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PHOTOS: Japanese Scientists Turn Chrysanthemums 'True Blue'

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:31:00 -0400

The scientists introduced genes from two other flowers that allowed the mums to mimic the chemical process producing blue pigment. This might be applicable to other flowers, like roses and lilies.

Looking Back At The Most Powerful Earthquake Ever To Strike North America

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:45:09 -0400

Science writer Henry Fountain says the deadly quake that shook Alaska in 1964 was so loud some thought it was the beginning of World War III. His new book is The Great Quake.

3, 2, 1 ... Bake Off! The Mission To Make Bread In Space

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:00:00 -0400

On Earth, crumbs are harmless, but in orbit they can be perilous. But bread is a big deal in Germany, so scientists and engineers there are teaming up to create an oven and dough fit for microgravity.

After A Year In Space, The Air Hasn't Gone Out Of NASA's Inflated Module

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:11:00 -0400

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module was pumped up after it arrived at the International Space Station in 2016. NASA says it's doing well in the harsh environment.

Student Athletes Who Specialize Early Are Injured More Often, Study Finds

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:30:00 -0400

High school athletes who tended to focus on one sport were 50 percent more likely to get hurt than those who hadn't specialized. Injuries included ankle sprains, knee tendonitis, and stress fractures.

Hidden Brain: How Cigarette Taxes Affect Food Buying

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

A new study shows a connection between cigarette taxes and food stamps. When cigarette taxes go up, smokers end up spending more of their income on cigarettes and that leaves less money for food.

What Are The Planet's Real 'Talking' Chimps And Gorillas Saying?

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Movies are full of loquacious chimps, but could nonhuman apes really use language? NPR's Skunk Bear sorts through the disturbing history of research on ape language to sort fact from wishful thinking.

Alabama Woman Stuck In NYC Traffic In 1902 Invented The Windshield Wiper

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 04:52:00 -0400

Entrepreneur Mary Anderson thought it made no sense that New York streetcar drivers had to keep jumping off to clean snow from the windshield. She soon won a patent for her "window cleaning device."

A New Study Shows The Moon's Interior Could Contain Water

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:18:00 -0400

Sick of your crowded neighborhood pool? A new study shows there might be quite a bit of water on a more isolated place — the moon.

Inside The Global Seed Vault, Where The History And Future Of Agriculture Is Stored

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:45:48 -0400

Seeds on Ice author Cary Fowler describes the underground tunnel near the North Pole, which stores and protects a collection of 933,000 samples of different, unique crop varieties.

Female Athletes Are Closing The Gender Gap When It Comes To Concussions

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 04:45:00 -0400

Gina "Danger" Mazany is a professional mixed martial arts athlete, and she's helping researchers learn more about head injuries and the female brain.

Despite Climate Change Setbacks, Al Gore 'Comes Down On The Side Of Hope'

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 04:44:00 -0400

Even though President Trump promised to pull the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, Al Gore still sees an "excellent chance" of meeting the accord's commitments to reduce global warming.

Researchers Map More Of The Ocean Floor In Search For Missing Plane

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:05:31 -0400

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 did not turn up a plane, but it did uncover a detailed view of the ocean floor — volcanoes, shipwrecks, and mountains to rival Mount Everest.

As The Climate Changes, Kenyan Herders Find Centuries-Old Way Of Life In Danger

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:05:00 -0400

Nomadic herders in Kenya's northwest are having to move farther afield as sustained drought fundamentally changes the landscape. The result: no grasses for their herds.

Beyond The Nasty Needle: Trying To Make Vaccines More Comfy And Convenient

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 05:06:00 -0400

From tiny, dissolving needles to high-powered liquid streams and nasal sprays, scientists are developing alternatives to typical vaccinations.