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Meet The 'Rocket Girls,' The Women Who Charted The Course To Space

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 3:25pm

Before there were digital computers, there were "human computers," women who used pencils and paper to do the math that helped carry the U.S. into space. Nathalia Holt tells their story in a new book.

How Colorado Is Turning Food Waste Into Electricity

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 12:28pm

At the Heartland Biogas Project, spoiled milk, old pet food and vats of grease combine with helpful bacteria in massive tanks to generate gas. It's all thanks to anaerobic digestion.

Facing A Growing Rat Problem, A Neighborhood Sets Off The Cat Patrol

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 5:01pm

Chicago has a bad rat problem and it gets worse when demolitions happen on old buildings. Residents of a Chicago neighborhood decided to counter the rat invasion with natural enemies — feral cats.

As Renewables Boom, Companies Explore Energy Storage Technology

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 3:28pm

Renewable energy has a problem — the wind doesn't always blow and the sun doesn't always shine when we use electricity the most. Batteries can store energy for later, but companies are looking for cheaper alternatives. Three reporters examine technologies that employ air, salt and ice.

Human Sacrifice Is Linked To Social Hierarchies In New Study

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 3:25pm

Scientists say, "our results suggest that ritual killing helped humans transition from the small egalitarian groups of our ancestors, to the large stratified societies we live in today."

Kids' Grades Can Suffer When Mom Or Dad Are Depressed

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 4:00am

Children with a depressed parent do worse in school than peers, a study finds. But other research shows that early diagnosis and treatment can help turn that around for the whole family.

Is There Wood Pulp In That Parmesan? How Scientists Sniff Out Food Fraud

Sun, 04/03/2016 - 3:38am

Whether it's olive oil that's not so extra-virgin or burgers with a hint of horse meat — Chris Elliott, founder of the Institute for Global Food Security, explains how his laboratory uncovers fraud.

How Cacti Can Clean Drinking Water

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 7:06am

NPR's Scott Simon asks engineering professor Norma Alcantar about how the innards of a cactus can filter water. She got the idea from her grandmother, who knew about its unique cleansing properties.

'Earthquake Lady' Says We Need Better Buildings

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 7:06am

Lucy Jones is ending her career as noted seismologist, but says her retirement won't be dormant. NPR's Scott Simon asks Jones about her career and what she plans to do next.

Fashionable Prosthetics Trade Realistic Color For Personal Pizzazz

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 4:20am

A firm in New York is making brightly colored, personalized covers for prosthetic legs that each wearer helps design — sort of like a tattoo.

Fashionable Prostheses Trade Realistic Color For Personal Pizazz

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 4:20am

A firm in New York is making brightly colored, personalized covers for prosthetic legs that each wearer helps design — sort of like a tattoo.

Study Finds More Adults Are Obese Than Underweight

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 3:22pm

NPR's Ari Shaprio speaks with James Bentham, a research associate at the Imperial College London. He's one of the authors of a report on global obesity published in the journal Lancet. He says the study shows there are now more obese people than underweight people worldwide.

Zika Is Linked To Microcephaly, Health Agencies Confirm

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 6:22pm

Scientists say research has establish a connection between Zika and microcephaly. More research is needed to establish how much danger a fetus is in if a pregnant woman becomes infected.

Health Agencies Confirm Zika Has Caused Microcephaly

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 6:22pm

The international scientific consensus is that Zika and microcephaly are linked. More research is needed to establish how much danger a fetus is in if a pregnant woman becomes infected.

Avoiding A Future Crisis, Madison Removed Lead Water Pipes 15 Years Ago

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 4:27pm

The water crisis in Flint, Mich., raised an alarm about the dangers of lead in our water supply, but it is not new knowledge. Madison, Wis., knew about it and removed all its lead pipes 15 years ago.

FDA Approves Experimental Zika Screening For Blood Donations

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 3:27pm

On Wednesday, the FDA approved an experimental test that screens blood donations for the Zika virus. It's a response to a blood donation shortage in Puerto Rico, where local donations were halted out of fear of spreading the virus.

The Secret, Social Lives Of Mountain Lions

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 3:27pm

Mountain lions are known to be scary lone hunters, but a biologist aims to prove us wrong with thousands of videos showing the big cats in their natural habitat.

Your Quinoa Habit Really Did Help Peru's Poor. But There's Trouble Ahead

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 2:02pm

Headlines once warned the global quinoa boom was putting the nutritious crop out of the reach of those who grow it. New studies put those fears to rest. But bad news may loom for Andean farmers.

Industrial Science Hunts For Nursing Home Fraud In New Mexico Case

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 1:42pm

New Mexico is using time-motion studies to sue a chain of nursing homes for fraud. State prosecutors say the facilities couldn't possibly have provided the care promised — and billed for.

What's Over The Horizon? Cartographer Traces 'Beyond The Sea'

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 12:54pm

From the beaches of New England, you could be looking toward Africa, Australia, Europe or South America. Andy Woodruff has illustrated the surprising paths we'd trace if we could follow our gaze.

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