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A Veteran Scientist Dreams Boldly Of 'Earth And Sky'05/02/15
Famous — and occasionally controversial — physicist Freeman Dyson's new essay collection ranges from scientific history to today's hot-button issues like climate change and genetic engineering.
3-D Printers Bring Historic Instruments Back To The Future
You just can't stick a modern mouthpiece on an antique saxophone and get the right sound. The answer could be in the lab.
Does Reading Harry Potter Have An Effect On Your Behavior?
New research suggests that school kids who read and identify with Harry Potter display more positive attitudes toward people from disadvantaged groups.
Western Hemisphere Eradicates Its Third Virus
It took 15 years and 250 million vaccines, but this week, health authorities officially declared North America and South America free of rubella — a virus that can cause severe birth defects.
NASA Spacecraft Crashes Into Mercury, Concluding 4-Year...
A NASA spacecraft plunged into the planet Mercury on Thursday. It's demise comes after four years of studying our solar system's innermost planet.
Drought In Calif. Creates Water Wars Between Farmers,...
Fresno native Mark Arax has written about the war over water in his state for decades. "It used to be the farmers against the delta smelt fish, and now it's the urbanite against the almond," he says.
Welcome To The Neighborhood: 2 Super-Earths Discovered
Astronomers using telescopes in Hawaii and California have found two exoplanets orbiting a star a mere 54 light-years away. The discovery is important for two big reasons.
Florida's Legislature Quits Early, At Impasse Over...
Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Scott sued the federal government Tuesday, accusing it of coercing Florida to accept the expansion, or lose funding for other health programs for the poor.
Geologists Warned That Huge Quake Could Strike The...
The earthquake that struck Nepal over the weekend was hardly a surprise. Geologists have known for decades that tectonic plates underneath Nepal were capable of creating a devastating earthquake.
Big Aftershocks In Nepal Could Persist For Years
Saturday's magnitude-7.8 quake released stress that was building for 150 years, scientists say, and it reshuffled tension to nearby faults. There's a 50-50 chance of a strong aftershock within a year.
Maybe You Should Rethink That Daily Aspirin
A small dose of aspirin taken regularly can help prevent a second heart attack or stroke. But too many healthy people are taking the drug for prevention. And for them, the risks may outweigh benefits.
Solving Crimes With Pollen, One Grain Of Evidence At A Time
Dallas Mildenhall is one of the world's few forensic pollen experts. He recently identified a rare, mutated pollen grain that helped police crack a murder case in his native New Zealand.
Hubble's Other Telescope And The Day It Rocked Our World
Amid this week's hoopla celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope, don't forget the clever astronomer for whom the space scope was named. In the 1920s, he changed our sense of ourselves and the universe.
What's That Smell? The Beautiful Tree That's Causing Quite...
Once embraced by cities for its beautiful white flowers, disease resistance and ability to grow just about anywhere, the Callery pear is now considered a nuisance due to its smell and invasive nature.
California Cities Struggle To Meet Water Conservation...
Early next month, California plans to finalize its emergency water conservation plan. Cities are under the gun to cut their water usage from anywhere between 15 and 40 percent.
CDC Warns More HIV, Hepatitis C Outbreaks Likely Among...
The U.S. epidemic of injected-opioid use could lead to more severe outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C, like those now occurring in Indiana, the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention says.
Why Don't Ants Need A Leader?
The world's largest ant colony stretches over 3,700 miles. It succeeds, biologist Deborah Gordon says, because no ant is in charge. They communicate with algorithmic patterns to survive and thrive.
After 25 Years, The Hubble Space Telescope Still Wows...
Launched shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Hubble telescope isn't showing its age. Astronomers and other fans hope this old charmer will be useful for many years to come.
'That's What Hubble Can See': A Tribute To The Space...
NPR has this tribute to the Hubble Space Telescope — a parody of Iggy Azalea's "Trouble."
Hubble Telescope Celebrates 25 Years In Space
Friday marks 25 years since the Hubble Space Telescope was launched. Astrophysicist and NPR blogger, Adam Frank, celebrates what it's shown us.
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