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November 14, 2019
How can you tell if you have the flu or a cold? Why does your arm hurt after a flu shot? Can getting the shot give you the flu? We answer your flu-related listener questions.
November 13, 2019
Why some scientists are concerned that heavy satellite traffic could permanently alter their ability to observe the night sky.
November 12, 2019
Why it's a problem that cows are so genetically similar, and what scientists are trying to do about it.
November 11, 2019
A lot of the stuff we buy in the U.S. comes by ship — ships that use a particularly dirty kind of fuel. Now a big shipping company says it wants to go zero carbon.
November 8, 2019
Helium is the second-most common element in the cosmos, but it's far rarer on planet Earth.
November 7, 2019
What happens after a whale dies? Their carcasses, known as "whale falls," provide a sudden, concentrated source of food for organisms in the deep sea.
November 6, 2019
An invasive species has no natural predators here. Yet.
November 5, 2019
It's official. The U.S. has notified the United Nations it wants to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the global accord to fight climate change.
November 5, 2019
It's official. The U.S. has notified the United Nations it wants to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the global accord to fight climate change.
November 4, 2019
A groundbreaking gene-editing technique could change the way we treat genetic diseases.
November 1, 2019
Why do some people seek out scary experiences? Turns out, some of us may be more wired to crave the thrill.
October 31, 2019
Ed Yong, science reporter for The Atlantic, creeps us out with real zombies of the animal kingdom.
October 30, 2019
We learn some crow facts and leave it to you — do crows deserve their creepy reputation?
October 29, 2019
Californians face a terrible new normal as wildfire season grows longer and more intense. We explore three key factors at the heart of the state's high wildfire risk.
October 29, 2019
Californians face a terrible new normal as wildfire season grows longer and more intense. We explore three key factors at the heart of the state's high wildfire risk.
October 28, 2019
The MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" winners were announced this fall. Meet two who study oceans.
October 25, 2019
Nazi Germany tried to build a nuclear reactor. How evidence of that effort was almost lost to history.
October 24, 2019
University and military researchers are studying how attackers could hack into AI systems by exploiting how these systems learn. It's known as "adversarial AI."
October 23, 2019
The Trump Administration wants to eliminate a ban on logging in the Tongass National Forest. We talk to an Alaskan worried about the future of America's largest rainforest.
October 22, 2019
We hear from NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir. They completed the first all-female spacewalk last week.
October 21, 2019
The cartoonist behind the popular internet comic has a new book called How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems.
October 18, 2019
Pioneering ecologist Nalini Nadkarni takes us up into the canopy — the area above the forest floor — where she helped research and document this unexplored ecosystem.
October 17, 2019
A trend for some is a sensory pleasure-trigger for others.
October 16, 2019
Amid an outbreak of lung injury cases, there's a new spotlight on vaping.
October 16, 2019
Amid an outbreak of lung injury cases, there's a new spotlight on vaping.
October 15, 2019
How could a magic mushroom trip help people beat addiction? We talk to a patient who used a chemical in 'shrooms to help her quit smoking.
October 6, 2019
Short Wave, NPR's new daily science podcast, starts October 15th. Join host Maddie Sofia, Monday through Friday. Subscribe now.
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