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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.

Scientific Conference Planners Concerned About Immigration Policy

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

There's increasing concern among planners of science and technical conferences about the Trump administration's immigration restrictions. Many groups signed a letter asking Trump to rescind the order.

How Hermann Rorschach's 'Inkblots' Took On A Life Of Their Own

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:05:00 -0500

These days, you're more likely to come across the concept of a Rorschach test in a cultural context than a clinical one. In a new book, author Damion Searls traces the history of the famous inkblots.

Oroville Dam Reached Capacity Faster Than Previous 16 Years

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:33:00 -0500

The Oroville dam is the tallest in the country and has a capacity of 3,537,577 acre feet. It went over capacity last week causing massive evacuations and bringing attention to its damaged spillways.

A Daughter Of Coal Country Battles Climate Change — And Her Father's Doubt

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:36:00 -0500

In southwestern Pennsylvania, collapsed mining and steel industries led to economic and environmental downturn. A divided father and daughter work to find common ground to save their hometown.