Science & Environment

The Two-Way
9:58 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Solar Airplane's Round-The-World Trip Is Halted Until 2016

The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Hawaii in early July. The team behind the sun-powered airplane says it will be grounded until next spring.
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Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 11:51 am

Battery problems on the Solar Impulse, the airplane that has been flying around the world using only the sun's power, have grounded the plane until next spring. The lithium-ion batteries overheated on a recent five-day trip from Japan to Hawaii.

"Irreversible damage to certain parts of the batteries will require repairs which will take several months," organizers said early Wednesday, ending hopes of finishing what would be a record-setting trip by late summer.

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The Salt
5:08 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Hey Yogurt-Maker, Where'd You Get Those Microbes?

Historic yogurt-making cultures held by Mirjana Curic-Bawden.
Dan Charles NPR

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 8:25 am

Yogurt is a truly living food. The bacteria that transform milk into this thick and sour food also provide a sense of mystique.

For Atanas Valev, they carry the taste and smell of his homeland, Bulgaria. "It's just the smell of the fermented milk. It's tart, tangy tart. That's what yogurt should taste like," he says.

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Around the Nation
5:08 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Pluto Discoverer's Hometown Throws Big Bash For (Non-Dwarf!) Planet

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 11:21 pm

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Humans
5:08 am
Wed July 15, 2015

No. 1 With A Bullet Point: To Get Research Cited, Make Sure It's Listed First

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 8:25 am

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Space
4:58 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

NASA Spacecraft Flies Past Pluto After 10-Year Journey

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 12:38 am

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Energy
4:31 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

After Nuclear Deal, Iranian Oil Could Flow At Molasses Pace

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 7:18 pm

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Space
4:31 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

How Long Would It Take To Drive To Pluto?

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 7:18 pm

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So how will New Horizons impact your life? Well, the next time the kids ask, are we there yet, you can tell them about the distance New Horizons traveled to get to the far reaches of outer space. Astrophysicist Adam Frank helps us wrap our brains around it.

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Shots - Health News
2:59 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

When Weed Is The Cure: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

Cover art from Stoned.
Current

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 11:25 am

A year and a half ago, Dr. David Casarett did not take medical marijuana very seriously. "When I first started this project, I really thought of medical marijuana as a joke," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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The Two-Way
9:41 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Pluto Mission Gets A Poetic Tribute

The last image of Pluto taken by New Horizons.
NASA

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 10:48 am

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The Two-Way
8:54 am
Tue July 14, 2015

NASA Zooms In On Pluto, For Closest Views Yet

An image of Pluto that was taken by New Horizons shortly before its flyby Tuesday shows a heart-shaped pattern on the planet's surface. NASA says Pluto "sent a love note back to Earth."
NASA/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 9:50 pm

New images of Pluto have arrived from a NASA space probe, and they're already allowing scientists to update what we know about the dwarf planet — such as its size. NASA's New Horizons probe has traveled more than 3 billion miles to send photos and data about Pluto back to Earth.

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