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Scientist Stephon Alexander: 'Infinite Possibilities' Unite Jazz And Physics

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 4:18pm

Stephon Alexander once downplayed the connections he saw between jazz and physics, concerned that — as "the only black person" in his professional circle — his credibility would be questioned.

Safety Regulator Looks At Alleged Tesla Suspension Flaw

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 8:45pm

The celebrated electric car company denies allegations of a safety problem with its suspension and says claims that it told customers not to report the problem "preposterous."

Drones Lead Archaeologists To New Discovery In Petra, Jordan

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 3:34pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with archaeologist Sarah Parcak about her team's discovery of the monument in Petra, Jordan — an archaeological park among the richest and most visited in the world. She found the structure using satellite imagery, Google Earth and drones.

Light Pollution Hides Milky Way From 80 Percent Of North Americans, Atlas Shows

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 1:42pm

More than 99 percent of the people living in the U.S. and Europe look up and see light-polluted skies, according to a new atlas of artificial night sky brightness.

Spring Is Swarm Season, When Beekeepers Are On The Hunt For New Hives

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 11:54am

While a new neighborhood beehive can be stressful for homeowners, it's an exciting time for beekeepers. They see it as an opportunity to collect more colonies for their apiaries.

Stick A Fork In It: Federal Meteorologists Say El Nino Is Done

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 3:58pm

This year's extra-large El Nino weather pattern is over, according to federal meteorologists. The pattern brought heavy rain to many parts of the country and was one of the strongest ever.

Cancer Scientist Jams With Willie Nelson One More Time

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 2:42pm

Joe Palca was fresh out of college in 1975, when he got a job as a lab tech, working for a young scientist and country music fan who would one day harness the immune system to fight cancer.

A Scientist's Dream Fulfilled: Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 2:41pm

Melanoma can be a deadly skin cancer, but 10 years ago biologist Jim Allison figured out a way to tweak the body's immune system to go after those malignant cells. Some patients are now cancer-free.

Hello, Nihonium. Scientists Name 4 New Elements On The Periodic Table

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 2:32pm

The new superheavy, radioactive elements were added to the periodic table last year but given temporary and unremarkable names: ununtrium, ununpentium, ununseptium and ununoctoium.

Legal Medical Abortions Are Up In Texas, But So Are DIY Pills From Mexico

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 3:47am

Women seeking an abortion in restrictive Texas now often pick the medical version, thanks to FDA rules making it easier. Others seek cheaper pills in Mexico, and aren't getting guidance from a doctor.

Fossils Suggest That Island Life Shrank Our 'Hobbit' Relatives

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 5:39pm

Scientists say tiny bones dating back 700,000 years on the Indonesian island of Flores shine new light on how these mysterious, 3-foot-tall creatures got that way.

Congress Passes Largest Chemical Safety Legislation In 40 Years

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 3:31pm

Congress has passed the biggest chemical safety legislation in 40 years. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Richard Denison of the Environmental Defense Fund about what this means for consumers.

An Army Buddy's Call For Help Sends A Scientist On A Brain Injury Quest

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 1:16pm

Harvard researcher Kit Parker built his academic career studying the heart. But Parker, also an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, switched his focus to figuring out how IED blasts damage the brain.

New Genetic Engineering Method Called Promising — And Perilous

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 11:52am

A technology known as a gene drive might be deployed to re-engineer species and stop diseases like malaria. But a scientific advisory panel says research and use should proceed with great caution.

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