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We Followed A Snowy Owl From Maryland To Ontario

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 6:04am

In the spring of 2015, a snowy owl named Baltimore was fitted with a backpack GPS transmitter. The data that transmitter collected over the past year shines a light on a mysterious species.

Mosquito Hunters Set Traps Across Houston, Search for Signs of Zika

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 4:05am

Harris County, Texas, operates one of the largest mosquito control operations in the country, with more than 50 people who trap, freeze and test mosquitoes for disease threats.

Gig Economy Reduces Lower Quality Entrepreneurial Activity, Study Shows

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 4:05am

The gig economy might allow entrepreneurs more freedom to earn a living working hours that suit start-up activities, but it also discourages lower quality ventures — the type that fail on Kickstarter.

When Great Minds Think Unlike: Inside Science's 'Replication Crisis'

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:10pm

Lots of psychology studies fail to produce the same results when they are repeated. Does that mean we shouldn't trust science?

Building An Antibiotic To Kill Bad Microbes While Sparing Good Ones

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 2:36pm

Most antibiotics can't tell the difference between good and bad bacteria. That means medicines can kill helpful bacteria in your gut while they're obliterating the ones making you sick.

Inventing A Machine That Spits Out Drugs In A Whole New Way

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 2:12pm

A refrigerator-sized machine could someday make lifesaving drugs on site when outbreaks occur or where medicine is in short supply, like on the battlefield.

5,000-Year-Old Chinese Beer Recipe Revealed

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 2:11pm

Researchers discovered ancient "beer-making tool kits" in underground rooms built between 3400 and 2900 B.C. Analyses of funnels, pots and jugs show the brewers were using pretty advanced techniques.

Going There: The Future Of Water

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:15am

Western states like Colorado are balancing competing demands for waterways. When recreation, agriculture and civic interests find themselves at odds, how can water resources be divided fairly?

A Warming World Means Less Water, With Economic Consequences

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 4:50pm

We know that climate change will make water scarcer. But it could also have big economic impacts, Richard Damania of the World Bank says.

With Drought The New Normal In The West, States Scramble To Prepare

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 4:00pm

As the Colorado River dries out, the seven states that rely on this body of water risk water scarcity. Colorado state historian Patty Limerick discusses preparations for water scarcity in the West.

E.O. Wilson Goes To Washington

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 4:00pm

The Pulitzer Prize winner, who's known as the "father of biodiversity," is a scientific superstar. But now he's trying to convince Congress to set aside half the earth as wilderness.

To Put An End To Her Daughter's Bullying, A Mother Takes A Page From Darwin

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 7:00am

Leslie Blanchard worried her daughter might bully another child, and decided to nip it in the bud. She tells NPR's Rachel Martin how she did it.

A 66,000 Pound Space Shuttle Fuel Tank Is Parading Through The Streets Of LA

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 3:48pm

ET-94, which is as tall as a 15-story building, is on a 16-mile trek through Los Angeles on its way to the California Science Center. It's set to be displayed with the space shuttle Endeavor.

Solar Airplane Attempting To Circumnavigate The Globe Takes Off From Tulsa, Okla.

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 1:14pm

Solar Impulse 2, the experimental plane attempting to fly around the world using only the sun's power, is heading toward Dayton, Ohio on the latest leg of its journey.

Rising Tides Force Thousands To Leave Islands Of Eastern India

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 5:54pm

On the small Indian island of Ghoramara, many people have never heard of climate change. It has forced tens of thousands of people to move after their homes were swallowed by rising tides.

New Labels Warn That A Tender Steak Could Be A Little Dangerous

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 2:26pm

Mechanically tenderized meat — which has been punctured with needles to break down the muscle fibers and make it easier to chew — has a greater chance of being contaminated and making you sick.

What Can Today's Designers Learn From Nature?

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 7:36am

Science writer Janine Benyus believes innovators should look to nature when solving a design problem. She says the natural world is full of ideas for making things waterproof, solar-powered and more.

How Do You Lift A Million Pounds Of Stainless Steel? Very Carefully

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:00am

The U. S. is the proud owner of the world's largest deadweight machine, used to calibrate high-tech measurement devices. Repairing it recently was risky, using 50 year-old tools. No toes were smashed.

FDA Considering Pricey Implant As Treatment For Opioid Addiction

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 3:40am

The FDA could soon approve an implantable form of a drug used to treat opioid addiction. While the approach helped patients avoid relapse in tests, its price may be prohibitive for some, doctors say.

California Will Let Local Authorities Assess Water Conservation Goals Amid Drought

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 3:44pm

This will replace mandatory state-driven standards. It's happening because California's drought — now entering its fifth year — is easing in some parts of the state but not others.

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