Pipelines conveying natural gas in Washington, D.C., are old and wearing out, with approximately four leaks per mile, a recent scientific survey of the pipes suggests. Researchers say the average amount of methane lost to leaks in Washington seems to be more than twice the national average for cities.
There is no such thing as a moose, said the French count to Thomas Jefferson. They don't exist. Americans see a reindeer and just call it a new name, saying it's bigger. But the only thing that's big here is your American imagination. Jefferson was incensed. Moose are real, are big, and you are an ignoramus, he said tactfully. Then he promised to deliver a moose to Paris. Here's what happened next.
Though the Florida Legislature has opposed allowing medical marijuana to cross the state line, it is considering making an exception for a variety that seems to ease a rare seizure disorder in children. One Florida father says his wife and daughter will have to move to Colorado if it's not legalized.
Pizza printed up for dinner? Or how about an edible photograph for your next birthday cake? The first restaurant-grade approved 3-D printer was unveiled last week, and the gadget can churn out candies in any shape imaginable. Other printers in the works make custom-shaped pastas and assemble ravioli and gnocchi.
Something happened to dolphins. Then it happened to humans. Both creatures had good-sized brains when, for reasons no one truly understands, dolphin brains suddenly got larger and larger, until — 15 million years ago — they stopped growing. Two million years ago it was our turn. Our brains went from the size of an orange to the size of a cantaloupe. Why the start? Why the stop? Who's next?
West Virginia officials have told residents to flush out their home water systems so that they can get water again. Tests at the affected water treatment plant show almost no contamination. However, the spill indicates how little is known about many chemicals in common use. Many of these chemicals are poorly known because people outside controlled workplaces are usually not exposed. And few people know where these chemicals are stored.
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Come to a place where peppers are so hot, fire trucks come to douse them. Pomegranates explode like grenades there, spaghetti threatens innocent sailors, and the moon is made of cinnamon. Two French food photographers imagine all this, and then let a polar bear water-ski through a plate of marshmallows.
Think you have a long commute? Well it's probably nothing compared to the red-necked phalarope's. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Malcie Smith of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds about their record-breaking migration and how scientists tracked the tiny birds.