Science

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · It turns out that our nearest neighbor in space is sort of a squashed sphere. The lead author of a new paper published in Nature describes it as “a lemon with an equatorial bulge.”
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Two large radio telescopes have detected very brief, powerful bursts of radio waves, and so far, scientists have no idea what’s causing them.
 

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July 23, 2014 | NPR · He lived in a village in Tanzania. He dreamed of being an astronaut. Now he’s studying in a Florida flight academy — and hoping his secret potato salad recipe will bring support to pay the tuition.
 

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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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News

July 31, 2014 | NPR · Nearly a month into the war in Gaza, pollsters have been taking a look at how attitudes in the region have changed among Israelis and Palestinians.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Analysts say the merger of Reynolds American and Lorillard is driven by the changing demographics of smoking. But the lower smoking rate masks a more complex and varied pattern of cigarette usage.
 

July 31, 2014 | NPR · New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing reports that his administration interfered with the work of an anti-corruption commission that he created — and then abruptly disbanded.
 

Arts & Life

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The very prolific James Franco directs a Cormac McCarthy adaptation that struggles to overcome a repulsive main character with whom it’s almost impossible to empathize.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The drama War Story is trying to wrap itself around both a personal story of a traumatized journalist and some larger social issues. Despite a strong central performance, it succeeds only partially.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The eight-part drama that begins Thursday stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a British baroness with an Israeli passport. She’s a fearless actor in a show full of kidnappings, seductions and betrayals.
 

Music

July 31, 2014 | NPR · Harvest Records used to be known for having a strong link to the progressive rock sound of 1970s London. After laying dormant for years, the label is back, and looking for a new identity.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The New York rapper on the music industry — from sitting on the shelf, to refusing deals, posthumous releases to sales expectations — music journalism and taking risks, personal and professional.
 

July 31, 2014 | WPLN · Sometimes the kids you hear on records for kids aren’t really kids. In fact, there’s a crew of adult singers in Nashville that specializes in sounding young — very young.
 

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