Nell Greenfieldboyce

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Getting Personal With Science

Thursday, February 01, 2024

NPR science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce on her new memoir.

Don't look so blue, Neptune: Now astronomers know this planet's true color

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Neptune isn't as blue as people think, and astronomers have figured out why Uranus sometimes appears a tad greener. (Story aired on All Things Considered on Jan. 5, 2024.)

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NPR staffers share their non-fiction picks from Books We Love

Sunday, December 17, 2023

NPR staffers recommend non-fiction reads from our Books We Love list: "On Minimalism," "Anansi's Gold," "Asian-Americans in an Anti-Black World," and "The Wager."

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Clouds made of sand make for a strange kind of rain on this hot planet

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

On Earth, clouds and rain are made of water. But the James Webb Space Telescope has found that on a planet called WASP-107b, the rain and clouds are made of sand.

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More medical gloves are coming from China, as U.S. makers of protective gear struggle

Friday, November 03, 2023

The federal government has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to boost American production of medical gloves, but some companies say it's not enough when imported gloves have gotten cheaper.

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Despite post-COVID efforts, the U.S. is still undersupplied with domestic-made PPE

Wednesday, November 01, 2023

Nearly a billion dollars went to trying to boost domestic manufacturing of PPE like masks and gloves. Experts say the effort is foundering and the nation isn't better off than it was three years ago.

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These American birds and dozens more will be renamed, to remove human monikers

Wednesday, November 01, 2023

The official naming organization for birds in the U. S. is making a bold move, after concerns were raised about birds being named after people with questionable histories.

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Take a peek at what NASA brought back from an asteroid

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Scientists are thrilled with the tiny asphalt-black rocks, and most of the sample hasn't even been revealed yet.

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NASA unveils rocks brought back from an asteroid

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

NASA held a briefing to reveal the rocks returned by the OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission. The asteroid material was delivered to Earth in late September in a space capsule that landed in Utah.

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This next NASA mission to an asteroid is seriously metal

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

A NASA mission called Psyche is about to launch on a mission out to an unusual asteroid that's scientists believe is largely composed of metal.

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Nobel Prize in chemistry goes to three scientists for tiny, colorful quantum dots

Wednesday, October 04, 2023

Three scientists were honored for their work with the tiny nanoparticles that allow for very bright colors. They are used in many electronics, like LED displays.

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Here's why 6,000 octopuses like to be under the sea at an 'octopus garden'

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Scientists are learning the secrets of the largest known collective of octopuses. Over 6,000 of them are huddle around an extinct sea volcano in the Pacific. (Story aired on ATC on 8/23/23.)

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A canister of asteroid samples for NASA to study lands safely in Utah

Monday, September 25, 2023

A space capsule with dirt and rocks collected from an asteroid has returned safely to Earth. Scientists eagerly anticipate what the samples could tell them about Earth's origins and the galaxy.

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NASA capsule carrying large asteroid sample lands in Utah

Sunday, September 24, 2023

If all goes as planned, NASA will be celebrating the successful return of about 8 ounces of asteroid material. The return capsule will touch down in Utah Sunday morning.

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NASA asteroid sample lands safely in Utah before being whisked away by helicopter

Sunday, September 24, 2023

NASA's Osiris-REx mission has successfully returned a pristine sample of asteroid back to Earth. This cupful-or-so of space rock could shed light on the solar system's origins.

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NASA effort to bring home asteroid rocks will end this weekend in triumph or a crash

Friday, September 22, 2023

NASA's first effort to retrieve samples from an asteroid will send a capsule that contains extraterrestrial pebbles and dust plunging towards a Utah desert on Sunday.

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New NASA report lays out roadmap for studying UFOs

Thursday, September 14, 2023

NASA is releasing a new report from advisers on what it would take for the agency to study unidentified anomalous phenomena (also known as UFOs) scientifically.

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Here's why 6,000 octopuses like to be under the sea at an 'octopus garden'

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Over 6,000 octopuses have been found huddling around an extinct volcano deep in the Pacific Ocean near California, and researchers now think they understand why the octopuses find it so cozy.

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The Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend. Here's how to watch

Friday, August 11, 2023

The Perseid meteor shower sends bright streaks shooting across the night sky. Stargazers can watch the shower peak this weekend, but the key, experts say, will be patience.

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The push to expand testing for cancer predisposition

Thursday, August 03, 2023

Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the U.S. Tests for genetic risk factors are inexpensive, and yet many people don't take them. (Story aired on All Things Considered on Aug. 1, 2023.)

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