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Trump Administration Eases Regulation Of Methane Leaks On Public Lands

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 7:17pm

The proposal to reduce limits on methane emissions from oil and gas operations on public land is the latest move to roll back Obama-era climate regulations.

Why The Way Hurricanes Are Classified Can Be Deceptive

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 4:38pm

Meteorologists have been using a nearly 50-year-old scale to measure the wind speed and storm surge of a hurricane. But it's not a good measure for rain, which can often become the most dangerous aspect of a storm.

Harvard Psychology Professor Discusses How Trauma Affects Memory

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 4:38pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with clinical psychologist Richard McNally about memory retention following traumatic events in light of the sexual assault accusations brought against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Researchers Explore Gender Disparities In The Art World

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 4:03am

Researchers studied nearly 2 million art auction sales and found paintings by women fetched less money than paintings by men. Disparities that plague parts of the economy also affect the art world.

This Rapper Tried To Use Neuroscience To Get Over Her Ex

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 4:00am

Dessa is a singer and writer from Minneapolis who spent years trying to fall out of love and get over her ex. Nothing seemed to help — until she visited a research lab for a brain scan.

(Image credit: Adam Cole/NPR's Skunk Bear)

Japanese Billionaire Books First Moonshot Aboard SpaceX's 'Big Falcon Rocket'

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 1:59am

Yusaku Maezawa would be the first person since 1972 to travel around the moon and the first-ever private citizen to do it. He was introduced at SpaceX headquarters near Los Angeles Monday night.

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After Mysterious Closure, Solar Observatory In New Mexico Reopens

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 2:44pm

A telescope in Sunspot, N.M., will have additional security for now, after "an unusual number of visitors" showed up at the site. Conspiracy theories had proliferated about its sudden closing.

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Examines The 'Unspoken Alliance' Between Science And War

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:26pm

In his new book, Accessory to War, the astrophysicist argues that people who work in his field are often complicit to military development — despite being overwhelmingly liberal and anti-war.

Childhood Trauma And Its Lifelong Health Effects More Prevalent Among Minorities

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:20am

The largest study of its kind shows a high prevalence of adverse childhood experiences — or ACEs — across the population, but especially among some vulnerable groups.

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'Accessory To War' An Uncomfortable Wake-Up Call For Some

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 9:47am

An "unspoken alliance" between scientists and the military had been brewing for millennia prior to Hiroshima. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang excel at detailing this union and its possible future.

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Tech In Times Of Trouble

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 9:18am

Natural disaster? There's an app for that.

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Ticket To Ride: Pot Sellers Put Seniors On The Canna-Bus

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 3:45am

Marijuana dispensaries are reaching out to seniors seeking help with the aches and pains of aging. They're discovering an array of products, and some interesting side effects.

(Image credit: Stephanie O'Neill for NPR)

Giant 'Pac-Man' Launched To Gobble Garbage Patch

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 4:15pm

Last Saturday, the nonprofit Ocean Cleanup dispatched a device to help clean up litter in the Pacific Ocean. NPR's Michel Martin talks with Boyan Slat, the young CEO who came up with the idea.

There's No Stopping Toronto's 'Uber-Raccoon'

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 9:52am

Toronto is known for its raccoons' aggressive ability to get into garbage cans. The city spent millions trying to fight the gray menace — with mixed results.

(Image credit: David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

BirdCast: Predicting Bird Migrations

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 7:21am

Scientists have developed a forecast model for predicting mass bird migrations, based in part on weather patterns.

A New Wildlife Refuge On The Grounds Around An Old Nuclear Weapons Plant

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 7:26am

Land around the shuttered weapons production facility in Colorado known as Rocky Flats is slated to reopen today as a wildlife refuge. But some are questioning whether it's too soon to be safe.

(Image credit: Dan Boyce for NPR)

Florence Evacuees Face Four Nights In A Shelter, And No End In Sight

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 8:46pm

Residents who evacuated early in the week have already been sleeping in shelters for days. But Tropical Storm Florence still has days of rain and wind to go.

(Image credit: John W. Poole/NPR)

September Is Peak Hurricane Season. Why Is That?

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 2:28pm

September 10 is the day you're statistically most likely to find a tropical cyclone somewhere in the Atlantic basin. The reason has to do with both wind and water.

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Russians Allegedly Targeted Lab Studying Chemical Weapons

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 2:01pm

Russian agents were allegedly planning to hack into a Swiss laboratory that was analyzing nerve agents used in March against a former Russian spy and his daughter.

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Could A Ban On Fishing In International Waters Become A Reality?

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 7:02am

As the United Nations meets to discuss high-seas biodiversity, scientists and activists say that while a fishing ban could profoundly help protect sea life, it may also be impossible to enforce.

(Image credit: Christopher Costello/NPR)

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