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Scientists Race To Preserve Climate Change Data Before Trump Takes Office

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 3:30pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with meteorologist Eric Holthaus about the race to preserve U.S. climate data before the Trump administration, and the fear that the new administration will erase the work of climate change researchers.

Environmentalists Brace For Scott Pruitt To Take Over EPA

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 3:30pm

What will an anti-regulation, climate skeptic do as head of the Environmental Protection Agency? Environmentalists are bracing. But Scott Pruitt will also face limits if he tries to strip the agency of its power.

To Fight Malaria, Scientists Try Genetic Engineering To Wipe Out Mosquitoes

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 3:20pm

A powerful genetic engineering technique holds promise for wiping out diseases and improving agriculture. But the species-altering approach stirs anxiety about unintended consequences.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Andrew Hammond)

We Unravel The Science Mysteries Of Asparagus Pee

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 6:00am

From Ben Franklin on, many have noted the distinctive smell asparagus gives urine. But most of us lack the ability to sniff out this malodorous effect, and not everyone may produce it.

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Curiosity Rover Encounters Technical Difficulties On Martian Mountain

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 6:53pm

NASA engineers are trying to figure out why the rover's robotic arm keeps stalling just as it's about to drill into Martian rock.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Reports: Trump Taps Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke To Lead Interior Department

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 6:12pm

The first-term GOP congressman is a strong defender of public access to federal lands and has even broken with his party on the issue. But he also supports increased oil and gas exploration.

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Beautiful Huntresses: Scientists Explain Why Mantises Evolved To Resemble Orchids

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 4:55pm

Typically, when insect females evolve to become larger than males, it's in order to produce more offspring. But female orchid mantises evolved to look like flowers for a sinister reason: to hunt prey.

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Department Of Energy Defies Trump, Won't Name Climate Change Workers

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 4:21pm

A DOE statement Tuesday said questions about who has worked on climate science had "unsettled" staffers and contractors alike. Many saw the questionnaire as a precursor to a purge.

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Columbia Journalism Report Criticizes Exxon CEO's Position On Climate Change

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 3:30pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Susanne Rust, senior reporter and director of the Energy and Environment Reporting Project at Columbia University, about Exxon Mobil's climate change policies under the leadership of CEO Rex Tillerson, who is President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state.

Scientists Report The Arctic Is Melting Even More Rapidly

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 3:30pm

Government scientists meeting in San Francisco have issued their 2016 report card for the Arctic. Temperatures continue to soar, and sea ice is melting at record rates.

(Image credit: Greenland Travel via Flickr)

Meet The Spleen, The Strange Little Organ That Can Multiply

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 10:47am

In a year when venting spleen dominated much of public discourse, we consider the humble organ of that name. You can live without your spleen, but your immune system will be happier with it.

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Fishermen Team Up With Scientists To Make A More Selective Net

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 10:47am

A trawling experiment in the Gulf of Maine aims to scoop up abundant and profitable flatfish, while bypassing the once plentiful but now depleted cod population. So far, the results are promising.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Gulf of Maine Research Institute)

Trump's Election Leaves Scientists In A Climate Of Uncertainty

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 4:00am

At a meeting in San Francisco, thousands of researchers are pondering how they can influence President-elect Donald Trump's thinking on climate change.

Obamacare's Demise Could Be Quicker Than Republicans Intend

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 4:11pm

Congressional leaders say they want a smooth transition from Obamacare. But insurance consultants say repealing the law before another plan is in place could jeopardize the insurance of millions.

Carrageenan Backlash: Why Food Firms Are Ousting A Popular Additive

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 3:35pm

Food manufacturers are under pressure to replace carrageenan, an ingredient that's widely used in products — from protein drinks to sliced deli meat. The organic industry just moved to ban it.

Supreme Court Rejects Challenges To NFL Concussion Settlement

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 2:35pm

The court's decision regarding the estimated $1 billion settlement paves the way for the start of payouts to more than 20,000 former players over a degenerative brain disease.

How Investing In Preschool Beats The Stock Market, Hands Down

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 5:47am

A new study on high-quality early learning programs show a robust long-term return on investment. The most potent ingredients? Parental engagement and empathy.

Why People Believe Conspiracy Theories

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 4:18pm

After a man took a gun to a pizzeria to investigate a fake conspiracy theory, psychology professor Viren Swami of Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, U.K. discusses why people are susceptible.

Discoveries Give New Clues To Possible Neanderthal Religious Practices

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 4:18pm

Barbara J. King, a professor emerita of anthropology at William and Mary, discusses whether Neanderthals had "religious capacity."

Behold A Robot Hand With A Soft Touch

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 7:17am

Using light-conductive materials, researchers have built a robot hand that can sense shapes and textures. Soft robotics holds promise for better prosthetics or machines with a more "human" touch.

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