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Scientists Who Want To Study Climate Engineering Shun Trump

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The controversial study of climate engineering — aka deliberately messing with Earth's temperature — was finally starting to regain a measure of respectability. And then came President Trump.


Congress May Undo Rule That Pushes Firms To Keep Good Safety Records

Monday, March 20, 2017

Labor statistics specialists under George W. Bush and Barack Obama warn that if the safety regulation is repealed, record keeping on worker injuries will become less accurate and less reliable.


Trump's Budget Slashes Climate Change Funding

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The White House's proposed federal budget cuts everything from research to regulation, and makes clear that the administration doesn't view climate change as a priority.


The Saga Of The Irish Giant's Bones Dismays Medical Ethicists

Monday, March 13, 2017

Charles Byrne was about 7 feet 7 inches tall, an 18th century marvel whose height came from a pituitary tumor. He asked for privacy in death, but his skeleton is still on display in a London museum.


SpaceX Moves To Launch First-Ever Private Mission To The Moon

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

SpaceX claims it will launch the first ever private moon mission in 2018, which would send people to the moon for the first time in 45 years. The announcement may signify the start of a new race to the moon, this time between NASA and the private space industry.


Should Scientists March? U.S. Researchers Still Debating Pros And Cons

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A "March for Science" is set for April 22 in Washington, D.C., to show support for evidence-based public policy. But some worry the march will be seen as partisan, and may even undermine sound policy.


Astronomers Find 7 Earth-Size Planets Around A Nearby Star

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Some of the planets could be home to liquid water, but it remains unclear whether life could exist on such strange worlds.


Apollo 11 Space Capsule Is Going On Another Mission

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The capsule called Columbia hasn't left the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., since 1976. It's heading out on tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.


Carnivorous Plants Around The Globe Use Similar Deadly Tricks

Monday, February 06, 2017

Pitcher plants have evolved independently on three different continents. But new research shows they use many of the same tools to catch and eat their prey.


2016 Was The Hottest Year Yet, Scientists Declare

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Global temperatures soared above the 20th century average last year, as the climate continues to change. It's the hottest it has been since scientists started tracking global temperatures in 1880.


Scientists Have Twisted Molecules Into The Tightest Knot Ever

Thursday, January 12, 2017

This new knot has eight crossings, far more than previous molecular knots. The "rope" is very short — just 192 atoms long, or 500 times smaller than a red blood cell.


Menopause Mystery: Why Do Female Killer Whales Experience The Change Of Life?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Killer whales are one of only three species known to have menopause. Researchers are looking at the conflict and cooperation between older and younger female whales to understand why.


NASA Faces The Unknown In Preparing For Trump Administration

Saturday, January 07, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump has not provided many specifics about what he plans to do with NASA. But private companies are expected to take a bigger role in space travel in the coming years.


As A Rough Year Ends, We Turn To The Cosmos For Some Perspective

Friday, December 30, 2016

As 2016 winds down, we take a moment to contemplate the billions of years that led to 2017 and the billions more yet to come.


Scientists Ponder Whether Our Universe Is The Only One That Exists

Thursday, December 29, 2016

We like to think our universe is unique but if there can be one, then why not more? Some thinkers worry that pondering the so-called multi-verse is more like philosophy, not science.


What Is The Universe Made Of? Scientists Respond

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

All this week, we've been contemplating the great mysteries of the universe. Scientists really only understand about 5 percent of what the universe is made of.


Is The Universe Infinite?

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Morning Edition is asking questions about the universe, part of an effort to put things in perspective. We hear from scientists who ponder what shape the universe has and whether it is truly infinite.


Where Did The Universe Come From

Monday, December 26, 2016

One of the greatest mysteries is where the universe came from. Scientists know one thing for sure: The universe plays by its own rules.


Bugs Abound: If You Think The Skies Are Crowded, You Have No Idea

Thursday, December 22, 2016

A new study involving blimps, nets and radar beams reveals the staggering number of insects that fly above us each year in their seasonal migrations.


Scientists Blast Antimatter Atoms With A Laser For The First Time

Monday, December 19, 2016

By comparing the light from anti-atoms with the light from regular atoms, they hope to answer one of the big mysteries of our universe: Why is there so much regular old matter and not much antimatter?