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Not In My Landfill: Georgia Residents Fight Plan To Store Toxic Coal Ash

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 3:26pm

In 2014, after disastrous spills and opposition from environmentalists, the Environmental Protection Agency imposed new rules on the storage of coal ash. Now utilities are planning to close down the ponds that hold the toxic ash, but it has to go somewhere. Environmentalists say the safest place for it is in securely lined landfills, such as the municipal landfill in Wayne County, Ga. Locals are fighting the plan, but there's not much they can do.

Red Tape Leaves Some Low-Income Toddlers Without Health Insurance

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 1:51pm

Despite government policies designed to encourage health coverage for these toddlers, many families are thwarted by confusing rules and regulations, advocacy groups say.

Overworked Americans Aren't Taking The Vacation They've Earned

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 12:39pm

And they're not unplugging from email and text messages when they do get away, an NPR poll finds. "So they're taking their stress along with them wherever they go," says a Harvard scientist.

Parents Can Help Reduce Pain And Anxiety From Vaccinations

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 9:44am

There are plenty of proven techniques that can help parents soothe the sting of the needle. And guess what? The parent's attitude can matter more than the actual pain of the shot.

A Computer Binge-Watched TV And Learned To Predict What Happens Next

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 8:50am

Researchers fed a program 600 hours of videos and TV shows to see if it could learn about and predict human interactions — hugs, kisses, high-fives and handshakes. It was right nearly half the time.

Research: Black Judges Are Reversed On Appeal More Than White Judges

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 4:07am

President Obama has tried to diversify the federal judiciary by appointing more black judges. Data show black federal district judges are overturned on appeal 10 percent more often than white judges.

Me, Me, Me: The Rise Of Narcissism In The Age Of The Selfie

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:00pm

Shankar talks with psychologist Jean Twenge about narcissism, millennials, and the rise of "me" culture.

Climate Change May Already Be Shifting Clouds Toward The Poles

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 10:01am

Scientists who have been tracking cloud patterns over the past two decades say the shifts they're seeing seem to correlate closely with what's predicted by computer models of Earth's changing climate.

Slice, Dice, Chop Or Julienne: Does The Cut Change The Flavor?

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 6:00am

When it comes to produce, the answer is yes, experts tell us. But the reasons are complicated — and sometimes mysterious even to restaurant critics, chefs and food scientists.

Long Buried By Bad Reputation, Philistines Get New Life With Archaeological Find

Sun, 07/10/2016 - 7:14pm

They're one of the Hebrew Bible's greatest villains, but not much is known about the ancient Philistines. An uncovered cemetery, which researchers say is the first of its kind, could change all that.

Hope Still Races Ahead Of Evidence In Magnet Treatment For Autism

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 6:00am

A few people with high-functioning autism say they've been briefly helped by exposure to transcranial magnetic stimulation. But there's a cost, one mother found, to getting ahead of the science.

What An Hour Of Emotion Makes Visible

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 2:00am

Kim was an accomplished doctor with plenty of friends. But a few pulses from an electromagnet to her brain at age 54 made her reconsider how she sees herself — and the world.

Invisibilia: An Experiment Helps One Woman See The World In A New Way

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 3:39pm

NPR's Invisibilia podcast tells the story of a woman who participated in an experiment that gave her a whole new frame of reference and allowed her to see the world in a different way.

Synthetic Stingray May Lead To A Better Artificial Heart

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 1:02pm

Using gold, silicone, and heart cells from a rat, scientists have made a tiny artificial stingray. The engineering involved in propelling it could help make a heart that's more than a mechanical pump.

California Town Fixes Crooked Curb, Breaks Geologists' Hearts

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 8:09pm

A misaligned curb in Hayward, Calif., was a popular destination for geology field trips. For decades it had reflected the shift of a major fault in the San Francisco area. But it has lost its appeal.

In California, Fixing A Curb Destroyed The 'Holy Grail Of Seismology'

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 3:29pm

One curb in Hayward, Calif., has been shifting for decades. David Schwartz, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, describes how fixing the curb has affected the geology community.

Researchers Examine Why Tylenol Affects Empathy

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 4:02am

Nearly one quarter of all Americans reach for a bottle of Tylenol every week to take the edge off a headache, fever or toothache. Experiments suggest it might also have another effect on you.

'The New York Times' Investigates An Ailing Clean Coal Project

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 3:29pm

The Kemper Project is an electrical generating station currently under construction in Kemper County, Miss. The plant has been held up as a model of the Obama administration's efforts to promote new, clean energy technologies, but the project is two years behind schedule, still not operational, and more than $4 billion over budget. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Ian Urbina of The New York Times about the Kemper Project and the administration's clean energy policy.

NASA's Juno Probe Enters Jupiter's Orbit

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Fran Bagenal, a member of the science team on NASA's historic Juno mission to Jupiter.

Dolly The Sheep, World's First Cloned Mammal, Turns 20

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 3:29pm

Twenty years ago today, the world's first cloned mammal was born — a sheep named Dolly.




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