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NASA Tests New Nuclear Reactor For Future Space Travelers

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 11:28am

The reactor could keep the lights on during future long-duration missions far from Earth.

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Midwestern Vintner Saves The Forgotten Grapes That Saved Europe's Wines

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 7:00am

Jerry Eisterhold wanted to make unique wines. And it all started when he pulled a random, rare book from his shelf, written by a 19th-century horticulturist whose work had fallen into obscurity.

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Australian Politician Warns Tourists: Don't Feed The Kangaroos

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 5:21am

A member of the New South Wales Parliament is calling for warning signs at a hospital that has become a hot spot for tourists wanting kangaroo selfies after several attacks there.

(Image credit: Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Hawaii Approves Bill Banning Sunscreen Believed To Kill Coral Reefs

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 5:05pm

If Gov. David Ige signs the bill, popular sunscreen brands including Coppertone, Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic will be illegal. Lawmakers say they contain chemicals harmful to delicate marine life.

(Image credit: Caleb Jones/AP)

In Oklahoma, Critics Say Pruitt Stalled Pollution Case After Taking Industry Funds

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 4:14pm

When Scott Pruitt served as Oklahoma's Attorney General, he took over a major pollution lawsuit brought by his predecessor. Critics accuse Pruitt of inaction on the case, which remains unresolved.

(Image credit: Sue Ogrocki/AP)

A Temperature Roller Coaster Could Be Coming

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 3:58pm

Global warming has so far seen a gradual rise in average temperatures. But that may change, with extreme variations. And poor countries could bear the brunt of it.

(Image credit: Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

How Did Birds Lose Their Teeth And Get Their Beaks? Study Offers Clues

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 12:03pm

Modern birds are dinosaurs without toothy jaws, and with bigger brains. Newly published research fills in some of the missing links in their evolution.

(Image credit: Michael Hanson and Bhart-Anjan S. Bhullar/Nature Publishing Group)

Iowa 'Fetal Heartbeat' Bill To Ban Abortions After 6 Weeks Poised For Passage

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 5:41am

The bill, which would ban most abortions illegal after a fetal heartbeat bill can be detected. The Republican-majority state Senate fast-tracked the bill early Wednesday.

States Sue The EPA To Protect Obama-Era Fuel Efficiency Standards

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 7:36pm

California is leading a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration's plan to weaken car emissions standards. EPA chief Scott Pruitt says the rules, designed to fight climate change, are too strict.

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Stolen Iranian Nuclear Plans May Trigger New Inspections

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 5:54pm

Former inspectors say documents obtained by the Israeli government may prompt a fresh look at the nation's nuclear sites.

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Experimental Lung Treatment Could Make Breathing Easier

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 3:49pm

Lung surfactant coats tiny air sacs in the lung. Without it, every breath is a struggle, like blowing up millions of little balloons. With surfactant, breathing is as easy as blowing soap bubbles.

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World's Oldest Spider Dies At 43

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 3:33pm

Australian scientists have reported that a spider — assumed to be the world's oldest — has died at 43, outliving its nearest rival by 15 years. The arachnid is believed to have survived for so long by sticking to one protected burrow its entire life and expending minimal energy.

'On Fire For God's Work': How Scott Pruitt's Faith Drives His Politics

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 3:33pm

Before Scott Pruitt became the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, his political career was guided in large part by his Southern Baptist faith and a faith-based agenda.

(Image credit: Screenshot by NPR/Internet Archive)

This Is What That 'Salmon-Safe' Label Says About Your Wine Or Eggs

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 7:00am

Many consumers don't yet understand the label, but grocery stores are now buying from "salmon-safe" farms, which help protect fish by banning pesticides and keeping manure out of the land's waterways.

(Image credit: Eilis O'Neill/KUOW)

New Director Of Air And Space Museum Is The First Woman To Hold The Job

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 7:24pm

Ellen Stofan says she hopes to inspire the next generation with more stories about the women and people of color who have been involved in the aviation and space business since the beginning.

(Image credit: Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for Discovery)




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