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With Bees In Trouble, Almond Farmers Try Trees That Don't Need 'Em

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 11:42am

A relatively new variety of almond tree called Independence has some beekeepers nervous. These trees are self-fertile — meaning they technically don't need bees to pollinate their flowers.

What Happens When You Empathize With The Enemy

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 11:00pm

This week on Hidden Brain, the stories of two men who showed empathy for the other side and found themselves labeled "enemy" by their own people.

Studies Suggest Multilingual Exposure Boosts Children's Communication Skills

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 3:28pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Katherine Kinzler, associate professor of psychology and human development at Cornell University, about her research into the social skills developed by children raised in multilingual environments versus monolingual environments.

Baltimore Struggles To Protect Children From Lead Paint

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 3:23pm

Despite the attention to lead in water, the biggest health risk to children is still from lead paint. The city of Baltimore banned lead paint way back in 1950, but children continue to be poisoned.

Meet The U.K.'s Cutting-Edge Research Vessel ... Boaty McBoatface?

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 3:04pm

In an online poll created to help Britain's Natural Environment Research Council name its new research ship, one entrant has racked up the most votes. The final decision, however, rests with the NERC.

LOOK: Map Of Mars' Gravity Illuminates Planet's Interior

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 2:46pm

The map released by NASA was made by tracking subtle variations in the planet's gravitational pull on orbiting spacecraft.

Houston Prepares Now For Zika's Potential Arrival This Summer

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 1:28pm

When summer brings heat, humidity and mosquitoes, cities along the Gulf Coast may become gateways for Zika into the U.S. Impoverished areas are likely to bear the brunt, health officials say.

An Upside To Climate Change? Better French Wine

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 11:21am

Global warming has made conditions historically associated with great wines more frequent in Bordeaux and Burgundy, a study finds. But things look less bright for California vineyards.

Why Analysts Aren't Laughing At These Silly North Korean Photos

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 10:28am

North Korea's bombastic propaganda and backwards leadership has made it a topic of frequent parody. But experts say it's time to take the nation's nuclear capabilities more seriously.

'Blackfish' Director Calls New SeaWorld Policy 'A Defining Moment'

Sun, 03/20/2016 - 7:18am

Sea World is shutting down its controversial Orca shows. In light of this, Rachel Martin revisits a conversation with Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director of the documentary Blackfish.

The Story Pitch We Caught And Released: The 'Assfish'

Sun, 03/20/2016 - 7:18am

Each week, some story ideas make it on air while others die at the pitch meeting. Editor Ed McNulty gets a second chance to sell Rachel Martin on a story about a bony-eared fish with a funny name.

In California, Poisonous Death Cap Mushrooms Are The Forager's Bane

Sun, 03/20/2016 - 6:00am

Death caps, which grow throughout California, can easily be confused for edible mushrooms. But just one of these unassuming, greenish shrooms contains enough poison to kill someone.

Wanted: Female German Astronauts

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 4:08pm

Aerospace engineer Claudia Kessler is searching for Germany's first female astronaut. The country's previous 11 astronauts were all men, which she says highlights German sexism in the sciences.

In California, Dealing With A Drought And Preparing For A Flood

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 3:24pm

Why are some California reservoirs releasing water even though the state is going through an extreme drought? Turns out it's to prevent an even bigger disaster. But the strategy may change soon.

Could A Boiling River From A Childhood Legend Exist?

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 8:51am

As a boy, Andrés Ruzo heard stories of a mythical boiling river. Years later, as a geoscientist, he recounts his journey deep into the Amazon to see if the river actually exists.

How Can Satellite Images Unlock Secrets To Our Hidden Past?

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 8:51am

Sarah Parcak is a pioneer in space archaeology. She describes her method of using satellite images to locate lost ancient sites.

Can We Fall Prey To Hidden Parasites?

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 8:51am

Science writer Ed Yong delves into the hidden world of parasites. He describes how parasites, once inside a host's body, become masters in the craft of manipulation.

What Hidden Underwater Worlds Are Left To Discover?

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 8:51am

Ocean explorer Robert Ballard makes the case for exploring the deep oceans, where he is discovering new species, resources and mountain ranges.

How Can Hidden Sounds Be Captured By Everyday Objects

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 8:51am

Computer scientist Abe Davis explains how you can turn a plant or a bag of chips into a microphone, and capturing the hidden sound vibrations on a high-speed camera.

Gigi The Cow Broke The Milk Production Record. Is That Bad For Cows?

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 7:23am

Cows are being bred to be larger, hungrier, and more productive. But this drive to raise ever-larger, hulking Holsteins has some prominent livestock advocates ringing alarm bells.




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