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Planets Transit The Desert In 7-Mile Scale Model Of The Solar System

In this solar system, Jupiter is about the size of a miniature watermelon. The sun is a small weather balloon. And the orbits, traced onto a dry lakebed, are huge.


How Research On Sleepless Fruit Flies Could Help Human Insomniacs

Research on fruit flies with different types of insomnia has revealed the same brain pathways that interfere with sleep in people. The result may be better sleeping pills that don't leave you groggy.

What Happens When You Get Your Period In Space?

Scientists spent decades arguing that women weren't suited for space travel because of menstruation. Even now, a lot of us are wondering how astronauts manage that time of the month.


Caffeine At Night Resets Your Inner Clock

Late-night coffee, tea or cola does more than keep you up, scientists say. The amount of caffeine in a double espresso can delay the internal clock in cells throughout your body by about 40 minutes.


It's Time To Get Serious About Reducing Food Waste, Feds Say

The amount Americans throw away annually would fill a 100-story building 44 times, says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The USDA and the EPA have issued a challenge to cut that in half by 2030.

Deadly Heartland Virus Is Much More Common Than Scientists Thought

The Heartland virus was considered rare. Scientists now say they've found signs of it circulating in animals across the Midwest, New England and the South. They think human cases have been missed.
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Enlisting Academics In The Debate Over Genetically Modified Foods

All sides in the debate over genetically modified foods point to academic research supporting their claims - but a recent New York Times report explored just how complicated the relationships between academia and the debate truly are.


Female Astronauts Discuss What It's Like To Be In Space

Three astronauts and the chief scientist of NASA — all women — stopped by NPR headquarters in Washington, D. C., on Tuesday to talk about space exploration.

School Nurses Stock Drug To Reverse Opioid Overdoses

With deaths from heroin and painkillers on the rise, more nurses at high schools and middle schools are prepared to intervene in the event of an overdose on school grounds.

3 Astronauts Walk Into NPR ...

The women plus NASA's chief scientist came to talk space exploration, women in STEM, and common misconceptions. Oh, and which foods they wished they had in space.