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Most Humpback Whales Off Endangered List In 'Ecological Success Story'

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 11:30pm

Some whales of the Western U.S. will retain protections, and the moratorium on whaling remains in effect, but the National Marine Fisheries Service says most humpback whale populations have recovered.

Why The Discovery Of An Earth-Like Planet Is Such A Big Deal

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 3:30pm

Last month, astronomers announced they found a planet that is four light years away. This is huge news, and we need to pay attention.

Asteroid Named For Freddie Mercury Is Announced On His Birthday

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 1:44pm

The celestial body was discovered in the same year Mercury died at age 45. It was dedicated to the singer in honor of what would have been his 70th birthday, his bandmate Brian May announced.

When People Ate People, A Strange Disease Emerged

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 10:23am

For decades a rare disease crawled across Papua New Guinea. When scientists realized what was behind kuru, it caught everyone by surprise. But similar diseases can still be transmitted through food.

The Perils of Power

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 11:00pm

We've all heard the adage that "power corrupts," but psychologist Dacher Keltner at UC Berkeley has found evidence to prove it. His book is The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence.

Scientists Explore Purple Microbial Mats In The Depths Of Lake Huron

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 3:29pm

Researchers from around the world are visiting Lake Huron to look at purple mats deep below the water's surface. They believe these mats could explain how the Earth's oxygen rich air developed 2.4 billion years ago.

For Lizards, Climate Change Is A Deadly — And Complex — Threat

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 2:01pm

Scientists knew that lizards, which bask in the sun for warmth, are vulnerable to climate change. A new study suggests the hazards are more complicated, and possibly worse, than previously believed.

Before Apple And Facebook, There Was Something More Revolutionary

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 4:05am

More than any of today's icons — Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and the rest — Guglielmo Marconi was uniquely at the center of the communication revolution of his time, says Marc Raboy.

World's Largest Ape Is Added To Critically Endangered List

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 2:00pm

Populations of Grauer's gorilla (formerly known as the eastern lowland gorilla) total only around 3,800 individuals — a 77 percent reduction — according to a recent survey.

Oklahoma Shuts Down Energy Companies' Disposal Wells In Area Of Strong Quake

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 8:24am

Saturday's large quake immediately raised suspicions that it was linked to injection wells that oil and gas companies use as part of fracking and other operations.

A Teen Might Pick The Landing Site For NASA's Next Mars Rover

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 7:45am

Alex Longo hopes to be the first person to walk on Mars. In the meantime, the Raleigh, N.C., sophomore has suggested a landing site for the next rover mission. His pick is one of four finalists.

How Fossil Fuel Production Relates To Earthquakes

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 4:17pm

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 hit Oklahoma on Saturday morning. StateImpact Oklahoma reporter Joe Wertz talks about earthquakes and their connections to oil and gas production.

Titans Linebacker Derrick Morgan To NFL: Consider The Benefits Of Marijuana

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 4:17pm

The NFL is physically brutal. Some say marijuana can alleviate pain, but it's still illegal in most places. Some players want their league to take a closer look at the benefits of the drug.

How A Baseball Batter's Brain Reacts To A Fast Pitch

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 7:50am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with neurophysiologist Jason Sherwin about his research into how a baseball batter processes an incoming fastball.

We Got Your Letters: Listeners Puzzled By Tom Wolfe's Words On Evolution

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 7:50am

NPR's Scott Simon's interview last week with author Tom Wolfe prompted an unusual number of responses from listeners regarding the author's questioning of some aspects of the theory of evolution.

Why Do Small Dogs Live Longer Than Big Dogs?

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 7:50am

Researchers at the University of Washington are hoping to answer that question. NPR's Scott Simon talks to biology and pathology professor Daniel Promislow about the Dog Aging Project.

G-20 Summit: A First For Host China, A Last For President Obama

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 7:50am

The meeting kicks off tomorrow in Hangzhou, China, after this year's host country formally agreed with the U.S. to cut its greenhouse gas emissions according to the Paris agreement reached last year.

S.C. County Sprays For Mosquitoes But Accidentally Takes Out Millions Of Bees

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 1:32pm

Dorchester County, in South Carolina, was worried about the risk posed by Zika. So officials recently ordered that a pesticide be sprayed from planes. Local beehives have been devastated.

NASA Probe Takes First-Ever Images Of Jupiter's North Pole

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 12:12pm

"It's bluer in color up there than other parts of the planet, and there are a lot of storms," a Juno mission leader says of the gas giant's northern reaches.

Massive 'Donut' Reef Discovered Behind Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 10:19am

The reef structure covers more than 2,000 square miles north of the Great Barrier Reef. What might live there and even what it looks like up close, is still largely a mystery.

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