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A Surprising Explanation For Why Some Immigrants Excel In Science

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:00:08 -0400

It has to do with language learning, according to a new study from Duke University.

EPA Says It Will Allow Continued Sale Of Controversial Pesticide

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:14:51 -0400

The EPA is not going ahead with a proposed ban on a pesticide called chlorpyrifos, saying there's still scientific uncertainty over its safety. Environmental groups say it can harm young children.

Fewer Zika-Linked Birth Defects Than Expected

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:14:00 -0400

Scientists expected a surge of severe birth defects in Brazil because of the Zika outbreak. But that didn't happen last year. Researchers are re-examining the link between Zika and birth defects.

Where Levees Fail In California, Nature Can Step In To Nurture Rivers

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:20:00 -0400

After devastating floods, California is looking to spend billions on dams and levees. Some are calling for a new approach to flood control, one that mimics nature instead of trying to contain it.

Launch, Land, Launch — SpaceX Tries Reusing Its Rocket

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:48:00 -0400

Thursday the private company SpaceX plans on launching a satellite using a rocket that it has launched once before. Reusing equipment could make it cheaper to do business in deep space.

Fishermen Catch 50-Pound Carp In The Middle Of Los Angeles

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:41:00 -0400

MacArthur Park in Los Angeles is not the most picturesque location, but it is where the California Ghetto Carping Club caught a 50 pound carp this week.

EPA Decides Not To Ban A Pesticide, Despite Its Own Evidence Of Risk

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:02:00 -0400

New EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has decided not to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide widely used on produce. That's despite evidence previously compiled by EPA showing it could pose risks to consumers.

HPV Vaccine Could Protect More People With Fewer Doses, Doctors Insist

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:21:00 -0400

In the U.S., there are about 39,000 cancers associated with the human papillomavirus each year. Doctors say the new HPV vaccine may help reduce the number of cases.

Passengers Take Flight To View Southern Lights

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:07:49 -0400

The Aurora Australis is a display of neon green lights that dance across the southern skies. A plane took off from New Zealand to get a special view.

Measuring The Impact Of Rolling Back Environmental Regulations

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:07:00 -0400

President Trump's environmental order proposes rolling back regulations. David Greene speaks with John Larsen of the Rhodium Group about the impact those rollbacks could have on emissions levels.

Scientists Who Want To Study Climate Engineering Shun Trump

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:07:00 -0400

The controversial study of climate engineering — aka deliberately messing with Earth's temperature — was finally starting to regain a measure of respectability. And then came President Trump.

A New Kind Of March Madness Hits Schools

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:23:00 -0400

It's March Mammal Madness, a bracket with real animals facing off in fictional battles. Hundreds of science classes are playing in schools around the country.

Paralyzed Man Uses Thoughts To Control His Own Arm And Hand

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:42:00 -0400

A spinal injury severed the connection between Bill Kochevar's brain and everything below his shoulders. But technology has given him a new way to control one arm and hand.

Mayor Of Wyoming Coal Town Reacts To Trump's Climate Order

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:32:27 -0400

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Louise Carter-King, mayor of Gillette, Wyo., about the impact that President Trump's executive order loosening regulations on coal will have on the the town.

Trump Signs Executive Order Rolling Back Regulation On Carbon Emissions

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:32:00 -0400

President Trump signed a sweeping set of executive orders on Tuesday that aim to dismantle the Obama administration's efforts to combat climate change.