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Do You Have What It Takes To Be NASA's Next Planetary Protection Officer?

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 12:28pm

The job posting has elicited headlines about how the space agency is seeking a person to defend Earth from aliens. But it's really more about microorganisms than little green men.

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Animal Images In Prehistoric Rock Art: Looking Beyond Europe

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 7:25am

Animals are depicted in rock art in more than 100 countries, not just in the famous "painted caves" of Europe. Barbara J. King talks to an archaeologist with a global view of human meaning-making.

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The Gulf Of Mexico's Dead Zone Is The Biggest Ever Seen

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 3:58am

A record-setting "dead zone," where water doesn't have enough oxygen for fish to survive, has appeared this summer. One major cause is pollution from farms.

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Earthquake Shakes Central Oklahoma, One Of 7 In 28 Hours

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 3:22am

An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 4.2 hit Wednesday night. Earthquakes used to be rare in Oklahoma. Scientists say they're linked to the disposal of wastewater from fracking.

(Image credit: U.S. Geological Survey)

Environmental Groups Challenge EPA In Court Over Ozone Rule

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 3:14pm

The Trump administration seeks to roll back and delay dozens of regulations across government, including one to lower smog-creating ozone. Environmental groups are challenging the EPA in court.

Al Gore Warns That Trump Is A 'Distraction' From The Issue Of Climate Change

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 2:01pm

"I have no illusions about the possibility of changing Donald Trump's mind," Gore says. Instead, the former vice president wants to build bipartisan consensus around the issue of climate change.

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Carbon Dioxide May Rob Crops Of Nutrition, Leaving Millions At Risk

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 1:30pm

Two new studies suggest that changing atmospheric conditions could reduce protein and iron in food, leading to more health problems for people in countries where malnutrition is already a problem.

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NASA Jets Will Extend Eclipse By Chasing Moon's Shadow

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 12:25pm

Cold War-era tactical bombers specially equipped with stabilized telescopes will fly over the central United States on Aug. 21, taking detailed observations of the Sun's atmosphere.

(Image credit: Bardur Eklund/NASA/Faroe Islands/SwRI)

Scientists Precisely Edit DNA In Human Embryos To Fix A Disease Gene

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 12:09pm

In experimental embryos, scientists were able to repair the gene that causes a serious heart disorder. But more research is needed to confirm the method would produce healthy babies, they say.

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Oh, Snap! Scientists Are Turning People's Food Photos Into Recipes

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 11:13am

Researchers have created an artificial neural network that analyzes an image of a dish and tells you how to make it. Still in the early stages, the technology might help improve our dietary health.

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Why We Are Naively Optimistic About Climate Change

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 7:36am

Unfortunately, we are failing in the goal to make our children's world better than our own — and those who deny it won't have to see the consequences of their choices, says blogger Marcelo Gleiser.

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Drug Puts A $750,000 'Price Tag On Life'

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 12:05pm

The high cost of Spinraza, a new and promising treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, highlights how the cost-benefit analysis insurers use to make drug coverage decisions plays out in human terms.

(Image credit: Nick Oxford for Kaiser Health News)

Planning To Watch The Eclipse? Here's What You Need To Protect Your Eyes

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 11:03am

A total solar eclipse is one of the most magnificent sights you can ever see. But you need the right kind of eye protection, and some of what's being sold out there isn't safe.

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Who Were Your Millionth-Great-Grandparents?

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 7:10am

Our pre-human ancestors are back there somewhere in the deep time that makes up Earth's braided history of life and change — and we are the tip of the spear moving that life forward, says Adam Frank.

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Country Music And Brain Research Come Together At Nashville Summer Camp

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 2:15pm

Researchers in Nashville are tapping into a country music camp to learn more about Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. Many people who have it love music but don't know why.

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To Help Keep Sturgeon Sustainable, Farm And Fishery Work Together

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 2:08pm

Because demand for seafood is rising and wild stocks are not, a hatchery owner in Canada is hoping his model of "responsible agriculture" can keep the prized fish both on the menu and in the water.

(Image credit: Nancy Matsumoto for NPR)

Scientists Edge Closer To Elusive Lab Test For 'Chronic Fatigue Syndrome'

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 2:07pm

Stanford University scientists have found an array of proteins in the blood whose levels correlate closely with the severity of symptoms of the mysterious illness that's increasingly known as ME/CFS.

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Why We All Scream When We Get Ice Cream Brain Freeze

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 6:00am

When temperatures soar, there's nothing like a frozen treat to take off the edge. But if we dive in too fast, our brains are thrown for a distressing and sometimes painful loop. Here's why.

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New Florida Law Lets Residents Challenge School Textbooks

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 3:58am

The new bill was pushed by a conservative group critical of the way evolution, climate change and government were being taught in Florida schools.

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Sperm Counts Plummet In Western Men, Study Finds

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 3:55am

Data from nearly 43,000 men around the world found a 52 percent decline in sperm counts in Western countries. It could reflect a decline in health overall, scientists say.

(Image credit: Hanna Barczyk for NPR)

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