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Hubble Space Telescope Photographs Oldest Galaxy Ever Seen

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 3:28pm

The Hubble Space Telescope photographed what scientists say appears to be the oldest galaxy ever seen. It shows a collection of stars that formed 400 years after the Big Bang.

Second Study Affirms New Thinking About Peanut Allergies In Kids

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 3:28pm

A second big study affirms new thinking: early exposure to peanuts — beginning in infancy — reduces the risk of developing a peanut allergy. And this peanut tolerance holds up as kids get older.

Unique Audio Recordings Find A Noisy Mariana Trench, And Surprise Scientists

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 1:27pm

Instead of quiet, researchers hear sounds of earthquakes, ships, "the distinct moans of baleen whales" and a passing storm, nearly seven miles deep in the Pacific.

How Free Are USDA Scientists To Speak Their Mind?

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 12:53pm

Jonathan Lundgren's research pointed out problems with popular pesticides. He says that message — and the messenger — were unwelcome at the USDA's Agricultural Research Service.

Hubble Sees A Galaxy 13.4 Billion Years In The Past, Breaking Distance Record

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 11:26am

Looking from Earth, it's in an area just above where the handle of the Big Dipper meets its cup – or, if you prefer, it's just above Ursa Major's rump.

Why Did Humans Become The Most Successful Species On Earth?

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 7:24am

Historian Yuval Harari explains how human imagination powered the growth and spread of homo sapiens around the world.

How Do Our Social Networks Affect Our Health?

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 7:24am

Physician and social scientist Nicholas Christakis explains how face-to-face social networks and their structures influence behaviors and phenomena in human society and the natural living world.

How Can We Prevent The Next Global Health Epidemic?

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 7:24am

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates stresses our dire need for a system that can take on the challenges of the next global health epidemic.

Why Is Laughter Contagious?

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 7:24am

Neuroscientist Sophie Scott studies laughter, specifically its effect on our body and brain. She discusses laughter's contagious nature, as well as its role in maintaining social bonds.

Tribe Says Drilling Project Would Have 'Heartbreaking' Consequences

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 3:54am

An energy company is heading to court for the right to drill in Montana, near Glacier National Park. But some Native Americans and environmental groups want to stop the long-delayed project.

Puerto Rico's Growing Financial Crisis Threatens Health Care, Too

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 12:53pm

Unless Congress and the White House can agree on a funding fix for Medicaid in the U.S. territory, many worry that Puerto Rico's health care system could collapse when stopgap funding ends next year.

Could You Hack Your Brain To Get More Motivated?

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 11:04am

Volunteers learned to activate a part of the brain linked to motivation when they got feedback from an MRI. It's much more specific than older forms of biofeedback. But could it help change habits?

Big Power Companies Hail Oregon Lawmakers' Approval Of Plan Phasing Out Coal

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 8:45am

The legislation, which calls for big utilities to stop relying on coal by 2030, emerged from a January agreement between the companies and environmental advocates.

How Does Sunshine Affect The Lottery?

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 4:11am

Social science research examines how the mood of gamblers can change the way they think about risk. New Yorkers buy more lottery tickets when the weather is good and when their sports teams win games.

Sleep Munchies: Why It's Harder To Resist Snacks When We're Tired

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 5:09pm

A new study finds that too little sleep boosts a signal in the body that may drive a stronger desire to eat. It's the latest evidence linking sleep deprivation to overeating and increased body weight.

Indicted Ex-Oil CEO Aubrey McClendon Dies In Car Crash

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 3:25pm

Aubrey McClendon, one of the pioneers of the shale oil revolution in the U.S. died in a car crash Wednesday at age 56 years. McClendon was indicted Tuesday on charges he conspired to rig the bidding process on oil and gas leases in Oklahoma.

Gas Prices Pop Up Despite Historic Supplies Of Oil. Blame Spring

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 3:18pm

The Energy Information Administration says oil inventories are at "historically high" levels. Still, gas prices have been heading up because oil refineries are switching to more costly summer blends.

To Make A Wild Comeback, Cranes Need More Than Flying Lessons

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 10:35am

The 15-year project wasn't a flight of fancy. Biologists used a plane to successfully teach many young, captive-bred whooping cranes to migrate cross-country. But the birds aren't reproducing well.

In An Unusual Move, The EPA Tries To Pull Pesticide From Market

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 4:36pm

The pesticide got "conditional" approval just eight years ago, but the EPA now says it could poison fish. The move is raising hope among activists who want the EPA to regulate pesticides more tightly.

How Does Gender Affect One's Willingness To Compete?

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 3:20pm

New research looks at how gender shapes competitions. Multiple strands of social science research suggest highly competitive settings are likely to dissuade qualified women from tossing their hats in the ring. NPR explores the consequences, the implications and also the causes for this disparity in the willingness to compete.




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