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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.

When Parasites Could Be The Treatment Instead Of The Illness

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 1:04pm

A man's worm treatment in Thailand led researchers to test parasites for inflammatory bowel disease. Their ultimate goal is a remedy that would mimic what the worms do — without an infection.

Stephen Hawking's Plan For Interstellar Travel Has Some Earthly Obstacles

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 12:14pm

The astrophysicist is part of a team that wants to send postage-stamp-size probes to our closest star system, Alpha Centauri. But can they get the right permits?

Chicago's Upgrades To Aging Water Lines May Disturb Lead Pipes

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 3:58am

The city of Chicago is continuing its 10-year plan to replace aging water lines. But some residents charge that as the city replaces water mains, it's causing unsafe lead levels in drinking water.

CDC Confirms Zika Is The Cause Of Severe Brain Defects At Birth

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 4:40pm

U.S. health officials say they are now convinced that Zika virus can target the developing brain before birth, leading to a severe type of microcephaly and other brain abnormalities.

AccuWeather Launches '90-Day Forecast' To Help You Plan Ahead

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 3:28pm

AccuWeather launched its "90-Day Forecast" this week, which the company describes as a "valuable tool for planning further in advance," including activities like vacations, weddings, baseball games, outdoor concerts and more. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with AccuWeather Founder and President Joel Myers.

Young Scientists Feature Projects At 2016 White House Science Fair

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 3:28pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with two students whose science projects were featured at the 2016 White House Science Fair.

Adapting To A More Extreme Climate, Coastal Cities Get Creative

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 3:12pm

In preparation for sea level rise, vulnerable cities are building infrastructure to protect themselves. But as a look at New Orleans and Philadelphia shows, the strategies are unique to each city.

Taking Cues From Human Nutrition To Reduce Antibiotic Use In Livestock

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:39pm

Researchers are trying to figure out if probiotics — the stuff we like to eat in yogurt to keep our guts healthy — could also help pigs, cows and chickens thrive.

Technology Helps A Paralyzed Man Transform Thought Into Movement

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:18pm

An implant and wires that reroute nerve signals from a man's brain to his hand allow him to grasp and lift objects, after much practice. But easy, wireless signaling from the brain is still the goal.

How LSD Makes Your Brain One With The Universe

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 11:12am

Researchers are starting to look at the therapeutic possibilities of psychedelic drugs. A sensation that the self is merging with the world could be due to changes in brain connections, a study says.

Hot On The Trail Of Alien Moons

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 4:46am

Astronomers have found about 2,000 planets beyond our solar system. Now, some scientists are expanding the search to look for distant moons, too, in the hunt for signs of life.

Ambitious Project Would Use 'Starchips' To Travel To Alpha Centauri

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 4:12am

Internet Billionaire Yuri Milner on Tuesday announced plans to travel to the nearest star system, Alpha Centauri. A trip would take thousands of years with existing technology.

Home And Garden Giant Ditches Class Of Pesticides That May Harm Bees

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:10am

Ortho is part of the Miracle-Gro family. The company says it decided to phase out neonics from its home and garden products after reviewing possible threats posed to bees and other pollinators.

What Does Time Perception Have To Do With Racial Disparities?

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 4:04am

Research shows that our biases can actually skew our perception of time. For police officers, this means some are at a greater risk for shooting unarmed black men.

U.S. Chief Climate Negotiator: 'Paris Wasn't The End, Paris Is The Start'

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 3:30pm

Since the beginning of the Obama administration, Todd Stern has been the U.S. government's chief climate negotiator. He led the team in Paris that managed to get some 200 countries to agree to the most sweeping deal ever to limit global carbon emissions. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Stern about what's happened since Paris and his decision to step down from the job after seven years.

Just Like Human Skin, This Plastic Sheet Can Sense And Heal

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 1:59pm

Human skin has properties that are hard to mimic, but a Stanford engineer is working to create a type of artificial skin that can sense, heal and generate its own power.

Kepler Spacecraft Is Stable And Out Of Emergency Status, NASA Says

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 12:44pm

Kepler, the telescope that's nearly 75 million miles away from Earth, placed itself into Emergency Mode sometime in the middle of last week.

Number Of Wild Tigers Increases For First Time In 100 Years

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:59am

Early in the 20th century, the world had some 100,000 tigers, according to estimates. The number fell sharply over time — but the World Wildlife Fund says it has now risen for the first time in years.

A Fitbit Saved His Life? Well, Maybe

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 3:40am

A man shows up in the emergency room with a speedy, irregular heartbeat, but can't say when it first went awry. No problem. The ER doctors just checked the phone records of his fitness tracker.

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