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Yesterday โ€” July 21st 2019NPR Science

Once Nearly Dead As The Dodo, California Condor Comeback Reaches 1,000 Chicks

By Scott Simon
In this May 13 photo provided by the National Park Service, this female California condor spreads her wings. Biologists have confirmed that she laid an egg that has hatched and there is a new baby condor at Zion National Park.

In the 1980s, there were less than two dozen California Condors left. Today, more than 500 exist in the world, thanks to the efforts of conservationists.

(Image credit: National Park Service/AP)

  • July 21st 2019 at 19:34
Before yesterdayNPR Science

Space Spinoffs: The Technology To Reach The Moon Was Put To Use Back On Earth

By Jacob Margolis, KPCC
Freeze-dried foods were perfect for the weight-conscious Apollo missions, in which the spacecraft needed to stay lean enough to get to the moon and back.

Project Apollo spurred on a technological revolution — everything from advances in food packaging to computers. Fifty years later, we are still reaping the rewards.

(Image credit: Lily Padula For NPR)

  • July 20th 2019 at 14:42

Hawaiian Activists Protest Construction Of World's Largest Telescope In State

By Ryan Finnerty

Native Hawaiian activists are protesting to prevent the construction of the world's largest telescope on Hawaii's tallest mountain. Now, authorities appear poised to break up the protests.

  • July 19th 2019 at 22:09

An Imagined Future Speaks In 'Talking To Robots'

By Adam Frank
An imagined future speaks in David Ewing Duncan

If you want to see what that future might look like, David Ewing Duncan's book is a fun place to start; he envisions various bots based on interviews with scientists and engineers, among others.

(Image credit: Westend61/Getty Images/Westend61)

  • July 19th 2019 at 20:26

Is Climate Change Our No. 1 National Security Threat?

The president has called climate change a hoax, but many in the military consider it a threat we must fight.

(Image credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • July 18th 2019 at 16:06

'Fresh Air' Commemorates The 50th Anniversary Of Apollo 11's Moon Landing

By Terry Gross

We listen to archival interviews with Michael Collins, of Apollo 11; Alan Shepard, the first American in space; Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield; and Chuck Yeager, who first broke the sound barrier.

  • July 19th 2019 at 19:44

Rogue Weedkiller Vapors Are Threatening Soybean Science

By Dan Charles
Pengyin Chen, professor of soybean breeding and genetics at the University of Missouri, in his test plots of soybeans near the town of Portageville.

Scientists at four leading universities have seen their soybean experiments injured by a stealthy vandal: drifting fumes from a weedkiller called dicamba, now popular among farmers.

(Image credit: Dan Charles/NPR)

  • July 19th 2019 at 17:26

Key Moments To The Lead-Up Of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

NPR's Noel King talks to historian Andrew Chaikin about the things that went wrong during the Apollo 11 moon landing. He wrote: Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts.

  • July 19th 2019 at 11:04

Refinery Explosions Raise New Warnings About Deadly Chemical

By Susan Phillips
Flames and smoke emerge from the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in Philadelphia on June 21. Experts say the explosions could have been far more devastating if deadly hydrogen fluoride had been released.

Chemical experts say recent refinery explosions could have been far more devastating if deadly hydrogen fluoride was released. Some are calling for a ban on the chemical.

(Image credit: Matt Rourke/AP)

  • July 19th 2019 at 11:00

Kids And Grownups Alike Wowed By Rocket Projected On The Washington Monument

By Martin Austermuhle

In Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian is treating visitors to exhibits celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. After dark an image of the rocket is projected on the Washington Monument.

  • July 18th 2019 at 23:24

Meet John Houbolt: He Figured Out How To Go To The Moon, But Few Were Listening

By Scott Neuman
American aerospace engineer John Houbolt as he stands at a chalkboard in July 1962 showing his lunar orbit rendezvous plan for landing astronauts on the moon.

In the early 1960s, NASA was considering three different ideas for landing a man on the lunar surface. Houbolt's plan ultimately won out despite concerns within NASA that it was too risky.

(Image credit: NASA/LARC/Bob Nye/PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

  • July 18th 2019 at 14:00

If We All Ate Enough Fruits And Vegetables, There'd Be Big Shortages

By Allison Aubrey
Researchers project that by 2050, an estimated 1.5 billion more people will live in places with insufficient supply of fruits and vegetables to meet their daily intake recommendations – unless challenges such as food waste and improved productivity are solved.

There's already not enough produce for everyone in the world to get the daily recommended amount. Two new studies urge revamping the food system to feed the growing population and protect the planet.

(Image credit: Wanwisa Hernandez/EyeEm/Getty Images)

  • July 18th 2019 at 00:30

Spacesuit Worn By Neil Armstrong Continues To Inspire

By Chloe Veltman

The spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore on the moon is iconic and continues to be the standard for crafting space garb.

  • July 14th 2019 at 14:21

Telescope In Chile's Mountains Looks For Signals To Explain How The Universe Began

By Joe Palca

There's a telescope high up in the mountains of Chile that's looking for signals from the earliest moments of the universe. Finding these signals would be key to explaining how the universe began.

  • July 17th 2019 at 22:32

Top EPA Scientific Integrity Official Not Allowed To Testify At House Hearing

By Rebecca Hersher

The top scientific integrity official from the Environmental Protection Agency was barred from attending a Congressional hearing on scientific integrity on Wednesday.

  • July 17th 2019 at 22:24

WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak In Congo An International Health Emergency

By Merrit Kennedy
The World Health Organization says more than 1,650 people have died from the current outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed more than 1,650 people, according to the World Health Organization. About 12 new cases are reported daily.

(Image credit: Al-hadji Kudra Maliro/AP)

  • July 17th 2019 at 20:15

Scientists Desert USDA As Agency Relocates To Kansas City Area

By Merrit Kennedy
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, shown here on Capitol Hill in April, announced last month that most staff from two USDA research agencies were being relocated to the Kansas City region.

The mandatory move imposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on most of the workers at two vital research agencies has been criticized as a "blatant attack on science."

(Image credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

  • July 17th 2019 at 12:35

Seeing Apollo Through The Eyes Of Astronauts

By Ryan Kellman
The astronauts of Apollo 11 train in various simulations.

Five former NASA astronauts who flew on space missions reflect on some of the awe-inspiring photos from Apollo 11, the first lunar landing flight.

(Image credit: NASA)

  • July 17th 2019 at 14:00

Scientists Desert USDA As Agency Relocates To Kansas City Area

By Merrit Kennedy
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, shown here on Capitol Hill in April, announced last month that most staff from two USDA research agencies were being relocated to the Kansas City region.

The mandatory move imposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on most of the workers at two vital research agencies has been criticized as a "blatant attack on science."

(Image credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

  • July 17th 2019 at 12:35

Huntsville Launches 5,000 Rockets To Commemorate Apollo 11 Anniversary

By Brett Tannehill

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch by inviting everyone to launch their own rocket. They're trying to beat the world record.

  • July 17th 2019 at 11:02
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