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Japan Sends Long Electric Whip Into Orbit, To Tame Space Junk

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:23:00 -0500

A cable that's as long as six football fields has been launched into orbit — and when it's deployed, it'll test an idea to knock out debris that threatens astronauts and spacecraft.



Encore: Astronaut John Glenn Recalls Historic Orbit Of Earth

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:14 -0500

Astronaut John Glenn — who was one of NASA's original Mercury Seven — was the first American to orbit Earth. He flew the mission in just under five hours, circling the globe three times in a capsule named Friendship 7. Glenn, who says he recalls the mission as if it were just last week, told NPR's Audie Cornish he doesn't want the U.S. to lose sight of the future and America's role in outer space. This story originally aired on Feb. 20, 2012 on All Things Considered.



Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Vow To Fight Through Fierce Winter

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

The teeth of winter are closing on the makeshift camp in North Dakota where demonstrators are trying to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Some are heeding tribal calls to leave, while others are digging in. But the company building the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline was in federal court Friday, trying to overturn a decision by the Army Corps of Engineers blocking the project.



Say, What? Monkey Mouths And Throats Are Equipped For Speech

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:01:00 -0500

Monkeys weren't thought to have the right sort of vocal tracts to speak. But a study finds they can make many sounds common in human speech; it's just that their brains aren't "language ready."



Pets Help People Manage The Pain Of Serious Mental Illness

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:55:00 -0500

People living with schizophrenia or other serious mental illnesses say a pet can be not just a comforting companion but a reason to stay engaged with other people — and with life.



Adding A Funny Form Of Carbon To Silly Putty Creates A Heart Monitor

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:36:00 -0500

Graphene comes in sheets barely an atom thick and is extremely good at conducting electricity. By adding the unusual form of carbon to Silly Putty, scientists created flexible sensors.



A Mummy's DNA May Help Solve The Mystery Of The Origins Of Smallpox

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:24:00 -0500

Scientists have found the oldest complete set of smallpox genes in a sample of skin from a mummified child in a crypt underneath a Lithuanian church.



Baby Dinosaur's 99 Million-Year-Old Tail, Encased In Amber, Surfaces In Myanmar

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:08:00 -0500

Millions of years ago, a dinosaur about the size of a sparrow had a bad day. It got stuck in tree resin. Paleontologists recently came across the rare amber fossil containing its tail in Myanmar.



Giraffe Now Listed As 'Vulnerable' To Extinction As Population Plummets

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:57:00 -0500

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says the giraffe population has declined by as much as 40 percent in the past 30 years and could face extinction if the trend is not reversed.



Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:02:00 -0500

Overall, U.S. life expectancy dipped in 2015 — the first drop since 1993. That's because the death rate went up between 2014 and 2015, driven by an increase in mortality among people younger than 65.



Trump Selects Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt To Run The EPA

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:31:00 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump has selected Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the incoming administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt is a self-avowed opponent of what he calls "the EPA's activist agenda."



Trump Picks Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt To Lead EPA

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:31:00 -0500

Pruitt has made no secret of his disdain for the Environmental Protection Agency — his official biography calls him "a leading advocate against the EPA's activist agenda."



To Help The Poorest Of The Poor, First You Have To Find Them

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:40:00 -0500

A new project uses computers to analyze daytime satellite pictures for signs of extreme poverty. Does it work?



Protesters Fear Trump Could Reverse Dakota Access Pipeline Decision

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:39:00 -0500

A decision by the Army Corps of Engineers on Sunday put a halt on the construction of the oil pipeline at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Protesters rejoiced after months of demonstrations. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak about what's next for the pipeline.



Real Parents, Real Talk About Kids And Screens

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:31:00 -0500

How do you cope with parenting in the digital age? And how do you balance it all? How do you protect your kids, yet give them the freedom to create and explore?