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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.

(Image credit: National Park Service via AP)

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.

(Image credit: Jason Dearen/AP)

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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Trump Picks Oklahoma Congressman To Head NASA

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 11:47am

Rep. Jim Bridenstine is a fighter pilot who wants Americans to return to the moon but doesn't believe that humans are causing climate change.

(Image credit: Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Trump's Nominee To Be USDA's Chief Scientist Is Not A Scientist

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 5:00am

Sam Clovis has a doctorate in public administration, is skeptical that humans have a role in climate change and pushed theories suggesting former President Barack Obama was born in Kenya.

(Image credit: Charlie Neibergall/AP)

Get Off The Couch Baby Boomers, Or You May Not Be Able To Later

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 4:10am

If you sit too much during middle age — at work and at home — your ability to exercise or even walk in late decades is at risk, a study hints. And, of course, your risk of heart disease climbs, too.

(Image credit: Lily Padula for NPR)

Coca-Cola Offers A Sweet Quest: A Million Bucks To Replace Sugar

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 4:10am

The company is holding a contest to find a new and natural, low-calorie sweetener. The challenge comes at a time when many Americans are cutting back on sugar due to obesity and diabetes risks.

(Image credit: Courtesy of The Coca-Cola Company)

Fall Weather Headed Your Way? Time For Flu Shots

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 11:18pm

The American Academy of Pediatrics reminds us that shots — not a nasal spray — are the most effective way to protect kids 6 months and older against the flu.

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'American Space Ninja' Back On Earth After Record-Breaking Flight

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 12:13pm

Peggy Whitson smashed multiple records after spending a total of 665 days in orbit over the course of her career.

(Image credit: Sergei Ilnitsky/AP)

Explaining North Korea's Claim Of A Hydrogen Bomb Test

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 7:07am

North Korea claimed to have tested a hydrogen bomb, which is far more powerful than an atomic bomb.

The Bumblebee Hunter

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 7:07am

The Franklin bumblebee is so small and hard to track that it's not clear if it's gone extinct. We tag along as one man makes his annual trek to try to find it.

Here Are The Facts About North Korea's Nuclear Test

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 7:07am

North Korea has claimed to have tested a hydrogen bomb, which is far more powerful than an atomic bomb. Experts think they may have pulled it off.

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Pets Deserve Evidence-Based Medicine, Too, Says The SkeptVet

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 5:00am

Veterinarian Brennen McKenzie writes The SkeptVet, a blog that pushes for evidence-based medicine instead of relying otradition, anecdotes or pseudoscience in the treatment of cats and dogs.

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Has Salt Gotten An Unfair Shake?

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 4:00am

For years, we've been told that less salt is better. But some scientists say that the world's universal seasoning has been maligned and that moderate salt intake is healthier for many people.

(Image credit: Lilli Carré for NPR)

Houston Shelter Offers Respite For Pets And Their Owners Displaced By Harvey

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 7:17am

Before a convention center opened its doors and volunteer care to pets, their owners had to make a tough choice: Take shelter or stay with animals in floodwaters. But anxiety looms around what's next.

(Image credit: Ryan Kellman/NPR)

A Bipartisan Bill Helped Save Pets From Harvey, And Maybe Their Humans Too

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 5:59am

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, many people who lost their homes to flooding were able to save their pets. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the importance of those relationships.

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Early Data From Harvey Shows Epic Flooding

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 8:56pm

Government flood maps may need to be withdrawn following Harvey. That, in turn, could have implications for insurers.

(Image credit: Katie Park/NPR)

Countries Pledge To Recover Dwindling Pacific Bluefin Tuna Population

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 2:50pm

The long-term agreement would aid fish stocks that have fallen to just 2.6 percent of their historic size. The news comes at a time when Atlantic bluefin populations are also rebounding.

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