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37 Products On Amazon Prime That Have Thousands Of Rave Reviews & Absolutely Rule

They say variety is the spice of life, and it's true. Change is just as essential to life as breathing — except when it's not. Like comfort foods, …

New Music Friday: April 20

On this week's quick run through some of the best new albums out on April 20, <i>All Songs Considered'</i>sRobin Hilton chats with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson about the primal pop of Kimbra, dark and majestic songs from Exitmusic, Nashville veterans The Old Crow Medicine Show, the …

Tools of Trump’s Fixer: Payouts, Intimidation and the Tabloids

As accounts of past sexual indiscretions threatened to surface during Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign, the job of stifling potentially damaging stories fell to his longtime lawyer and all-around fixer, Michael D. Cohen.<p>To protect his boss at critical junctures in his improbable political …

Review: Darlingside, 'Extralife'

<i>Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page.</i><p>Dystopian art is all the rage these days. Shows like <i>Black Mirror</i> darkly question our relationships to technology and politics, …

The GOP’s FBI Conspiracy Theory Just Got Even Dumber

Congressional Republicans have uncovered a scandal that’s “worse the Watergate,” a threat to “rule of law” in the United States, and “very, very sad …

China mom pays dearly for husband's probe of Ivanka Trump

XIANGYANG, China (AP) — With two young children, Deng Guilian hadn't planned on going back to work. That changed after her husband was arrested while …

Military Quietly Prepares for a Last Resort: War With North Korea

WASHINGTON — Across the military, officers and troops are quietly preparing for a war they hope will not come.<p>At Fort Bragg in North Carolina last month, a mix of 48 Apache gunships and Chinook cargo helicopters took off in an exercise that practiced moving troops and equipment under live artillery …

North Korea

2018 Will Be a Massive Shift for UX Design

The year UX designers break beyond screens.<p>As we look back on 2017, some pretty great things happened in the field of UX: the number of practitioners has continued to grow, new specialists (like UX writers) have emerged, and the lexicon of interactions has evolved with shrinking interfaces.<p>With …

This Gigantic Avocado Discovered in Hawaii Could Break a World Record

Guacamole for everybody!<p>While on a walk over the weekend, Pamela Wang, a resident of Kealakekua, Hawaii, found something miraculous: a 5.23-pound …

29 of The Most Surreal Landscapes on The Planet You Must See

Alien visions right here on Earth.<p>Earth is full of bizarre landscapes. Some are land formations moulded over thousands of years, while others are …

Heavy Rotation: The Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Each month, NPR Music asks our friends at public radio stations around the country for the songs they can't stop spinning. Whether it's a new song from a local artist or a band from the other side of the world, the mix is likely to include something you've never heard before.<p>November's playlist …

Is China leaping past us?

With little notice in Washington, Beijing has quietly become an innovation superpower. How should the U.S. respond?<p>Sixty years ago this fall, the Soviet Union shocked the world by launching into orbit Earth’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1. The beach ball-sized spacecraft was an astounding …

Innovation

At Least 16 U.S. Embassy Staff In Cuba Treated After 'Health Attacks'

At least 16 U.S. government employees in Cuba have been treated after experiencing symptoms including hearing loss.<p>Employees at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba started experiencing odd medical symptoms starting in late 2016, which Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has characterized as "health attacks."<p>"We …

Cuba

The Road to a Free Europe Goes Through Moscow

The Kremlin wants to destroy the trans-Atlantic alliance. Does Trump want to save it?<p>When Angela Merkel meets with Donald Trump on Friday, she won’t just be representing Germany. She’ll be bringing all the hopes and anxieties of an anxious continent—one whose fears have been stoked by the fervor …

Geopolitics

China and North Korea: Nuclear Tests Highlight Complex Relationship

The chorus of condemnation over North Korea's nuclear test carried calls for strong action from China — but Beijing continues to back its reclusive neighbor.<p>Despite the provocative display of force just 50 miles from its border, Beijing's response to the nuclear test was relatively muted: China's …

The secret lives of long-lived particles

A theoretical species of particle might answer nearly every question about our cosmos—if scientists can find it. The universe is unbalanced.Gravity …

Physics

Was Earth Born With Life On It?

If you asked a professional – a biologist, a fossil-hunter or a geologist – how old life on Earth was back in the 1970s, you would’ve gotten a very careful “I don’t know” answer. Going back before the rise of mammals, before birds, dinosaurs, reptiles, fish, crustaceans or even starfish and …

Russia's election and the need for legitimacy

<b>This Sunday's parliamentary election is the eighth which I have witnessed or reported on in Russia since 1989. And, so far, it has been the least interesting.</b><p>In Moscow there have been fewer election posters and banners on view than in previous years. Last week one Russian newspaper joked that the …

Russia

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We're All Lost in a Directionless Universe, Study Concludes

The Universe has no 'up'.<p>Scientists have examined cosmic radiation left over from the Big Bang to put an end to a long-standing debate over whether …

Scientists Used a Particle Accelerator to Find a Hidden Face in Degas's Portrait of a Woman

Spooky.<p>Edgar Degas’s painting <i>Portrait of a Woman</i> is an enigmatic piece. When it was first acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria in 1937, it …

Scientists find Luca, a single-cell, bacterium-like organism that is the common ancestor of all life on Earth

Scientists might have found the common ancestor that unites all life on Earth – and it’s called Luca.<p>Our ultimate relative was a single-cell, …

Heavy Recruitment of Chinese Students Sows Discord on U.S. Campuses

Colleges need international students in part for the tuition revenue, but language and cultural barriers make assimilation a struggle<p>Chutian Shao moved from China to the Midwest college town of Champaign, Ill., a few years ago. Some days, he says, it feels as if he hasn’t traveled very far at …

University of Illinois