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CRISPR, the breakthrough method for editing genes, has the potential to improve our lives. But one of its inventors warns @OnPointRadio that scientists may be tempted to change life itself, with unforeseeable consequences.
After a disaster happens, we want to know, could something have been done to avoid it? Many times the answer is yes. So why are some warnings ignored? 🔮 This week on @HiddenBrain, the psychology of warnings.
Under-caffeinated senators are devising creative ways to pass the time during the long Senate impeachment proceedings — including playing with colorful fidget spinners, a hand toy for restless children.
A new survey finds that more than 3 in 5 Americans are lonely. Those who reported higher levels of loneliness include: • Heavy social media users • Young people • Those in the first 6 months of their jobs
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon has been a Star Trek fan since he was 10. He said he never had the "chutzpah" to dream of writing for Star Trek. But now he's the executive producer on Star Trek: Picard.
When she was 17, Samantha Fish was handed a guitar in front of 200 people at a house party. Since then, she's never stopped wanting to play live before a crowd. 🎧 Hear her perform live on @WorldCafe:
ICYMI: Under a new State Department rule, officials can deny tourist visas to pregnant women if they believe the applicants are traveling here to secure American citizenship for their child by giving birth on U.S. soil.
For 15 years John Contreras held onto his home, owned by his family since the '40s, as his neighbors were replaced by bars and condos. He finally sold in September, for more than $2.65 million, after realizing his stand was making him miserable. (@KUT)
The U.S. Department of Transportation is considering tightening the rules for taking service animals on planes. It would include no longer requiring airlines to consider emotional support animals to be service animals.
Mackenzie Scott's latest record is fixated on desire. "I want people to understand that women can burn for each other," she tells NPR. "And it can be not just as compelling, but more compelling, even, than your average straight love story."
3 U.S. firefighters helping fight Australia's bushfires were killed Thursday when the C-130 tanker aircraft they were operating crashed south of the capital, Canberra.
ICYMI: In a move opposed by its own science advisers, the EPA is dramatically reducing federal pollution protections for rivers, streams and wetlands.
In a bid to halt further spread of the coronavirus, Chinese authorities suspended subways, buses, trains and flights out of Wuhan. Some experts warn that move could sow fear and mistrust of the government.
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The Senate trial rules stipulate no talking, no phones and no coffee. "It's constitutionally difficult for senators to be quiet and sit that long. It's not how we're built," said Sen. John Cornyn on Thursday.
House impeachment managers argued Congress can remove President Trump over his conduct even if he didn't break the law. Listen to analysis of the day on the @NPRpolitics podcast 👇
A few tips to reduce your chances of getting hacked: 1⃣ Install all operating system updates 2⃣ Beware of questionable links 3⃣ Protect yourself from SIM-swap attacks 4⃣ Be careful about public Wi-Fi networks
In arguments made this week, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito compared the exclusion of religious schools from taxpayer-funded aid programs to unconstitutional racial discrimination.
The White House has invited Israeli leaders next week to discuss a long-awaited Middle East peace plan. Meanwhile, Israel has reached an unwritten deal with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. And it's already having a modest impact.
"Abuse of power is clearly an impeachable offense under the Constitution," Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said today. "To be honest, this should not be a controversial statement. I find it amazing that the president rejects it. Yet he does."
The U.S. government says it's on high alert for cyberattacks from foreign countries this election year. But private cybersecurity firms have often been the ones sounding the alarm.
"I said, 'No, no,' but there was not much I could do at that point." Actress Annabella Sciorra testified that Harvey Weinstein raped her in the winter of 1993-94. She's the first of six women expected to testify at his criminal sex crimes trial.
The Doomsday Clock has been moved to within 100 seconds of midnight by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. The clock is the closest it's ever been to reputed global catastrophe that's represented by the 12 a.m. hour.
In case you were wondering: Senatorial milk is not a freebie. If a senator wants to imbibe the white stuff on the Senate chamber floor, they must provide it themselves.
Uniquely comprised of two gents from Dublin and two from the Bordeaux region of France, the Jeremiahs are spreading their original, urban Irish folk music far and wide across Ireland, Europe and to the U.S.
Saying "birth tourism poses risks to national security," the State Department is giving officials the authority to deny a visa if they believe a potential visitor has the "primary purpose" of giving birth.
Rep. Jerry Nadler showed a clip of Alan Dershowitz arguing in 1998 that a high crime doesn't have to be "a technical crime." Now one of Trump's defenders, Dershowitz has recently argued that evidence of a crime is, in fact, necessary for impeachment.
Vladimir Munk is returning to Auschwitz for the first time since he walked free from the concentration camp 75 years ago. His parents were killed there, as were most of his family members. "So, for me, it's like going to the family cemetery," he says.
