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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!":


The World Remembers Neil Armstrong

Aug 31, 2012



On March 16, 1966, a potentially fatal problem gripped the Gemini 8 space capsule. Orbiting high above the Earth, it began spinning out of control. Spiraling towards unconsciousness and, perhaps, death, Neil Armstrong shut down the malfunctioning thrusters and wrestled Gemini back to stability. This was neither the first nor the last time that Neil Armstrong had escaped disaster. As an Naval pilot in Korea, he managed to guide a bullet-ridden aircraft, missing three feet of wing, back to friendly territory.

On his first day as a test pilot, his plane lost three engines. He and his commander landed it on one. Or practicing the lunar landing, again, a malfunctioning rocket threatened to end his life and he ejected moments before impact. But it was during the Gemini mission that Gene Kranz, formerly flight director at NASA, saw that Armstrong had the right stuff.

GENE KRANZ: I had that sense that he was the right guy from the very first time I met him in Gemini. I watched him in Apollo. I worked with him in developing the landing strategy, and I knew that he was going to take it all the way to the surface if I could get him close enough.

FLATOW: So on Apollo 11, as the Eagle Lander descended towards a dangerous lunar landscape, it came as no surprise that a computer malfunctioned in the final, crucial seconds would find Neil Armstrong manually taking over control of the lander and guiding it to a safer spot with but 15 seconds of fuel left. Then he walked on the moon. Today, a service is being held in Ohio for Neil Armstrong, who passed away last week. After spending decades evading death as an aviator test pilot and astronaut, it finally caught him at the age of 82. He was a true American hero, celebrated in song, print and ticker tape parade.

But for those of us watching a grainy TV image that July night, his one small step was a uniting moment of sanity for a world weary and reeling from the hell of 1968, a year that saw Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy gunned down, the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam, anti-war riots in Chicago, an American warship seized by North Korea. There was lots more. But for a brief moment and for decades to come, Neil Armstrong would change our world when he touched another.


JOHN STEWART: (Singing) Black boy in Chicago, playing in the street, not enough to wear, not near enough to eat. And don't you know he saw it on a July afternoon? He saw a man named Armstrong walk upon the moon. The young girl in Calcutta, barely eight years old, and the flies that swarm the market place will see she don't get old. But don't you know she heard it on that July afternoon? She heard a man named Armstrong that walk upon the moon.

FLATOW: And that's it for SCIENCE FRIDAY this week. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.