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Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:23:00 -0500A 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.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:14 -0500Astronaut 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.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500The 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.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:01:00 -0500Monkeys 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."
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:55:00 -0500People 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.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:36:00 -0500Graphene 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.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:24:00 -0500Scientists 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.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:08:00 -0500Millions 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.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:57:00 -0500The 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.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:02:00 -0500Overall, 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.
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:31:00 -0500President-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."
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:31:00 -0500Pruitt 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."
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:40:00 -0500A new project uses computers to analyze daytime satellite pictures for signs of extreme poverty. Does it work?
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:39:00 -0500A 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.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:31:00 -0500How 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?