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Massive Gas Leak In Los Angeles Temporarily Plugged After Nearly 4 Months
02/12/2016 9:35 PM
Crews are working to permanently plug the methane gas leak that has forced hundreds from their homes in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles. Southern California Gas Company says the leak was temporarily fixed Thursday, after nearly four months of spewing methane into the air.
Ready, Set, Watch: The Great Backyard Bird Count Starts Today
02/12/2016 8:59 PM
The annual event invites bird-watchers of all levels to count the birds in their backyards, and submit the data to researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.
Einstein, A Hunch And Decades of Work: How Scientists Found Gravitational Waves
02/12/2016 7:55 PM
Behind the headlines and press conferences announcing the discovery were decades of hard work, hundreds of scientists and more than a billion dollars in taxpayer funds.
History-Making Philae Lander Faces 'Eternal Hibernation' On Comet
02/12/2016 3:43 PM
A tweet issued by the European Space Agency today includes a cartoon showing the Rosetta orbiter thinking about its little lander taking a nap on the comet's cold surface.
Astronaut 'Graffiti' Seen For The First Time In Decades
02/12/2016 11:00 AM
The crew of Apollo 11 drew a calendar on the wall of their command module, as well as a tribute to the spacecraft, and numbers and other information jotted down from mission control communications.
As Black Holes Collide, Scientists Detect Gravitational Waves
02/12/2016 10:04 AM
Scientists have seen gravitational ripples from two black holes colliding. The discovery is the culmination of decades of work. Albert Einstein first predicted such ripples should exist a century ago.
Don't Be A Stupid Cupid! Hear How Not To Buy A Selfish Valentine's Day Gift
02/12/2016 10:04 AM
Social scientists have been studying Valentine's Day gifts, and research shows: The more you love someone, the more likely you might be to give selfish gifts.
Science Seeks Clues To Human Health In Neanderthal DNA
02/11/2016 11:37 PM
Some of the genetic variations in human DNA that have been linked to quick clotting or depression or diabetes lie within or near the genetic stretches we picked up from Neanderthals, a study finds.
Physicist Reacts To Discovery Of Gravitational Waves
02/11/2016 9:27 PM
For Cal Tech scientist Yanbei Chen, the announcement of the discovery of gravitational waves wasn't a surprise. He first heard the news in September, but had to keep it secret for months.
How Can We Ensure Our Survival As A Species?
02/11/2016 6:45 PM
Astronomer and cosmologist Lord Martin Rees asks whether our species will endure despite the many existential threats we face.
Citrus In The Snow: Geothermal Greenhouses Grow Local Produce In Winter
02/11/2016 5:34 PM
Greenhouses could make local fruits and vegetables more available year-round, but they're energy intense. In the Midwest, some growers tap into the Earth's internal heat to warm the structures.
In Milestone, Scientists Detect Gravitational Waves As Black Holes Collide
02/11/2016 3:30 PM
A U.S.-led team says it has seen waves in space-time from two black holes merging together. It is the first time humanity has directly detected such waves.
Love Giant Insects? Meet The Tree Lobster, Back From The Brink
02/11/2016 10:08 AM
The 8-inch insect nearly went extinct when hungry rats overran its island. But Melbourne scientists found a few in 2001 and started a thriving colony. Now the San Diego Zoo is hatching them, too.
Scientists In Los Angeles Measure Environmental Effects Of Gas Leak
02/10/2016 9:24 PM
More than 95,000 metric tons of methane has leaked from a natural gas well in Los Angeles since late October, and the leak still has not been fixed. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Stephen Conley of the University of California, Davis, and Rob Jackson, an environmental scientist at Stanford University.
Coal Country Reacts To Supreme Court Stay On Obama Clean Power Plan
02/10/2016 9:24 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court has put a hold on the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, which would significantly regulate coal, after 27 states sued over the proposal. Among them was Wyoming, which produces more coal than any other state. NPR reports on how the court's stay is being received in coal producing states.




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