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Does Studying Economics Make You Selfish?

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:59:00 -0500

Social science research finds that students who are taught classical economics about how humans act in their rational self-interest, become more likely to act selfishly after learning those lessons.

The Next Pandemic Could Be Dripping On Your Head

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:10:00 -0500

Bats, birds and tourists love a good cave. And so do viruses. Scientists say this mixture could trigger a deadly outbreak.

On the Knife's Edge: Using Therapy To Address Violence Among Teens

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:20 -0500

We hear a lot about senseless violence: people who lose their lives or their freedom over a stolen backpack, or perceived slight. Two researchers think social science might help prevent these crimes.

New Research Shows How 'Atmospheric Rivers' Wreak Havoc Around The Globe

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:01:00 -0500

The idea of plumes of moisture curling above our heads might seem beautiful, but new research shows atmospheric rivers to be among the most damaging of weather systems.

Can Poetry Keep You Young? Science Is Still Out, But The Heart Says Yes

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:03:00 -0500

Scientific evidence showing health benefits from engaging in the arts is still weak. But Los Angeles students in their 80s say their poetry class gives them joy, solace, community and a voice.

On Second Attempt, SpaceX Launches Rocket At NASA's Historic Pad

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:01:00 -0500

SpaceX scrubbed a launch attempt Saturday at NASA's Launch Complex 39A, site of the shuttle program and the mission that first sent humans to the moon. Their second try succeeded Sunday.

Why NASA Is Exploring An Alien World In Antarctica

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:58:02 -0500

Covered in ice and filled with bubbling lava, the Antarctic volcano Mount Erebus is the perfect proxy for an alien world. That's why NASA's Aaron Curtis travels there to test space exploration robots.

NASA Announces Winners In 'Space Poop Challenge'

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:58:00 -0500

Even astronauts have to go number two. NASA recently asked the public for suggestions on how to better deal with poop in spacesuits.

Can Changing When And What We Eat Help Outwit Disease?

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:00:00 -0500

I'm fasting intermittently as part of a research study, to see if changing my gut microbiome affects my multiple sclerosis. But maybe living on Peanut Chews isn't the best strategy.

Have Spare Time? Try To Discover A Planet

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Astronomers think there's an undiscovered planet lurking in the far reaches of the solar system, and they're asking the public's help to find it.

A Liftoff Deferred: SpaceX Mission From NASA's Historic Launch Pad Delayed

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:43:00 -0500

Launch Complex 39A, the site of the Apollo 11 mission, has quite a storied past. Now, it's on the brink of a new era — but it'll have to wait a bit, after Saturday's launch was scrubbed for 24 hours.

When Their Food Ran Out, These Reindeer Kept Digging

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:54:00 -0500

Reindeer are thought to face a grim future as climate change threatens lichen, a key winter food source. But on one Alaskan island, reindeer have found a new food source, making scientists hopeful.

'Are We Alone?' Churchill Concludes It's Likely Life Circles Other Suns

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:52:00 -0500

In an essay written in 1939, Winston Churchill pondered the possibility that there might be life elsewhere in the universe. The document was recently rediscovered in a museum in Fulton, Mo.

In Massachusetts, Coastal Residents Consider How To Adapt To Climate Change

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:51:00 -0500

Living by the shore in the age of climate change means managing risk. In the community of Nahant, Mass., residents are trying to decide how to adapt.

Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt To Lead Environmental Protection Agency

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:32:00 -0500

Scott Pruitt is promising an aggressive rollback of regulations at the Environmental Protection Agency. NPR takes a look at what he's likely to target and the challenges he will face.