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How GMOs Cut The Use Of Pesticides — And Perhaps Boosted It Again

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 10:43am

There's new and detailed data on the impact of genetically modified crops on pesticide use. Those crops replaced insecticides, and, at first, some herbicides. But herbicide use has rebounded.

SpaceX Rocket And Its Cargo Explode On Launch Pad In Florida

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 9:20am

A "significant explosion" hit the SpaceX launch pad at Cape Canaveral early Thursday, destroying the unmanned rocket that was set to launch this weekend.

One Result Of China's Buildup In South China Sea: Environmental Havoc

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 8:11am

China has been creating artificial islands out of reefs in the South China Sea. Environmentalists say the process is killing off coral and giant clams.

Want To Make Better Predictions? Researchers Explore How

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 4:07am

Analyzing an event by breaking it down into details might seem like a good way to predict the outcome, but social science research suggests that when most of us do it, we make worse predictions.

POLL: Most Americans Want Congress To Make Zika Funding A High Priority

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 2:05am

That's what 76 percent said in a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey. Half the respondents also said they'd be uncomfortable traveling to places in Florida where mosquitoes are spreading Zika.

Obama at Lake Tahoe Praises Conservation Efforts

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 8:07pm

The president warns that climate change can undermine decades-long conservation efforts. He spoke at an annual summit that brings people together to discuss how to keep Lake Tahoe blue.

Don't Be A Slowpoke: Why Left Lane Driving Causes Traffic

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 3:28pm

If you've ever yelled at a slowpoke blocking your way on the left lane of a crowded highway, your anger is now justified.

Western States Face Challenges Cleaning Up After Coal Mining

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 3:28pm

Coal companies in the West have mined an area the size of New York City — more than 400 square miles. Now they have to clean it up, and it's given rise to a whole new reclamation economy.

Minnesota Cracks Down On Neonic Pesticides, Promising Aid To Bees

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 1:18pm

Minnesota's governor has ordered new restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been blamed for killing bees. Many details of the plan, however, remain to be worked out.

Test Of Experimental Alzheimer's Drug Finds Progress Against Brain Plaques

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 12:10pm

Researchers have failed repeatedly in their efforts to slow or halt Alzheimer's disease. But there are hints that an experimental drug can do what previous medicines could not.

How An Edible Battery Could Power Medical Robots You Swallow

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 10:18am

Tiny devices sent into the human body for diagnosing and treating diseases run on batteries that may contain toxic materials. Researchers have come up with a safer battery made of natural pigments.

WATCH: International Space Station Flies Over 3 Hurricanes

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 8:34am

Two hurricanes in the Pacific — Lester and Madeline — are threatening Hawaii. Meanwhile, Gaston is crossing the open Atlantic. The space station got a good view of all three of them on Tuesday.

With Water In Short Supply, California Ranchers Grow Their Feed Indoors

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 4:10am

The extended drought in California has farmers looking for ways to use less water. Among them, growing feed indoors using hydroponics. The new diet is making some Central Valley sheep very happy.

Banned From National Forest, For-Profit Mushroom Pickers Go Underground

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 4:10am

Last year's forest fires have produced a bumper crop of coveted morel mushrooms in Montana's northwestern forests. But the Forest Service isn't issuing commercial licenses in some prime picking spots.

U.N. Health Officials Warn Gonorrhea Is Becoming Untreatable

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:08pm

The World Health Organization released new treatment guidelines that acknowledge an entire class of antibiotics is now all but useless against the sexually transmitted disease.

Their Masters' Voices: Dogs Understand Tone And Meaning Of Words

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 11:08am

When humans talk to dogs, the canine brains seem to separate the meaning of the words from the intonation used and to analyze each aspect independently.

Scientists Looking For Alien Life Investigate 'Interesting' Signal From Space

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 9:38am

Russian astronomers detected an unusual radio signal last year. The SETI Institute says its too soon to say if the signal came from intelligent lifeforms — but they're checking it out.

Researchers Test The Effects Of Background Music On People

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:02am

Despite being aware that the background music on a documentary about sharks was manipulating them, viewers found they were unable to keep the music from producing a sense of upliftment or of menace.

Baby Simulator Doesn't Deter Teenage Pregnancies, Study Indicates

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:02am

A study in The Lancet medical journal shows the prevention program didn't appear to have long-term effects on reducing risks of teenage pregnancy. Renee Montagne talks to lead author Sally Brinkman.

Surfers And Scientists Team Up To Create The 'Perfect Wave'

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 3:50am

Surfers once deemed man-made waves weak and mushy compared to the best that break along the coast. Then engineers and an 11-time world champion surfer showed just how good an artificial wave can be.




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