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Florida Suffers Growing Gasoline Shortage As Residents Prepare For Irma

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 3:30pm

Refineries were already affected by Hurricane Harvey. Now comes Irma, which is causing huge gasoline shortages in southern Florida. One firm estimates that 30 to 40 percent of Florida gas stations are out of fuel, and the twin storms are affecting gas prices all over the country.

What Goes Into Hurricane Forecasting? Satellites, Supercomputers And More

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 2:32pm

The latest hurricane models are using lightning-fast supercomputers to crunch ever-more data. And they're getting better.

Hurricanes: A Science Primer

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:30pm

We know how damaging and costly, in many ways, such natural phenomenon can be — but the devastation is not surprising, once you know how much energy is involved, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

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Hurricanes Are Sweeping The Atlantic. What's The Role Of Climate Change?

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 6:19am

Warmer waters and air are playing a role in this year's monster storms.

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Study Looks At How People Think About Free Speech

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 4:15am

Some new research says that many people use free speech arguments only when convenient, and as a cover for their own feelings.

Democracy By Sneeze: When Wild Dogs Must Decide, They Vote With Their Noses

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 4:36pm

When it might be time to move, African wild dogs take a poll with an odd electoral instrument: sneezing. The more sneezes, the more likely it is the pack will move, according to a new study.

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Powerful Storms Raise Questions About The Science Of Hurricanes

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 3:28pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Phil Klotzbach, a research scientist at Colorado State University, about the science of hurricanes and what makes Hurricane Irma so unusual.

'All My Penguins' Tells Tales Of Love And Friendship At Chicago Zoo

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 3:28pm

A new penguin blog from the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago tells tales of love and friendship. The soapy blog recounts the escapades of the zoo's new African penguin colony.

Biologist Jonathan Losos Explores 'Convergent Evolution' In 'Improbable Destinies'

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 3:28pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Jonathan Losos, author of the new book, Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution, which explores the growing understanding of "convergent evolution."

Nashville Begins Tearing Down Some Homes To Prevent Future Flooding

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 3:28pm

Nashville, Tenn., has found a way to make sure some homes never flood again. It's tearing them down.

A Pioneer Of Food Activism Steps Down, Looks Back

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 2:29pm

Michael Jacobson invented a new style of food activism. For four decades, he led the fight against "junk food." He's now stepping down as president of the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

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Here's How Big North Korea's Latest Nuclear Test Actually Was

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 2:10pm

Seismic and satellite data reveal the test was a whopper, further bolstering the North's claim that it tested a hydrogen bomb.

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Why Do Parrots (And People) Eat Clay?

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 5:00am

Several species of parrots in Southeastern Peru regularly gather at a cliff face in the Amazon basin to eat clay. So do other animals, including humans.

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Here's What You Need To Know About Hurricane Irma

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 11:20am

As the powerful storm approaches the U.S., here are some of the basics about the dangers it poses.

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Climate, Power, Money And Sorrow: Lessons Of Hurricane Harvey

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 8:56am

Through the power of Katrina, Sandy and, now, Harvey, we get a view into how a changing climate may play out in the real world — beyond arguments and abstractions, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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Western Wildfires Endanger Beloved Sites At National Parks

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 12:56pm

A 20-square-mile blaze burned the historic Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park last week. In California's Sierra National Forest, an ancient grove of sequoias was scorched, but the trees survived.

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In A Case That Is 'Almost Impossible,' Girl Dies Of Malaria In Italy

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 12:33pm

"It's a mystery," said one health official. Italy was declared malaria-free i1970.

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The Army, The Inventor And The Surprising Uses Of A Batman Machine

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 4:04am

The Army wanted a new, small device that could pull a person rapidly up a rope. The invention they eventually got has uses far beyond the military.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Nate Ball/Atlas Devices)

In Texas, Concerns About Damage To Flooded Toxic Waste Sites

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 4:23pm

Environmental officials are inspecting toxic waste sites in southeast Texas that were flooded and potentially damaged last week.

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So You Want To Buy An Electric Car? It Requires Some Planning

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 3:40pm

With new models aimed at the mass market going on sale this fall, Americans will hear a lot more about electric cars. Here's what you should know if you're on the market for one.

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