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Why Riding An Elevator Is Like Changing Gravity

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 9:13am

If you time it just right, throwing a ball in the air as an elevator starts to move, the ball seems to hang in the air for a moment, like gravity had been canceled, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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Why Riding An Elevator Is Like Changing Gravity

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 9:13am

If you time it just right, tossing a ball in the air as an elevator starts to move, the ball seems to hang in the air for a moment, like gravity had been canceled, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

(Image credit: kostsov/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

On Thin Ice: Walruses Threatened After U.S. Declines To List As Endangered

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:19pm

The Trump administration refused last month to put the Pacific walrus on the endangered species list, spelling a "death sentence" for the species that lives in the seas between Alaska and Russia.

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On Thin Ice: Walruses Threatened After U.S. Declines To List As Endangered

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:19pm

The Trump administration refused last month to put the Pacific walrus on the endangered species list, spelling a "death sentence" for the species that lives in the seas between Alaska and Russia.

(Image credit: S.A. Sonsthagen/AP)

After Chemical Fires, Texans Worry About Toxic Effects

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:07pm

Some residents and first responders are suing the chemical company Arkema, saying it didn't do enough to protect them from fires that started at one of its plants near Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

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After Chemical Fires, Texans Worry About Toxic Effects

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:07pm

Some residents and first responders are suing the chemical company Arkema, claiming it didn't do enough to protect them from fires that started at one of its plant near Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

(Image credit: William Chambers for NPR)

Massive Government Report Says Climate Is Warming And Humans Are The Cause

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 1:36pm

The government's most comprehensive climate report to date is at odds with the statements made by President Trump and his Cabinet.

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Massive Government Report Says Climate Is Warming And Humans Are The Cause

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 1:36pm

The U.S. government's most comprehensive climate report to date is at odds with the statements made by President Trump and his Cabinet.

(Image credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Ex-Trump Campaign Official Withdraws From Nomination Amid Questions In Russia Probe

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 11:15am

Sam Clovis, who had been tapped for a USDA post, has been pulled into the imbroglio over last year's interference by Russia in U.S. politics and elections.

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Ex-Trump Campaign Aide Withdraws From Nomination Amid Questions In DOJ Russia Probe

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 11:15am

Sam Clovis, who helped run Donald Trump's campaign in 2016, has been pulled into the imbroglio over last year's interference by Russia in U.S. politics and elections.

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Writing On The Terrifying Beauty Of The Human Future

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 11:13am

Author Kim Stanley Robinson deserves a place as a true visionary: He has done more than just write good science-fiction — he's mapped out new territory in what it means to be human, says Adam Frank.

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Writing On The Terrifying Beauty Of The Human Future

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 11:13am

Author Kim Stanley Robinson deserves a place as a true visionary: He has done more than just write good science-fiction — he's mapped out new territory in what it means to be human, says Adam Frank.

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Scientists Say They've Found Hidden Space In Great Pyramid Of Giza

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 7:01am

Researchers used equipment that detects muons. Measuring the density of the tiny particles yielded an image of what's behind the pyramid walls with no damage to the ancient structure.

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Scientists Say They've Found Hidden Space In Great Pyramid Of Giza

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 7:01am

Researchers used equipment that detects muons. Measuring the density of the tiny particles yielded an image of what's behind the pyramid walls with no damage to the ancient structure.

(Image credit: Amr Nabil/AP)

When More Vegan Meals Are The Goal, What Is The Strategy?

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 1:18pm

Activist Tobias Leenaert counsels vegans and vegetarians to focus on vegan meals rather than vegan identities — and to talk encouragingly with meat reducers, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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When More Vegan Meals Are The Goal, What Is The Strategy?

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 1:18pm

Activist Tobias Leenaert counsels vegans and vegetarians to focus on vegan meals rather than vegan identities — and to talk encouragingly with meat reducers, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

(Image credit: yulkapopkova/Getty Images)

Plastics Are Forever

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:06am

Plastic is in everything, including our tap water.

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Trump's Nominee To Be The Next Head Of NASA Prepares For Senate Hearing

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 5:31pm

President Trump's pick for the next head of NASA, Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., will have his Senate nomination hearing on Wednesday. He's been controversial because of his views on climate change.

Trump's Nominee To Be The Next Head Of NASA Prepares For Senate Hearing

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 5:31pm

President Trump's pick for the next head of NASA, Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., will have his Senate nomination hearing on Wednesday. He's been controversial because of his views on climate change.

How Climate Change Is Already Affecting Health, Spreading Disease

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 4:01am

For decades, scientists have predicted how climate change will hurt people's health. Now an international team of researchers say they're already seeing some of the damage.

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