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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.

(Image credit: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

(Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)

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.

(Image credit: Eyder Peralta/NPR)

Beyond The Nasty Needle: Trying To Make Vaccines More Comfy And Convenient

Sun, 07/23/2017 - 4:06am

From tiny, dissolving needles to high-powered liquid streams and nasal sprays, scientists are developing alternatives to typical vaccinations.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Georgia Institute of Technology)

A Bother, A Brotherhood: Living Among The Mines In Coal Country

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 6:00am

When Mary Jo and Mike Picklo bought their house in 2003, they expected to retire in it — until a coal mine opened across the street. They don't want it there, but they are nearly alone in their view.

(Image credit: Laura Roman/NPR)

A Wake-Up Call: Coffee Recalled By FDA For Having Viagra-Like Ingredient

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:01am

Regulators took issue with the tortuously named "New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee," which didn't declare a chemical akin to the erectile dysfunction drug's active ingredient.

(Image credit: Ezra Bailey/Getty Images)

To Shrink The Mosquito Population, Scientists Are Releasing 20 Million Of Them

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 4:25am

Scientists plan to release millions of sterile, male bacteria-infected mosquitoes in California, to breed with wild females. They're hoping for a "steep decline" in the species that carries Zika.

(Image credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Is It A Good Idea To Pay Villagers Not To Chop Down Trees?

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:30pm

Governments dole out millions each year. Researchers debate whether the payouts actually work. A new study from Uganda offers some answers.

(Image credit: Megan Kearns/Courtesy of Innovations for Poverty Action)

GOP Effort To Make Environmental Science 'Transparent' Worries Scientists

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 2:58pm

There's a push in Congress to rewrite how science gets used in regulation — and that has researchers worried. The industry-backed bill would let business nitpick raw data and ignore valid results.

(Image credit: David Zalubowski/AP)

John McCain Was Diagnosed With A Glioblastoma, Among The Deadliest Of Cancers

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:37am

About 12,000 people are diagnosed with a glioblastoma each year in the U.S. Fewer than a third of them will survive beyond two years.

(Image credit: Sherbrooke Connectivity Imaging Lab/Science Source)

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