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Look Up And Smile: NASA's Taking More Photos Of Earth

The Cassini spacecraft that's studying Saturn is turning its camera back toward home on Friday. Earth should appear as a tiny blue dot. Saturday, another spacecraft that's orbiting Mercury will also snap photos of Earth.

Birds Teach The Air Force A Better Way To Fly

The V-shaped formation of geese in flight — known as "vortex surfing" — is being studied as a way to slash fuel bills at the Air Force's gas-guzzling Air Mobility Command.

Thirsty? 'Sweat Machine' Turns Perspiration Into Drinking Water

The new device, being used by UNICEF to promote safe drinking water, extracts moisture from worn clothes using a technique known as membrane distillation.

How To Fight Racial Bias When It's Silent And Subtle

New research suggests that racial disparities and other biased outcomes in medicine, the criminal justice system, and other areas, can be explained by unconscious attitudes and stereotypes. But how do we get rid of subtle racial biases?

Scientists: Pitch In July Is Slower Than Molasses In January

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin have managed after seven decades to capture on film the world's most anticipated drip.

How To Better Protect Farmworkers From Pesticides: Spanish

Pesticides carry warning labels that spell out health risks and how workers should protect themselves — but those labels are usually in English. More than 80 percent of the workers in the "salad bowls" of Salinas, Calif., or Yuma, Ariz., are Hispanic. Many have difficulty communicating in English.

EPA Building Named For Bill Clinton; He Says That's Fitting

The building housing the Environmental Protection Agency got a new name on Wednesday: it's now the William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building. The former president tallied his administration's accomplishments at a renaming ceremony.

Help! My Egg Yolks Are Freakishly White

If you think deep yellow yolks are an indicator of higher nutritional value in eggs, think again, scientists say. Egg yolks come in a rainbow of colors — from pale white to red orange or pink. They may look strange, but they're still good for you.

Helmet Scare Shuts Down Space Walk

Astronaut Luca Parmitano's helmet malfunctioned during Tuesday's space walk outside the International Space Station. Water built up inside, causing the excursion to be abandoned. Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Geoff Brumfiel about what happened yesterday, how serious it was, and what NASA believes could be the cause of the leak.

Newly Discovered Dinosaur Sure Had One 'Supersize Schnoz'

"Nasutoceratops translates as 'big-nose horned face." Scientists don't know why this Triceratops relative had such a large nose. Take a gander at what they think it looked like.