Even more than 230 years ago, the Founding Fathers were eerily prescient in fearing how the impeachment process could play out: beset by partisanship and broken down by factions.
JUST IN: John Kapoor, founder of Insys Therapeutics, has been sentenced to 66 months in prison — the culmination of a months-long criminal trial that resulted in the first successful prosecution of pharmaceutical executives tied to the opioid epidemic.
Rosalía's first release of 2020, "Juro Que," favors acoustic guitar over trap-inflected pop production — reassuring that her artistry is still rooted in Catalonia.
When Peggy Sumner's daughter died, people suggested she go to support groups for grieving parents. She tried, but it didn't help. But a chance connection with a mom who'd lost her son grew into a source of comfort for both women. @vprnet
Seven impeachment managers are acting as the prosecution team presenting the House Democrats' case in the Senate trial: • Adam Schiff • Jerry Nadler • Zoe Lofgren • Hakeem Jeffries • Val Demings • Jason Crow • Sylvia Garcia
"If the goal is to identify new cases of an emerging disease like the novel coronavirus, then airport screenings have been historically poor methods to identify new cases," one public health expert says.
Jim Lehrer, the veteran journalist who chronicled such pivotal events as John F. Kennedy's assassination and the 1973 Senate Watergate Hearings, has died. He was 85.
Under a new State Department rule, officials can deny tourist visas to pregnant women if they believe the applicants are traveling here to secure American citizenship for their child by giving birth on U.S. soil.
Two professors asked over 150 college students about their sex lives — what they wanted out of sex, how troubling encounters unfolded, and how layers of misunderstandings led to assault. In their new book, they argue that prevention starts with education.
Isabel dos Santos, the billionaire daughter of Angola's former president, is said to be Africa's richest woman. Now, she has been accused of rampant financial misconduct in order to line her own pockets.
"No president has ever used his office to compel a foreign nation to help him cheat in our elections," Rep. Jerry Nadler said. "Prior presidents would be shocked to the core by such conduct." Watch the Senate impeachment trial:
Citing an increase in complaints about animals, the U.S. Department of Transportation is looking at ending its requirement that airlines consider emotional support animals to be service animals.
For NPR's One-Hit Wonders / Second-Best Songs series, Rolling Stone's Anthony DeCurtis recommends "Battleship Chains" by The Georgia Satellites — the band best known for "Keep Your Hands to Yourself."
After interviewing more than 150 undergrads about their sex lives, two professors argue in a new book that sexual assault prevention begins with education. "It starts out in kindergarten. Sit criss-cross applesauce. Keep your hands on your own body."
Based on past outbreaks of similar viruses, a new study estimated that the number of those infected in China with the new coronavirus should be at least 4,000 — far more than the 570 or so officially acknowledged as of Thursday.
NEW: Vice President Mike Pence has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political rival Benny Gantz to Washington next week on behalf of President Trump to discuss “regional issues" and "the prospect of the Holy Land.” Netanyahu said he accepted.
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JUST IN: The World Health Organization says it is too early to declare the coronavirus outbreak in China a public health emergency of international health concern.
The House has impeached President Trump. Now, it's up to senators to determine whether he will be removed from office. Here's how a Senate impeachment trial works 👇
You don't have to be an elected official, lawyer or journalist to witness the Trump impeachment trial in person. Anyone can either try for guaranteed seats from their senator or take a chance waiting in line at the U.S. Capitol. @hereandnow
WATCH LIVE: House impeachment managers continue their opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump.
A new survey finds that more than three in five Americans are lonely. Those who reported higher levels of loneliness include: • heavy social media users • young people • those in the first six months of their jobs
Stigmas surrounding mental illness are still pervasive, especially in communities of color. Pahuoa Yang of the @WilderFdtn says it’s important for patients to know therapy is confidential. For more advice, @NPRLifeKit has a guide on starting therapy:
UN experts condemned the Saudi Arabian crown prince's reported involvement in the hacking of Jeff Bezos' phone. They said information suggested it was "an effort to influence, if not silence, the @washingtonpost's reporting on Saudi Arabia." READ via @NPR:
RT @NPR: A district encompassing Greater Seattle is set to become the first in America in which every voter can cast a ballot using a smart…
RT @NPR: Some women who *should* be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: 🎤 Roberta Flack 🎤 Fanny 🎤 Pat Benatar 🎤 Kate Bush 🎤 Cocteau Twins 🎤 C…
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@NPR is covering the Senate impeachment trial as if both sides have valid legal and constitutional arguments. That's like treating climate change denialists the same as climate change scientists. Bothsidesism is false reporting and the REAL fake news. #WitnessesandDocuments
RT @NPR: China's central bank is preparing to test a digital currency. Some observers say it could mark the beginning of a new economic arm…
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