11:43am

In the child's world of Twenty Questions, it's pretty easy to evaluate what makes a good question. But producing good questions in the real world can be a more complicated affair, says Tania Lombrozo.

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Is All That Wildfire Smoke Damaging My Lungs?

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 3:53am

Forest fires have brought a smoky haze to the West, along with stinging eyes, sore throats and headaches to people far from flames. Unseen particles of ash are also making it hard for some to breathe.

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So Your Kitchen Sponge Is A Bacteria Hotbed. Here's What To Do

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 3:53am

For the first time, scientists have carefully analyzed all the critters in a kitchen sponge. There turns out to be a huge number. Despite recent news reports, there is something you can do about it.

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Riding Out Irma On Florida's Space Coast — And Keeping On Eye On The Spacecraft

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 9:23pm

At the Kennedy Space Center, riding out a hurricane means something a little different. You have to keep the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle capsule happy.

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Update From The National Hurricane Center

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 7:26am

We have an update from the National Hurricane Center in Miami as Hurricane Irma passes over the Florida Keys.

'Big Chicken': The Medical Mystery That Traced Back To Slaughterhouse Workers

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 6:00am

In the 1950s, the poultry industry began dunking birds in antibiotic baths. It was supposed to keep meat fresher and healthier. That's not what happened, as Maryn McKenna recounts in her new book.

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Drug For 'Neglected' Chagas Disease Gains FDA Approval Amid Price Worries

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 5:00am

U.S. doctors treating Chagas disease have long wanted FDA approval for a treatment that's widely used in Latin America. But when Martin Shkreli took interest, those doctors panicked — then mobilized.

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How Climate Change Exacerbates Hurricanes

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 7:06am

As Irma approaches the U.S. and Jose spins in the Atlantic, many are wondering what hurricanes' connection to climate change might be.

For Teens Knee-Deep In Negativity, Reframing Thoughts Can Help

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 4:00am

Irritation and gloom may seem like the default mode for teenagers, but parents can help them gain a more realistic and resilient way of thinking. A clinical psychologist explains how.

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Florida Suffers Growing Gasoline Shortage As Residents Prepare For Irma

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 3:30pm

Refineries were already affected by Hurricane Harvey. Now comes Irma, which is causing huge gasoline shortages in southern Florida. One firm estimates that 30 to 40 percent of Florida gas stations are out of fuel, and the twin storms are affecting gas prices all over the country.

What Goes Into Hurricane Forecasting? Satellites, Supercomputers And More

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 2:32pm

The latest hurricane models are using lightning-fast supercomputers to crunch ever-more data. And they're getting better.

Hurricanes: A Science Primer

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:30pm

We know how damaging and costly, in many ways, such natural phenomenon can be — but the devastation is not surprising, once you know how much energy is involved, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

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Hurricanes Are Sweeping The Atlantic. What's The Role Of Climate Change?

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 6:19am

Warmer waters and air are playing a role in this year's monster storms.

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Study Looks At How People Think About Free Speech

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 4:15am

Some new research says that many people use free speech arguments only when convenient, and as a cover for their own feelings.

Democracy By Sneeze: When Wild Dogs Must Decide, They Vote With Their Noses

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 4:36pm

When it might be time to move, African wild dogs take a poll with an odd electoral instrument: sneezing. The more sneezes, the more likely it is the pack will move, according to a new study.

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Powerful Storms Raise Questions About The Science Of Hurricanes

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 3:28pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Phil Klotzbach, a research scientist at Colorado State University, about the science of hurricanes and what makes Hurricane Irma so unusual.

'All My Penguins' Tells Tales Of Love And Friendship At Chicago Zoo

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 3:28pm

A new penguin blog from the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago tells tales of love and friendship. The soapy blog recounts the escapades of the zoo's new African penguin colony.

Biologist Jonathan Losos Explores 'Convergent Evolution' In 'Improbable Destinies'

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 3:28pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Jonathan Losos, author of the new book, Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution, which explores the growing understanding of "convergent evolution."

Nashville Begins Tearing Down Some Homes To Prevent Future Flooding

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 3:28pm

Nashville, Tenn., has found a way to make sure some homes never flood again. It's tearing them down.

A Pioneer Of Food Activism Steps Down, Looks Back

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 2:29pm

Michael Jacobson invented a new style of food activism. For four decades, he led the fight against "junk food." He's now stepping down as president of the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

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