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The Electric Blue Polar Cloud Season Came Early This Year

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:05pm

Noctilucent clouds, high-altitude clouds that appear to glow in the sky at night, usually show up in the Southern Hemisphere summer. Satellite images showed them covering Antarctica in early November.

Americans Don't Trust Scientists' Take On Food, Politicians' Even Less

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:02pm

A new survey finds strong public support for organic food, and suspicion of GMOs — regardless of whether people vote Republican or Democratic. Also, people don't trust scientists much at all.

Tornado Outbreaks Are On The Rise, And Scientists Don't Know Why

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:14pm

A new study looks at clusters of tornadoes, like those that hit the Southeast this week. They are costly in lives and insurance payouts.

Climate Scientists Struggle To Identify Cause Of Bigger Tornado Clusters

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 3:14pm

Climate scientists say the conditions that might produce more or stronger tornadoes are spreading along with a warmer atmosphere. But there's no sign so far that this is happening. New research finds that when tornadoes occur in clusters, as they often do, those clusters contain more tornadoes than ever. And we're also seeing more clusters with especially powerful tornadoes.

Russian Supply Rocket Breaks Apart En Route To Space Station

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 3:04pm

The unmanned rocket stopped transmitting data about six minutes after it took off from Kazakhstan, and never made it to space. This is the third botched launch of a Russian spacecraft in two years.

Zap! Magnet Study Offers Fresh Insights Into How Memory Works

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 1:18pm

A magnetic pulse to a certain spot in the brain of healthy volunteers restored recently "forgotten" thoughts, researchers found. The study is shifting the understanding of short-term recall.

In California, Squid Is Big Business. But Good Luck Eating Local Calamari

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 10:42am

While the U.S. has a thriving squid industry, chances are the calamari you are eating made a 12,000-mile round trip before ending up on your dinner plate.

Buzz Aldrin Is Medically Evacuated From Antarctica

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 9:44am

The second man to walk on the moon fell ill during a trip to the South Pole and is being flown to New Zealand. Aldrin is 86 years old.

Lab-Grown Diamonds Come Into Their Own

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 9:36am

Commercial labs can now make the large, clear diamonds people prize for engagement rings and other jewelry in as little as 72 hours. How will this change the diamond industry?

North Korean Volcano Provides Rare Chance For Scientific Collaboration

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:04am

When the volcano started rumbling, North Korean researchers realized they didn't have the tools to predict if it might erupt. So they reached out to Western scientists for help.

Antarctic Beetle Species Discovery Doubles As Birthday Gift To Scientists' Mentor

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 5:04pm

Ball's Antarctic Tundra Beetle was small and brown, and it has been extinct for millions of years. The scientists who discovered it named it in honor of another beetle scientist's 90th birthday.

Are Food Allergies On The Rise? Experts Say They Don't Know

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:18pm

Despite assumptions that peanut and other allergies are becoming more common in the U.S., experts say they just don't know. One challenge: Symptoms can be misinterpreted and diagnosis isn't easy.

Deforestation Of The Amazon Up 29 Percent From Last Year, Study Finds

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 2:26pm

Brazil's National Institute for Space Research found that more than 3,000 square miles of forest cover were lost between August 2015 and July 2016 — a substantial increase over the year before.

Glowing Human Cells May Shed Light On Sickness And Health

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 8:08am

Researchers who developed a collection of human stem cells with glowing internal structures have begun sharing them with colleagues. The glow reveals the secret workings of cells.

Short Answers To Big Questions: What Is Dark Matter?

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 3:26pm

NPR blogger Adam Frank answers your questions about dark matter. What is it? And how do we find it?

Congress Poised To Pass Sweeping Law Covering FDA And NIH

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 3:09pm

The House could vote Wednesday on a vast bill that stretches nearly a thousand pages and holds changes large and small for the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.

6 Potential Brain Benefits Of Bilingual Education

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 5:00am

Kids are showing reading gains in dual-language classrooms. There may be underlying brain advantages at work.

Texas, Oklahoma Divided Over How To Handle Earthquakes Linked To Oil Drilling

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 3:22pm

Oklahoma and Texas have been experiencing a rash of human-caused earthquakes. It happens when oil and gas wastewater gets pumped underground in the wrong places and disrupts faults. Oklahoma officials have cracked down on wastewater injection; Texas is apparently uninterested in doing much. That could mean a lot more quakes given that the country's biggest oil reservoir has just been discovered in west Texas.

Encore: Scientists Discover Centuries-Long Lifespan Of Greenland Shark

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 3:22pm

The longest-living vertebrate known to science is a shark that can live centuries. This story originally aired on Aug. 11, 2016 on All Things Considered.

Big Data Coming In Faster Than Biomedical Researchers Can Process It

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 1:03pm

There's a plethora of projects to gather data about the brain, various kinds of cancer and every type of cell in the body. But researchers are struggling to keep up with the information explosion.

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