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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?


Say, What? Monkey Mouths And Throats Are Equipped For Speech

Friday, December 09, 2016

Monkeys weren't thought to have the right sort of vocal tracts to speak. But a study finds they can make many sounds common in human speech; it's just that their brains aren't "language ready."


A Mummy's DNA May Help Solve The Mystery Of The Origins Of Smallpox

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Scientists have found the oldest complete set of smallpox genes in a sample of skin from a mummified child in a crypt underneath a Lithuanian church.


Trump Selects Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt To Run The EPA

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has selected Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the incoming administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt is a self-avowed opponent of what he calls "the EPA's activist agenda."


Trump Picks Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt To Lead EPA

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Pruitt has made no secret of his disdain for the Environmental Protection Agency — his official biography calls him "a leading advocate against the EPA's activist agenda."


If You're Looking For Alien Life, How Will You Know If You've Found it?

Monday, December 05, 2016

Searching for alien life is harder than you might think, because whatever is out there might be really odd. So leading astrobiologists are meeting to advise NASA on how to go about looking for it.


Lab-Grown Diamonds Come Into Their Own

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Commercial labs can now make the large, clear diamonds people prize for engagement rings and other jewelry in as little as 72 hours. How will this change the diamond industry?


Encore: Scientists Discover Centuries-Long Lifespan Of Greenland Shark

Monday, November 28, 2016

The longest-living vertebrate known to science is a shark that can live centuries. This story originally aired on Aug. 11, 2016 on All Things Considered.