Wednesday, December 13, 2017

NPR News: 3 Reasons Why California's Fire Risk Won't Dampen Anytime Soon

3 Reasons Why California's Fire Risk Won't Dampen Anytime Soon
The Thomas Fire, the fifth largest wildfire in California history, is a harbinger of things to come in the West.

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NPR News: Winemakers Worry Wildfires Will Leave Whiff Of Ashtray In Their Wine

Winemakers Worry Wildfires Will Leave Whiff Of Ashtray In Their Wine
Grapes exposed to smoke from wildfires can absorb compounds that carry over into wine and ruin the flavor. The problem is only expected to grow as extreme weather events become more frequent.

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NPR News: Without The U.S. Government, The World Unites To Fight Climate Change

Without The U.S. Government, The World Unites To Fight Climate Change
The One Planet Summit went on without President Trump Tuesday. But state and local leaders in attendance renewed calls for adherence to the Paris Agreement targets, says blogger Marcelo Gleiser.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

NPR News: Giant Prehistoric Penguins Once Swam Off The Coast Of New Zealand

Giant Prehistoric Penguins Once Swam Off The Coast Of New Zealand
Scientists have uncovered the fossil of an ancestral penguin off the east coast of New Zealand. It was one of the earliest known species of penguin and also one of the largest.

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NPR News: Astronomers Want To Know: Does This Interstellar Visitor Have A Message For Us?

Astronomers Want To Know: Does This Interstellar Visitor Have A Message For Us?
'Oumuamua is the first of its kind: an object from outside our solar system, observed by astronomers. Now, a group of researchers is trying to find out if it is transmitting any signs of life.

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NPR News: How Scientists Are Growing Mini Brains In Petri Dishes For Experiments

How Scientists Are Growing Mini Brains In Petri Dishes For Experiments
All week, All Things Considered is offering Highly Specific Superlatives in honor of the year that was. On Tuesday, we look at the weirdest leap forward in brain science. Researchers can now grow mini brains in a petri dish and then experiment on them.

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NPR News: An Asteroid Gets Its Close-Up As Gemenids Light Up The Sky

An Asteroid Gets Its Close-Up As Gemenids Light Up The Sky
The Earth's encounter with asteroid 3200 Phaethon on Saturday will be its closest since 1974 — and the closest it will be until 2093. The flyby means good gazing for amateur astronomers.

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