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Live High Definition Video From Mars? NASA Is Getting Ready

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 3:14pm

NASA is building a new space-based laser communication that will allow live, high-definition video from Mars and beyond — something that's not possible with standard radio equipment.

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Mourners Honor Stephen Hawking, Whose Mind Blazed Bright

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 11:03am

His mental genius and physical disability made the renowned British physicist a household name. On Wednesday, people around the world grieved Hawking's death.

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The Universe According To Albert Einstein: Relativity

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 10:17am

When Einstein, born 139 years ago on Wednesday, came onto the science scene, physics was in crisis. New ideas were badly needed — it was the perfect moment for a trailblazer, says Marcelo Gleiser.

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Stephen Hawking, Who Awed Both Scientists And The Public, Dies

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:59pm

Hawking was a theoretical physicist who changed how scientists think about gravity. He also wrote the best-selling book A Brief History of Time and lent his machine-aided voice to TV shows. He was 76.

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An Ode To Insignificance: Buttons, Touchscreens, And Other Dangerous Technologies

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:43am

The most successful technologies are so seductive, user-friendly, and so apparently innocuous that we hardly notice them entering our lives, says Jimena Canales. One such technology? The pushbutton.

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Daniel Kahneman On Misery, Memory, And Our Understanding Of The Mind

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 8:00pm

Economic theory rests on a simple notion about humans: people are rational. But a half century ago, two psychologists shattered these assumptions.

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Nerve Agent Found In U.K. Is Rare And Definitely Russian

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 4:18pm

Novichok-class agents were developed in top-secret Russian labs at the end of the Cold War. Experts say only Russia is known to have made them. "They've been a deep, dark secret," says one expert.

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Do Backyard Chickens Need More Rules?

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 11:10am

Drawn in by fresh eggs, or the possibility of feathered friends, people continue to flock toward backyard chickens. One researcher wonders if local laws are doing enough to keep people and birds safe.

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This Is Why You Don't See People-Sized Salmon Anymore

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 7:00am

Fishermen used to stand next to Chinooks almost as tall as they are. But a century's worth of dam-building, overfishing, habitat loss and hatcheries has cut the size of the average fish in half.

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Fishing Boats 'Going Dark' Raise Suspicion Of Illegal Catches, Report Says

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 5:02am

A new report by the international conservation group Oceana highlights several incidents of fishing vessels switching off their Automatic Identification System beacons in no-take fishing areas.

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Hearts Get 'Younger,' Even At Middle Age, With Exercise

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 4:00am

As early as your mid-40s, especially if you're sedentary, your heart muscle can show signs of aging, losing its youthful elasticity and power. But moderately strenuous exercise can change that.

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North Korea's Nuclear Ambitions And Abilities

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 7:16am

NPR's Renee Montagne talks with Siegfried Hecker, a former director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, about North Korea's nuclear program.

Rethinking How Students With Dyslexia Are Taught To Read

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 5:00am

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability in this country. But it is widely misunderstood, and schools often do a poor job of helping students learn to read.

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Questions And Answers About Opioids And Chronic Pain

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 4:07pm

Are opioids the best way to manage long-term pain? NPR's Ari Shapiro talked with Dr. Ajay Wasan, a pain specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, to find out.

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Penguins Mug For Camera, Take A Pretty Great 'Selfie'

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 12:10pm

You probably didn't know that Emperor penguins are reasonably good at framing a video shot. At a research station in Antarctica, the curious animals provided a "bird's eye view."

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The Great Norwegian Porridge Debate, Or Tradition Vs. 'Science'

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 11:34am

In 1864, a male scientist tried to "porridge-splain" how to make proper gruel to Norwegian women who had been making it for centuries. It caused quite a stir and didn't work out so well for him.

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Getting Climate Change Right: In Light Of The Stars

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 10:52am

When it comes to facing global warming, dealing with climate change and making informed choices for our cherished "project of civilization," we've been asking the wrong question, says Adam Frank.

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Kang Lee: Can Technology Detect Our Hidden Emotions?

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 8:09am

Developmental researcher Kang Lee says scientists can detect emotions by reading subtle physiological signals beneath the surface of our skin.

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Lisa Feldman Barrett: Can We Really Tell How Other People Are Feeling?

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 8:09am

Identifying basic emotions in others — like fear, sadness or anger — seems instinctive, but psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett says we're doing more guesswork than we think.

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In The Recycling World, Why Are Some Cartons Such A Problem?

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 7:00am

Because of layers of material that can be difficult to separate, many containers for juices and broths have traditionally been destined for landfills. But recycling them is getting easier.

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