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40 Years Ago, NASA Launched Message To Aliens Into Deep Space

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 3:25pm

Forty years ago, NASA launched two Voyager spacecraft into deep space. Onboard both were gold discs with music, greetings and sounds from Earth — a message to aliens. Ann Druyan, the creative director of the project, talks about how they decided what message to put in the interstellar bottle.

Success In Placing Shelter Dogs Takes More Than Temperament Tests

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:48am

Blogger Alva Noë talks with a dog trainer who says the need to give shelters, handlers and adopters the resources required to keep dogs and people supported and safe is critical in the process.

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Tyler DeWitt: How Do We Get Kids Hooked On Science?

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 9:32am

When a student complained that science textbooks were boring, teacher Tyler DeWitt got thinking about how he can make his lessons fun. DeWitt recounts his quest to make kids care about science.

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Nearly 1 In 5 Hospice Patients Discharged While Still Alive

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 3:34am

The hospices who discharge the most patients before their death also make the most money, a recent study shows.

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2016 Hit Records For Global Temperature And Climate Extremes

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 8:00pm

An annual report, comprising data from scientists across the globe, shows it was the warmest on records that date back 137 years. It also saw the highest sea levels and lowest polar sea ice.

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People Back Editing Genes To Treat Disease, But Are Wary Of Inheritable Changes

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 5:11pm

Scientists are getting closer to being able to alter people's genes permanently. A survey found that people are more cautious about changes that could be passed on to future generations.

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Environmental Penalties Down Under President Trump

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:00pm

A new report shows the EPA has collected 60 percent less in civil penalties from polluters compared with recent administrations.

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Widowed Early, A Cancer Doctor Writes About The Harm Of Medical Debt

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 10:45am

A decade after the death of her husband, Fumiko Chino is studying the strain that uncovered medical costs puts on cancer patients, even those who have insurance.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Dr. Fumiko Chino)

As Eclipse Madness Sweeps U.S., A Stonehenge Made Of Cars Prepares

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 4:28am

Carhenge in Alliance, Neb., will be prime viewing for this month's total solar eclipse. The town is preparing for thousands of visitors.

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Hurricane Franklin, First Of Atlantic Season, Barrels Toward Mexico's Coast

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 7:19pm

The storm is expected to make landfall north of Veracruz, where it could dump as much as 15 inches of rain, causing "life-threatening flash floods and mudslides."

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47 Hospitals Slashed Their Use Of Two Key Heart Drugs After Huge Price Hikes

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 5:52pm

These two older drugs, nitroprusside and isoproterenol, are frequently used in emergency and intensive care situations and have no direct alternatives, say cardiologists.

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Belgian And Dutch Officials Point Fingers Amid Egg Contamination Scare

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 5:28pm

Millions of eggs have been recalled in European countries afraid they've been contaminated with insecticide. Who is to blame, though? That question is now a matter of international discord.

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Some Tuna Can Carry Up To 36 Times The Toxins Of Others. Here's Why

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 4:39pm

When it comes to pollutant levels, researchers now say where your tuna was caught can make a huge difference. But tracking your yellowfin to the spot it was caught may be tricky.

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Trump Claims To Have Modernized The U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 3:31pm

On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted that he modernized the U.S. nuclear arsenal as his first act in office. But others question that claim. NPR takes a closer look at America's nuclear capabilities.

Ahead Of Solar Eclipse, Small Town Prepares For Light Among The Darkness

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 3:31pm

When the total solar eclipse crosses North America next month, one city will be dark for the longest time. Hopkinsville, Ky., is a small town making big preparations for the big event.

Perseid Meteor Shower Falls Victim To Fake News. Sad!

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 2:52pm

It seems nothing is safe from fake news this year, not even the annual astronomical event. This year's Perseid show will be at its peak Saturday night into Sunday.

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This Could Be The Biggest Dinosaur Ever Found — And It's Finally Got A Name

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 2:14pm

After years of study, scientists have given a name to the prehistoric colossus: Patagotitan mayorum. And in a paper published Wednesday, researchers offered the world a closer glimpse.

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Earliest-Known Winged Mammal Relatives Discovered In China

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 1:37pm

These 160-million-year-old fossils are the oldest known examples of mammal relatives with the ability to glide. They're from an extinct lineage with no relationship to modern gliders.

(Image credit: (Reconstruction by April I. Neander/UChicago).)

When Oceans Give You Jellyfish Blooms, Turn Them Into Tasty Chips

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 10:35am

Scientists think human pressures on oceans could cause more jellyfish blooms. What to do? Eat them, says a Danish gastrophysicist who's cracked the science of making them palatable.

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Video Games May Affect The Brain Differently, Depending On What You Play

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 10:16am

Millions of people play video games, but there's plenty of disagreement on whether they're good or bad for brains. Action games may have a different effect than something like Super Mario.

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