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Tweeting From A Conflict Zone: Does It Help Or Hurt News Reporting?

As Gaza, Ukraine and Syria trend on Twitter, has social media changed the way conflicts are covered? Host Michel Martin finds out from reporter Anne Barnard and Peter Bouckaert of Human Rights Watch.

Morning Edition

Rosetta Spacecraft Readies For Rendezvous With Comet

The Rosetta spacecraft hibernated for 31 months while its orbit took it too far away from the sun for its solar arrays to keep it operational. It's ready for a rendezvous with a comet Aug. 6.

Morning Edition

Son's Mental Illness Prompts Billionaire's Big Donation To Psychiatric Research

Ted Stanley is giving $650 million to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to find and treat the genetic underpinnings of mental illnesses. His son has bipolar disorder.

All Things Considered

1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter?

The last time the FCC saw this much public interest was after the Janet Jackson Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction. But research shows comments aren't likely to sway the agency's policy decision.

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Why Diversity In Tech Matters: 'People Solve Problems That They See'

Host Michel Martin talks to a roundtable of activists and innovators about the future of technology, and recruiting the next generation of African-Americans and Latinos into the tech field.

Morning Edition

Next To Silicon Valley, Nonprofits Draw Youth Of Color Into Tech

Programs like Hack the Hood try to help young people in Oakland, Calif., find a gateway into the high-tech industry — and out of "dead-end" jobs.

All Things Considered

Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists

Florida native Lauren Arrington discovered that invasive lionfish, which usually live in the ocean, could survive in nearly fresh water. The 12-year-old's experiment blew away professional scientists.

45 Years Ago, Armstrong Took His 'One Small Step'

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11's Lunar Module, Eagle, touched down in the moon's Sea of Tranquility, marking humankind's first journey to another world.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us'

Forty-five years after man first walked on the moon, Alan Bean, who was part of the second lunar landing, talks to NPR's Arun Rath about his stormy launch and how he translates space travel into art.

All Things Considered

With Malaysia Airlines Crash, A Loss For AIDS Research

A number of scientists and others members of the AIDS research community died in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with journalist and editor in chief of HIV Plus magazine Diane Anderson-Minshall about the loss.

Remains Of Clovis Boy Reburied In Montana

July 22, 2014
During a special ceremony, scientists and representatives of six tribes reburied a 12,600-year-old Clovis child in a patch of sagebrush on Saturday June, 28, 2014, close to the site where he was accidentally unearthed almost 50 years ago. (Shawn Raecke/Livingston Enterprise)

DNA from the boy buried 12,600 years ago shows his people were ancestors of many of today’s native peoples.

‘I'm Not Stupid, Just Dyslexic’

July 22, 2014
In every U.S.classroom, on average, one or two students has dyslexia. The brain-based learning disability often runs in families and can make reading painfully difficult. (Janine/Flickr)

This is the second of a series of reports this week from WBUR called “Brain Matters: Reporting from the Front Lines of Neuroscience.”

Are We Entering A Golden Age Of Neuroscience?

July 21, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks on April 2, 2013 to announce his Administration's BRAIN, Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, Initiative. The BRAIN Initiative ultimately aims to help researchers find new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

This is the first of a series of reports this week from WBUR called “Brain Matters: Reporting from the Front Lines of Neuroscience.”

Why Hot Cars Are So Deadly

July 21, 2014
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration officials demonstrate how hot it can get inside a parked car with a demonstration outside of the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, Georgia. (Adam Ragusea)

An average of 38 kids die in a hot car every year in the U.S. We look at the science of why cars get so hot so fast, and why children are more vulnerable.

Boston Research Finds Kids’ Brains Benefit From Playing Music

July 17, 2014
Kathleen Jara, co-director of the El Sistema program at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston, directs orchestra students during a rehearsal. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

New research shows that learning to play a musical instrument, especially at a young age, can benefit the brain.

Cool Or Creepy? Mass. Startup Developing ‘World’s First Family Robot’

July 17, 2014
Social robotics expert and Jibo CEO Cynthia Breazeal next to the company's robot-in-development. (Courtesy)

Robotics startup Jibo designs a home-based robot to be a trusted companion and family assistant.

Why We Lie

July 16, 2014
The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone---Especially Ourselves (cover photo)

Why we lie. Why we cheat. Psychology has a new theory of the case.

Light Pollution And 'The End Of Night'

July 16, 2014
(John M. Cropper/Flickr)

A walk on the dark side with Paul Bogard, passionate critic of artificial light and author of “The End of Night.”

Fossil Discovery May Reveal Largest Bird Ever To Fly

July 15, 2014
Line drawing of World’s Largest-Ever Flying Bird, Pelagornis sandersi, showing comparative wingspan. Shown left, a California Condor, shown right, a Royal Albatross. (Liz Bradford/WNPR)

The bird lived 25 million years ago and had a 24-foot wing span. Uncovered in the 1980s, the fossil went largely unnoticed until 2010.

GMO Bananas Must Pass Their First Test

July 11, 2014
Ugandan researcher Stephen Buah and Professor James Dale hold bananas bred to be rich in vitamin A at Queensland University of Technology (Erika Fish/Courtesy of Queensland University of Technology)

Researchers hope to fight vitamin A deficiency in Uganda with genetically engineered bananas, as long as tests in Iowa go well.

Week In The News: Immigration, Israel-Palestine And NSA Spying

July 11, 2014
n this July 7, 2014 file photo, immigrant families and children's advocates rally in response to President Barack Obama's statement on the crisis of unaccompanied children and families illegally entering the United States, outside the Los Angeles Federal building. (AP)

Immigration crisis on the border. Rockets and bombs in Gaza, Israel. Smallpox found in a storage box. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

New Research On Addiction And The Brain

July 10, 2014
In this Saturday, March 2, 2013 photo, a woman smokes a cigarette while sitting in her truck in Hayneville, Ala.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School scientists are developing a better understanding of the profound role the brain plays in addiction.

Cracking The Girl Code In Math And Science

July 10, 2014
Erica Orthmann: "Gender stereotyping -- namely, the notion that math is for boys -- starts as early as second grade."(woodleywonderworks/flickr)

Gender stereotyping — namely, the notion that math is for boys — starts as early as second grade.

GMO Labeling Comes To America

July 8, 2014
Edge Fuentes, left, stands with his wife Katie Spring, right, and their 9-month-old son Waylon in their planting room surrounded by seedlings for vegetables and flowers at their Good Heart Farmstead, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Worcester, Vt. Spring and Fuentes back the GMO labeling law that was recently signed by Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.

GMO labeling comes to America. It’s the law in Vermont. On the ballot in Oregon. Do we need it?

Why Are New Parents Depressed?

July 7, 2014
A mother and her newborn baby. (David Laporte / Creative Commons)

New parents and depression. Moms and dads. There’s new research. We’ll unpack it.

The Great White Shark Makes A Comeback

July 4, 2014
Past studies suggested a global decline in great white shark populations, but researchers recently found that the trend has reversed. (Joachim Huber/Flickr)

After years of decline, two recent studies published by the Public Library of Science found that great white shark populations are growing on both U.S. coasts.

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