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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, so 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.

The Best Item In An Astronaut's Care Package? Definitely The Ice Cream

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:36:00 -0400

Unlike other cargo vehicles, the SpaceX spacecraft can return to Earth without burning up. So it's equipped with freezers for transporting medical samples — and the occasional frozen treat.

NASA Astronauts Set To Get Sweet Treat With Next Delivery To International Space Station

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

This week, a rocket bound for the International Space Station lifted off with 6,400 pounds of supplies. Along with the provisions, medical supplies and experiments, NASA astronauts will be getting a special care package with ice cream.

At CERN, Hunting For Invisible Worlds

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:23:00 -0400

With so many dedicated to solving nature's riddles at CERN, it's hard not to think of it as a modern cathedral, a link between reason and mystery, a place of pilgrimage, says blogger Marcelo Gleiser.

United By The Sun: A Solar Event For All Americans To Share (Rebroadcast)

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:06:30 -0400

Skywatchers and astrophysicists are already gearing up for next month's "Great American Solar Eclipse."

Here's What You Need To Know About The Total Solar Eclipse

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:50:00 -0400

As America prepares for the eclipse on Aug. 21, here are some basic facts about the phenomenon.