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How A Russian Nerve Agent Got To The U.K.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:13:00 -0400

How was a nerve agent of a group called Novichok manufactured and sent into the U.K. to poison a former Russian spy? Richard Guthrie, a U.K.-based chemical weapons expert, talks with Scott Simon.

Former Coal Lobbyist On Tap For No. 2 Spot At EPA

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 05:00:41 -0400

The man hoping to help lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, is a former lobbyist for coal and natural gas companies. As a young EPA lawyer, he worked on hazardous chemical rules.

FEMA Drops 'Climate Change' From Its Strategic Plan

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 23:49:42 -0400

The agency's strategic planning document does not mention the potential impact of a changing climate on the rising risk of natural hazards.

NASA Study Finds Astronaut's Genes Changed While In Space

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:13:00 -0400

A study shows that not only do astronaut's genes change in space, but they have the potential to remained changed even months after the astronaut is back on Earth.

Is It Time To Bring Risk Back Into Our Kids' Playgrounds?

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:19:00 -0400

Are playgrounds in the U.S. too sterile and risk-averse to help our kids thrive? Anthropologist Barbara J. King considers play and child development in evolutionary perspective.

Biologists Trace Genetic Roots Of Evolution, One Cell At A Time

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:01:00 -0400

E.coli bacteria, each cell trapped in a tiny tube, are giving researchers the chance to study the pace and effects of single genetic mutations. Most mutations, the scientists find, aren't harmful.

How Prepared Is The World For A Major Epidemic?

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:06:30 -0400

Reid Wilson says it's only a matter of time before we find out.

Millions Own Gas And Oil Under Their Land. Here's Why Only Some Strike It Rich

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 05:01:12 -0400

Gas and oil companies pay royalties to millions of American landowners. But a growing number accuse energy companies of cheating them out of their fair share.

How Many Opioid Overdoses Are Suicides?

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 05:00:00 -0400

Opioid overdoses and related deaths are still climbing, according to U.S. statistics. Teasing out which overdoses are intentional can be hard, but is important for treatment, doctors say.

Live High Definition Video From Mars? NASA Is Getting Ready

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:14:00 -0400

NASA is building a new space-based laser communication that will allow live, high-definition video from Mars and beyond — something that's not possible with standard radio equipment.

Mourners Honor Stephen Hawking, Whose Mind Blazed Bright

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:03:31 -0400

His mental genius and physical disability made the renowned British physicist a household name. On Wednesday, people around the world grieved Hawking's death.

The Universe According To Albert Einstein: Relativity

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:17:00 -0400

When Einstein, born 139 years ago on Wednesday, came onto the science scene, physics was in crisis. New ideas were badly needed — it was the perfect moment for a trailblazer, says Marcelo Gleiser.

Stephen Hawking, Who Awed Both Scientists And The Public, Dies

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 23:59:00 -0400

Hawking was a theoretical physicist who changed how scientists think about gravity. He also wrote the best-selling book A Brief History of Time and lent his machine-aided voice to TV shows. He was 76.

An Ode To Insignificance: Buttons, Touchscreens, And Other Dangerous Technologies

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:43:00 -0400

The most successful technologies are so seductive, user-friendly, and so apparently innocuous that we hardly notice them entering our lives, says Jimena Canales. One such technology? The pushbutton.

Daniel Kahneman On Misery, Memory, And Our Understanding Of The Mind

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 21:00:36 -0400

Economic theory rests on a simple notion about humans: people are rational. But a half century ago, two psychologists shattered these assumptions.