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Degrees of Maybe: How We Can All Make Better Predictions

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:00:25 -0400

Pundits and prognosticators make predictions all the time: about everything from elections, to sports, to global affairs. This week, we explore why they're often wrong, and how we can all do better.

Routine DNA Sequencing May Be Helpful And Not As Scary As Feared

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:01:00 -0400

A study of whole genome sequencing found that while many people discovered genetic variations linked to rare diseases, they didn't overreact to the news.

Secrets Of Breast-Feeding From Global Moms In The Know

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:45:00 -0400

Many American women want to breast-feed — and try to. Only about half keep it up. It's like they've lost the instinct. One researcher thinks she's figured out why and how to get the instinct back.

Moonwalkers' Apollo 11 Capsule Gets Needed Primping For Its Star Turn On Earth

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:58:00 -0400

In 1969 it was the orbiting home and refuge for the first astronauts who walked on the moon. Today, after decades on display in a Smithsonian museum, the module is being restored for a national tour.

Congressman Proposes A Military 'Space Corps'

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:06:00 -0400

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama about a bipartisan bill that would create a new part of the military for space operations, called Space Corps.

'Interlaced Fingers' Traces Roots Of Racial Disparity In Kidney Transplants

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:03:00 -0400

When Dr. Vanessa Grubbs fell in love with a man whose kidneys were failing, he'd been waiting for a transplant for years. Her book explores the ways racial inequity is embedded in the system.

Arkansas Tries To Stop An Epidemic Of Herbicide Damage

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:09:00 -0400

A weedkiller called dicamba, which farmers hoped could banish herbicide-resistant weeds, has become a plague itself in Arkansas. The state's regulators just voted to ban it for 120 days.

Mountain Lions Terrified By Voices Of Rush Limbaugh, Rachel Maddow

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:32:00 -0400

Scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz were trying to understand the nature of fear for mountain lions. By playing a series of audio clips of political talk show hosts, including Rachel Maddow and Rush Limbaugh, researchers discovered that mountain lions fear people.

'Cause For Serious Concern': Invasive Carp Caught 9 Miles From Great Lakes

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:13:00 -0400

A commercial fisher captured the silver carp beyond the barriers built to keep the invasive species out of the Great Lakes. The incident is raising alarms from local lawmakers.

Could The Best Memory System Be One That Forgets?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:46:00 -0400

Forget thinking about forgetting as failure. Researchers now say that ridding our brains of irrelevant details and outdated information helps us better navigate our ever-changing world.

Carrie Poppy: Can Science Reveal The Truth Behind Ghost Stories?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:23:32 -0400

After visiting a bookstore, Carrie Poppy started feeling odd: pressure on her chest and auditory hallucinations. She thought it was a spirit – until she found another explanation for her symptoms.

When You Talk In Your Sleep, Are You Talking To Your Secret Self?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:27:00 -0400

After hearing recordings of herself giggling and cheerfully talking in her sleep, Tanya Marquardt, who always thought of herself as tough and brooding, begins to connect with her other self.

'From The Ashes' Documents Rise And Fall Of Coal In America

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:31:00 -0400

After President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged to lead a group of mayors, governors and CEOs in cutting emissions according to the Paris framework. And now Bloomberg also has a film out documenting coal's rise and fall in America, From the Ashes.

Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Removed From Endangered Species List

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:31:00 -0400

The Interior Department has announced that it will end federal protections for the Yellowstone grizzly bear.

How Do Eggs Get Their Shapes? Scientists Think They've Cracked It

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:15:00 -0400

Eggs evolved over 300 million years ago and now come in all kinds of shapes, from Tic Tacs to teardrops to pingpong balls. After studying some 50,000 eggs, a team of researchers thinks it knows why.