Science

RSS Feed
WAMU 88.5

New Efforts To Address America's Growing Addiction Crisis

Tens of thousands of Americans are dying each year from overdoses from prescription pain killers and heroin. We discuss new local, state and federal efforts to stem the epidemic.

NPR

Signs Of Hidden Planet Found In Our Solar System

The astronomer whose work helped kick Pluto out of the pantheon of planets says he has good reason to believe there's an undiscovered planet bigger than Earth in the far reaches of our solar system.
NPR

2015 Becomes Warmest Year On Record, NASA And NOAA Say

2015 was the hottest year on record, according to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Deke Arndt of NOAA about their findings.
NPR

For The Next Month, 5 Planets Will Align In Early Morning Sky

As of today, you can see all five planets that are possible to see in the sky with the naked eye early in the morning. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with astronomer Jackie Faherty about why this is happening.
NPR

Ready For Prime Time: A Number With 20 Million-Plus Digits

The largest-ever prime number has been discovered at the University of Central Missouri. It breaks the previous record by almost 5 million digits.
NPR

A 'Scorcher': 2015 Shatters Record As Warmest Year, NASA And NOAA Say

The Northern Hemisphere saw the biggest rise in land temperatures, finishing 2.59 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than the 20th century average.
NPR

Was Dr. Asperger A Nazi? The Question Still Haunts Autism

Hans Asperger identified autism as a spectrum of disorders in the 1930s, but his work was ignored for decades because he went on to work under the Nazis. Research and treatment suffered as a result.
NPR

Scientists Find Hints Of A Giant, Hidden Planet In Our Solar System

Something very big, out beyond Neptune, is warping the orbits of small, icy objects circling our sun. Astronomers haven't seen it yet, but say the culprit could be a planet with 10 times Earth's mass.
NPR

Batteries With A Less Fiery Future

Overheated lithium-ion batteries have been a problem for airplanes, cars and even "hoverboards." A chemical engineer at Stanford University thinks she has a solution to the problem.
NPR

'In A Different Key' Traces History And Politics Of Autism

Authors John Donvan and Caren Zucker say parents have been "unsung heroes" in spurring more research on autism, and in getting many more kids out of institutions and into schools.

Pages