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Fearing Climate Change Policy Under Trump, STEM Group Works To Get Scientists Elected

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:19:00 -0500

Scientists across the country are planning to go to Washington — and take office. Shaughnessy Naughton is the founder of 314 Action a non profit that helps scientists run for office.

Astronomers Find 7 Potentially Habitable Planets

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:12:40 -0500

Astronomers have discovered a solar system full of potentially habitable planets. Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute, which searches for extraterrestrial intelligence.

Why It's Been So Warm On The East Coast

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:12:39 -0500

The east coast saw record-breaking high temperatures this past week. Meteorologist Bob Henson talks with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about what's behind the early spring weather.

Dentists Work To Ease Patients' Pain With Fewer Opioids

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 06:37:00 -0500

After minor surgeries, many dentists used to reflexively prescribe quick-acting opioids to relieve a patient's pain. Now they're learning to counsel patients about better, less addictive alternatives.

Explaining The Sizzling Sound Of Meteors

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:28:51 -0500

Scientists recently published a paper explaining why some meteors create strange sounds. NPR's Scott Simon talks with researcher Bill Sweatt about what creates this "sizzling" sound.

A Taste For Pork Helped A Deadly Virus Jump To Humans

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:28:00 -0500

People were dropping dead in Malaysia, and no one could figure out why their brains were swelling. A young scientist solved the mystery. Then he had to get people to believe him.

When You Love An Old Dog, Managing Care Can Be A Challenge

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Aging dogs often need extra medical care. But there comes a time to be realistic about what can and can't be done, veterinarians say. The pet's comfort is paramount.

VX: The Nerve Agent Used To Kill Kim Jong Nam Is Rare And Deadly

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:34:00 -0500

A colorless, odorless liquid, similar in consistency to motor oil, VX kills in tiny quantities that can be absorbed through the skin. It is among the deadliest chemical weapons ever devised.

Advice From Patients On A Study's Design Makes For Better Science

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:42:00 -0500

Increasingly, advocates for patients are in the room when big medical studies are designed. They demand answers to big questions: "Will the results of this study actually help anybody?"

Mildred Dresselhaus, 'Queen Of Carbon' And Nanoscience Trailblazer, Dies At 86

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:36:00 -0500

The daughter of poor immigrants, Dresselhaus became science royalty for her work with carbon materials. Along the way she opened opportunities for female scientists that didn't exist when she started.

Eric Haseltine: Can The Past Guide Us To Future Scientific Breakthroughs?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:57:00 -0500

Trained as a neuroscientist, Eric Haseltine always asks questions. He's identified four concepts that lead to scientific breakthrough. One of them: acknowledging we're not the center of the universe.

Liz Coleman: How Do We Teach College Students To Ask Big Questions?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:57:00 -0500

Former Bennington College President Liz Coleman believes higher education is overly-specialized & complacent. She says we need to encourage students to ask bigger questions and take more risks.

Kevin Jones: Can Embracing Uncertainty Lead To Better Medicine?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:57:00 -0500

Sometimes, doctors just don't have the answers. Surgeon Kevin Jones says having the humility to acknowledge this leads to better medicine.

Naomi Oreskes: Why Should We Believe In Science?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:57:00 -0500

In school, we're taught we should trust science because the scientific method leads to measurable results and hard facts. But Naomi Oreskes says the process of inquiry doesn't end there.

Michael Stevens: How Do You Find Smart Answers to Quirky Questions?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:57:00 -0500

When Michael Stevens is confronted with a quirky question, he responsibly searches for the answer and posts it to YouTube — inviting millions of people to follow his journey of discovery.