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Older Adults' Forgetfulness Tied To Faulty Brain Rhythms In Sleep

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 04:47:00 -0500

As people get older, brain waves that occur during deep sleep become less synchronized. This appears to disrupt a system that saves new memories.

How To Survive Climate Change? Clues Are Buried In The Arctic

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:36:57 -0500

Climate change isn't new. Scientists are studying an ancient civilization in the Arctic to figure out how they survived climate change. The clues are buried in a secret, seaside neighborhood.

Astronaut Trio Heads For Space Station To Continue Scientific Research

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:45:06 -0500

The astronauts from the U.S., Russia and Japan blasted off early Sunday and are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday.

Secret Pentagon Program Spent Millions To Research UFOs

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:29:07 -0500

A Pentagon program spent $22 million researching "unidentified aerial phenomena," according to multiple reports. It was backed by former Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada.

Researching How To Fight Climate Change With Geoengineering

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 08:05:25 -0500

NPR's Lulu Garcia Navarro talks with Rep. Jerry McNerney, Democrat of California, about his new bill to research the effects and risks of "geoengineering" the planet as a way to fight climate change.

Hi, Robot: Adults, Children And The Uncanny Valley

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:05:00 -0500

Guest bloggers Henry Wellman and Kimberly Brink reflect on their new study shedding light on how adults, older children and young children perceive human-like robots — and what the future might hold.

Insights Into The Extinction Of The Passenger Pigeon

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 07:48:13 -0500

Scientists have been searching through passenger pigeon DNA to try to explain how such a huge, abundant population of birds could go extinct so quickly.

The Mystery Of The 'Oumuamua' Asteroid

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 07:48:13 -0500

NPR's Scott Simon asks the SETI Institute's Seth Shostak about what scientists have learned so far about a recently detected interstellar object.

Harvey Dumped Up To 127 Billion Tons Of Water On Texas

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 07:48:13 -0500

Scientists say they know the amount of rain that fell on Houston during Harvey through the pressure all that water put on the Earth's crust.

Black Farmers Are Sowing The Seeds Of Health And Empowerment

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 07:48:13 -0500

More than nine of 10 farm owners in the U.S. are white. A movement to change that is selling farming to people of color as a healthy lifestyle — and a way to fight discrimination.

'They'll All Be Gone': Video Of Starving Polar Bear Highlights Effects Of Melting Ice

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 07:48:00 -0500

After footage of a starving polar bear on land went viral, NPR's Scott Simon asked Polar Bears International chief scientist Steven Amstrup how the animals can survive if sea ice continues to melt.

VIDEO: For LSD, What A Long Strange Trip It's Been

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 07:00:07 -0500

It's been reviled and revered, criminalized and exploited by the CIA. And now and other psychedelic drugs are being tested as legitimate medical treatments. NPR's original animation tells the tale.

PHOTOS: Animals That Could Disappear Because Of Us

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 07:00:07 -0500

And the well-being of humans could suffer if the species go extinct. The images are from the new book Endangered by Tim Flach.

Scientists Say Japanese Monkeys Are Having 'Sexual Interactions' With Deer

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:22:25 -0500

Researchers witnessed adolescent female Japanese macaques mounting sika deer in ways that were "sexual in nature." They have several theories for why but say more research is necessary.

What If Life On Earth Didn't Start On Earth?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:58:00 -0500

Oumuamua marks the first time humans have seen a visitor pass through our corner of the universe — renewing discussions of the origins of life, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.