Science | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

Science

RSS Feed
NPR

Telescope Innovator Shines His Genius On New Fields

Astronomer Roger Angel completely revolutionized the large telescopes that scientists use to look at the stars. Now he wants to use his mirror technology to make solar energy cheaper and more efficient.
NPR

Food Waste Is Overwhelming. Here Are Five Things People Are Doing About It

A report from the Natural Resources Defense Council finds that 40 percent of food in the U.S. today goes uneaten. But several grass-roots groups around the country are working to turn food waste into something useful.
NPR

Humans' Role In Antarctic Ice Melt Is Unclear

Ten years ago, a piece of ice the size of Rhode Island disintegrated and melted in the waters off Antarctica. Two other massive ice shelves along the Antarctic Peninsula had suffered similar fates a few years before. The events became poster children for the effects of global warming. But a new study finds that the story isn't quite so simple.
NPR

Curiosity Is On A Roll: Makes Its First Movements On Mars

The rover moved forward a short distance, rotated and moved backward. It's fully mobile, NASA engineers say.
NPR

Drought Forces Ranchers Into Difficult Decisions

This summer's brutal drought has put ranchers in a difficult position; water and feed are running low and ruinously expensive to replace. NPR's Neal Conan speaks to stricken ranchers and agricultural economist Norman Dalsted about how to deal with the drought, and what to expect in terms of food prices.
NPR

Could Antibiotics Be A Factor In Childhood Obesity?

Two studies suggest that antibiotics early in life may contribute to childhood weight gain. Experiments in mice and a look at the weight of more than 11,500 British babies point in the same direction.
NPR

Sky Sighting: Is That A Thread Of Dark Matter I Spy?

Dark matter, which surrounds most galaxies, plays a key role in the structure of the cosmos. But we can't see it. Or can we? Recently, astronomers used a remarkable effect predicted by Einstein to spot a very tenuous bridge of dark matter linking two galaxy clusters.

Pages