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Massive Space Telescope Is Finally Coming Together

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 3:56am

In a NASA facility just outside of Washington, D.C., workers are building the largest space telescope ever.

When A Chicken Farm Moves Next Door, Odor May Not Be The Only Problem

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 4:01pm

Large-scale poultry production is ramping up in North Carolina and getting closer to residential areas. Neighbors say the smells and pollution from these farms can make it hard to breathe.

Sex And The Snowed-In Cities: Why This Blizzard Could Cause A Baby Bump

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 4:12pm

Often when big storms strike, so does an uptick in births — to the tune of a 2 percent increase nine months later. But be careful: With the most severe storms, births in the area actually decrease.

Dance Returns The 'Joy Of Movement' To People With Parkinson's

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 7:13am

Many struggle with tremors and balance much of the time, but when the music starts, these people dance. It gives them joy — body and soul. Scientists say dance might have lasting brain benefits, too.

Politicians Work To Remedy Flint Water Crisis

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 7:13am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Harvey Hollins, the coordinator of Michigan's clean-up efforts, about how the state is going to address the myriad problems.

So You Want To Eat Snow. Is It Safe? We Asked Scientists

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 5:21am

As it falls, snow forms a sort of net for catching pollutants in the atmosphere. Pesticides and dirt from soil can also end up in there. Still, most researchers told us they'd eat it, with caveats.

EPA Faces Fallout From Flint, Mich., Water Crisis

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 3:11pm

A top EPA official resigned Thursday over the handling of the ongoing water contamination crisis in Flint, Mich. The role of the EPA and whether the federal agency should have done more has been a recurring theme in White House discussions this week.

#Blizzard2016 Blankets East Coast In An Avalanche Of Cliches

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 10:54am

Many of us are already sick of hearing about the white stuff — and we haven't even felt the wrath of Ol' Man Winter yet.

Danes Say Zoo Dissections Fit With Country's 'Very Honest' Parenting

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 6:21am

Last weekend at an event in Denmark called "Animals Inside Out," a college biology student publicly dissected a lion. Attendees — including young children — were given a close-up, gory view.

El Niño Does Bring Floods And Drought But There's A Silver Lining

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 3:14am

We're in the middle of an El Niño that's already caused weather-related disasters and will last at least several more months. Now for the good news.

In Final Report, Experts Identify Remains At Notorious Reform School

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 5:45pm

Florida's Dozier School for Boys is a horror tale come to life. Nearly 100 boys died at the school, many unidentified, in unmarked graves. Scientists are trying to discover who they were.

Florida Researchers Complete Investigation Into Shuttered Reform School

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:32pm

University of South Florida researchers completed an investigation of unmarked graves at the now closed Dozier School for Boys. Twenty-one of 55 sets of remains found at the school were identified.

California Examines Safety Of Gas Wells Amid Methane Leak

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:32pm

New information has surfaced about conditions surrounding the broken gas storage well releasing methane in southern California. The powerful greenhouse gas has been escaping for three months. It turns out the well was being operated in a way some experts say leaves little margin of safety, and the state of California is now re-examining the practice.

Scientists Unearth Remains Of Ancient Massacre In Kenya

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:32pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews University of Cambridge Professor Robert Foley, co-author of a study in Nature about remains of a massacre from 10,000 years ago in Kenya. He talks about why he believes this is evidence of the earliest known warfare among humans.

When Warm Weather Refugees First Met Snow: Readers, Share Your Stories!

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 2:56pm

A YouTube video shows Syrian refugees celebrating their first snowy winter in Canada. Goats and Soda readers, tell us, when was your first snow — and how did you react?

Discovery Of Ancient Massacre Suggests War Predated Settlements

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 12:18pm

A group of hunter-gatherers died 10,000 years ago in modern-day Kenya. Archaeologists say the remains suggest warfare — often seen as a trait of settled societies, not nomadic ones.

Long Thought To Be Extinct, Bizarre Tree Frog Surfaces In India

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 11:20am

Frankixalus jerdonii has been rediscovered in northeastern India — and scientists say it represents an entirely new genus. Strangely, the tadpoles feed on their mothers' unfertilized eggs.

For The Next Month, 5 Planets Will Align In Early Morning Sky

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 3:24pm

As of today, you can see all five planets that are possible to see in the sky with the naked eye early in the morning. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with astronomer Jackie Faherty about why this is happening.

2015 Becomes Warmest Year On Record, NASA And NOAA Say

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 3:24pm

2015 was the hottest year on record, according to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Deke Arndt of NOAA about their findings.

Ready For Prime Time: A Number With 20 Million-Plus Digits

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

The largest-ever prime number has been discovered at the University of Central Missouri. It breaks the previous record by almost 5 million digits.




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