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Yesterday โ€” September 19th 2018NPR Science

DNA Test Helps Conservationists Track Down Ivory Smugglers

By Christopher Joyce
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers display ivory seized from poachers around the country. KWS has played a critical role in carrying out operations against poachers.

The cartels that run the ivory trade try to cover their tracks — among other things, they smuggle tusks from the same elephant separately. But DNA testing can help find patterns.

(Image credit: Simon Maina/Getty Images)

  • September 19th 2018 at 21:57

Experts Are Underwhelmed By North Korea's Promise To Dismantle Missile Site

By Geoff Brumfiel
The Sohae Satellite Launching Station was the site of North Korea

North Korea had already promised to dismantle part of the site. Now, with fanfare, it's offering to let the world watch — which analysts say is not that much of a step forward.

(Image credit: David Guttenfelder/AP)

  • September 19th 2018 at 21:38

Do IVF And Other Infertility Tech Lead To Health Risks For The Baby? Maybe

By Mara Gordon
A Swiss study tracking the health of a group of children conceived via assisted reproductive technology found that a surprising number developed premature aging of their blood vessels. Now in their teens, 15 percent have hypertension.

A small study of teens who were conceived via assisted reproductive technology finds a significant number already have hypertension and premature "age-related changes" in their blood vessels.

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  • September 19th 2018 at 18:25

Have A Cool Idea To Help End World Hunger? Pitch It To The U.N.

By Vicky Hallett
A World Food Programme convoy carries humanitarian aid to Aleppo, Syria. Getting food into conflict zones is a major hurdle — and a topic of discussion at the WFP

At the World Food Programme's Innovation Accelerator, teams test out new proposals to stop hunger. Anyone can submit an idea. And September deadlines are coming up.

(Image credit: Cem Genco/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

  • September 19th 2018 at 17:41

Spock's Fictional Home Planet Discovered

Gene Roddenberry once declared that if Spock's fictional home planet Vulcan did exist, it would probably orbit the star called 40 Eridani A. Astronomers have now found this star does have a planet.

  • September 19th 2018 at 11:18

Whales And Navy Sonar

By Steve Walsh

The Navy is rolling out its latest plan to manage wildlife in training waters. After years of legal battles, some environmentalists worry the Navy is backsliding in its latest plan.

  • September 19th 2018 at 11:08

Tougher Laws On Pipeline Protests Face Test In Louisiana

By Travis Lux
Protesters disrupt construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in early September. Trespassing near pipelines is now a felony offense in Louisiana, punishable by up to five years in prison.

A number of states are making it harder to protest the construction of oil and gas pipelines. Recent felony arrests in Louisiana could be a test case for these tougher new laws.

(Image credit: Travis Lux/WWNO)

  • September 19th 2018 at 11:08

Trump Administration Eases Regulation Of Methane Leaks On Public Lands

By Jennifer Ludden
A gas flare at a natural gas processing facility near Williston, N.D. The Trump administration wants to ease regulations on methane emissions from energy production on public lands.

The proposal to reduce limits on methane emissions from oil and gas operations on public land is the latest move to roll back Obama-era climate regulations.

(Image credit: Matthew Brown/AP)

  • September 19th 2018 at 02:17

Harvard Psychology Professor Discusses How Trauma Affects Memory

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with clinical psychologist Richard McNally about memory retention following traumatic events in light of the sexual assault accusations brought against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

  • September 18th 2018 at 23:38

Why The Way Hurricanes Are Classified Can Be Deceptive

Meteorologists have been using a nearly 50-year-old scale to measure the wind speed and storm surge of a hurricane. But it's not a good measure for rain, which can often become the most dangerous aspect of a storm.

  • September 18th 2018 at 23:38
Before yesterdayNPR Science

Tech In Times Of Trouble

Natural disaster? There's an app for that.

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  • September 17th 2018 at 16:18

Researchers Explore Gender Disparities In The Art World

By Shankar Vedantam
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Researchers studied nearly 2 million art auction sales and found paintings by women fetched less money than paintings by men. Disparities that plague parts of the economy also affect the art world.

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  • September 18th 2018 at 11:03

This Rapper Tried To Use Neuroscience To Get Over Her Ex

By Adam Cole
Dessa went looking for the source of love in her brain, and then turned to the frontiers of neuroscience to try and heal a broken heart.

Dessa is a singer and writer from Minneapolis who spent years trying to fall out of love and get over her ex. Nothing seemed to help — until she visited a research lab for a brain scan.

(Image credit: Adam Cole/NPR's Skunk Bear)

  • September 18th 2018 at 11:00

Japanese Billionaire Books First Moonshot Aboard SpaceX's 'Big Falcon Rocket'

By Giles Snyder
SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk, left, shakes hands with Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, right, on Monday, after announcing that he will be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon.

Yusaku Maezawa would be the first person since 1972 to travel around the moon and the first-ever private citizen to do it. He was introduced at SpaceX headquarters near Los Angeles Monday night.

(Image credit: Chris Carlson/AP)

  • September 18th 2018 at 08:59

After Mysterious Closure, Solar Observatory In New Mexico Reopens

By Laurel Wamsley
The Dunn Solar Telescope in Sunspot, N.M. The site was closed for over a week after a security threat.

A telescope in Sunspot, N.M., will have additional security for now, after "an unusual number of visitors" showed up at the site. Conspiracy theories had proliferated about its sudden closing.

(Image credit: NSO/AURA/NSF)

  • September 17th 2018 at 21:44

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Examines The 'Unspoken Alliance' Between Science And War

By Dave Davies

In his new book, Accessory to War, the astrophysicist argues that people who work in his field are often complicit to military development — despite being overwhelmingly liberal and anti-war.

  • September 17th 2018 at 19:26

Childhood Trauma And Its Lifelong Health Effects More Prevalent Among Minorities

By Tara Haelle
Nearly 62 percent of respondents had at least one ACE and a quarter reported three or more. The remaining respondents had at least two ACEs, including 16 percent with four or more such experiences.

The largest study of its kind shows a high prevalence of adverse childhood experiences — or ACEs — across the population, but especially among some vulnerable groups.

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  • September 17th 2018 at 18:20

'Accessory To War' An Uncomfortable Wake-Up Call For Some

By Marcelo Gleiser
Neil deGrasse Tyson attends Film Independent at LACMA presents StarTalk — A Conversation with Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, on June 5 in Los Angeles.

An "unspoken alliance" between scientists and the military had been brewing for millennia prior to Hiroshima. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang excel at detailing this union and its possible future.

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  • September 17th 2018 at 16:47

Ticket To Ride: Pot Sellers Put Seniors On The Canna-Bus

By Stephanie O'Neill
Megan Baker (left) of Papa & Barkley Co., a Cannabis company based in Eureka, Calif., shows Shirley Avedon of Laguna Woods different products intended to help with pain relief.

Marijuana dispensaries are reaching out to seniors seeking help with the aches and pains of aging. They're discovering an array of products and some interesting side effects.

(Image credit: Stephanie O'Neill for NPR)

  • September 17th 2018 at 10:45

Giant 'Pac-Man' Launched To Gobble Garbage Patch

Last Saturday, the nonprofit Ocean Cleanup dispatched a device to help clean up litter in the Pacific Ocean. NPR's Michel Martin talks with Boyan Slat, the young CEO who came up with the idea.

  • September 16th 2018 at 23:15
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