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Giant Prehistoric Penguins Once Swam Off The Coast Of New Zealand

Giant Prehistoric Penguins Once Swam Off The Coast Of New Zealand

Dec. 12
Rhitu Chatterjee / NPR

Scientists have uncovered the fossil of an ancestral penguin off the east coast of New Zealand. It was one of the earliest known species of penguin and also one of the largest.

Astronomers Want To Know: Does This Interstellar Visitor Have A Mes...

Astronomers Want To Know: Does This Interstellar Visitor Have A Message For Us?

Dec. 12
Colin Dwyer / NPR

'Oumuamua is the first of its kind: an object from outside our solar system, observed by astronomers. Now, a group of researchers is trying to find out if it is transmitting any signs of life.

Survey Shows Americans Expressing Greater Concern About Government ...

Survey Shows Americans Expressing Greater Concern About Government Corruption

Dec. 12
Peter Overby / NPR

Almost one year after President Trump took office, an international watchdog has found that Americans are much more cynical about corruption in the White House and government.

An Asteroid Gets Its Close-Up As Geminids Light Up The Sky

An Asteroid Gets Its Close-Up As Geminids Light Up The Sky

Dec. 12
Laurel Wamsley / NPR

The Earth's encounter with asteroid 3200 Phaethon on Saturday will be its closest since 1974 — and the closest it will be until 2093. The flyby means good gazing for amateur astronomers.

White House Insists Trump Tweet Wasn't Sexist. Female Senators Disa...

White House Insists Trump Tweet Wasn't Sexist. Female Senators Disagree

Dec. 12
Tamara Keith / NPR

In a statement on Twitter, Trump said Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand "would do anything" for campaign contributions. This was apparently a response to Gillibrand's call for Trump to resign.

Latest Viral Video: Ghana's Prez Throws Shade At Foreign Aid

Latest Viral Video: Ghana's Prez Throws Shade At Foreign Aid

Dec. 12
Joanne Lu / NPR

At a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo said the country needs to stand on its own. And social media exploded.

Human Feet Still Washing Up In Pacific Northwest, But Don't Panic

Human Feet Still Washing Up In Pacific Northwest, But Don't Panic

Dec. 12
Camila Domonoske / NPR

For years, human feet have been bobbing ashore in Washington State and British Columbia. Last week another was found on Vancouver Island. No foul play has ever been uncovered.

The U.N. Looks At Extreme Poverty In The U.S., From Alabama To Cali...

The U.N. Looks At Extreme Poverty In The U.S., From Alabama To California

Dec. 12
Marc Silver / NPR

One sign of the poverty they're investigating — the recent (and surprising) reemergence of hookworm in Lowndes County, Ala.

What Learning Looks Like: Creating A Well-Tuned Orchestra In Your H...

What Learning Looks Like: Creating A Well-Tuned Orchestra In Your Head

Dec. 12
By Megan Burks

Standardized testing has put an intense focus on reading and math in U.S. schools, causing enrollment in arts classes to plummet. So scientists are conducting their own tests — in the form of MRIs and EEGs — to make the case for bringing arts education back.

NTSB Releases Findings On What Sank The Doomed Ship El Faro

Dec. 12
Colin Dwyer / NPR

In draft findings that are expected to be adopted Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board found a range of problems with the freighter that sank in a 2015 hurricane, killing its whole crew.

Waste Not, Want Not: Drink Beer To Feed Fish And Help Save The Planet

Waste Not, Want Not: Drink Beer To Feed Fish And Help Save The Planet

Dec. 12
Alastair Bland / NPR

Industry trailblazers are trying to reduce the energy and resource costs of aquaculture. Possible solutions include using brewery waste, algae, insects or even carbon dioxide to feed the fish we eat.

The Zzymzzy Quartet Blends Gypsy Swing And Jazz Standards From The ...

The Zzymzzy Quartet Blends Gypsy Swing And Jazz Standards From The American Songbook

Dec. 12
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

For over a decade the Zzymzzy Quartet has been transporting audiences back in time with their 1930’s era music. Inspired by Django Reinhardt and the American Songbook, these San Diegans have become an integral part of the swing dance scene.

Insurance Commissioner Says More Intense Fires Could Lead to Fewer ...

Insurance Commissioner Says More Intense Fires Could Lead to Fewer Fire Insurance Options

Dec. 12
Guy Marzorati / KQED

The “new normal” of California’s fire season — year-round threats to homes all over the state — could alter the marketplace for fire insurance, according to California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.

After The Fires, North Bay School For Autistic Children Seeks A New...

After The Fires, North Bay School For Autistic Children Seeks A New Normal

Dec. 12
Lee Romney / KQED

For the 120 students at Santa Rosa’s Anova Center for Education, the past two months have been tough.

France Moves To Ban Students From Using Cellphones In Schools

France Moves To Ban Students From Using Cellphones In Schools

Dec. 12
Laurel Wamsley / NPR

The country's education minister says the strict rules are a matter of public health. But some teachers and parents call it a losing battle.

Amid Amazon Competition, Westfield Malls Sold For $15.7B

Amid Amazon Competition, Westfield Malls Sold For $15.7B

Dec. 12
By Associated Press

The owner of Westfield shopping centers is being bought by French property investor Unibail-Rodamco for $15.7 billion as shop retailers struggle to keep up with the move to online sites like Amazon.

Deadly Blast At An Austrian Gas Hub Prompts A State Of Emergency In...

Deadly Blast At An Austrian Gas Hub Prompts A State Of Emergency In Italy

Dec. 12
Colin Dwyer / NPR

At least one person was killed and many others injured when an explosion ripped through the hub. Fears of supply disruptions quickly caused energy prices to leap across Europe, especially in Italy.

Federal Terrorism Charges Filed Against NYC Subway Bombing Suspect ...

Federal Terrorism Charges Filed Against NYC Subway Bombing Suspect Akayed Ullah

Dec. 12
Bill Chappell / NPR

Prosecutors say Akayed Ullah posted an update to his Facebook account on Monday that stated, "Trump you failed to protect your nation."