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U.K. Science Minister Torpedoes 'Boaty McBoatface' As Ship Name

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 8:31am

When Britain's Natural Environment Research Council launched a poll to help name a new research ship, one suggestion caught on: Boaty McBoatface. But Science Minister Jo Johnson says it's unsuitable.

Why Our Brains Weren't Made To Deal With Climate Change

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 11:00pm

Human beings would be better at fighting climate change if we weren't so, well, human. In this episode, we explore the psychological barriers to addressing climate change.

Ethiopian Monkey Study Offers Clues Into How Human Speech Evolved

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 3:24pm

A new study of the speech patterns of gelada monkeys in the Ethiopian Highlands suggests that linguistically humans aren't as unique as we think. So why has it taken us thousands of years to realize that? NPR has the story of how we listen to noises we don't understand.

With The 'Eco Bin,' Student Scientists Aim Big In Fight Against Waste

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 4:15pm

Kids from across the U.S. gathered at the White House last week to present their scientific findings to President Obama. Some Mississippi Girl Scouts explain their project to tackle Styrofoam waste.

New Polio Vaccine Rolled Out In Massive Synchronized Worldwide Switch

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 11:08am

155 countries and territories are switching to a different polio vaccine, in what health officials say is the next step to completely eradicating the disease worldwide.

Your Brain On LSD Looks A Lot Like A Baby's

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 7:00am

For the first time, scientists have scanned the brains of subjects taking LSD, and found that the LSD state mimics that of infants. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with researcher Robin Carhart-Harris.

Attention Students: Put Your Laptops Away

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 5:00am

Researchers Pam Mueller and Daniel M. Oppenheimer found that students remember more via writing notes longhand rather than on a laptop. It has to do with what happens when you're forced to slow down.

Study Finds Climate Change Could Be Leading To Better Wine

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 6:57am

Winemakers know grapes are sensitive to temperature and drought. A recent study in the journal Nature Climate Change looks at how weather plays a role in determining the quality of wine produced.

How Math Determines The 'Game Of Thrones' Protagonist

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 6:57am

Network science: it can be used both to stop terrorists and predict television plotlines. Keith Devlin explains how it can be used to figure out the most important character in Game of Thrones.

What Can We Learn From Early Floridians On Sea-Level Rise?

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 6:57am

Sea level rise is not a new challenge for Florida. The state's earliest residents had to cope with rising seas by migrating. It is a lesson, an archaeologist believes, that we can learn from today.

The Human Body's Complicated Relationship With Fungi

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 6:00am

Among the microbes that live in us and on us, bacteria have gotten most of the attention. Now scientists are exploring the fungi and their effects on health.

Will Genetically 'Edited' Food Be Regulated? The Case Of The Mushroom

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 11:41am

The U.S. is trying to figure out whether, and how, to regulate crops that have had their genes "edited." One example: a mushroom that doesn't brown when cut. It could be the first of many such crops.

After 9-Month Delay, Record-Breaking Solar Plane Prepares For Liftoff

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 4:52pm

The Solar Impulse 2 is preparing to resume its flight around the world. It's aiming to be the first plane to make the journey powered only by the sun.

When Parasites Could Be The Treatment Instead Of The Illness

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 1:04pm

A man's worm treatment in Thailand led researchers to test parasites for inflammatory bowel disease. Their ultimate goal is a remedy that would mimic what the worms do — without an infection.

Stephen Hawking's Plan For Interstellar Travel Has Some Earthly Obstacles

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 12:14pm

The astrophysicist is part of a team that wants to send postage-stamp-size probes to our closest star system, Alpha Centauri. But can they get the right permits?

Chicago's Upgrades To Aging Water Lines May Disturb Lead Pipes

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 3:58am

The city of Chicago is continuing its 10-year plan to replace aging water lines. But some residents charge that as the city replaces water mains, it's causing unsafe lead levels in drinking water.

CDC Confirms Zika Is The Cause Of Severe Brain Defects At Birth

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 4:40pm

U.S. health officials say they are now convinced that Zika virus can target the developing brain before birth, leading to a severe type of microcephaly and other brain abnormalities.

AccuWeather Launches '90-Day Forecast' To Help You Plan Ahead

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 3:28pm

AccuWeather launched its "90-Day Forecast" this week, which the company describes as a "valuable tool for planning further in advance," including activities like vacations, weddings, baseball games, outdoor concerts and more. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with AccuWeather Founder and President Joel Myers.

Young Scientists Feature Projects At 2016 White House Science Fair

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 3:28pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with two students whose science projects were featured at the 2016 White House Science Fair.

Adapting To A More Extreme Climate, Coastal Cities Get Creative

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 3:12pm

In preparation for sea level rise, vulnerable cities are building infrastructure to protect themselves. But as a look at New Orleans and Philadelphia shows, the strategies are unique to each city.

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