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Scientists have long wondered what's in the wispy cloud of gas floating in the space between the stars, absorbing starlight. Turns out it's a form of carbon named after architect Buckminster Fuller.
July 16, 2015
How we view winning and losing may help shape whether we play sports as adults, some psychologists say. In NPR's recent poll, 56 percent of adults who play sports say winning is important to them.
July 16, 2015
The health agency says kissing and cuddling chickens could be contributing to outbreaks of salmonella. But backyard chicken owners aren't about to lay off the birds.
July 16, 2015
Just like World War II vets who were exposed to mustard gas during secret chemical testing, Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange had trouble obtaining VA benefits — until they got the law changed.
July 16, 2015
California is trying to do just that, though police and advocates for ex-offenders are at odds over whether it will work. The debate is playing out as President Obama is calling for nationwide reform.
July 16, 2015
Jenner, who made her transition to becoming a woman public earlier this year, accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the sports ceremony Wednesday night.
July 15, 2015
David Greenglass' courtroom testimony helped execute his sister Ethel Rosenberg and her husband, Julius Rosenberg, in 1953. But he later suggested to a reporter it was his own wife who played a role.
July 15, 2015
The NAACP, the leading civil rights organization for African-Americans, is holding its annual convention at a time when there are growing questions about the group's relevance to a young generation.
July 15, 2015
It turns out the stylized "E" in Gov. Scott Walker's campaign logo looks just like the logo of a major eyeglasses company. And he's not the only one who has faced a #logogate.
July 15, 2015
Greece is so saddled with debt it probably can't turn its economy around for years, the International Monetary Fund says. But writing down debt would require an OK from Germany, which has opposed it.
July 15, 2015
It can be pretty miserable waiting to get the urine test when you're sure you've got a bladder infection and just need the antibiotics already. Some doctors think it's time for to let women prescribe.
July 15, 2015
Exceptionally dry conditions are fueling major blazes across the Pacific Northwest. A drought and rapid development in Washington mean the state may not be prepared to deal with a long, hot summer.
July 15, 2015
Scientists have had a hard time finding the weak spots of Cryptosporidium parvum. But now that's changing.
July 15, 2015
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has beamed back its best photos of Pluto and its moons. Scientists will puzzle over them for years to come.
July 15, 2015
The president said: "If you give a woman — or a man for that matter — without his or her knowledge a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that's rape."
July 15, 2015
The two men are from Eritrea. They're rising (and climbing) stars. And they're changing the image of the bike in Africa, where it's often looked down on as a poor person's transportation.
July 15, 2015
Police argued that a settlement reached in the case meant the video that captured the shooting death of an unarmed man should remain sealed. A federal court decided otherwise.
July 15, 2015
The agreement struck this week with the country's creditors is expected to pass with support from the opposition, but the vote is tearing apart the ruling left-wing Syriza party.
July 15, 2015
Activists say the video of a Planned Parenthood official is evidence the group is selling parts from aborted fetuses, which is illegal. Planned Parenthood says tissue is donated for medical research.
July 15, 2015
In Harper Lee's classic first novel, Scout Finch's neighbor is known for her Lane cakes. But it's now hard to find this Southern layered sponge cake filled with raisins and whiskey anywhere.
July 15, 2015

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