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The Power Hour

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:00:15 -0500

This week on Hidden Brain's radio show, we tackled a big topic: power. From our conflicted feelings toward the powerful, to the ways we gain and lose power ourselves, and how power really can corrupt.

Philippine Volcano Erupts, Causing 56,000 To Flee

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:56:07 -0500

Authorities raised Mount Mayon's alert level to 4 out of a possible 5, indicating "intense unrest" and the possibility of a particularly violent, hazardous eruption within days.

Drought-Stricken Cape Town Braces For Water To Run Out In April

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:54:00 -0500

Officials in the South African city of 3.7 million are restricting water usage amid fears it will run out of water by April 21. Experts say the crisis has been exacerbated by rapid population growth.

Welcome To The Age Of Digital Transcendence

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:40:00 -0500

Smartphones have become an extension of the owner; it is the closest we've ever become to being omnipresent and omniscient and — in a metaphorical sense, at least — divine, says Marcelo Gleiser.

Tsunami Alert Is Downgraded Along Alaska's Coast After Powerful Quake

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:51:00 -0500

The magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck about 175 southeast of Kodiak, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The U.S. Tsunami Warning System issued a tsunami warning before downgrading to an advisory.

Several Injured After Volcanic Eruption At Japanese Ski Resort

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 02:23:00 -0500

Mount Kusatsu-Shirane suddenly erupted Tuesday morning, spewing volcanic rocks and belching a curtain of black smoke. An avalanche that followed injured at least 10 people.

Scientific Theory And The Multiverse Madness

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:23:00 -0500

An increasing number of theoretical physicist think that our universe is only one among infinitely many — but this speculation is not based on sound logic, says guest commentator Sabine Hossenfelder.

My Grandmother Was Italian. Why Aren't My Genes Italian?

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:02:00 -0500

Popular DNA ancestry tests don't always find what people expect. That is because of how DNA rearranges itself when egg meets sperm — and the quirks of genetic databases.

Living Well Now: What Does It Take?

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:55:00 -0500

Shaping our lives around fulfilling social, intellectual and creative potential — keys to happiness — is more compatible with sustainability than pursuing unlimited wealth, says author Randall Curren.

When A Tattoo Means Life Or Death. Literally

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:00:00 -0500

A gravely ill man arrives at the hospital, alone and unconscious, with a tattoo across his chest: "Do Not Resuscitate." It sparks deep conversation about end-of-life care in America.

Saunas Are A Hot Trend, And They Might Even Help Your Health

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 05:30:00 -0500

Sweating in a sauna feels good, and it's associated with health benefits including a lower risk of heart disease. But is that because of the heat, or because you're able to kick back and relax?

U.S. Set To Decide In Trade Dispute Threatening Booming Solar Industry

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:17:25 -0500

President Trump is facing a Jan. 26 deadline to decide whether to impose tariffs on solar imports. While tariffs could help level the playing field for U.S. manfacturers, they could also raise prices.

Iowa Boys Charged In Connection With Deaths Of Half A Million Honeybees

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:55:00 -0500

The unidentified boys, ages 12 and 13, are accused of ransacking a Sioux City honey farm, knocking over hives and exposing the bees to frigid winter temperatures.

Scientists Peek Inside The 'Black Box' Of Soil Microbes To Learn Their Secrets

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:51:00 -0500

Microorganisms play a vital role in growing food and sustaining the planet, but they do it anonymously. Scientists haven't identified most soil microbes, but they are learning which are most common.

Moscow Sees Only 6 Minutes Of Sunlight During All Of December

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:16:00 -0500

The city experienced the darkest month in its recorded history in December. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with reporter Charles Maynes, who lived through those nearly sunless weeks.