Science & Environment

Space
5:43 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Earth Gets A Close-Up View Of Its Most Distant Neighbors

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 11:25 am

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Michel Martin, Going There
5:43 am
Tue July 14, 2015

From Fishing With Mom To Becoming A Top Fisheries Official

Mamie Parker, a fish and wildlife biologist with a doctorate in ecology, remembers a janitor at work once telling her: "No African-American woman has been in here except to clean this office."
Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 9:47 am

Mamie Parker, a former assistant director of fisheries and habitat conservation at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was the first African-American to head a regional office for that agency. But when she started out in the field, she says, she "did not see anyone that looked like me doing this type of work."

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World
4:43 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Shark Attacks Still Haunt Residents Of Reunion

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 8:33 pm

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Animals
4:43 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Florida Sea Turtles Stage Amazing Comeback

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

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All Tech Considered
3:49 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

#RaceOnTech: How An Early Love Of Math Led Her To The Role Of CEO

Dr. Lisa Dyson is the CEO of Kiverdi, a next-generation sustainable oil company that converts CO2 and waste carbon gases into oils using biotechnology.
Maurice Dean Courtesy of Lisa Dyson

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 10:03 am

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The Two-Way
2:48 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Planet Or Not, Icy Pluto To Finally Get Its Day In The Sun

Technicians prepped the New Horizons spacecraft on Nov. 4, 2005, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Fired into space in 2006, the probe is scheduled to finally get close to Pluto on Tuesday.
John Raoux AP

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 8:30 pm

Alice Bowman oversees daily operations for NASA's mission to Pluto. Her language is peppered with technical terms — like "astronomical units" and "aim points."

But there's one piece of scientific nomenclature you won't hear coming from Bowman's lips: dwarf planet.

"Pluto is a planet," she says. "And that's the way I will always think of it."

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Research News
5:04 am
Mon July 13, 2015

Now You See It, Some Day You Won't: Scientists Get Closer To Invisibility

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

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Shots - Health News
5:04 am
Mon July 13, 2015

Should More Women Give Birth Outside The Hospital?

Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 12:48 pm

A recent recommendation from doctors in the United Kingdom raised eyebrows in the United States: The British National Health Service says healthy women with straightforward pregnancies are better off staying out of the hospital to deliver their babies.

That's heresy, obstetrician Dr. Neel Shah first thought. In the United States, 99 percent of babies are born in hospitals.

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Code Switch
7:49 am
Sun July 12, 2015

Outdoor Afro: Busting Stereotypes That Black People Don't Hike Or Camp

Tamara Johnson is a new Outdoor Afro leader in Atlanta.
Shereen Marisol Meraji NPR

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 2:36 pm

In 2009, Rue Mapp was thinking about business school, weighing the pros and cons, and wondering if it was the right choice. The former Morgan Stanley analyst turned to her mentor for advice. But rather than give her an answer, her mentor asked a question: If you could be doing anything right now, what would it be?

Just like that, Mapp knew an MBA wasn't in her near future. Instead, she decided to combine everything she loved — from nature to community to technology — into an organization that would reconnect African-Americans to the outdoors.

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Shots - Health News
9:01 am
Sat July 11, 2015

Trying To Remember Multiple Things May Be The Best Way To Forget Them

Leigh Wells Ikon Images/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 2:35 pm

Our days are full of things to remember, and they don't always arrive in an orderly fashion. Perhaps you begin your commute home and remember that you need to pick up milk. But then immediately, another to-do springs to mind: You never called back your friend last week. You may try to hold both in your head, but in the end the milk, the phone call or both still sometimes fall away, forgotten.

A new scientific model of forgetting is taking shape, which suggests keeping multiple memories or tasks in mind simultaneously can actually erode them.

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