Science

8:54pm

Sun January 4, 2015
Environment

A Shadow Economy Lurks In An Electronics Graveyard

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 3:51 pm

Kwesi Bido, 14, (right) stops to fix 13-year-old Inusa Mohammed's flip flop. Both spend evenings and weekends searching for scrap at Agbogbloshie, an electronic waste dump in Accra, Ghana.
Courtesy of Yepoka Yeebo

The average American produces an estimated 66 pounds of electronic waste every year. You can't compost it; it's gotta go somewhere.

Often, in violation of the law, that means a dump in the developing world — like the region of Agbogbloshie in the West African nation Ghana.

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8:08am

Sun January 4, 2015
Animals

Researchers Enlist Internet Users To Help Monitor Penguins

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 1:15 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

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8:08am

Sun January 4, 2015
Humans

Despite Last Year's Failures, Many Still Make Resolutions

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 12:20 pm

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UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: 52.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: 452.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: 25.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: 6.112.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #3: 25,856.

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8:08am

Sun January 4, 2015
Research News

Faith And Aquarium Pumps: The Stuff Of Science In 2014

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 12:20 pm

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Listening to the way science is typically portrayed in the media, you might get the impression research proceeds by leaps and bounds from one breakthrough to the next and that scientists are these aloof geniuses.

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6:20pm

Sat January 3, 2015
My Big Break

Trading Pom-Poms For Field Boots: Mireya Mayor's Big Break

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 10:54 am

During a wildlife survey in Madagascar, Mayor discovered a new species of mouse lemur. "[It] weighs less than two ounces, fits in the palm of your hands," she says.
Mark Thiessen Courtesy of Mireya Mayor

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

Mireya Mayor's life plays out like an adventure film.

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8:00am

Sat January 3, 2015
Space

NASA Hopes A Hack Will Overcome Mars Rover's Memory Gap

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 11:59 am

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8:00am

Sat January 3, 2015
Energy

Utilities Fight For Revenue Lost To Solar Power

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 2:20 am

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8:00am

Sat January 3, 2015
Animals

Orca Calf Shows Signs Of Whale Midwifery

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 11:59 am

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6:27pm

Fri January 2, 2015
Goats and Soda

Our Most Popular Stories Of 2014: Ebola ... And Bed Rails?

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 10:33 am

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Back in July, NPR launched a new blog. It had a funny name, but a clear objective: To tell memorable stories about people who don't get much attention, who may face big problems, from health to poverty, but who still thrive.

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4:19pm

Fri January 2, 2015
Energy

Congress Could Find Energy Compromise With Hydropower

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 6:23 pm

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