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Smartphone Detox: How To Power Down In A Wired World

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:03am

In an era when many kids get a first smartphone at age 10, psychologists say the devices have turned us into Pavlov's dogs — drooling for the next notification, buzz or text. Ready to dial back?

(Image credit: Ryan Johnson for NPR)

PHOTOS: These Images Were Captured Nearly 3.8 Billion Miles From Earth

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 3:59pm

The distance marks a record: the farthest from Earth an image has been taken. Before NASA's New Horizons probe caught these glimpses in December, the 1990 "Pale Blue Dot" image had held the record.

(Image credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI)

Finding Planets Outside The Milky Way

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 7:02am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with University of Oklahoma postdoctoral researcher Eddie Guerras about how his team detected planets outside of our galaxy.

Teens And Gender

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 7:02am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Nic Rider, post-doctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota whose research shows more teens in the U.S. are identifying as transgender or gender nonconforming.

I Didn't Think There Were Many African Women Scientists. Then I Checked Twitter

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 6:00am

The author, a woman scientist from Africa, was stumped by a survey asking her to name women scientists from Africa.

(Image credit: Maria Fabrizio for NPR)

More Religious Leaders Challenge Silence, Isolation Surrounding Suicide

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 5:00am

Many faith leaders are looking past suicide as a sin to help spot and support those suffering from mental health issues in their communities.

(Image credit: Nicole Xu for NPR)

Sue The T. Rex Is Making Big Moves With Her Big Bones

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 2:28am

The famous fossil calls the Chicago Field Museum home and is moving from the main exhibit hall to a private suite on the second floor.

(Image credit: Courtesy of The Field Museum)

Blue Dye Kills Malaria Parasites — But There Is One Catch

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:29pm

Methylene blue used to be an anti-malarial treatment but fell out of favor. Researchers wondered, what if it were added to a current medication?

(Image credit: Jay Reed/NPR )

Computational Propaganda: Bots, Targeting, And The Future

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:37am

Computational propaganda was invented by people who realized the possibilities emerging from the intersection of new technologies and behaviors they create — and it's frightening, says Adam Frank.

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Jedidah Isler: What Role Do Supermassive Black Holes Play In The Cosmos?

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 8:26am

Scientists believe at the center of every galaxy is a supermassive black hole. Jedidah Isler describes how gamma ray telescopes have expanded our knowledge of this mysterious aspect of space.

(Image credit: Ryan Lash/TED)

Natasha Hurley-Walker: How Do Radio Telescopes Reveal The Universe We Can't See?

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 8:26am

Natasha Hurley-Walker explains how a new radio telescope helps us "see" without light. She says these telescopes can tell us about millions of galaxies — and maybe even the beginning of time.

(Image credit: Natasha Hurley Walker)

Sara Seager: How Close Are We To Finding Life On Another Planet?

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 8:26am

In our galaxy alone, there are hundreds of billions of planets. And Sara Seager is looking for the perfect one, a "Goldilocks" planet— neither too hot nor too cold— that could support life.

(Image credit: Bret Hartman/TED)

Allan Adams: Can Gravitational Waves Tell Us How The Universe Began?

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 8:26am

In 2015, scientists first detected gravitational waves— ripples in space caused by massive disturbances. Allan Adams says this discovery helps answer some of our biggest questions about the universe.

(Image credit: Bret Hartman/TED)

'Invisibilia': The Otherworldly Alien Hand Syndrome, Animated

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 8:03am

Imagine trying to play the piano or button a shirt, while one hand does something else, entirely of its own volition. Invisibilia explored this phenomenon. More stories are coming in the new season.

(Image credit: Giant Ant for NPR)

New Technology Aims To Take The Sugar Out Of Gelato — Not The Flavor

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 7:00am

The Italian treat requires a certain formula to make it just right, and that means sugar. But as more people try to eat healthy, gelaterias must keep pace. A new machine is a step in that direction.

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Major Psychiatric Disorders Have More In Common Than We Thought, Study Finds

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 4:34pm

Understanding the molecular basis of major disorders such as autism, schizophrenia and bipolar is hopeful, because it could help in developing better treatments for them.

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How The Launch Of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Fits Into The Company's Other-Wordly Plans

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 3:28pm

This week SpaceX successfully launched the world's most powerful rocket in decades. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with writer Tim Urban about what this rocket will do near term, and how it takes Elon Musk one step closer to his grand vision of a million-person colony on Mars.

All The Rage Of Aquarius: How Astrology Hangs On

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:18am

Why does everyone keep talking about Mercury retrograde?

Embracing Winter's Chill Through Snow Artistry

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 9:56am

Simon Beck's large-scale snow images — like the one made earlier this month in Minneapolis — bring extra beauty to this cold winter season, says commentator Barbara J. King.

(Image credit: Great Northern Festival)

Stop Crying! Tear-Free Onions Are Here

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 7:09am

For years, people have been crying about how chopping onions brings on the waterworks. Well, there's finally a tearless onion, but the allium has not quite caught on with the general public yet.

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