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In 'Light Of The Stars,' Adam Frank Studies Alien Worlds To Find Earth's Fate

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 3:48pm

Astrophysicist Adam Frank has a new book out, Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth. He talks to NPR's Mary Louise Kelly about it.

Scott Pruitt Out At EPA

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 2:48pm

After months of ethics scandals and investigations, the embattled Environmental Protection Agency head has resigned, the president said Thursday.

(Image credit: Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

A Twist On Charles Dickens: He Was A Public Health Crusader Too

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:21am

A new museum exhibit in London reveals a hidden side of the literary great. It turns out he was prolific not just as a novelist, but also as a promoter of public health and medical discoveries.

(Image credit: Herbert Watson/Charles Dickens Museum)

When Spiders Go Airborne, It's Electric — Literally

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:05am

Many spiders ply the skies by riding "balloons" of silk. And they rely on something more than just the wind to take them high up and far away.

(Image credit: Michael Hutchinson/Cell Press)

Will Your Melanin Protect You From The Sun?

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 9:30am

There are lots of misconceptions about dark skin and sunshine. One of the most common? That black people can't get skin cancer.

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LOOK: Hot, Young Stars Form 'Celestial Fireworks'

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 3:15pm

NASA posted the glittery image of stars that "live fast and die young" on the eve of Independence Day. It shows a cluster of "huge, hot" stars called NGC 3603, about 20,000 light years away.

(Image credit: NASA, ESA, R. O'Connell (University of Virginia), F. Paresce (National Institute for Astrophysics, Bologna, Italy), E. Young (Universities Space Research Association/Ames Research Center), the WFC3 Science Oversight Committee, and the Hubble Heritage Team)

Scientists Hope Lab-Grown Embryos Can Save Rhino Species From Extinction

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 12:00pm

Only two northern white rhinos remain, and they're both female. But researchers said Wednesday that they successfully have created embryos using sperm collected from the males before they died out.

(Image credit: Sunday Alamba/AP)

The Other Victims: First Responders To Violent Disasters Often Suffer Alone

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 4:30am

Some firefighters, EMTS and police officers say recent mass shootings have brought to the surface their own trauma, buried over years on the job. Many find it hard to open up and seek help.

(Image credit: Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News)

German Scientists Photograph Formation Of A Planet

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 3:20pm

A German team has managed to photograph a planet forming in a distant solar system.

For Women Over 30, There May Be A Better Choice Than The Pap Smear

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 1:48pm

A new study adds weight to the evidence that an HPV test can more accurately test for cervical cancer risk than a Pap smear.

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Surf And Turf: To Reduce Gas Emissions From Cows, Scientists Look To The Ocean

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 1:48pm

When cows burp, they emit the potent greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere. But by adding seaweed to the cows' diets, researchers are noticing a dramatic reduction in methane production.

(Image credit: Merrit Kennedy/NPR)

Scientists Capture First Birth Of A Planet

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 5:16pm

Photographs of a young planet orbiting a star provide useful information about how planets form and grow.

(Image credit: ESO/A. Muller et al.)

Coffee Drinkers Are More Likely To Live Longer. Decaf May Do The Trick, Too

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 11:26am

The latest study to link coffee and longevity adds to a growing body of evidence that, far from a vice, the brew can be protective of good health.

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Many Common Sunscreens May Harm Coral. Here's What To Use Instead

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 4:04am

Hawaii is about to ban the sale of sunscreens containing certain chemicals which have been shown to harm coral reefs. Environmentalists urge a switch to mineral-based products.

(Image credit: Photo illustration by Eslah Attar/NPR)

Conflicting Ideas On Modern Feminism

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 4:25pm

Michel Martin talks about feminism with Mona Charen, author of Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost Touch With Science, Love and Common Sense and Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men: And The Rise of Women.

The Scientists Who Explore Human Hormones In 'Aroused'

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 7:03am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein about her new book Aroused, which tells the story of the scientific quest to understand human hormones.

Microbial Magic Could Help Slash Your Dinner's Carbon Footprint

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 9:00am

In one year, fertilizer production in the U.S. emitted as much carbon dioxide as two million cars. What if we could help plants make their own nitrogen so they wouldn't need man-made chemicals?

(Image credit: Sam Scharffenberger)

Hobby Lobby's Illegal Antiquities Shed Light On A Lost, Looted Ancient City In Iraq

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 10:22am

About 3,800 objects purchased by Hobby Lobby were returned to Iraq in May. Some come from an ancient Sumerian city, Irisagrig, and indicate that life there was "pretty good," an archaeologist says.

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Nestlé Offered Permit To Continue Taking Water From California Stream

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 2:32am

The company's U.S. bottled water unit had been found to be operating under a long-expired permit, taking tens of millions of gallons a year from a watershed in the San Bernardino National Forest.

(Image credit: Damian Dovarganes/AP)

Tropical Forests Suffered Second-Worst Loss Of Trees On Record Last Year

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 7:20pm

In 2017, 39 million acres of tree cover disappeared, an area as big as Bangladesh. "The report is telling a bleak picture," researcher Mikaela Weisse said. "What we are doing right now isn't enough."

(Image credit: Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP/Getty Images)

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