Science | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

Science

RSS Feed
NPR

Neil Armstrong: An 'Exemplary Life'

James Fallows of The Atlantic met Neil Armstrong at a gathering of some of America's greatest aviators and astronauts, and even in that crowd, Armstrong stood out. Saturday, the astronaut's family announced he had died at the age of 82. Guest host Laura Sullivan speaks with Fallows about Armstrong's legacy.
NPR

Astronaut Neil Armstrong Dies

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, is dead at the age of 82. He was the first of just 12 Americans to step on the moon from 1969 to 1972. Guest host Laura Sullivan speaks with science journalist Andrew Chaikin, who knew Armstrong and wrote about his contributions to the space program.
NPR

Report Finds Iran Still Prepping To Enrich Uranium

A new report from the International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran has stepped up its program to enrich uranium. It reports the country is installing more centrifuges in a heavily-defended underground site.
NPR

Is It Too Late To Defuse The Danger Of Megafires?

Millions of acres of forest in the Southwest are overgrown — and ripe to ignite as climate change intensifies drought and heat. Selective thinning and other efforts aim to reduce the risk of catastrophic fires, but those efforts may not be enough to overcome ever-bigger, ever-hotter fires.
NPR

Failure Of Lilly Drug Is Latest Alzheimer's Setback

It's the latest setback in a field marked by failure. Earlier this month, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson said they were dropping development of a similar experimental drug after big clinical studies showed it wasn't working.
NPR

David Eagleman Gets Inside Our Heads

In his book Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain neuroscientist David Eagleman says "most of what we do and think and feel is not under our conscious control." Eagleman discusses the book, and his latest research on the possible link between time perception and schizophrenia.
NPR

Curiosity Rover Zaps A Rock, Starts To Roll

Not long after touchdown, the Curiosity rover tested its ChemCam instrument by blasting a nearby rock with a laser. Now it's rolling toward Glenelg, a rocky area in the Gale Crater, to do more zapping and some drilling. Mars Science Lab deputy project manager Richard Cook talks about what the rover might find.
NPR

'Carbon Nation' Tackles Climate Change, By Ignoring It

The documentary film 'Carbon Nation' aims to get viewers to make more climate-friendly energy choices but director Peter Blyck says he isn't trying to change anyone's views on climate change. Byck discusses the film, and his "common sense" approach to curbing CO2 emissions.
NPR

Mapping The Birthplace Of Modern Languages

Reporting in Science, researchers write that many of today's most widely spoken languages, like English, Spanish and Hindi, can be traced back to ancient tongues in present-day Turkey. Evolutionary biologist Quentin Atkinson talks about investigating language evolution using the same methods geneticists use to trace flu virus outbreaks.

Pages