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Watch This Native Pollinator Build Her Bee-Jeweled Nest

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 8:00am

Research shows that 400 female blue orchard bees are as effective at pollinating almonds as the more than 10,000 bees in a honeybee hive. But they reproduce slowly and are prone to wandering.

(Image credit: Josh Cassidy/KQED)

Despite FDA Caution, Doctors Say Lasers May Help With Vaginal Pain And Dryness

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 5:55pm

The FDA recently warned against using lasers for so-called "vaginal rejuvenation" treatments to reshape or tighten the vagina. But one kind of laser treatment might have gotten a bad rap.

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French Theme Park Asks: Crows Can Pick Up Trash, Why Can't You?

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 1:31pm

A team of six trained birds — rooks, actually — are collecting paper and cigarette stubs at the Puy du Fou park in western France. They drop the trash into a container in exchange for food.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Pou du Fuy theme park)

Ambitious 'Human Cell Atlas' Aims To Catalog Every Type Of Cell In The Body

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 4:00am

Already the project has revealed a previously unknown type of cell in the windpipe that might play a role in cystic fibrosis — and lead to a new treatment, scientists say.

(Image credit: Casey Atkins/Broad Institute)

After 17 Days and 1,000 Miles, A Mother Orca's 'Tour Of Grief' Is Over

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 8:17pm

After carrying her calf's corpse for an unusually long time, a "remarkably frisky" Tahlequah, or J-35, as the orca's known, was seen Saturday chasing a school of salmon with fellow members of her pod.

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New Study Sheds Light On Depression In Teens And Parents

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 7:09am

There is a new study on the effect treating teens for depression has on their parents. It suggests just treating teens has benefits for parents.

NASA Launches Spacecraft Toward The Sun

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 7:09am

This morning, NASA launched the Parker Solar Probe. The probe will attempt to get closer to the sun than any other human-made object.

Understanding Horizontal Gene Transfer In 'The Tangled Tree'

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 7:19am

NPR's Scott Simon asks science writer David Quammen about horizontal gene transfer and how it changes how we think about humankind's place in the world. Quammen's new book is The Tangled Tree.

The Sound Of The Golf Swing

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 7:19am

Manufacturers work to perfect the sound drivers make when the ball is hit just right. Scott Simon talks with Tom Mase, who teaches mechanical engineering at California Polytechnic State University.

In Parts Of California Blanketed With Wildfire Smoke, Breathing Is 'A Chore'

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 7:42pm

As fires continue to rage in California, smoke is causing health problems for some residents. Public health officials warn against breathing polluted air.

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Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend — Just Look Up

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 6:13pm

The shower will peak late Sunday night and early Monday morning, but you can also catch a good number of meteors in the middle of the night on Saturday. Find a dark spot and let your eyes adjust.

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Are You Listening? Hear What Uninterrupted Silence Sounds Like

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 4:41pm

Inside the Hoh Rain Forest in Washington state, acoustics experts have attempted to preserve a location free of human-made noise. They call it One Square Inch of Silence.

(Image credit: Samir S. Patel/Atlas Obscura)

From A Million Eggs, Putting Together Clues About Science's Past And Future

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 9:27am

Egg collecting was once a popular pastime. Now, the pristine specimens in one collection are a key resource for research on a range of topics, from the climate change to changes in bird populations.

(Image credit: Samir S. Patel/Atlas Obscura)

Families Choose Empathy Over 'Tough Love' To Rescue Loved Ones From Opioids

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 4:01am

Families are starting to adopt an approach that stresses compassion instead of harsh consequences for loved ones with addiction. Their goal? Keep them alive long enough to recover.

(Image credit: Robin Lubbbock/WBUR)

The Arid West Moves East, With Big Implications For Agriculture

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 7:37pm

An imaginary map line dividing East and West illustrates a climate boundary that has influenced how and where people live and work. Its eastward shift could predict changes in farming and ranching.

(Image credit: Joe Wertz/StateImpact Oklahoma)

Cal Fire Chief Discusses How Firefighters Are Battling California Blazes

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 4:32pm

The Mendocino Complex Fire in California is now the state's largest wildfire ever recorded. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Trump Claims California Is Wasting Water That Could Be Used To Fight Wildfires

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 4:07pm

The president blamed the intensity of the fires on state environmental policies, incorrectly claiming water that could be used to fight the fires is being pumped into the Pacific Ocean.

(Image credit: Noah Berger/AP)

VP Pence Unveils Plans For New Military Branch In Outer Space

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 3:25pm

Vice President Pence unveiled the Pentagon's plans for a branch of the military that could fight in space on Thursday.

NASA Braves The Heat to Get Up Close and Personal With Our Sun

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 3:25pm

A new NASA probe will get closer to our sun than ever before, to try to solve mysteries like why its atmosphere is so much hotter than its surface.

(Image credit: NASA)

White House Describes Military 'Space Force,' Aims To Create It By 2020

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 3:15pm

Vice President Pence said in a speech Thursday that the Space Force, which would be the military's sixth branch, will "prepare for the next battlefield" and "a new generation of threats."

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