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Cassini Craft Beams Closest Images Ever Taken Of Saturn

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 8:28am

The spacecraft is "showing us new wonders and demonstrating where our curiosity can take us if we dare," NASA's planetary science director says.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

The North Korean Electromagnetic Pulse Threat, Or Lack Thereof

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 4:10am

Can a nuclear weapon in space fired by North Korea knock off much of the world's electricity? Jeffrey Lewis, of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, says not really.

Instead Of Showing Off Wealth, Some Show Off Busy Schedules

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 4:09am

Instead of buying expensive things, people now use busyness to show their high status. New research finds that many celebrities use social media to boast about their lack of time, not their wealth.

Welcome To The Poison Garden: Medicine's Medieval Roots

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 4:00am

One corner of the garden of Alnwick Castle in northern England grows a hundred plants behind lock and key. Many of the toxic species there were used by medieval doctors — nasty plants adapted to heal.

(Image credit: Joanne Silberner for NPR)

Cassini Spacecraft Re-Establishes Contact After 'Dive' Between Saturn And Its Rings

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 3:17am

The Cassini probe has orbited Saturn for 13 years. This is the first time it entered the gap between the planet and its rings.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Overlooked Drug Could Save Thousands Of Moms After Childbirth

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 5:21pm

An inexpensive drug could dramatically reduce the number of deaths of mothers from bleeding after childbirth in low- and middle-income countries around the world.

(Image credit: Thomas Fredberg/Getty Images/Science Photo Library)

Swipe Right To Help Save The Northern White Rhino From Extinction

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 3:45pm

To fund in vitro fertilization research, Ol Pejeta Conservancy CEO Richard Vigne says researchers teamed up with the dating app Tinder to feature "Sudan" as the "Most Eligible Bachelor in the World."

'Minibrains' In A Dish Shed A Little Light On Autism And Epilepsy

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 1:20pm

Experiments with small clusters of networked brain cells are helping scientists see how real brains develop normally, and what goes awry when cells have trouble making connections.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Pasca lab/Stanford University)

New Evidence Suggests Humans Arrived In The Americas Far Earlier Than Thought

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:00pm

Until now, the earliest signs of humans in the Americas dated back about 15,000 years. But new research puts people in California 130,000 years ago. Experts are wondering whether to believe it.

(Image credit: Tom Demere/San Diego Natural History Museum)

Cassini Spacecraft Starts Weaving Between Saturn And Its Rings

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 8:13am

"Shields Up!" the Cassini craft's Twitter feed announced Wednesday. If all goes well, new images of the ringed planet will reach Earth early Thursday.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Energy Star Program For Homes And Appliances Is On Trump's Chopping Block

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 7:00am

Appliance makers and home builders are in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the energy efficiency program. Energy Star is among 50 EPA programs that would be eliminated under the president's budget plan.

(Image credit: Paul Sakuma/AP)

How A Wild Berry Is Helping To Protect China's Giant Pandas And Its Countryside

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 6:00am

Long before it became a "superfood" in the U.S., schisandra was made into soups and jams and prized as a medicinal plant. Now the berry is at the center of a dramatic new approach to conservation.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Josef Brinckmann)

Recordings Reveal Baby Humpback Whales 'Whisper' To Their Mothers

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 3:38am

Scientists recently tracked eight baby whales using special sound and movement recorders. The sounds the babies made turned out to be far different from the eerie songs of adult male humpbacks.

(Image credit: Fredrik Christiansen/Functional Ecology)

A Worm May Hold The Key To Biodegrading Plastic

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 3:18pm

More than a trillion plastic bags are used annually. They're made of a notoriously resilient kind of plastic called polyethylene – but scientists have found that wax worms are able to break them down.

(Image credit: Wayne Boo/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab)

Flying Cars Are (Still) Coming: Should We Believe The Hype?

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:03pm

Airbus and Uber are planning for a future of flying cars and sky taxis. "You literally push a button and you get a flight," an Uber executive says. But will our Tomorrowland ever really arrive?

(Image credit: EHang)

Psychiatrist Recalls 'Heartbreak And Hope' On Bellevue's Prison Ward

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:44am

Dr. Elizabeth Ford treated mentally ill inmates in New York City for more than a decade. It was almost universal, she says, that they had suffered abuse or significant neglect as children.

(Image credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Changes To Federal Insurance Plans Could Hurt Families Of Chronically Ill Kids

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 9:39am

Some urge ending funding to the Children's Health Insurance Program, and moving those 8 million kids to marketplace plans. But research shows the out-of-pocket costs to many families would soar.

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Eat, Sleep, Repeat: How Kids' Daily Routines Can Help Prevent Obesity

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 6:00am

A new study finds that preschool-aged children who didn't have a set sleep routine were more likely to be overweight by the time they hit the preteen years.

(Image credit: AleksandarNakic/Getty Images)

What Fish Is Good For Me And The Planet? New Documentary Explores

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 3:52pm

In order to investigate how eating fish affects our health as well as the oceans, author and fisherman Paul Greenberg spent a year eating fish every day.

(Image credit: Courtesy of FRONTLINE)

Hacking Lake Erie: Tech Competition Seeks Solutions To Water-Related Problems

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 3:31pm

A technology competition seeks solutions to Lake Erie's biggest problems, including harmful algae blooms and aging water systems. Teams in cities around the region are competing for thousands of dollars in prize money and consulting services to create apps and other tools.

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