Science

April 15, 2014 | NPR · After spending eight months on a Japanese space expedition, a cherry pit that’s now four years old has mysteriously blossomed six years before it was due.
 

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
April 15, 2014 | NPR · The Cassini spacecraft spotted a disturbance in the sixth planet’s outermost main ring that is thought to be caused by a tiny moon.
 

April 14, 2014 | NPR · Audie Cornish speaks with Fred Espenak, scientist emeritus at NASA Goddard, also known as “Mr. Eclipse,” about the lunar eclipse that will happen Monday night.
 

AFP/Getty Images
April 14, 2014 | NPR · The weather may play havoc with the sky-watching on the East Coast, though much of the Midwest and West ought to get a good view.
 

AP
April 11, 2014 | NPR · The lunar eclipse peaks late Monday or early Tuesday, depending on your time zone. It begins a so-called tetrad of four eclipses occurring roughly six months apart.
 

UPI/Landov
April 8, 2014 | NPR · Scientist Lawrence Krauss says clips of him were “mined” to lend credibility to The Principle, a film he describes as “stupid” and “unbelievable.”
 

NASA
April 8, 2014 | NPR · NASA says the Western Pacific island of Nishino-shima has merged with its newly created volcanic companion, forming one larger landmass.
 

AP
April 4, 2014 | NPR · There’s a large body of liquid water under the moon’s south pole, according to new research. Perhaps most exciting to scientists is that where there’s liquid water, there just might be life.
 

National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
April 3, 2014 | NPR · Curators say they’ll use the big grant from Boeing to better highlight how exploratory flight — from the Spirit of St. Louis to the Starship Enterprise — has transformed the world.
 

Getty Images
April 2, 2014 | NPR · Risks to astronauts on extended missions include vision impairment, weakened bones and radiation exposure. There are also psychological risks from facing danger while being stuck inside a small craft.
 

 

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News

Reuters/Landov
April 17, 2014 | NPR · Divers are having difficulty getting into the capsized ship. It was sailing to a resort island Wednesday when disaster struck. Most of the passengers were high school students on a school trip.
 

AP
April 17, 2014 | NPR · Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
 

AP
April 17, 2014 | NPR · The two cases are the first in the country since 1999. The virus spread from neighboring Cameroon. When polio is on the move in Central Africa, the toll can be tragic.
 

Arts & Life

April 17, 2014 | NPR · Mimi Pond’s graphic memoir is a rose (or in this case aqua) tinted recollection of her time waitressing at a bohemian diner in Oakland in the 1970s. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says it’s a sweet tribute.
 

Courtesy of Random House
April 16, 2014 | NPR · Ellah Allfrey reviews Kinder Than Solitude, by Yiyun Li.
 

Courtesy of the San Gennaro Catacombs
April 16, 2014 | NPR · A priest in Naples’ tough Sanità neighborhood has put local kids — some from mob families — to work restoring underground catacombs full of early Christian art. The result? 40,000 tourists a year.
 

Music

Mountain Stage
April 16, 2014 | NPR · Though he’s not even halfway through his 20s, some are already beginning to think of singer-songwriter Noah Gunderson as a veteran musician. Today he performs with his sister, Abby.
 

Courtesy of the artist
April 16, 2014 | NPR · Today’s show features great solo artists and duos in uncluttered acoustic arrangements.
 

Mountain Stage
April 16, 2014 | NPR · Singer, songwriter and guitarist David Broza brings his worldly sound and message to Mountain Stage. In this set, he plays original songs and a reworking of Pink Floyd’s “Mother.”
 

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