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Scientists Predict Star Collision Visible To The Naked Eye In 2022

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:55pm

If it happens, it would be the first time such an event was predicted by scientists. They say two stars in the constellation Cygnus will eventually merge and explode.

(Image credit: NASA/IPAC/MSX )

Bears That Inspired 'Adorable' Korean Paralympic Mascot Live In Caged Captivity

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:00am

The 2018 Paralympic mascot is the Asiatic black bear, a symbol of Korean folklore. But behind the caricature, South Korea has a troubled relationship with the bears, farming them for their bile.

(Image credit: Elise Hu/NPR)

Bears That Inspired 'Adorable' Korean Paralympic Mascot Live In Caged Captivity

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:00am

The 2018 Paralympic mascot is the Asiatic black bear, a symbol of Korean folklore. But behind the caricature, South Korea has a troubled relationship with the bears, farming them for their bile.

(Image credit: Elise Hu/NPR)

SeaWorld's Orca Tilikum, Subject Of 'Blackfish' Documentary, Dies

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 7:35am

The death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau has been the catalyst for major changes in how the theme park handles its killer whales. The whale responsible for Brancheau's death, has died in Orlando.

How English Came To Be The Dominant Language In Science Publications

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 7:35am

New research suggests that scientific publications may be overlooked in non-English speaking countries. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks about the issue with Princeton Professor Michael Gordin.

Dead Pitches: The Curse Of The Christmas Tree Bugs

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 7:35am

Some stories don't make it past Weekend Edition's editorial meeting, but others are worth a second look. Before hitting air, producer Ollie Dearden brought his holiday horror story to an entomologist.

'What Doesn't Kill Us' ... Invites Practical Medical Benefits

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 7:35am

Author Scott Carney talks about his new book, "What Doesn't Kill Us." Looking at case studies, Carney investigates how the body uses its environment to build resistance to normally extreme conditions.

I'm Fasting For Science: Will It Help Tame My Multiple Sclerosis?

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 5:00am

I like to eat, often and a lot. But when I heard about a medical study looking at whether fasting might tame the painful symptoms of MS, I was all in. Then I ate that 7 a.m. bagel.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Lopestagram/Instagram)

Students Zap Their Brains For a Boost, For Better Or Worse

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 8:01am

Stimulating the brain with electrical currents is exploratory technology. But people are making and buying devices that do that for use at home — and interest rises around exam time.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Robin Azzam)

Scientists Work To Bring Back Once-Thriving American Chestnut Tree

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 7:08am

The American chestnut tree used to make up a quarter of the forests in the eastern U.S., but disease decimated these trees in the last century. Now there's an effort to restore the American chestnut.

NASA Faces The Unknown In Preparing For Trump Administration

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 7:08am

President-elect Donald Trump has not provided many specifics about what he plans to do with NASA. But private companies are expected to take a bigger role in space travel in the coming years.

Would You Eat This Fish? A Shark Called Dogfish Makes A Tasty Taco

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 7:08am

About 90 percent of the fish Americans eat is imported, yet fish caught off our shores is often exported. New efforts are promoting locally caught fish, especially ones we've never appreciated before.

(Image credit: Ben de la Cruz/NPR)

They Never Told Her That Girls Could Become Scientists

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 6:00am

Now she knows they can. Mireille Kamariza, who grew up in Burundi, is a graduate student at Stanford, working on a promising new test to detect the TB bacteria.

(Image credit: Fred Tomlin/Courtesy of Mireille Kamariza)

A Really Big Crack In An Antarctic Ice Shelf Just Got Bigger

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 1:04pm

If the rift gets long enough, Antarctica will lose a chunk of ice the size of Delaware.

(Image credit: John Sonntag/NASA)

North Korea 'Very Far Along' In Developing New Ballistic Missile

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 10:14am

Many independent arms control experts suspect that North Korea will test a missile capable of reaching the continental U.S. later this year. There may not be much that the U.S. can do about it.

(Image credit: KCNA/Reuters)

Climate Scientist Pens Open Letter To President-Elect Trump

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 3:27pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Ben Santer, a climate scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, about his open letter to Donald Trump on climate change.

New Guidelines Recommend When To Introduce Peanuts To Babies

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 3:27pm

New guidelines recommend introducing babies to peanut containing foods in the first year of their lives. The recommendations are based on studies that show early introduction of peanuts to infants reduces their risk of developing a peanut allergy later in life.

Fishing Rule Aims To Do For All Marine Mammals What It Did For The Dolphin

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 2:49pm

Foreign fisheries exporting seafood to the U.S. will now have to meet the same standards for protecting whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals as American fisheries do.

(Image credit: Flip Nicklin/ Minden Pictures/Getty Images)

Mystery Radio Waves Are Coming From A (Dwarf) Galaxy Far, Far Away, Scientists Say

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 2:41pm

The discovery provides our first "glimmer of understanding" about the unexplained, strong waves. Scientists don't think they're from aliens, but they're puzzled by what could be causing them.

(Image credit: Patrick Semansky/AP)

Brain Area That Recognizes Faces Gets Bigger And Better In Young Adults

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 1:24pm

From birth through age 30 or so, our ability to recognize faces keeps improving, research shows. At first, kids discern adult faces better than other kids' mugs. Not so after adolescence.

(Image credit: Jesse Gomez and Kalanit Grill-Spector at the Vision and Perception Neuroscience Lab/Science)

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