Science

NASA/JPL-Caltech
October 18, 2014 | NPR · A “mountain-sized” comet known as Siding Spring will pass very close to the red planet, where orbiters from the U.S., Europe and India, hope to get close – but not too close — to the action.
 

October 17, 2014 | NPR · NASA says it plans to replace the digital countdown timer that’s featured prominently in broadcasts and images of Kennedy Space Center launches ever since the second moon landing mission 45 years ago.
 

AP
October 14, 2014 | NPR · There are many theories about what exactly the unmanned X-37B is doing as it circles the Earth on long-duration missions.
 

October 13, 2014 | NPR · Starting Wednesday, six “astronauts” will live in a geodesic dome on a remote volcanic outcrop in an eight-month simulation of a Mars mission. Robert Siegel talks to commander Martha Lenio.
 

The Washington Times /Landov
October 8, 2014 | NPR · The total lunar eclipse today that could be seen over North America and across the Asia-Pacific region had the added feature of a reddish hue caused by sunlight filtered through Earth’s atmosphere.
 

October 8, 2014 | NPR · After years of planning, Hawaii’s Thirty Meter Telescope broke ground Tuesday. But a group interrupted the ceremony, angry about the telescope’s location on a mountain held sacred by Native Hawaiians.
 

NASA
October 7, 2014 | NPR · Weather permitting, on Wednesday morning you’ll be able to see the second lunar eclipse visible in North America in a series of four that runs through next year.
 

September 28, 2014 | NPR · Let’s compare two kinds of nothing: an empty patch of deep space and an empty piece of paper that was once beautiful. There’s nothing to see in either. Or is there?
 

AFP/Getty Images
September 27, 2014 | NPR · A U.S. probe cost $637 million to get to Mars; an Indian mission cost about a tenth as much. There are at least a few reasons why, both teams agree — starting with the differing shapes of each orbit.
 

LA Johnson/NPR
September 24, 2014 | NPR · The World Maker Faire comes to one of the nation’s most diverse neighborhoods.
 

 

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News

AP
October 22, 2014 | NPR · State and local health officials will begin monitoring all passengers entering the U.S. from countries hard hit from Ebola. The monitoring will last for 21 days.
 

AP
October 22, 2014 | NPR · A month after a man armed with a knife leapt the White House fence and got deep into the first floor of the building, another man made a run across the north lawn Wednesday night.
 

AP
October 22, 2014 | NPR · The St. Louis Post-Disptatch has obtained an autopsy report on the shooting of Michael Brown. It leaves a lot of questions about the shooting of the 18-year-old by Officer Darren Wilson.
 

Arts & Life

Luma Bites
October 22, 2014 | NPR · Two entrepreneurs have developed new tricks to make food that’s literally illuminating, using ingredients that are as natural and unprocessed as possible. It’s just basic food chemistry, folks.
 

October 22, 2014 | NPR · When Gerard Russell was a diplomat in the Middle East, he met followers of ancient religions facing extinction. His new book includes the origins of the Yazidis, who are fleeing the Islamic State.
 

October 22, 2014 | NPR · Atavist Books launched with aims of upending the print-first publishing model. Now it’s announcing its plans to close. Meanwhile, partnerships between public libraries and airports are taking off.
 

Music

October 22, 2014 | NPR · Steven Ellison has built an impressive reputation among critics and fans in the know for mixing hip hop, jazz and electronica into something original. But even for the aforementioned followers, the new album from Ellison — better-known as Flying Lotus — is a surprise. It’s all about death, not as something to be mourned but as a journey to be anticipated.
 

Mountain Stage
October 22, 2014 | NPR · The West Virginia natives, both widely respected in the world of string-band music, perform live.
 

Courtesy of the artist
October 22, 2014 | WXPN · The rootsy folk-rock band formed after its singer heard a harpist through his apartment wall.
 

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