January 21, 2016 by Contributor in Archived

Was Dr. Asperger A Nazi? The Question Still Haunts Autism

Dr. Hans Asperger with a young boy at the Children’s Clinic at the University of Vienna in the 1930s. Courtesy of Maria Asperger Felder hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Maria Asperger Felder The publication of a new history of autism called In a Different Key, by John Donvan and

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January 21, 2016 by Contributor in Archived

Ready For Prime Time: A Number With 20 Million-Plus Digits

A computer registered the current largest prime in September, but such numbers are considered “discovered” only when a human notices. blackdovfx/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption blackdovfx/iStockphoto The largest-ever prime number has been discovered in Central Missouri — and oh, what a number it is. 274,207,281-1=The record number The record number,

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January 21, 2016 by Contributor in Archived

2015 Becomes Warmest Year On Record, NASA And NOAA Say

3:38 Download 2015 was the hottest year on record, according to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NPR’s Robert Siegel talks to Deke Arndt of NOAA about their findings. Transcript ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: The East Coast is hunkering down for its first snowstorm of the season, but we’re

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January 21, 2016 by Contributor in Archived

For The Next Month, 5 Planets Will Align In Early Morning Sky

3:57 Download As of today, you can see all five planets that are possible to see in the sky with the naked eye early in the morning. NPR’s Robert Siegel talks with astronomer Jackie Faherty about why this is happening. Transcript ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: If you get up early tomorrow

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January 18, 2016 by Contributor in Archived

More Bad News For Coal Mine-Reliant States

3:14 Download On Friday, the Obama administration announced a halt to new coal leases on federal land. In Wyoming, most of the federally-owned coal mines and revenue from coal leases pays for school construction. Transcript SCOTT SIMON, HOST: In President Obama’s State of the Union address, there was a line

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January 18, 2016 by Contributor in Archived

Flint Combats Lead-Contaminated Water Effects On Child Development

3:48 Download Pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha discovered alarming levels of lead in the drinking water of Flint, Mich. NPR’s Scott Simon asks her about an initiative she’s leading to help the children affected. Transcript SCOTT SIMON, HOST: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I’m Scott Simon. We’re watching an ongoing

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