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At 56, Peggy Whitson Becomes Oldest Female Astronaut

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 3:49pm

On the mission, she's projected to once again become the U.S. astronaut with the most time spent in orbit.

Evangelical Scientist Fears Trump Presidency Will Derail Climate Change Progress

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 8:11am

Donald Trump wrote in a tweet that global warming is "nonexistent." NPR's Rachel Martin talks to climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe about what Trump's presidency will mean for climate policy.

Florida Keys Approves Trial Of Genetically-Modified Mosquitoes To Fight Zika

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 8:11am

In the Florida Keys, no cases of locally-transmitted Zika have been reported, but officials have decided to go ahead with trials of a genetically modified mosquito to combat the spread of the disease.

Climate Scientist Ponders Trump Presidency's Effect On Climate Change Progress

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 8:11am

Donald Trump wrote in a tweet that global warming is "nonexistent." NPR's Rachel Martin talks to climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe about what Trump's presidency will mean for climate policy.

Heavy Screen Time Rewires Young Brains, For Better And Worse

Sat, 11/19/2016 - 7:07am

Bombarding young mice with video and audio stimulation changes the way the brain develops. But some scientists think those sorts of brain changes could protect kids from stressing out in a busy world.

A Trump Reversal On Obama's Arctic Oil Drilling Ban Won't Be Easy

Sat, 11/19/2016 - 7:07am

The Obama Administration has removed the Arctic Ocean from any new off shore oil and gas leasing for the next 5 years. Environmentalists wanted the move due to concerns over climate change.

No New Federal Oil And Gas Leases In The Arctic Ocean For The Next Five Years

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 5:19pm

The Obama administration has removed Arctic locations from planned oil and gas leases for the next 5 years. Ten of the 11 approved lease areas are in the Gulf of Mexico.

As Marrakech Climate Talks End, Worries Remain About U.S. Pullout

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 3:23pm

Negotiators had hoped the meeting would be the first step in implementing last year's Paris agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But the U.S. election has cast their plans into doubt.

New Weather Satellite Provides Forecasts For The Final Frontier

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 3:38am

The GOES-R satellite is scheduled to enter orbit Saturday. It'll sit 22,000 miles above the Americas, monitoring weather on the planet — and in space.

What Defines The Perfect Meal?

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 2:45pm

Professor Charles Spence studies what makes for a great eating experience. He says it's far more dependent on 'the everything else' that surrounds the meal, rather than the food itself.

Chemists Recreate Deadly Frog Poison In The Lab

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 1:02pm

The toxin comes from tiny frogs in Colombia — the ones that pack a punch on the tip of poisonous darts. In the past, research on poisons like this has led to some pretty amazing drug discoveries.

Greenland's Getting Warmer, But Farmers There Are Struggling More Than Ever

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 12:08pm

Warming and longer summers in Greenland have raised hopes for expansion of agriculture on the island. But the summers have been drier, causing a decline in the number of sheep farms on the island.

USGS Announces Its Largest Oil And Gas Discovery Ever In The States

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 4:40pm

The agency says the so-called Wolfcamp shale in Texas contains 20 billion barrels of oil and 16 trillion cubic feet of natural gas that are recoverable by hydraulic fracturing and other means.

Fossil Fuel Opponents Face New Challenges Under Donald Trump

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 3:26pm

Under President Obama, fossil fuel opponents successfully blocked the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Now the keep-it-in-the-ground movement faces new challenges with the election of Donald Trump.

To Get Disability Help In Kansas, Thousands Face A 7-Year Wait

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 9:04am

Nick Fugate has a cognitive disability, but held a job and was independent for years. Then he lost his dishwashing job and learned there are long delays getting help he needs from Medicaid in Kansas.

Feelings Toward A Partner Affect Brand Buying Decisions, Study Says

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 4:02am

Here's news that could be of interest to marketers: Research shows people frustrated in a relationship sometimes deal with their feelings by buying and consuming brands their partners hate.

In Southwest China, A 'Very Large Eyeball' Peers Into Deep Space

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 3:36am

The new telescope will help discover new galaxies and will observe the hydrogen clouds from which stars and planets are born. But not everyone's happy. 9,000 locals were displaced to make room for it.

How 'Broken Windows' Helped Shape Tensions Between Police And Communities

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 3:32pm

As the mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani was a proponent of a controversial policing philosophy that calls for police to go after small crimes in hopes of preventing bigger problems.

Biomedical Researchers Ponder Future After Trump Election

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 2:22pm

The federal government spends more than $30 billion a year to fund the National Institutes of Health. How will a new administration affect academic research? What about pharmaceutical research?

A Twist On 'Involuntary Commitment': Some Heroin Users Request It

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 12:16pm

Some Massachusetts opioid users are so desperate to quit the drug habit they are asking judges to lock them up and require treatment. But critics question whether courts should play this role.

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