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Why The U.S. Still Has No Viable Alternatives To Russian Rocket Boosters

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 4:13am

When it comes to launching top-secret military satellites, the Pentagon relies almost entirely on rocket engines made in Russia. The U.S. has no viable alternative to the Russian rocket boosters.

North Korea Launches Rocket Believed To Be Long-Range Missile Test

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 4:13am

Renee Montagne talks to MIT professor Theodore Postol about North Korea's nuclear capabilities and assesses the level of danger the weekend rocket launch poses to the rest of the world.

Wish Our Correspondent Luck; She's In A Rio Samba Parade

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 4:13am

The highlight of Brazil's Carnival are the Samba parades, where 12 teams — called schools — compete for the top prize in Rio de Janeiro Monday night.

Debris Flow From California's Rough Fire Threatens Lakes Downstream

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 4:13am

A lot of El Nino-related precipitation is falling on an area devastated by a giant 150,000 acre fire that burned last summer. Dirt and debris are flowing into lakes, and farmers are worried.

What Do Sanders And Trump Have In Common? More Than You Think

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 4:13am

The two hottest candidates heading into Tuesday's New Hampshire primary: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. On the face of it, the candidates and their messages couldn't be more different.

How Will Host Chris Rock Treat Oscars' Lack Of Diversity?

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 4:13am

There were calls to boycott the Academy Awards after all 20 of the acting nominees are white. There's great anticipation for how host Chris Rock — a comedian who never pulls punches — will handle it.

School Superintendent In Flint Worries About Water Crisis' Irreversible Harm

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 4:13am

Renee Montagne talks to Bilal Tawwab, superintendent of schools in Flint, Mich., about how the district is responding to the lead water crisis. The extent of the damage from the lead is not yet known.

For Mardi Gras, Les Bon Temps Rouler In Mobile, Ala., Too

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 4:02am

Most people think of New Orleans on Mardi Gras. But the pre-Lenten celebration has roots in another Gulf Coast city. Mobile, Ala., proudly bills itself as the "mother of mystics."

How To Get Dads To Take Parental Leave? Seeing Other Dads Do It

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 3:41am

Social scientists see long-term benefits to new dads spending a few months caring for a baby. But these studies won't nudge fathers to take leave if they still see a work culture that frowns on it.

When Men Get Breast Cancer, They Enter A World Of Pink

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 3:35am

Most breast cancer cases are in women, so treatment and support is geared towards them. Men with breast cancer can feel isolated. One man was given a pink ice pack and told to put it in his bra.

We May Not Need An Electorate Of Scientists

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 2:57am

Voters and legislators are faced with decisions that would benefit from some understanding of the relevant science — but democracy isn't doomed: We just need to know who to ask, says Tania Lombrozo.

In Earthquake-Rattled Taiwan, A Somber Start To Lunar New Year

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 2:27am

Taiwanese officials canceled traditional New Year celebrations and went to temples to pray for earthquake victims, instead.

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