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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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Testing your genes for cancer risk is way cheaper now — and it could save your life

Wednesday, August 02, 2023

Millions of people in the U.S. have a genetic variant that raises their risk of cancer. Genetic testing can help people find cancer earlier and seek treatment. But many patients aren't offered it.

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The push to expand testing for cancer predisposition

Tuesday, August 01, 2023

Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the U.S., and 10% of it comes from inherited gene mutations. Tests for genetic risk factors are inexpensive, and yet many people don't take them.

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Stone countertop workers are getting sick and dying due to exposure to silica dust

Monday, July 31, 2023

A study examines the toll of silicosis on stone workers. Dozens of young Latino men in California developed severe lung disease and at least 10 died. (Story aired on ATC on July 24, 2023.)

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How to maximize your summer meteor gazing

Saturday, July 29, 2023

It's the time of year when many people look to the skies in search of shooting stars. We learn a few tricks to get the best view of incoming meteors.

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Stone countertop workers are getting sick and dying due to exposure to silica dust

Monday, July 24, 2023

A new study from UCSF/UCLA looks at the toll of silicosis on stone workers. Dozens of young Latino men in California have developed severe lung disease and at least 10 have died.

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Young men making quartz countertops are facing lung damage. One state is taking action

Monday, July 24, 2023

Countertops made of the engineered stone "quartz" are incredibly popular, but public health experts say cutting this material unsafely can expose workers to deadly dust.

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Against all odds, the rare Devils Hole pupfish keeps on swimming

Friday, July 07, 2023

The Devils Hole pupfish's natural habitat is a single water-filled hole in a cave in the Nevada desert. Its numbers at one point dwindled to just 35 animals. How does it manage to survive?

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The iconic Devils Hole pupfish somehow keeps hanging in there

Thursday, July 06, 2023

The Devils Hole pupfish's natural habitat is a single water-filled hole in a cave in the Nevada desert. Its numbers at one point dwindled to just 35 animals. How does it manage to survive?

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Our own Milky Way is sending out neutrinos, the so-called 'ghost particles'

Thursday, June 29, 2023

Scientists have detected these strange particles from outer space before, but this is the first time they've caught cosmic neutrinos from our own Milky Way

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Scientists have found signs of a new kind of gravitational wave. It's really big

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Scientists say they've found evidence of a very long gravitational wave that could open a window onto supermassive black holes — and perhaps even other extreme, unseen objects in the universe.

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Monarch butterflies' white spots may help them fly farther, scientists say

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Researchers find that the white spots on the wings of monarch butterflies may help them fly farther. (Story first aired on All Things Considered on June 21, 2023.)

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Monarch butterflies' white spots may help them fly farther, scientists say

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Monarch butterflies with more white spots on their mostly orange-and-black wings are more successful at long-distance migration. Some scientists think the spots may affect airflow around their wings.

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Humans traveled less during COVID restrictions. Animals traveled more

Thursday, June 08, 2023

Animals being tracked by scientists tended to travel longer distances in the early months of the pandemic, when people stayed home. The wildlife also ventured closer to roads.

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For Black drivers, a police officer's first 45 words are a sign of what's to come

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

A study finds a Black driver is more likely to face being searched, handcuffed or arrested when an officer's first words are commands rather than a greeting. (Story aired on ATC on May 29, 2023.)

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For Black drivers, a police officer's first 45 words are a portent of what's to come

Monday, May 29, 2023

A Black driver is more likely to face being searched, handcuffed, or arrested when a police officer's first words are commands rather than a greeting or an explanation.

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