NASA has released the first picture of Jupiter taken since the Juno spacecraft went into orbit around the planet on July 4.

The picture was taken on July 10. Juno was 2.7 million miles from Jupiter at the time. The color image shows some of the atmospheric features of the planet, including the giant red spot. You can also see three of Jupiter's moons in the picture: Io, Europa and Ganymede.

The Senate is set to approve a bill intended to change the way police and health care workers treat people struggling with opioid addictions.

My husband and I once took great pleasure in preparing meals from scratch. We made pizza dough and sauce. We baked bread. We churned ice cream.

Then we became parents.

Now there are some weeks when pre-chopped veggies and a rotisserie chicken are the only things between us and five nights of Chipotle.

Parents are busy. For some of us, figuring out how to get dinner on the table is a daily struggle. So I reached out to food experts, parents and nutritionists for help. Here is some of their (and my) best advice for making weeknight meals happen.

"O Canada," the national anthem of our neighbors up north, comes in two official versions — English and French. They share a melody, but differ in meaning.

Let the record show: neither version of those lyrics contains the phrase "all lives matter."

But at the 2016 All-Star Game, the song got an unexpected edit.

At Petco Park in San Diego, one member of the Canadian singing group The Tenors — by himself, according to the other members of the group — revised the anthem.

School's out, and a lot of parents are getting through the long summer days with extra helpings of digital devices.

How should we feel about that?

Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.

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After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

The Philippines brought the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, objecting to China's claims to maritime rights in the disputed waters. The tribunal agreed that China had no legal authority to claim the waters and was infringing on the sovereign rights of the Philippines.

Donald Trump is firing back at Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after she disparaged him in several media interviews. He tweeted late Tuesday that she "has embarrassed all" with her "very dumb political statements" about the candidate. Trump ended his tweet with "Her mind is shot - resign!":

Donald Trump wrapped up his public tryout of potential vice presidential candidates in Indiana Tuesday night with Gov. Mike Pence giving the final audition.

The Indiana governor's stock as Trump's possible running mate is believed to be on the rise, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also atop the list. Sources tell NPR the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is close to making a decision, which he's widely expected to announce by Friday.


At Old Mine, Hopes Of Striking Gold With Dark Matter

Aug 1, 2012
Originally published on August 1, 2012 5:54 pm

In Lead, S.D., a steel cage drops almost a mile below ground into the Sanford Underground Laboratory. It's formerly the deepest underground gold mine in North America, and when it closed a decade ago, state officials hoped that an underground science laboratory along with on-site university classes could spur economic development.

That hope may soon be realized, alongside an even bigger goal: South Dakota is about to enter the global race to prove the existence of dark matter, which some scientists theorize makes up a good chunk of the universe.

The LUX Dark Matter Detector is being installed in the facilities at the former gold mine, which, after years of work, finally opened this summer.

The LUX is the biggest experiment of its type, and scientists around the world are watching.

If winning NASCAR means building a better race car, winning the race to prove the existence of dark matter means building a better detector. And in this race, better generally means bigger and deeper underground.

"This laboratory truly is exceptional," says Richard Gaitskell, lead researcher on the LUX project, "and it will ensure that we're able to do a dark matter experiment really like no other, that will be incredibly sensitive for dark matter and we look forward to being able to report results from this experiment in 2013 next year."

Underground labs are needed for experiments like this one, which are designed to detect particular kinds of subatomic particles.

Being underground helps block out some of the other particles streaming through space, such as cosmic rays.

Physicists say the United States has trailed in this sort of science — Japan, Italy and Canada already have underground labs of their own.

The LUX Dark Matter detector is a collaboration among 17 institutions, and it's one of about a dozen entrants in the global race to directly detect dark matter.

One of the other groups is the Xenon 100 Experiment, located deep underground in Italy's Gran Sasso Laboratory. Katsushi Arisaka, a physics professor at UCLA who works on that experiment, says that when it comes to hunting dark matter, size matters. The bigger the target, the more likely a dark matter particle will be found.

"It is quite exciting time for the LUX," Arisaka says. "We are already started to make even bigger detectors, 10 times bigger than the LUX. It is a real interesting race."

There's lots riding on this race — not only in the scientific community, but also in South Dakota. The state invested $40 million in building the underground lab that now houses LUX and other experiments, and it's banking on long-term federal funding to pay the $1 million a month it takes to keep the facility open.

But South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard considers the lab a safe bet. "Great rewards sometimes take risk," he says. "But the future is still wide open. We think it's important as a landlord to build the building, and I think we'll start attracting tenants."

Officials are hoping for a Nobel-type discovery in any of the experiments housed in the new lab that could help solidify funding. It's a hope that's not that far-fetched; after all, the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physics went to Ray Davis, whose neutrino experiments were done in the gold mine.

Today, researchers nearly a mile underground in South Dakota are again trying to attain extraordinary results.

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