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How The Biggest Animal On Earth Got So Big

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 6:02pm

Whales might be the largest animals on the planet, but they haven't always been so huge. Researchers say the ocean giants only became enormous fairly recently, and over a short period of time.

(Image credit: Silverback Films/BBC/Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

3.3 Million Year Old Fossil Sheds Light On How The Spine Evolved

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 5:17pm

It's hard evidence that the type of spinal segmentation and numbering found in modern humans emerged 3.3 million years ago, the scientists say. The remarkable fossil was discovered in Ethiopia.

(Image credit: Zeray Alemseged, University of Chicago)

Me, Myself, and IKEA: What Our Love For Swedish Furniture Says About Narcissism

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 8:01pm

In general, people show a subtle bias toward the self. This is why we love the IKEA furniture we've built, and gravitate toward others with the same name. But there are much larger implications, too.

(Image credit: Renee Klahr)

International Eel Smuggling Scheme Centers On Maine

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 3:35pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Bill Trotter, a fishery and environmental reporter for the Bangor Daily News, about the illegal eel fishing scheme in Maine.

At 94, Lithium-Ion Pioneer Eyes A New Longer-Lasting Battery

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 2:50pm

In 1980, John Goodenough's work led to the lithium-ion battery, now found in everything from phones to electric cars. He and fellow researchers say they've come up with a faster-charging alternative.

(Image credit: Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUT)

Pediatricians Advise No Fruit Juice Until Kids Are 1

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 11:02pm

Older kids should limit the amount of juice they drink too. Whole fruit is better than juice because it contains fiber, which slows the absorption of sugar and fills you up the way juice doesn't.

(Image credit: KathyDewar/Getty Images)

Cloud Eggs: The Latest Instagram Food Fad Is Actually Centuries Old

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 6:00am

The fanciful dish was meant to impress nearly 400 years ago, so don't roll your eyes at photos of these pretty edibles: They're actually a time-honored tradition tinged with a bit of kitchen science.

(Image credit: Maria Godoy/NPR)

Why Brain Scientists Are Still Obsessed With The Curious Case Of Phineas Gage

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 4:00am

In 1848, a railroad worker survived an accident that drove a 13-pound iron bar through his head. The injury changed his personality, and our understanding of the brain.

(Image credit: Wikimedia)

Scientists Sneak A Peek At How Ladybugs Fold Their Wings

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 8:00am

Ladybugs are famous for their spotted wing cases. But researchers in Japan were interested in what was happening under that colorful exterior: How delicate wings were folding origami-like into place.

(Image credit: University of Tokyo/PNAS)

We Have Always Been Bored — 'Yawn' Wonders Why

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 6:00am

Mary Mann's new book digs into a phenomenon as old as humanity: boredom. Why do we get bored? Is there a cure? Yawn is a thoughtful read, but its mix of autobiography and scholarship doesn't jell.

(Image credit: Raquel Zaldivar/NPR)

Scientists One Step Closer To 3-D-Printed Ovaries To Treat Infertility

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 5:00am

Researchers printed gelatin scaffolds into which they placed ovarian tissue, and then implanted the new organs in mice. Three out of seven female mice produced healthy offspring using the technology.

(Image credit: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)

Public To EPA On Cutting Regulations: 'No!'

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 3:38am

The Environmental Protection Agency asked for public input on "job-killing regulations" and has now received more than 28,000 comments, many of which urge the agency not to roll back protections.

(Image credit: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call,Inc.)

Energy Companies Urge Trump To Remain In Paris Climate Agreement

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 5:32pm

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says he wants the U.S. to remain in the 2015 Paris climate accord. Energy companies like Exxon Mobil and BP have also urged President Trump to continue supporting the deal.

(Image credit: Peter Dejong/AP)

Scientists Glued Fake Caterpillars On Plants Worldwide. Here's What Happened

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:28pm

Predators that attacked the clay caterpillars left telltale bite marks, which were later analyzed to help figure the critter's risk of getting eaten. That analysis revealed a striking pattern.

(Image credit: Chung Yun Tak)

Stormy Weather: Are We Well Prepared For The Next Disaster?

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 9:06am

Is the country well prepared for a summer of record heat, flash floods and extreme weather?

(Image credit: Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

Will The Government Help Farmers Adapt To A Changing Climate?

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 7:00am

The livelihoods of farmers and ranchers are intimately tied to weather and the environment. But they may no longer be able to depend on government research to help them adapt to climate change.

(Image credit: Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media)

Is 'Internet Addiction' Real?

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 4:00am

What started out as web surfing by a healthy teen descended into online obsession and isolation. Was it depression, internet addiction or both? Whatever you call it, rehab is now part of the answer.

(Image credit: Mark Fiore for KQED)

Many Of California's Salmon Populations Unlikely To Survive The Century

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 5:00pm

Climate change, dams and agriculture are threatening Chinook salmon, the iconic fish at the core of the state's fishing industry, a report predicts. And 23 other fish species are also at risk.

(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Tragic Love Triangle Is Sad For Lonely Rare Snail, Still Good For Science

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 4:09pm

A garden snail with a rare genetic condition can't mate with normal snails; scientists launch an international search for a mate; two possible mates are found. But they mate with each other instead.

(Image credit: Angus Davison, University of Nottingham)

Orangutan Moms Are The Primate Champs Of Breast-Feeding

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 1:49pm

Orangutans breast-feed up to nine years, longer than any other primate. That may help offspring survive food shortages. But humans may have gained a survival advantage from weaning earlier.

(Image credit: Tim Laman/Science Advances)

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