Science

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July 22, 2014 | NPR · This may be the most heart-rending, most beautiful eclipse in our solar system. But you can’t travel to see it. Not yet.
 

July 22, 2014 | NPR · The Rosetta spacecraft hibernated for 31 months while its orbit took it too far away from the sun for its solar arrays to keep it operational. It’s ready for a rendezvous with a comet Aug. 6.
 

July 20, 2014 | NPR · On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11′s Lunar Module, Eagle, touched down in the moon’s Sea of Tranquility, marking humankind’s first journey to another world.
 

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July 20, 2014 | NPR · Forty-five years after man first walked on the moon, Alan Bean, who was part of the second lunar landing, talks to NPR’s Arun Rath about his stormy launch and how he translates space travel into art.
 

July 19, 2014 | NPR · Sunday is the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. NPR’s Scott Simon talks with Buzz Aldrin about his new YouTube channel, where anyone can share memories from the historic day.
 

July 17, 2014 | NPR · The traditional Japanese art of folding paper is now adding grace and ease to the deployment of fragile solar panels, seismometers and other vital instruments in outer space.
 

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July 17, 2014 | NPR · It’s not a plot from a Bond film: Zapping diamonds could tell researchers more about the insides of giant planets.
 

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July 16, 2014 | NPR · The year he landed on the moon, astronaut Neil Armstrong was famous, iconic, an American hero. One year later he wasn’t. In 1970, how many people remembered his name? This will surprise you.
 

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July 13, 2014 | NPR · It takes a long time to travel 3 billion miles. On July 14, 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will finally get a flyby glimpse of the dwarf planet, as part of a mission launched in 2006.
 

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July 13, 2014 | NPR · The rocket, built by commercial firm Orbital Sciences, carries an unmanned Cygnus capsule. It lifted off from a pad at Wallops Island, Va.
 

 

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July 22, 2014 | NPR · Would you be a better cook if you could see your food on the grill without lifting the lid? We take a peek under the hood of an innovative glass-top grill that claims to help prevent the dreaded burn.
 

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July 22, 2014 | NPR · What does a 20 percent chance of rain or snow actually mean? Interpreting probabilities in forecasts can be hard even for mathematicians and meteorologists — never mind the average person.
 

July 22, 2014 | NPR · Robert McDonald, President Obama’s nominee to run the Department of Veterans Affairs, is appearing before the Senate for his confirmation hearing. He faces the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.
 

Arts & Life

July 22, 2014 | NPR · Arthur Allen’s new book, The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl, describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis.
 

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July 22, 2014 | NPR · This year’s Television Critics Association press tour found networks pitching hard for the view beyond overnight ratings. But getting the right number isn’t the end of the issue.
 

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July 22, 2014 | NPR · In 1990 when the episode first aired, AIDS testing was still new, and myths and misinformation ran rampant. But Rose, Blanche, Dorothy and Sophia taught us that AIDS can happen to anyone.
 

Music

July 22, 2014 | NPR · On a visit to a Washington Nationals game, Robert Siegel was struck by the singer of the national anthem — by his baritone and his apt name: D.C. Washington. So, he invited Washington to the studio.
 

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July 22, 2014 | NPR · A pine tree planted in Los Angeles in memory of George Harrison is one of several brought down in Griffith Park by an infestation of beetles.
 

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July 22, 2014 | NPR · The “boom-chicka-boom” of Johnny Cash’s guitar. The ghostly echo on Elvis Presley’s voice. More than 60 years after these early recordings, the studio is still making music the old-fashioned way.
 

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