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The Ancient Andean Tradition of Eating Clay May Have Helped To Protect Health

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 1:33pm

Farmers in Peru's Andean highlands have been consuming clay for centuries. Scientists now think it may have allowed them to eat wild potatoes, which are rich in toxic chemicals.

(Image credit: Tony Dunnell)

Does This Robot Freak You Out?

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 10:13am

Something like Atlas, Spot and Handle will likely inhabit the world we're now building — and their weirdness will be just commonplace, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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Dance By The Light Of The 2017 Supermoon: The How And When

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 6:02pm

The last and only visible such moon of 2017 will appear Dec. 3. The best time to see it is at sunset or sunrise, when the moon is near the horizon.

(Image credit: Heng Sinith/AP)

Puerto Rico's Medical Manufacturers Worry Federal Tax Plan Could Kill Storm Recovery

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 3:21pm

Drug companies and medical device makers in Puerto Rico are still struggling with power and staffing shortages. One device manufacturer says the future of his industry on the island in uncertain.

(Image credit: Greg Allen/NPR)

Video: A View Of A Breathing Earth

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 8:48am

In this visualization, based on data collected by scientists, we see Earth changing — its plants, surface winds, and sea currents responding to the energy coming from the sun, says Marcelo Gleiser.

(Image credit: Joshua Stevens/NASA Earth Observatory)

Apps Can Cut Blue Light From Devices, But Do They Help You Sleep?

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 4:02am

Lots of phone and tablet apps promise to improve sleep by filtering out the blue light from device screens. But that won't help if the reason you're not getting enough shuteye is caffeine or stress.

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Light Therapy Might Help People With Bipolar Depression

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 4:02am

Light therapy can help treat depression that's part of seasonal affective disorder, but it hasn't worked so well for treating bipolar disorder. It may come down to when people are exposed to light.

(Image credit: Katherine Streeter for NPR)

Indonesia Tries To Evacuate 100,000 People Away From Erupting Volcano On Bali

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 3:39am

Mount Agung began spewing ash last week, but over the weekend authorities raised the alert level for a possible larger eruption and expanded a danger zone around the base of the volcano.

(Image credit: Firdia Lisnawati/AP)

Flat-Earther Delays Launch In His Homemade Rocket, Saying 'It's Not Easy'

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 10:49am

Mike Hughes had planned to launch himself Saturday over the Mojave Desert in a quest to prove the world is flat. But he didn't count on a federal agency's rejection — or a significant tech breakdown.

(Image credit: Susanna James/Flickr)

Idaho Dims The Lights For One Of The Best Night Skies Anywhere

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 6:59am

Central Idaho hopes to land on a very short list of the best places on Earth to see the Milky Way at night.

(Image credit: Matt Guilhem/Boise State Public Radio)

Less Waste, More Taste: A Master Chef Reimagines Thanksgiving Leftovers

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 10:07am

Over this Thanksgiving week, Americans will toss almost 200 million pounds of turkey alone. Massimo Bottura helps us fight food waste by showing us how to turn leftovers into a world-class new meal.

(Image credit: Beck Harlan/NPR)

To Save Water, Should You Wash Your Hands Of Hand Washing Dishes?

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 7:00am

The sustainable choice between the dishwasher and a manual scrub-down may just boil down to your washing style — but it's hard to beat today's efficient machines.

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The Sea Level Threat To Cities Depends On Where The Ice Melts — Not Just How Fast

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 5:00am

Identifying where ice melts can help cities in planning for a future with elevated sea levels. In New York City, the sea level would be affected more by melting ice in northern Greenland than Canada.

NASA Taps Young People To Help Develop Virtual Reality Technology

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 4:08am

Scientists at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center are hoping to use virtual reality technology to study space, and Earth, without leaving their offices. Talented high school students are helping.

(Image credit: NASA)

Human Brains Have Evolved Unique 'Feel-Good' Circuits

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 1:01pm

A comparison of brain tissue from monkeys, chimps and humans suggests that our brains produce the chemical messenger dopamine, which plays a major role in pleasure and rewards, far differently.

(Image credit: D. Roberts/Getty Images/Science Photo Libra)

Earth Increasingly Looks Lit-Up At Night

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 1:03pm

Over the last five years, global light pollution has increased nearly 10 percent, a new study shows, The fastest rise occurred in developing nations.

(Image credit: NASA)

If The Developing World Can Go Solar, Maybe Puerto Rico Can Too

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 11:54am

With most of the island still without electricity, some Puerto Ricans are hoping to follow the example of developing world countries — and turn to the sun for power.

(Image credit: Alvin Baez/Reuters)

From 'Inky's Great Escape' To Singing Seahorses: Animal Books For The Holidays

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 5:01am

From real-life, seaweed-carrying dolphins to fictional singing seahorses, animals in these new books can excite the mind, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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What The Industry Knew About Sugar's Health Effects, But Didn't Tell Us

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 3:29pm

The sugar industry pulled the plug on an animal study it funded in the 1960s. Initial results pointed to a link between sugar consumption and elevated triglycerides, which raises heart disease risk.

(Image credit: Karen M. Romanko/Getty Images)

Sugar Industry Shifted Blame For Heart Disease Onto Fats In The '60s

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 3:29pm

A new report out today reveals documents showing how the sugar industry influenced scientific research in the 1960s in a way that deflected concerns about the impact of sugar on health.

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