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Win Like Flynn: A Bichon Frise Is This Year's Top Dog At Westminster Show

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 3:01am

The white fluff ball rose to the top of the pack among 2,800 entrants at the annual show held at Madison Square Garden in New York.

(Image credit: Mary Altaffer/AP)

Candy Heart Messages Getting Stale? Computer-Generated Options Are No Help

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 3:35pm

Computer programs known as neural networks learn by example. So a researcher plugged in some typical Valentine's Day candy heart messages — and got some weird new word combos. "BEAR WIG," anyone?

(Image credit: Melissa Deakin Photography/Getty Images)

'How To Think Like An Anthropologist' — And Why You Should Want To

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:50am

In step with Matthew Engelke's book published Tuesday, Barbara J. King says thinking anthropologically has never been more critical than in today's world, where assumptions are made and shared widely.

(Image credit: Robert Decelis Ltd/Getty Images)

Super Sensitive Sensor Sees What You Can't

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:08am

Engineers at Dartmouth College have developed a computer chip that can detect a single particle of light. Cameras with the chip would have visual abilities even a superhero would envy.

(Image credit: Jiaju Ma)

Your Besotted Brain: A Neuroscience Love Song

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 4:00am

A Valentine's music video from Skunk Bear explores the ways your brain and body change when you fall in love — and change again as love deepens and matures.

(Image credit: Adam Cole/NPR's Skunk Bear)

California Officials Set Up Invasive Swamp Rodent Hotline

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 7:36pm

Nutria can grow up to 2.5 feet, weigh 20 pounds and wreak destruction wherever they go. State authorities believed they were extinct but recent sightings have led to a call for the public to help.

(Image credit: Michael Probst/AP)

What Canola Can Tell Us About Crops And Climate Change

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:01am

When canola seedpods shatter prematurely, farmers can lose a lot of their crop. Scientists have now figured out how this happens, and it has implications for similar crops facing global warming.

(Image credit: Andrew Davies/courtesy John Innes Centre)

A New Goal: Aim To Be Less Wrong

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 7:41am

When beginning from the assumption that you are wrong, a criticism may be easier to construe as a helpful pointer, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.

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The Gap Between The Science On Kids And Reading, And How It Is Taught

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 5:01am

Two thirds of the nation's school children struggle with reading. Neuroscientist Mark Seidenberg says teachers need a better understanding of what science knows about how kids learn to read.

(Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR)

Smartphone Detox: How To Power Down In A Wired World

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:03am

In an era when many kids get a first smartphone at age 10, psychologists say the devices have turned us into Pavlov's dogs — drooling for the next notification, buzz or text. Ready to dial back?

(Image credit: Ryan Johnson for NPR)

PHOTOS: These Images Were Captured Nearly 3.8 Billion Miles From Earth

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 3:59pm

The distance marks a record: the farthest from Earth an image has been taken. Before NASA's New Horizons probe caught these glimpses in December, the 1990 "Pale Blue Dot" image had held the record.

(Image credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI)

Finding Planets Outside The Milky Way

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 7:02am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with University of Oklahoma postdoctoral researcher Eddie Guerras about how his team detected planets outside of our galaxy.

Teens And Gender

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 7:02am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Nic Rider, post-doctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota whose research shows more teens in the U.S. are identifying as transgender or gender nonconforming.

I Didn't Think There Were Many African Women Scientists. Then I Checked Twitter

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 6:00am

The author, a woman scientist from Africa, was stumped by a survey asking her to name women scientists from Africa.

(Image credit: Maria Fabrizio for NPR)

More Religious Leaders Challenge Silence, Isolation Surrounding Suicide

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 5:00am

Many faith leaders are looking past suicide as a sin to help spot and support those suffering from mental health issues in their communities.

(Image credit: Nicole Xu for NPR)

Sue The T. Rex Is Making Big Moves With Her Big Bones

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 2:28am

The famous fossil calls the Chicago Field Museum home and is moving from the main exhibit hall to a private suite on the second floor.

(Image credit: Courtesy of The Field Museum)

Blue Dye Kills Malaria Parasites — But There Is One Catch

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:29pm

Methylene blue used to be an anti-malarial treatment but fell out of favor. Researchers wondered, what if it were added to a current medication?

(Image credit: Jay Reed/NPR )

Computational Propaganda: Bots, Targeting, And The Future

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:37am

Computational propaganda was invented by people who realized the possibilities emerging from the intersection of new technologies and behaviors they create — and it's frightening, says Adam Frank.

(Image credit: Saul Gravy/Getty Images)

Jedidah Isler: What Role Do Supermassive Black Holes Play In The Cosmos?

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 8:26am

Scientists believe at the center of every galaxy is a supermassive black hole. Jedidah Isler describes how gamma ray telescopes have expanded our knowledge of this mysterious aspect of space.

(Image credit: Ryan Lash/TED)

Natasha Hurley-Walker: How Do Radio Telescopes Reveal The Universe We Can't See?

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 8:26am

Natasha Hurley-Walker explains how a new radio telescope helps us "see" without light. She says these telescopes can tell us about millions of galaxies — and maybe even the beginning of time.

(Image credit: Natasha Hurley Walker)

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