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There Is Good News In The Universe, You Just Have To Look At Some Dirt To Find It

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 3:38pm

Astrophysicist Adam Frank says you don't have to look to the stars to be impressed with the cosmic matter that binds us together. Pick up some dirt!

Inside The EPA: How Employees Are Reacting To The U.N. Climate Report

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 3:38pm

The United Nations released a climate report on Monday, but how does it fit with EPA policies? NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Washington Post reporter Brady Dennis about how EPA employees are responding.

Why Are Black Women Less Likely To Stick With A Breast Cancer Follow-up Treatment?

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 4:08am

Black women are more likely to die from breast cancer than white women. One reason may be that they face economic and cultural barriers to taking the medications that can prevent recurrence.

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Despite A Ban, Arkansas Farmers Are Still Spraying Controversial Weedkiller

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 3:53am

Many farmers in Arkansas are defying efforts by regulators to strictly limit use of dicamba, a popular weedkiller. They continue to damage neighboring crops, although less often than last year.

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What It Would Take To Avert The Dire Situation Described In The U.N. Climate Report

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 6:29pm

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Andrew Jones of the nonprofit Climate Interactive about why he thinks people should fight to reverse the climate change trend, despite recent bleak projections.

Co-Author Of United Nations' Climate Report Discusses Group's Findings

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 4:30pm

The United Nations' scientific panel released a report that paints a dire picture of the world in 2040. NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with one of the co-authors, Professor William Solecki.

Ancient Maya: Astrologists, Farmers ... And Salt Entrepreneurs?

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 2:00pm

Evidence from a site in Belize shows the Maya not only had large-scale salt-producing operations along the coast, they were also using salt to preserve fish for their extensive trade networks.

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Grim Forecast From U.N. On Global Climate Change

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 4:40am

A scientific panel, convened by the U.N., lays out a challenging path to keep the global climate from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius — the red line for dangerous consequences.

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Some Apps May Help Curb Insomnia, Others Just Put You To Sleep

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 4:00am

People struggling with insomnia often turn to apps to help them fall asleep. But scientists say only some apps use proven methods that can help address the underlying causes of sleeplessness.

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How Fruit Became So Sugary

Sun, 10/07/2018 - 7:07am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with food journalist Frederick Kaufman about how humans have bred fruit to be more sugary.

Sans Forgetica: A Font To Remember

Sat, 10/06/2018 - 6:57am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with typography lecturer Stephen Banham of RMIT University about a new font he helped develop to assist people in remembering what they've read.

Addiction Treatment Gap Is Driving A Black Market For Suboxone

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 12:58pm

This medicine to treat opioid addiction is hard to come by — only a fraction of doctors are approved to prescribe it. So some people trying to quit a heroin habit turn to a black market for help.

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Anil Seth: How Does Your Brain Construct Your Conscious Reality?

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 8:24am

When we look around, it feels like we're seeing an objective reality. But neuroscientist Anil Seth says everything we perceive, from objects to emotions, is an act of informed guesswork by the brain.

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MacArthur Fellow And Planetary Scientist Sarah Stewart Discusses How The Moon Was Formed

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 4:04pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with planetary scientist Sarah Stewart about her research into how the moon was formed, using a big cannon in her University of California Davis lab.

Too Little, Too Much: How Poverty and Wealth Affect Our Minds

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 4:00pm

We all know the downsides of being poor. But what about the downsides of being rich? This week, we explore the psychology of scarcity...and excess.

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Minnesota Residents Call Police On Rowdy Drunk Birds

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 4:00pm

Gilbert Police Chief Ty Techar says an early frost means the birds have been "getting a little more 'tipsy' than normal" on fermented berries.

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Here Are The Winners Of The 2018 MacArthur 'Genius' Grants

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 11:01am

From engineering to economics, from painting to planetary science, the range of this year's class is vast. But the MacArthur Foundation expects them all to do big things with their newfound $625,000.

(Image credit: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

Building Strength And Resilience After A Sexual Assault: What Works

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 8:35am

Sexual assault is still a highly stigmatized form of trauma, and that can complicate recovery for years, psychologists find. PTSD, depression and anxiety aren't unusual, but treatment can help.

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People Around The Country Are Pushing For More Information About Drinking Water

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 3:24pm

Communities around the country are grappling with a new kind of chemical pollution in their drinking water. The science and regulation around it aren't settled, leaving some people frustrated and in limbo.

Lemurs Provide Clues About How Fruit Scents Evolved

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 3:00pm

Researchers tested what kind of information the animal is able to discern from scent about whether a fruit is ripe. There's evidence that some fruits evolved to better signal ripeness to lemurs.

(Image credit: N. Rowe & Centre ValBio)

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