Science

NASA
August 23, 2014 | NPR · The Air Force colonel was among the first group selected by NASA to train for the space shuttle program. He went on to fly four missions, two as commander.
 

August 22, 2014 | NPR · One of the worst byproducts of our industrial society is air pollution. It’s a global problem that humans have yet to get under control. One scientist thinks we might not be alone, though. Alien civilizations may be polluting their worlds, and that pollution might be one way to detect them.
 

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
August 22, 2014 | NPR · Looking for extraterrestrial smog may be a good way to search for alien intelligence, according to a Harvard researcher.
 

NPR
August 21, 2014 | NPR · Look up at the night sky and ask, “Anybody there?” Then consider this answer (from the 1830s): There are 22 trillion individuals in our solar system.
 

NPR
August 20, 2014 | NPR · Suppose two Chinese parents get on an Australian airplane and, while flying over U.S. territory, they have a baby on the plane. Can that baby be an American citizen?
 

AP
August 16, 2014 | OZY · For those willing to travel a bit, venture out and allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness, many places still offer the chance to enjoy the soul-lifting sight of a starry night sky.
 

Getty Images
August 12, 2014 | NPR · The best time to see the shower, which comes every August, is between 3 and 4 a.m. in your local time zone.
 

AP
August 10, 2014 | NPR · The second of three so-called “supermoons” this year can be seen under clear skies Sunday night, but some argue the term is a bit of a stretch.
 

August 10, 2014 | NPR · This year’s Perseid meteor shower may be hard to see because it coincides with a so-called supermoon. NPR’s Linda Wertheimer talks to Caltech professor Mike Brown about the dueling celestial events.
 

August 9, 2014 | NPR · The saucer-like Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator went up 190,000 feet to simulate the conditions of an orbital entry at the red planet.
 

 

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News

NPR
August 29, 2014 | NPR · The oil giant is paying billions of dollars to businesses hurt by the 2010 spill. But BP refuses to pay business owners hurt by a government drilling moratorium that was put in place after the spill.
 

AP
August 29, 2014 | NPR · Experts say the well-funded militant group is focused on gaining power in the Middle East, not attacking America. The bigger risk is of an opportunistic attack, locally or in Europe.
 

Flickr
August 29, 2014 | NPR · Health officials want to reduce the rat population, so they’re hiring extra exterminators, sealing up holes and teaching regular New Yorkers how to make homes and gardens less rat-friendly.
 

Arts & Life

iStockphoto
August 28, 2014 | NPR · When you’re making plans to become a famous author, just remember that you’re going to want health care — especially when 40 rolls around and your body is no longer made of rubber.
 

Amazon Studios
August 28, 2014 | NPR · NPR TV critic Eric Deggans ranks Amazon’s new batch of five series pilots, asking why none of them seem break the rules of TV quite enough to draw attention.
 

August 28, 2014 | NPR · The edgy drama from Glasgow-based director David Mackenzie takes a few convenient plot turns, but remains a violent and fiercely acted picture of life in prison.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
August 28, 2014 | NPR · The Canadian synth pop group offers an intimate live performance of its song “A Real Hero,” popularized in the 2011 film Drive.
 

NPR
August 28, 2014 | NPR · Recorded with the Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir in the ruins within Newport’s Fort Adams State Park, “Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)” has a message and a chorus that everyone can enjoy.
 

Wikimedia
August 28, 2014 | NPR · Three centuries ago, Domenico Scarlatti churned out 555 keyboard sonatas. Today, pianists, harpsichordists and even accordionists still can’t get enough. Hear a clutch of new recordings.
 

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