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'An Inconvenient Sequel' Is An Effective, Cautiously Optimistic, 'I Told You So'

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 5:25pm

In 2006, Al Gore issued a forceful warning about the threat of climate change in An Inconvenient Truth. He's followed it up with a sequel that shows how far we've come — but with plenty of caveats.

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Mapping Coastal Flood Risk Lags Behind Sea Level Rise

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 3:53pm

Federal maps help determine who on the coast must buy flood insurance, but many don't include the latest data. Maryland is now making its own flood maps, so homeowners can see if they're at risk.

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Perdue Farms Signs Up For A Chicken Welfare Revolution

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 2:06pm

The poultry industry may be on the verge of adopting ambitious new animal-welfare standards, giving chickens more space and daylight, and even returning to older, slower-growing chicken breeds.

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Slug Slime Inspires Scientists To Invent Sticky Surgical Glue

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 1:18pm

The words "strong" and "inspiring" are not usually assigned to garden slugs. But slug slime inspired materials scientists to invent a new kind of adhesive that could one day help heal human wounds.

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How To Keep Friends And Influence Yourself

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 10:06am

What do you believe strongly? What, if anything, could change your mind about it?

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Is It Time To Sack Football As We Know It?

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 9:06am

A new study of 111 brains of former NFL players revealed that 110 of them had a degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

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PHOTOS: Japanese Scientists Turn Chrysanthemums 'True Blue'

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 2:31pm

The scientists introduced genes from two other flowers that allowed the mums to mimic the chemical process producing blue pigment. This might be applicable to other flowers, like roses and lilies.

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Looking Back At The Most Powerful Earthquake Ever To Strike North America

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 12:45pm

Science writer Henry Fountain says the deadly quake that shook Alaska in 1964 was so loud some thought it was the beginning of World War III. His new book is The Great Quake.

3, 2, 1 ... Bake Off! The Mission To Make Bread In Space

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 6:00am

On Earth, crumbs are harmless, but in orbit they can be perilous. But bread is a big deal in Germany, so scientists and engineers there are teaming up to create an oven and dough fit for microgravity.

(Image credit: NASA/ Bake in Space GmbH)

After A Year In Space, The Air Hasn't Gone Out Of NASA's Inflated Module

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 4:11am

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module was pumped up after it arrived at the International Space Station in 2016. NASA says it's doing well in the harsh environment.

(Image credit: NASA)

Student Athletes Who Specialize Early Are Injured More Often, Study Finds

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 3:30pm

High school athletes who tended to focus on one sport were 50 percent more likely to get hurt than those who hadn't specialized. Injuries included ankle sprains, knee tendonitis, and stress fractures.

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What Are The Planet's Real 'Talking' Chimps And Gorillas Saying?

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 4:00am

Movies are full of loquacious chimps, but could nonhuman apes really use language? NPR's Skunk Bear sorts through the disturbing history of research on ape language to sort fact from wishful thinking.

(Image credit: Adam Cole/NPR)

Hidden Brain: How Cigarette Taxes Affect Food Buying

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 4:00am

A new study shows a connection between cigarette taxes and food stamps. When cigarette taxes go up, smokers end up spending more of their income on cigarettes and that leaves less money for food.

Alabama Woman Stuck In NYC Traffic In 1902 Invented The Windshield Wiper

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 3:52am

Entrepreneur Mary Anderson thought it made no sense that New York streetcar drivers had to keep jumping off to clean snow from the windshield. She soon won a patent for her "window cleaning device."

(Image credit: The United States Patent and Trademark Office )

A New Study Shows The Moon's Interior Could Contain Water

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 2:18pm

Sick of your crowded neighborhood pool? A new study shows there might be quite a bit of water on a more isolated place — the moon.

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Inside The Global Seed Vault, Where The History And Future Of Agriculture Is Stored

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 12:45pm

Seeds on Ice author Cary Fowler describes the underground tunnel near the North Pole, which stores and protects a collection of 933,000 samples of different, unique crop varieties.

Female Athletes Are Closing The Gender Gap When It Comes To Concussions

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 3:45am

Gina "Danger" Mazany is a professional mixed martial arts athlete, and she's helping researchers learn more about head injuries and the female brain.

(Image credit: Bridget Bennett for NPR)

Despite Climate Change Setbacks, Al Gore 'Comes Down On The Side Of Hope'

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 3:44am

Even though President Donald Trump promised to pull the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, Al Gore still sees an "excellent chance" of meeting the accord's commitments to reduce global warming.

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Researchers Map More Of The Ocean Floor In Search For Missing Plane

Sun, 07/23/2017 - 7:05am

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 did not turn up a plane, but it did uncover a detailed view of the ocean floor — volcanoes, shipwrecks, and mountains to rival Mount Everest.

As The Climate Changes, Kenyan Herders Find Centuries-Old Way Of Life In Danger

Sun, 07/23/2017 - 7:05am

Nomadic herders in Kenya's northwest are having to move farther afield as sustained drought fundamentally changes the landscape. The result: no grasses for their herds.

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