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.


Why We Must Keep Reaching For The Stars

Jul 24, 2012
Originally published on July 24, 2012 2:52 pm

Field Log, Imperial Archeological Expedition IV-V, May 21, 2750 CE: Spent the better part of the day bringing artifacts up from the mud-caves. It's hard to believe what we are finding. It's impossible really. Lifan-Alfred says she has deciphered a good portion of the documents. They speak of rockets and journeys into space. There are even detailed accounts of trips to the moon, seven of them! Some of the technology described in the documents matches closely with the artifacts we are finding. These stories, they could be true. We are on the verge of these kinds of capabilities now ourselves. And if they are true then the real question is why?

Why did they stop?

This week marks the passing of two heroic milestones, each one carrying a whiff of sadness with it. Yesterday Sally Ride, the first U.S. woman in space, died at far too early an age. Ride was 61 and a tireless advocate for space exploration, as well as women's role in science, technology and education.

Last Friday, the 43rd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing came and went without much fanfare.

With each passing year it gets harder to imagine that we once walked on the moon. For my kids the Apollo moon program might as well be World War II or the era of Chicago gangsters. It's history, pure and simple. Even Sally Ride's ground-breaking flight occurred three decades ago, in an era when a space shuttle launch was a big deal. Now, of course, even the shuttle program is history.

A few days ago I was talking to a young researcher who has begun work in the industrial archeology of space flight. He was doing work on nuclear rocket test sites from the 1950s. It's remarkable, he told me, how much information is already lost from these projects. You might think everything was carefully documented in books and monographs. The reality, however, is much messier. Capabilities and competence fade once programs get shut down. It's a stark reminder of the strange territory we find ourselves in relative to the high frontier of space.

We are crossing a gap now. We have no national launch capacity for sending humans into space. That absence serves as a metaphor for the national space program as a whole. The administration's decision to help build a private space enterprise is absolutely the right way to go, as is its intention to redirect our long-term efforts to deep-space missions like Mars exploration and trips to the asteroids. But both of these decisions only make sense if the gap in manned-flight capability is crossed quickly.

There should be a sense of urgency about getting these new space ventures up and running because we can forget. Left long enough to inertia, we will forget. If we cannot find the will to follow our heros into space, then Armstrong and Ride could become nothing more dusty names in dusty stories.

Some great-great grandchild of ours might say to their own kids, "Yes, they say we traveled in space once. But that was a long time ago."

Soon enough it could simply be forgotten, a topic not for engineers but for archeologists.

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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