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.


Talking To Aliens From Outer Space

Jul 10, 2012

Isolated events are not science's strong suite. If something happens once and never appears again then it's difficult, if not impossible, for the methods of science to be of much use. What you are left with is a question mark. That is the fate of the famous "WOW!" signal — an event that may or may not have been the reception of a signal from ETs. The question facing the rest of us is what do we make of such isolated events.

On August 14, 1977 Jerry R. Ehrman, an astronomer volunteering at the Ohio's Big Ear radio telescope, was reviewing data from a previous observation when he saw the record of an intense burst of radiation. The signal was so strong he took his pen and wrote "WOW!" next to it on the computer printout. Thus legends are born.

Over the last two-and-a-half decades the "WOW!" signal has remained enigmatic. Its frequency was located just above and below naturally occurring radiation from hydrogen atoms. This frequency is exactly what some SETI theorists predicted an alien culture would use since it makes a kind of cosmic sense as a interstellar beacon. As alluring as this aspect of the "WOW!" signal was, numerous repeated searchers with much more powerful receivers have never found anything like it again. Bummer.

So what was the "WOW!" signal? Who knows? That is what makes it enigmatic, fun and exciting. As Jerry Ehman later put it "I choose not to draw vast conclusions from half vast data."

Right on Jerry.

But some folks just can't resist vast conclusions and that includes people who do television. I was recently contacted by National Geographic for a show they were doing on the "WOW!" signal. They wanted to know if I'd create a short video message to be beamed into space in the direction on the "WOW!" signal's location on the sky. Other folks (including Stephen Colbert) were creating messages and they were even taking people's tweets and beaming out those too. "Wow," I thought, "this is a great idea."

Then I looked at the website and saw a whole lot of UFOs. Chasing UFOs to be exact. The "WOW!" reply, which I thought was an absolutely beautiful idea was part of a series called Chasing UFOs which seemed to include some a trio of attractive hosts staring meaningfully into the camera. I guess they will be taking us all on tours of the spectacular world of UFOs.


First Ghost Hunters, now Chasing UFOs. What's next, Real Housewives of the Leprechauns? (As an interesting aside Animal Planet just did a faux documentary show on Merpeople that forced NOAA to affirm ... surprise ... that mermaids do not exist). I love crazy ideas as much as they next guy, but UFOs are not science and passing them off as such does no service to anyone.

Even if the "WOW!" signal had an ET origin, that would hardly imply that we are routinely being visited, probed, prodded or having our evolution messed with by aliens. Sheesh.

But I recorded my response anyway because who doesn't want to address the universe. We shall just have to wait and see if something happens — more than once.

You can keep up with more of what Adam Frank is thinking on Facebook and on Twitter @AdamFrank4. His latest book is About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang.

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