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2,500 Years Ago, This Brew Was Buried With The Dead. A Brewery Has Revived It

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 2:14pm

In an ancient burial plot in what is now Germany, scientists uncovered a cauldron with remnants of an alcoholic beverage. So they teamed up with a Milwaukee brewery to re-create the recipe.

Out Of This World: How Artists Imagine Planets Yet Unseen

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 3:38am

When astronomers spot a new planet that's too far away to be seen in detail, they work with artists to depict it. Space artists say they have a lot of freedom, but have to be careful, too.

Why Does This Election Have Us So Down? Social Science May Have An Answer

Sun, 10/23/2016 - 4:43pm

U.S. politics have long been marked by disagreement and even rancor. But 2016 feels worse than usual. NPR's Hidden Brain podcast offers one explanation why, from deep in our psychological frameworks.

Gotcha: Space Station Grabs Onto NASA's 5,100-Pound Cargo Craft

Sun, 10/23/2016 - 8:24am

It's been a busy weekend for the space station. On Friday, three astronauts — two Russians and one American — docked at the ISS.

Wrecked Haiti Still Reeling From Deadly Hurricane Matthew

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 7:10am

Haiti is still recovering from a Category 4 storm that ravaged its southern coast two weeks ago. Scott Simon speaks with Chief Medical Officer Joanna Cherry of Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port-Au-Prince.

Can Mental Illness Be Prevented In The Womb?

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 5:00am

Researchers are exploring changes in prenatal nutrition to lower risks for future mental disorders. The work is preliminary, but there is ample precedent for maternal diet affecting children's health.

Schiaparelli Mars Lander May Have Exploded On Impact, European Agency Says

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 12:55pm

Instead of drifting gently onto Mars' surface, the Schiaparelli Mars lander hit the planet hard — and possibly exploded, the European Space Agency says.

Can A Place Still Be Home Even After Becoming Toxic?

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 8:09am

Even thirty years after the devastating nuclear accident in Chernobyl, there are still people who call the place home. Filmmaker Holly Morris tells the stories of the mostly elderly women who stayed.

How Does Our Brain Get Rid Of Toxins?

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 8:09am

Neuroscientist Jeff Iliff talks about his research, which explores how the brain naturally flushes out toxins during sleep.

How Can Your Home Make You Sick?

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 8:09am

When Dr. Rishi Manchanda worked in a clinic in South Central Los Angeles, he saw that patients were getting sick because of toxic living conditions — so he tried a unique treatment approach.

How Do Toxins From Plastics Find Their Way Into Our Food?

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 8:09am

Ocean advocate Emily Penn has seen first hand how much plastic ends up in the oceans. She explains how the toxins from plastic makes their way into our food chain and how we might be able to stop it.

How Do Common Chemicals Affect Frogs, Rats — And Maybe Us?

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 8:09am

Biologist Tyrone Hayes talks about the concerning effects of the herbicide atrazine, which is part of a group of chemicals that are found in everyday food and household products.

What Can We Learn From One of the World's Most Toxic Accidents?

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 8:09am

Filmmaker Holly Morris talks about her time with the "Babushkas of Chernobyl" — the elderly women who decided to stay in Chernobyl, Ukraine, after the worst nuclear accident in history.

American Academy Of Pediatrics Lifts "No Screens Under 2" Rule

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 11:05pm

A new policy statement says kids as young as 15 months can learn from media when a caregiver is present and involved.

No Snapchat In The Bedroom? An Online Tool To Manage Kids' Media Use

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 11:03pm

The American Academy of Pediatrics has launched more liberal guidelines on children's media use. They're offering parents an online tool to help manage the what, where and when of family screen time.

'Last Gasp' To Save The Florida Grasshopper Sparrow From Extinction

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 3:19pm

A tiny bird called the Florida grasshopper sparrow is on the brink of extinction. Fewer than 150 are believed to remain in the wild.

Dinosaurs Down Under May Help Explain Prehistoric Migrations

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 2:59pm

The remains of two titanosaur species discovered in Australia provide clues about how ancient plant-eaters proliferated.

Mars Lander May Be Missing, But A Second Spacecraft Is Still Humming Along

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 2:24pm

As scientists try to figure out what happened to the Schiaparelli lander, which may have crash-landed, a craft known as the Trace Gas Orbiter is orbiting the red planet in search of signs of life.

How Snakes Lost Their Legs

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 12:46pm

Scientists in Florida say they've pinpointed the genetic process that caused snakes to lose their legs, and found that embryonic pythons still form "cryptic leg skeletons," millions of years later.

Breathing Less Oxygen Reduces Jet Lag, At Least In Mice

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 11:38am

Jet lag and shift work impose painful changes on the body's circadian rhythms. Adjusting oxygen consumption might help, researchers say. But don't hold your breath; it's only been tested in mice.

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