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Dolly The Sheep, World's First Cloned Mammal, Turns 20

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 3:29pm

Twenty years ago today, the world's first cloned mammal was born — a sheep named Dolly.

20 Years Ago, A Cloned Sheep Named Dolly Was Born

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 3:29pm

Twenty years ago today, the world's first cloned mammal was born — a sheep named Dolly.

What Comes Next For NASA After Juno? Not Much

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 10:41am

Enjoy Juno's trip to Jupiter — after that we'll see a little gap in planetary science missions from the U.S. That's because a NASA budget crunch several years ago left fewer missions in the pipeline.

Can Social Science Help You Quit Smoking For Good?

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 11:10pm

One of Hidden Brain's producers tries to quit smoking using three interventions drawn from social science research.

Juno Mission Faces Make-Or-Break Orbit Moment

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 3:40pm

NASA's probe to Jupiter must fire its main engine to be captured by the giant planet's gravity. If the rocket doesn't fire, it's mission over. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with science correspondent Joe Palca from Pasadena.

By Jove: NASA Set To Put Juno Craft Into Jupiter's Orbit Monday Night

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 11:54am

"It's getting very real," says a leader of the mission to put a spacecraft into orbit around the large planet whose radiation and dust particles pose dangerous challenges.

Episiotomies Still Common During Childbirth Despite Advice To Do Fewer

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 7:00am

Overall rates of the surgical snip have declined nationally in the past decade. But, despite advice, some hospitals and certain doctors still routinely cut the vagina to ease a baby's birth.

Adelie Penguins In Danger

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 4:02pm

A new study says the population of Adelie penguins in the Antarctic could drop dramatically in population by 2099 due to climate change. Megan Cimino, who headed the study, explains why.

Few Young Doctors Are Training To Care For U.S. Elderly

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 4:02pm

Only about half of geriatric fellowships for medical residents in the U.S. are filled each year. Some students blame overwhelming medical school debt, which grows with every extra year of training.

Great White Shark Caught On Camera Napping For The First Time

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 7:04am

Scientists think they've finally caught on film a shark getting some rest. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Greg Skomal, a marine fisheries biologist, who was part of the team that collected the footage.

Biden Sees 'Significant Breakthroughs' On The Horizon For Cancer Initiative

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 7:04am

For Vice President Joe Biden, the cancer "moonshot" is personal. He lost his son Beau to brain cancer. He says progress is being made on preventing, researching and treating cancer.

'Star Trackers' Help Juno Find Its Way

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 7:04am

Space navigation is tricky. There's no up or down, no left or right, and no road signs. This device uses stars to help determine if a spacecraft is off course. It takes nifty pictures, too.

As Chinese, Iranian and Indonesian As Apple Pie

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 6:00am

The flavorful fruits originated in Central Asia; the wheat, in the Mideast. The lard? Courtesy of the Spanish. Spices came via the Banda Islands. Put them altogether for an all-American treat.

Juno Space Probe Is Set To Enter Jupiter's Orbit On Monday

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 6:00am

The craft is designed to glean data from Jupiter that could also help us learn how Earth formed. But first, Juno has to get into orbit — determined by a crucial half-hour of firing by its main engine.

Why Are Diamonds Worth So Much?

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 7:38am

Someone bid $61 million for an uncut diamond this week. NPR's Scott Simon asks Rachelle Bergstein, author of "Brilliance and Fire: the Biography of Diamonds," what makes a rock worth so much money?

The Dark Side To The Firefly's Flare

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 7:38am

Entomologist Sara Lewis talks about Photuris, a species of firefly that lures males of other species in and eats them.

Paris Bans Old Cars From Streets To Fight Pollution

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 3:29pm

The city administration banned pre-1997 cars from the streets of Paris in daylight hours during the week, to fight pollution — a move opposed by advocates for the poor and vintage autos.

To Fight Pollution, Paris Imposes Weekday Ban On Old Cars

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 3:29pm

The city is banning pre-1997 cars and pre-2000 motorcycles from the streets in daylight hours during the week — a move opposed by some advocates for the poor and vintage car collectors.

Louisiana Medicaid Expansion Brings Insurance To Many New Orleans Musicians

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 3:28pm

The state this week became the 31st in the nation to expand Medicaid to the working poor. It's also the first state in the Deep South to embrace the Obamacare program.

Archaeologists Discover Tunnel Dug By Jews To Escape Nazis In Lithuania

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 3:25pm

Archaeologists have discovered a tunnel dug by Jews to escape the Nazis in Lithuania — a sign of resistance in a land where 90 percent of the Jewish population perished during the Holocaust.

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