Science

AP
September 16, 2014 | NPR · By 2017, the two American companies are expected to take over a job that NASA has relied upon Russia to perform: shuttling astronauts to the International Space Station.
 

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September 15, 2014 | NPR · After a decade-long journey to reach Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the ESA says it has found the best spot for a planned November landing.
 

NOAA
September 13, 2014 | NPR · If you weren’t far enough in the north — or well-rested enough – to see the show, don’t worry: stunning images were posted to Twitter and elsewhere. Here’s a selection.
 

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September 12, 2014 | NPR · Draw a planet (a circle, right?). Now draw a star (a pointy thing, yes?). Now ask yourself, aren’t stars all round? Our sun is. So why do we make them pointy? Come learn the answer.
 

NASA/SDO
September 12, 2014 | NPR · The X-class Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, that erupted on the sun on Wednesday is not expected to cause major disruptions to the electrical grid or communications.
 

EPA/Landov
September 9, 2014 | NPR · Authorities first said the 40-foot crater outside Managua’s international airport was caused by a meteor that may have broken off from an Earth-passing asteroid. But scientists are skeptical.
 

AP
September 8, 2014 | NPR · The space rock, thought to have broken off from an Earth-passing asteroid, left a hole 16 feet deep just outside the international airport in the Nicaraguan capital.
 

September 7, 2014 | NPR · An asteroid named Pitbull will barely miss Earth on Sunday. NPR’s Lynn Neary talks to Paul Cox of the citizen astronomer group Slooh about why it’s so difficult to keep track of these space rocks.
 

YouTube
September 7, 2014 | NPR · We live on a planet, next to a star that’s part of a galaxy that’s part of … ah, here comes the new discovery. We are at the very tip of a giant galactic “supercluster.” Take a look.
 

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.
 

 

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News

September 17, 2014 | NPR · Even though it was backed by both party leaders, the vote split politicians even within their own ranks. The final tally on the narrow military measure was 273 to 156.
 

September 17, 2014 | NPR · Dr. Kent Brantly, the American Ebola survivor, tells NPR what it was like to suffer from the deadly and “humiliating” disease.
 

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · There’s a new wrinkle to the old debate over diet soda: Artificial sweeteners can alter our microbiomes. And for some, this may raise blood sugar levels and set the stage for diabetes.
 

Arts & Life

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · How one woman’s quest to bring you the scientific method has resulted in a blog project chock-full of chocolate chip cookie experiments. Wear your oven mitt and bring a glass of milk.
 

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · John Darnielle’s novel, Wolf in White Van, is about a man who survives a trauma. The songwriter tells Fresh Air about his difficult childhood and finding shelter in music and the Incredible Hulk.
 

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · Do you want to be a lab rat? That’s what teenagers are doing when they smoke marijuana, the state of Colorado says. But since hard evidence of marijuana’s harms is scanty, it may be a tough sell.
 

Music

Vimeo
September 17, 2014 | NPR · A slow fade, rather than a hard stop, used to be the popular way to end a pop song. NPR’s Robert Siegel speaks with Slate reporter William Weir about the fade-out’s history and recent decline.
 

Mountain Stage
September 17, 2014 | NPR · The Portland singer counts indie-rock, folk and Celtic musicians among his many collaborators, but here he performs both solo and accompanied by the Mountain Stage band.
 

NPR
September 17, 2014 | NPR · On a steamy morning upstairs in a record lover’s paradise KING laid down a gorgeous version of one of the songs that lit up Twitter three years ago and put the trio on Prince’s radar.
 

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