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Experimental Solar-Powered Plane Takes Flight After 9 Month Delay

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 11:30am

Solar Impulse 2 is attempting to circumnavigate the world using only the sun's power. It has been grounded in Hawaii for repairs and is now on a three day journey heading to California.

Half Your Brain Stands Guard When Sleeping In A New Place

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 11:03am

No wonder we don't feel rested after a first night in a new place: Half of our brain has stayed alert while the other half enjoyed deeper sleep, a study finds. We really have been half-asleep.

Can The U.S. And China Keep Their Climate Pledges?

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 9:32am

The two nations topping the world in greenhouse gas emissions agreed at the Paris talks to cut way back. But critics have stalled a key part of the U.S. plan, and China's good start may be fragile.

Climate Change? Some People May Not Be Sweating It Because The Weather Is Nicer

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 12:03pm

Researchers say climate change has made weather more pleasant in many parts of the U.S. Winters have been milder, and summers haven't become much hotter. But that's likely to change in coming years.

NIH Halts Some Research Amid Concerns Over Contamination And Safety

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:26pm

The National Institutes of Health shut down some clinical trials and two production facilities due to concerns that safety rules haven't been followed, but says no patients appear to have been hurt.

Is Crowdfunding An Okay Way To Raise Money For Zika Research?

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 2:27pm

The Zika Virus Challenge has posted researchers' projects and is asking for pledges. Should the reaction be skepticism — or enthusiasm?

Your Invisible Neighbors: Each City Has Unique Microbes

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:07pm

Scientists measured the microbes that are in the indoor spaces where we spend most of our time. Each city had a unique microbiome, with many outdoor microbes making their way indoors to live with us.

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.




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