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Millet: How A Trendy Ancient Grain Turned Nomads Into Farmers

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 10:21am

Hardy, nutritious and gluten-free, millet has become an "it" grain in recent years. Research reveals our ancestors relied on it: Millet was central to the rise of agriculture and farming communities.

FDA Approval Could Turn A Free Drug For A Rare Disease Pricey

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 3:53am

Jacobus Pharmaceutical freely gives its experimental drug to patients with a rare disease. Now a rival wants FDA approval to sell its own version — and expects to charge at least $37,500 per year.

NASA Suspends Next Mars Mission

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 5:57pm

The decision will mean a significant delay in the project, called InSight, because the orbits of the Earth and Mars are aligned in a way that makes a launch possible only every 26 months.

Meteorologists In Remote Areas Launch Balloons To Collect Weather Data

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 3:18pm

Twice a day, like clockwork, people release balloons around the world at the same time. These balloons are scientific tools, and the people releasing them are meteorologists.

SpaceX Successfully Lands Rocket After Launching It Into Space

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 3:18pm

SpaceX, the commercial aerospace company, pulled off a major feat Monday night. After pushing satellites towards orbit, the rocket's booster separated, and safely landed back on earth.

Minority Teens May Need An Extra Vitamin D Boost

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 11:28am

It's hard for anyone to get enough of the sunshine vitamin in the wintry North, and dark-skinned teens may be especially prone to a deficiency, doctors find. A weekly supplement can help.

How Emotional Responses To Terrorism Shape Attitudes Toward Policies

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 4:06am

Scientists have been studying reactions to terrorist events, and how those reactions shape public policy. They found emotional response to terror attacks is often out of proportion to actual risk.

As Aging Brain's Internal Clock Fades, A New Timekeeper May Kick In

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 4:03am

Everyone has a set of genes that keeps the body on a 24-hour rhythm. As we get older, though, the main clock can malfunction. Researchers say a backup clock may try to compensate.

SpaceX Rocket Successfully Lands After Launching Satellites

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 2:00am

It's the first launch since a Falcon 9 rocket exploded in June, and the first recovery of a spent booster for SpaceX. Previous attempts were close but ended in failure.

Explaining The Celestial Logistics Of The Winter Solstice

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 3:19pm

Why doesn't the winter solstice have the earliest sunset of the year? NPR's Ari Shapiro explores that and other fun celestial news with NPR blogger Adam Frank.

After Killing Of Cecil, White House Enacts Protections For Lions

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 3:19pm

Months after an American dentist shot and killed a beloved African lion named Cecil, the Obama administration moves to protect lions in Africa through the Endangered Species Act.

Wind Power Continues Steady Growth Across The U.S.

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 4:30am

The wind power industry is celebrating a new milestone in November: 70 gigawatts of generating capacity. Researchers say that's enough to power 19 million homes.

WATCH: Obama Insists Climate Deal Will Outlast GOP 'Climate Denial'

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 4:00am

With a Paris climate agreement just over a week old, President Obama is singling out the GOP on climate change in an interview with NPR.

How San Diego Will Hold Up Its Green Transition Promise

Sun, 12/20/2015 - 7:33am

Last week, San Diego's city council voted to transition to using 100 percent renewable energy by 2035, becoming the first major American city to enter a legally binding agreement to do so.

Perfect Pumpkin Pie: One Woman's Quest For Custard, Crust — And Glory

Sat, 12/19/2015 - 11:33am

Great pumpkin pie is elusive. You could end up with a soggy crust or a grainy filling. For months, reporter Maanvi Singh has been on a journey to learn the art and science of the ideal pie.

Coloradans Will Put Single-Payer Health Care To A Vote

Sat, 12/19/2015 - 7:01am

Colorado voters made the state the first to legalize recreational pot. In 2016, a ballot initiative could establish another first: a single-payer health system that provides universal coverage.

The Neuroscience Of Musical Perception, Bass Guitars And Drake

Sat, 12/19/2015 - 6:00am

Recent research hints at how the human brain is uniquely able to recognize and enjoy music. Timing in your brain is nearly everything.

Kaiser Permanente's New Medical School Will Focus On Teamwork

Fri, 12/18/2015 - 2:52pm

The California-based health care provider plans to enroll its first students in 2019. It's the latest of 20 U.S. medical schools opened in the past decade to boost the number of primary care doctors.

Curiouser And Curiouser: NASA's Curiosity Rover Finds Piles Of Silica On Mars

Fri, 12/18/2015 - 9:43am

Potential answers for the unexpectedly high levels of silica all involve water. The space agency also says it found "a mineral named tridymite, rare on Earth and never seen before on Mars."

On TV, Women Who Have Abortions Are Younger, Whiter And Wealthier

Fri, 12/18/2015 - 9:04am

An analysis of TV shows finds that fictional characters getting abortions are better off than the average American who has an abortion, and are also less likely to already be raising children.

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