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John McCain Was Diagnosed With A Glioblastoma, Among The Deadliest Of Cancers

NPR | July 20, 2017

About 12,000 people are diagnosed with a glioblastoma each year in the U.S. Fewer than a third of them will survive beyond two years.

Elephant Seals Can Recognize Rhythm And Pitch

NPR | July 20, 2017

A new study reveals that elephant seals memorize the rhythm and pitch of individual voices. That means that the massive sea mammals know who's who, just by the sound of their voice.

Plastic Is Everywhere And Recycling Isn't The End Of It

NPR | July 20, 2017

A researcher tallied how much has been manufactured since plastic's invention: "Eight point three billion metric tons of plastics produced so far. That's just really a staggering amount."

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Climate Scientist Says He Was Demoted For Speaking Out On Climate Change

NPR | July 19, 2017 8:13 p.m.

Joel Clement, who was director of the Interior Department's Office of Policy Analysis during the Obama administration, says in a newspaper op-ed that he was reassigned to an "accounting office."

Climate change | News | Science | local | Pacific Ocean

Sharks Sighted On Oregon Coast (Calm Down, It’s Normal)

OPB | July 19, 2017 1:19 p.m.

Cannon Beach Police advised beachgoers this week of shark dorsal fin sightings in the Cannon Beach area, but such sightings are not uncommon this time of year.


Viewing The Great American Eclipse

NPR | July 19, 2017 10:12 a.m.

There's something deeply moving about watching the sun become progressively covered by the moon — and you have a rare chance to see this in the U.S. on Aug. 21, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

World | Science

Web Comic: A Scientist Flees For His Life And Finds His Dream

NPR | July 19, 2017 7:44 a.m.

It was a harrowing journey. Nedal Said made a new life in Germany — and found what he'd always been looking for.

World | Food | Science | Nation | Health

More Than Bread: Sourdough As a Window Into The Microbiome

NPR | July 18, 2017 7:14 a.m.

Home bakers in the U.S., Europe and some other countries have volunteered their sourdough starters to a team of American scientists who want to unravel the microbial secrets of sourdough.

Science | Flora and Fauna

New Research Suggests Why Mid-Sized Animals Are The Fastest

NPR | July 17, 2017 9:30 p.m.

New research suggests the biggest animals run out of fuel for their fast-twitch muscles before they reach the maximum speed their bodies could achieve. Animals like cheetahs are born to run fast.

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Elon Musk Warns Governors: Artificial Intelligence Poses 'Existential Risk'

NPR | July 17, 2017 7:55 a.m.

At a bipartisan governors' conference in Rhode Island, the CEO of Tesla urged politicians to impose proactive regulations on AI development.

Science | Nation | Health

Stress And Poverty May Explain High Rates Of Dementia In African-Americans

NPR | July 16, 2017 5:03 a.m.

New research finds that African-Americans who grow up in harsh environments and have many stressful experiences are much more likely to develop Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia.

Science | Nation

Maryam Mirzakhani, Prize-Winning Mathematician, Dies At 40

NPR | July 15, 2017 3:14 p.m.

Maryam Mirzakhani was the first woman ever to win the prestigious Fields Medal. She worked at Stanford University, which confirmed her death Saturday.

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Oregon AG To Eclipse Visitors: Check Your Hotel Reservations

OPB | July 15, 2017 2:07 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Department of Justice says some hotels are capitalizing on the demand for hotels ahead of the eclipse.