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How Climate Data Is Collected

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 7:12am

President Trump's proposed budget would cut money for climate research that measures a warming world. We tag along to see how air samples are collected on a Colorado mountaintop.

GOP's Proposed Cuts To Medicaid Threaten Treatment For Opioid Addiction

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 7:12am

Expanding Medicaid has helped many people caught up in the opioid epidemic get treatment. But doctors say the proposed Republican changes to the Affordable Care Act could jeopardize these programs.

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Reviews Bears Ears National Monument

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 3:38pm

A Saturday deadline is approaching for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to recommend whether the controversial new Bears Ears National Monument in Utah should be abolished or shrunk. It's the first of a larger review of national monuments stemming from an executive order by President Trump last month.

FDA Calls On Drugmaker To Pull A Powerful Opioid Off The Market

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 7:56pm

The Food and Drug Administration says abuse of the painkiller Opana ER has fueled an outbreak of HIV, hepatitis C and a serious blood disorder, though it was reformulated to try to reduce abuse.

(Image credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

CDC Reveals Sharper Numbers Of Zika Birth Defects From U.S. Territories

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 3:24pm

About 5 percent of pregnant women infected with Zika in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories last year had babies with birth defects, says the federal health agency. And the risk isn't over.

(Image credit: Carlos Giusti/AP)

Aid-In-Dying Requires More Than Just A Law, Californians Find

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 2:11pm

In the year since the state enacted a law allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs for terminal patients who request it, over 500 people have sought that help. But some doctors are still reluctant.

(Image credit: Kimberly Sienkiewicz/Courtesy of the Minor family)

Invisibilia: Should Wild Bears Be Feared Or Befriended?

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 3:00am

A photographer who walks deep into the woods in search of a wild bear wonders if his curiosity will overcome his fear. Can bears and humans co-exist?

(Image credit: Derek Montgomery for NPR)

Learn To Sniff Like A Dog And Experience The World In A New Way

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 3:00am

We humans think we don't have a very good sense of smell. But psychologist Alexandra Horowitz says dogs can show us how to train our noses so they give us a window into a secret world.

(Image credit: Vegar Abelsnes/ Courtesy of Alexandra Horowitz)

If You See Dirty Water, Don't Just Gripe. Talk To The Cloud!

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:32pm

Scientists and activists in India are training citizens to collect information on water issues like contamination — and upload it so it can be used to push for change.

(Image credit: Tom Baas)

U.S. Pays Farmers Billions To Save The Soil. But It's Blowing Away

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:32pm

Right now, the government rents farmland to help protect soil and water. But once the land is farmed again, the benefits disappear. Environmentalists want to change that.

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315,000-Year-Old Fossils From Morocco Could Be Earliest Recorded Homo Sapiens

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 3:17pm

Scientists who found the fossils believe they are the remains of five people and far older than all previous finds. But how do the remains really fit into the bushy family tree of modern humans?

(Image credit: Shannon McPherron/Nature)

315,000-Year-Old Fossils From Morocco Could Be Earliest Recorded Homo Sapiens

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 3:17pm

Scientists who found the fossils believe they are the remains of five people and far older than all previous finds. But how do the remains really fit into the bushy family tree of modern humans?

(Image credit: Shannon McPherron/Nature)

How Alan Alda Makes Science Understandable

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 10:18am

How do you communicate complex ideas effectively? How do scientists and doctors get their findings across to a needing public?

(Image credit: courtesy of Alan Alda)

Travel Through Time With A Whale Detective

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 9:03am

Join NPR's Madeline Sofia on a tour of the largest collection of whale bones in the world. Curator Nick Pyenson takes us backstage to see Smithsonian specimens that aren't on display in museums.

(Image credit: Maia Stern/NPR)

Total Failure: The Mountain That Got Away

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 8:08am

In 2014, Emily Harrington set out to climb the tallest peak in Southeast Asia. She had to turn back with the summit in sight.

(Image credit: Isabel Seliger for NPR)

Polar Photographer Shares His View Of A Ferocious But Fragile Ecosystem

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 2:59pm

Paul Nicklen has spent decades documenting the Arctic and the Antarctic. "I want people to realize that ice is like the soil in the garden," he says. "Without ice the polar regions cannot exist."

(Image credit: Paul Nicklen Gallery)

PHOTOS: Here's What Climate Change Looks Like To Uganda's Coffee Farmers

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 1:22pm

Coffee is Uganda's most valuable industry, but climate change could cut production by half by 2050. Small farmers there area already feeling the effects, as they document in these photos.

(Image credit: Beatrice Nandudu)

VIDEO: Get To Know The Bloodthirsty (But Cuddly) Vampire Bat

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 5:00am

In Latin America, they drink the blood of big animals and can spread rabies. Livestock die. So do people. Ranchers want to wipe the bats out. Does anyone think that's a bad idea?

(Image credit: Adam Cole/NPR)

Researchers Ferret Out Information From White House Visitor Logs

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 4:00am

President Trump has decided to change President Obama's policy of making the White House visitor log public. A new study explores what kind of information is contained in the White House visitor log.

Trump Administration Seeking Permits For Seismic Air Gun Surveys In Atlantic

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 4:43pm

The proposal would allow five energy companies to incidentally harass ocean wildlife by using seismic air guns for oil and gas exploration, much to the chagrin of environmental groups.

(Image credit: Wayne Parry/AP)

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