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As India's Climate Changes, Farmers In The North Experiment With New Crops

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:59:08 -0400

Farmers are starting to grow new crops in winter, when their fields usually lie fallow. Meanwhile, air pollution, which contributes to climate change, is weakening India's solar energy production.

In Turkey, Schools Will Stop Teaching Evolution This Fall

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:00:20 -0400

When Turkish children head back to school, something will be missing from their textbooks: any mention of evolution. The government is phasing in what it calls a values-based curriculum.

Getting To The Core Of Exercises Said To Strengthen 'Mum Tum'

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:00:20 -0400

NPR listeners had lots of questions after our story about diastasis recti, a medical condition of abdominal muscles that's common among new moms. Many wanted to know more about how to fix the problem.

Be Smart: A Partial Eclipse Can Fry Your Naked Eyes

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:11:00 -0400

And telescopes and binoculars only amplify the risk to your eyes from looking at the sun, doctors say. So even if you're not in the "path of totality," take precautions if you plan to watch.

Is AI More Threatening Than North Korean Missiles?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:52:00 -0400

Tesla CEO Elon Musk last week warned that AI is an enormous threat. There can be no doubt that the advent of smart, rather than smart-ish, machines, is a long way off, though, says blogger Alva Noë.

Exclusive: Inside The Lab Where Scientists Are Editing DNA In Human Embryos

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0400

NPR gets exclusive access to a lab in Portland, Ore., where scientists have begun editing the DNA in human embryos to try to prevent genetic diseases.

California Prepares For An Eclipse Of Its Solar Power

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0400

On a sunny day, California gets up to 40 percent of its energy from solar power. Monday's total eclipse isn't just a scientific spectacle, it's a major concern for the state's power grid.

Will The Eclipse Make Crops And Animals Flip Out? Scientists Ask (Really)

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:42:00 -0400

During the day on Aug. 21, large swaths of farmland will be plunged into darkness, and temperatures will drop about 10 degrees. And scientists are waiting to see what happens on the ground.

Bears Can Face Summer Challenges In Roadside Zoos

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:23:00 -0400

Even when the Animal Welfare Act is followed, bears may not live in conditions that many would find reasonable for such large, intelligent animals to flourish, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

Chemists Say You Should Add A Little Water To Your Whiskey. Here's Why

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:19:00 -0400

It's a common refrain from whiskey enthusiasts: Adding a few drops of water to a glass opens up the flavors of the drink. Chemists in Sweden provide a molecular explanation for why this works.

Rituals To Sprinkle A Little Magic Into Your Eclipse Experience

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:08:00 -0400

A slightly witch-y mother, an astrologer, and the co-writer of a guide for Basic Witches share their eclipse rituals.

Make Your Own Eclipse Viewer

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:23:00 -0400

No eclipse glasses? No problem. Make your own solar viewer; (almost) no tools required.

Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:09:00 -0400

Each year more than 600,000 babies die of sepsis. Researchers have found a simple way to prevent it: Feed babies probiotic bacteria that are common in kimchi, pickles and other fermented vegetables.

With Heavy Drinking On The Rise, How Much Is Too Much?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:00:00 -0400

Binge-drinking sounds like an all-night bender, but here's a reality check: Many social drinkers may "binge" without knowing it. Women who drink four or more drinks on an occasion are binge-drinking.

Trump Rolls Back Obama-Era Flood Standards For Infrastructure Projects

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:45:00 -0400

An Obama order called for new public infrastructure projects to be built to withstand rising sea levels caused by climate change. President Trump revoked that order to accelerate the review process.