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NPR Science Correspondent Jon Hamilton gives us an update on those mighty mice that went into space this past winter. The results could have big implications for the future of space travel.Check out the study to learn more about the results.Also, since it's a Micro Wave, we hear some listener mail from you! Which you can always send us by emailing

A Short Wave guide (with some help from our friends at NPR Politics) to Joe Biden's coronavirus plan.

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Though half the population experiences it, perimenopause is still a largely misunderstood chapter of reproductive life.

University and military researchers are studying how attackers could hack into AI systems by exploiting how these systems learn. It's known as "adversarial AI." (Encore episode.)

A new study demonstrates the critical role a doctor's race could play in the survival of Black newborns.

The Atlantic's Ed Yong explains the "pandemic spiral" the U.S. is stuck in. He argues our intuitions have been misleading our response, rather than guiding us out of disaster.

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Moving human waste more efficiently down a toilet bowl could be one solution for saving water. In this encore episode, we bring you some toilet science.

Mathematician Eugenia Cheng uses category theory to re-examine the gendered thinking society

Asked and answered: why some of you might be more prone to being bitten by mosquitoes than others.

It's not just because they're incredibly diverse — it's that they inspire passion in the scientific community.

Long before the vast blazes of recent years, Native American tribes held controlled burns that cleared out underbrush, encouraged new plant growth, and helped manage wildfires.

In June, the Trump Administration suspended new h-1b visas for the remainder of the year, affecting US companies seeking to hire international scientists and engineers.

Astrophysicist Katie Mack breaks down some ways the universe will end — as told in her new book, The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking).

As satellites have increased, so, too, has space junk. On today's show, we talk about how space junk could pose a serious problem to the final frontier. (Encore episode.)

Black holes are one of the most beguiling and puzzling objects in our universe, where the laws of physics break down. We explore their fascinating properties. (Encore episode.)

Science writer Jennifer Leman did it. She ranked all 158 moons in our solar system based on interviews with scientists. And her own moonpinions. (Encore episode.)

It's Space Week on SW! Dark energy makes up almost 70% of our universe and is believed to be the reason the universe is expanding. But little is known about it. (Encore episode.)

Arecibo, one of the largest single-dish telescopes in the world, was damaged in early August. Here's why that's a big deal.