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EPA Chief Announces Reversal Of Obama-Era Curbs On Coal Plants

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 11:22am

In a speech in Kentucky on Monday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said the old rules aimed at reducing carbon dioxide were tantamount to declaring war on the coal industry.

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What Influences Attitudes Toward Gun Control Reform?

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 11:08am

A paper published this summer shows gun ownership relates to beliefs about mass shootings and points to gun ownership as a powerful driver of motivated cognition, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.

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How To Make AI The Best Thing To Happen To Us

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 1:51pm

We can thrive with AI if we win the race between the growing power of our technology and the wisdom with which we manage it, but we must ditch the idea of learning from our mistakes, says Max Tegmark.

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The Relationship Between Domestic Violence And Mass Shootings

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 5:36pm

In at least 54 percent of mass shootings, the perpetrator also shot an intimate partner or relative. NPR's Michel Martin talks with gun policy expert Robert Spitzer about the pattern of domestic abuse among mass shooters.

As Residents Start To Return, Devastated Barbuda Struggles To Rebuild

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 5:36pm

The Caribbean island of Barbuda had to evacuate all its residents when Hurricane Irma hit last month, but now they are slowly starting to return. NPR's Michel Martin catches up with reporter Anika Kentish who's been following the story.

Hurricane Nate Expected To Hit Gulf Coast As Category 2

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 5:36pm

Hurricane Nate is intensifying as it takes aim at the U.S. Gulf Coast. People from southeast Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle are bracing for Nate, which forecasters say could strengthen to a Category 2 storm.

Should You Leave Grandma With The Robot?

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 12:27pm

Once a technology that treats emotions as data becomes pervasive, we may soon find that data is the only aspect of emotion we come to recognize or value, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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Trump Guts Requirement That Employer Health Plans Pay For Birth Control

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 10:15am

With a new regulation, the administration will allow any company or nonprofit group to refuse to cover contraception by claiming a religious or moral exemption to the federal health law.

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Friday News Roundup - International

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

The Secretary of State has gone public about what might've been said in private. Under mounting pressure, the King of Spain has been speaking out. And the Nobel prize committee has given the world a lot to talk about.

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Light Pollution Can Impact Noctural Bird Migration

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 3:59pm

A new study of how birds react to the annual light tribute to September 11th in New York City provides compelling evidence for how artificial light can disorient large numbers of migrating birds.

Neanderthal Genes Help Shape How Many Modern Humans Look

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:31am

Calling someone a Neanderthal because of his coarse manners or brutish looks may seem like fun. But be careful. Neanderthal DNA persists inside many of us.

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Classifying Attacks: Mental Illness Or Terrorism?

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 4:02am

New research explores our tendency to label mass shooters as either mentally ill or as terrorists, based on whether they are Muslim or not.

Nobel Prize In Chemistry Awarded To Researchers Who Improved 'Imaging Of Biomolecules'

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 3:47pm

They were honored for developing a new way to generate 3-D images of biological molecules. Researchers are using the technique to study everything from the Zika virus to Alzheimer's disease.

Parents Lobby States To Expand Newborn Screening Test For Rare Brain Disorder

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 2:02pm

There's a genetic test for ALD, the inherited disorder portrayed in the movie Lorenzo's Oil, and the federal government recommends it for all newborns. But only a handful of states offer it routinely.

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Sheer Number Of Casualties Makes Las Vegas Count Difficult

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 1:37pm

Doctors and emergency officials are still trying to figure out exactly how many people were shot in Las Vegas. The wide range of injuries and the sheer number of people injured are challenges.

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Would Aliens Look Like Us?

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:20am

Though natural selection might have sculpted a well-adapted species on another planet, they wouldn't look like us, says guest blogger Jonathan Losos.

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