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NASA Spacecraft Finds Storms On Jupiter

Sun, 28 May 2017 08:09:35 -0400

Raging cyclones and an uneven magnetic field: NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to NASA scientist Jack Connerney about the surprising findings made by a spacecraft orbiting Jupiter.

In The Age Of Digital Medicine, The Humble Reflex Hammer Hangs On

Sun, 28 May 2017 05:00:03 -0400

Nearly 130 years since its inception, a modest knob of rubber with a metal handle is still invaluable in diagnosing disease and avoiding expensive testing. But its history is anything but simple.

How A Gene Editing Tool Went From Labs To A Middle-School Classroom

Sat, 27 May 2017 08:01:03 -0400

Some compare the democratization of personal computing in the 1970s to the current changes in access to genetic engineering tools, in part thanks to the CRISPR gene editing tool.

Two Scientists, Two Different Approaches To Saving Bees From Poison Dust

Sat, 27 May 2017 08:00:03 -0400

Two scientists agree that pesticide-laden dust from planting equipment kills bees. But they're proposing different solutions, because they disagree about whether the pesticides are useful to farmers.

Market Forces May Impact Emissions More Than Climate Agreements

Sat, 27 May 2017 07:59:26 -0400

Today President Trump is at the G7 summit and high on the agenda is climate change. Many world leaders are imploring Trump stay in the global climate agreement, but emissions are going down already.

Richard Dawkins On Terrorism And Religion

Sat, 27 May 2017 07:59:26 -0400

Richard Dawkins, the scientist and outspoken atheist, speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about terrorism, and how the world has changed since he first began talking about his opposition to religion.

As Brains Mature, More Robust Information Networks Boost Self-Control

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:57:00 -0400

Sometime between grade school and grad school, the brain's information highways get remapped in a way that dramatically reins in impulsive behavior.

Abigail Marsh: Are We Wired To Be Altruistic?

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:10:26 -0400

When Abigail Marsh was 19, a complete stranger risked his life to save her from a car accident. Today, she studies what motivates us to help others — and why some of us are "extraordinary" altruists.

Scientists Pinpoint How A Flamingo Balances On One Leg

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:03:00 -0400

What appears to be a feat actually requires almost no muscle effort from the bird. The researchers found even a dead flamingo's body will fall into a stable one-leg balance if positioned vertically.

Juno Spacecraft Reveals Spectacular Cyclones At Jupiter's Poles

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:35:00 -0400

The NASA has spotted enormous cyclones at the gas giant's north and south poles. The probe has also returned other data that have project scientists scratching their heads.

Many Adults Don't Think Exposure To Vaping Is Bad For Kids

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:09:00 -0400

Nicotine, heavy metals and tiny particles that can harm the lungs float around in the aerosol from e-cigarettes. But a survey finds many adults don't think secondhand vape is dangerous for children.

How Elections Influence Judges

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:12:00 -0400

Social science research looks at the relationship between how judges rule and how they are influenced by election campaigns.

Eating Chocolate, A Little Each Week, May Lower The Risk Of A Heart Flutter

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:30:00 -0400

The latest evidence that a chocolate habit may lower your risk of heart disease: A study finds people who ate small amounts of chocolate several times a week had a lower risk of atrial fibrillation.

Fitness Trackers: Good at Measuring Heart Rate, Not So Good At Measuring Calories

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:33:00 -0400

A study of seven popular fitness trackers found they are generally good at measuring heart rate, but may mislead consumers about how many calories they have burned.

Miami's Zika Outbreak Began Months Before It Was First Detected

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:23:00 -0400

Travelers infected with the Zika virus in the Caribbean brought it to South Florida multiple times before officials realized it had reached the U.S., an analysis of virus genomes finds.