Science

NASA/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech
April 17, 2014 | NPR · Kepler-186f is almost the same size as Earth, and it orbits in its star’s “Goldilocks zone”– where temperatures may be just right for life. But much is unknown because it’s also 500 light-years away.
 

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.
 

 

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News

AFP/Getty Images
April 23, 2014 | NPR · Divers have found no air pockets where passengers might have taken refuge. They have, however, retrieved more bodies. The number of confirmed deaths has topped 150. An equal number remain missing.
 

The Preiser Project/Flickr
April 23, 2014 | NPR · A look at the critters that live on money finds about 3,000 types of bacteria. Most are harmless. But researchers found traces of DNA from anthrax and drug-resistant pathogens, too.
 

NPR
April 23, 2014 | NPR · Washington, Ill., lost half of its assessed property value to a tornado in November, but residents who lost everything are eager to reclaim their hometown.
 

Arts & Life

Laura B. Weiss
April 23, 2014 | NPR · The Australian state known for its marsupial “devil” has a local food scene that might be described as heavenly. If you can’t try it person, get a taste with these Tasmania-inspired recipes.
 

Fox
April 23, 2014 | NPR · Fox has started releasing images from an upcoming episode of The Simpsons that renders the family in Lego pieces. And as always, all rights are carefully reserved.
 

Getty Images
April 23, 2014 | NPR · Also: a previously unpublished story by Shirley Jackson; tips to tell whether you are in a Charles Dickens novel.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
April 23, 2014 | NPR · The new video from London-based duo Cloud Boat, for their new single “Carmine,” unfolds in an eerie laundromat, where customers channel the hauntingly beautiful voice of singer Tom Clarke.
 

Mountain Stage
April 22, 2014 | NPR · The decorated Americana musician returns to Mountain Stage to play songs from his upcoming album, Single Mothers.
 

April 22, 2014 | NPR · Caetano Veloso has been making music for over 40 years, and he’s among the best known singers in his native Brazil. Veloso’s new album, Abracaco, is one of the most engaging in his epic career.
 

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