Science

NASA
March 28, 2015 | NPR · Researchers have finally determined the length of a day on the ringed planet (gas shrouds any landmarks, so it was tough). Precision matters: A faster spin influences the speed of surface winds.
 

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · Two physicists keen to detect a a very rare, high energy particle think you and I can help. The researchers are working on an app that would allow any smartphone to detect rare particles from space.
 

NASA/Bill Ingalls
March 27, 2015 | NPR · During astronaut Scott Kelly’s year in space, scientists will compare his physiology with that of his twin brother, Mark, to study the effect of prolonged space flight on the human body.
 

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March 20, 2015 | NPR · The eclipse, total in some areas far north and partial for many others, lasted about 2 1/2 hours and was visible from South America to Asia.
 

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March 17, 2015 | NPR · Public passion is all well and good, but it will take more than big talk to get to Mars by 2025, space specialists say. Even several rockets’ worth of cash won’t easily solve the technical challenges.
 

Courtesy of Navid Baraty
March 13, 2015 | NPR · From spices, flour, milk, water and food coloring, a photographer creates startlingly realistic-looking images of space. These photos are convincing enough to impress an astrophysicist.
 

NASA/ESA
March 12, 2015 | NPR · Scientists announced in a NASA teleconference that the biggest moon in our solar system has a salty ocean hidden below its icy surface.
 

March 12, 2015 | NPR · A new analysis of particles believed to be from the bottom of oceans inside Enceladus suggests the moon is toasty warm.
 

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
March 6, 2015 | NPR · NASA’s Dawn mission has reached its destination and is orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres. It’s the end of an odyssey to explore an odd, in-between world.
 

AP
March 1, 2015 | NPR · Two American astronauts at the Space Station are outside the craft for the last of three jobs aimed at paving the way to receive a new generation of crew modules beginning in 2017.
 

 

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News

AP
March 30, 2015 | NPR · The Bahia Emerald has been hotly contested for years. A judge in California has decided to continue with a trial about its ownership even though Brazil says it was illegally exported.
 

March 30, 2015 | NPR · The measure could make it harder for states using made-to-order execution drugs to buy them. The American Pharmacists Association voted on the policy at its annual meeting.
 

AP
March 30, 2015 | WDET · Tuesday is the deadline to begin what many call the largest U.S. mass tax foreclosure. With the city counting on tax revenue, the owners behind on payments may be forced out of their homes.
 

Arts & Life

Courtesy of Michael Soi
March 30, 2015 | NPR · Kenya will participate in the Venice Biennale, the prestigious art show that opens on May 9. But only two of the artists representing Kenya will be Kenyan. Most aren’t even African — they’re Chinese.
 

March 30, 2015 | NET · More than a dozen federal agencies play a part in keeping food from making Americans sick. Critics say the system has gaps, and we’d all be safer if federal food safety efforts were under one roof.
 

Courtesy of Liveright
March 30, 2015 | NPR · Clive James was diagnosed with leukemia a few years ago. “There is a grief in all poetry,” he writes in his latest book of essays. “Poetry holds itself together, and eventually we ourselves do not.”
 

Music

March 30, 2015 | NPR · NPR music critic Will Hermes reviews an album that contains the best storytelling he’s heard in a long time. It’s the debut album from Courtney Barnett.
 

March 30, 2015 | NPR · Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says that Art Pepper played like he was making up for lost time.
 

Mountain Stage
March 30, 2015 | NPR · Delving into exploratory jams, the band plays songs from its new album live in West Virginia.
 

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