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Fishing And Foraging: How To Catch Your Seafood, Ethically

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 9:00am

Fisherman Kirk Lombard's new book teaches people to fish and forage along the northern California coast, while urging them to harvest in moderation, follow regulations and respect sea creatures.

The Physics And Psychology Of 'The Wave' At Sporting Events

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 8:54am

You may love or hate 'the wave' as it sweeps through spectators at baseball, football and soccer games. But physicists say the synchronized action shows how humans are like particles.

Will Your Prescription Meds Be Covered Next Year? Better Check!

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 3:32am

Insurers have released the latest lists of prescription drugs they won't cover in 2017. Express Scripts is excluding 85 drugs and CVS Caremark, 131. Some drugs for diabetes and asthma are out.

How 'Patient H.M.' And His Lobotomy Contributed To Understanding Memories

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 4:25pm

William Scoville's lobotomy on patient Henry Molaison taught scientists a lot about human memory, but left Molaison with memory problems. Luke Dittrich discusses the story in his book Patient H.M.

How The Placebo Effect Could Boost An Olympic Performance

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 5:00am

One athlete's "psych-up" ritual may psych out an opponent. And even treatments that lack hard evidence of benefit, scientists say, might provide a competitive edge if the athletes believe they work.

In A Remote Vault In Norway, Repository Stores The World's Seeds

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 4:02pm

Cary Fowler, senior adviser to the Global Crop Diversity Trust, talks about a giant vault of millions of seeds stored away in an icy mountain in Norway. Fowler is the author of Seeds on Ice.

Bird Myth Busters: Do Birds Fly To The Moon In Winter? And Other Unknowns

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 7:54am

Do hummingbirds migrate on the backs of geese? And will rice thrown at weddings really make birds explode? Scott Simon gets to the bottom of some bird myths with Ray Brown, host of "Talkin' Birds."

How To Keep Your Coffee In Its Cup: The Claw Grip

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 7:54am

What's the best method for holding a cup of coffee so it doesn't spill? NPR's Scott Simon learned that an overhand claw-like grip is best.

Astronomers Are On A Celestial Treasure Hunt. The Prize? Planet Nine

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 7:54am

Earlier this year, a pair of scientists predicted the existence of a ninth planet based on computer modeling of the solar system. This fall, the race is on to be the first to spot it in a telescope.

In The Pacific Northwest, Oil Train Derailment Highlights Potential Dangers

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 3:31pm

The number of trains carrying oil along the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington could dramatically increase. There's a plan to ship more oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota to a proposed oil terminal in southwest Washington state. An oil train derailment earlier this year has shown the potential danger faced by the region.

The Colony-Killing Mistake Backyard Beekeepers Are Making

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 1:50pm

Bee experts warn that novices may be inadvertently putting their hives in danger by not keeping the mite population in check.

Why Doctors Want A Computerized Assistant For Cancer Care

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 11:35am

There's more information on genetic mutations and in the scientific literature than cancer doctors can process easily. Smart, fast computers might be able to help.

Flint Mayor: 'Everybody Played A Role In This Disaster'

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 8:15am

As a federal state of emergency ends for Flint, Mich., Mayor Karen Weaver says residents don't trust that government officials have fully addressed the lead contamination of their water.

He's Brilliant, She's Lovely: Teaching Computers To Be Less Sexist

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 7:01am

Algorithms teach computers how to process language. But because they draw on human writing, they have some biases. Researchers are trying to weed out those problematic associations.

Where Lead Lurks And Why Even Small Amounts Matter

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 3:40am

Federal environmental regulations for lead in drinking water still leave room for concentrations high enough to pose a health hazard, critics say.

Once Nearly Extinct California Island Foxes No Longer Endangered

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 8:16pm

Thanks to an aggressive recovery effort, a species of tiny foxes endemic to California recovers in what researchers say is record time.

Bald Eagle's Comeback Means Bad News For Other Rare Birds

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 3:33pm

The recovery of the bald eagle is bad news for herons, loons and other rare birds. Their numbers are being decimated by eagles who prey upon them.

Talk About An Ancient Mariner! Greenland Shark Is At Least 272 Years Old

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 1:01pm

This Arctic species can live longer than any other known animal advanced enough to have a backbone, scientists say — maybe more than 500 years. Their muscles might hold clues that could help humans.

Robot-Like Machines Helped People With Spinal Injuries Regain Function

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 8:00am

Eight people with serious spinal injuries who practiced hours of interaction with wearable machines for months regained lost feeling and some ability to move.

Astronomers Predict Incredible Show As Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 3:28pm

The popular annual Perseid meteor shower peaks Thursday night. If astronomical predictions hold true, it could be the best show in years.




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