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STEM To Steam: How Coffee Is Perking Up Engineering Education

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 1:59pm

Coffee can teach us many things, including engineering. At the University of California, Davis, it's now the focus of the most popular elective class on campus and of an ambitious new research center.

WATCH: Bacteria Invade Antibiotics And Transform Into Superbugs

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 1:02pm

We know that bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics, but we've never seen it happen. An MIT scientist figured out how to show bacteria surviving antibiotics and invading a giant petri dish.

How A Dog In An MRI Scanner Is Like Your Grandma At A Disco

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 3:58am

To study dogs' brain activity, scientists had to train canines to hold absolutely still for eight minutes without restraint. But how do you get a dog to freeze that long inside a clanging MRI scanner?

NASA Mission To Retrieve Ancient Asteroid Dust Is Ready For Launch

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 3:57am

The mission aims to circle a hill-sized asteroid for two years, then skim its surface and bring a hearty sample of 4.5 billion-year-old dirt back to Earth.

Most Humpback Whales Taken Off Endangered Species List

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 11:58am

The National Marine Fisheries Service says nine of the 14 distinct populations of humpback whales have recovered enough that they no longer need to be considered endangered.

Facebook And Mortality: Why Your Incessant Joy Gives Me The Blues

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 10:46am

Has the social media site been good for our mental health or not? The evidence isn't straightforward, researchers say, despite lots of study. How Facebook makes you feel may depend on how you use it.

Social Science Researchers Explore 'Unethical Amnesia'

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 4:07am

Researchers find that one reason some people cheat over and over again is because we all tend to suffer from "unethical amnesia" — our minds are prone to forgetting the bad stuff we've done.

Most Humpback Whales Off Endangered List In 'Ecological Success Story'

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 11:30pm

Some whales of the Western U.S. will retain protections, and the moratorium on whaling remains in effect, but the National Marine Fisheries Service says most humpback whale populations have recovered.

Why The Discovery Of An Earth-Like Planet Is Such A Big Deal

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 3:30pm

Last month, astronomers announced they found a planet that is four light years away. This is huge news, and we need to pay attention.

Asteroid Named For Freddie Mercury Is Announced On His Birthday

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 1:44pm

The celestial body was discovered in the same year Mercury died at age 45. It was dedicated to the singer in honor of what would have been his 70th birthday, his bandmate Brian May announced.

When People Ate People, A Strange Disease Emerged

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 10:23am

For decades a rare disease crawled across Papua New Guinea. When scientists realized what was behind kuru, it caught everyone by surprise. But similar diseases can still be transmitted through food.

The Perils of Power

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 11:00pm

We've all heard the adage that "power corrupts," but psychologist Dacher Keltner at UC Berkeley has found evidence to prove it. His book is The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence.

Scientists Explore Purple Microbial Mats In The Depths Of Lake Huron

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 3:29pm

Researchers from around the world are visiting Lake Huron to look at purple mats deep below the water's surface. They believe these mats could explain how the Earth's oxygen rich air developed 2.4 billion years ago.

For Lizards, Climate Change Is A Deadly — And Complex — Threat

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 2:01pm

Scientists knew that lizards, which bask in the sun for warmth, are vulnerable to climate change. A new study suggests the hazards are more complicated, and possibly worse, than previously believed.

Before Apple And Facebook, There Was Something More Revolutionary

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 4:05am

More than any of today's icons — Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and the rest — Guglielmo Marconi was uniquely at the center of the communication revolution of his time, says Marc Raboy.

World's Largest Ape Is Added To Critically Endangered List

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 2:00pm

Populations of Grauer's gorilla (formerly known as the eastern lowland gorilla) total only around 3,800 individuals — a 77 percent reduction — according to a recent survey.

Oklahoma Shuts Down Energy Companies' Disposal Wells In Area Of Strong Quake

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 8:24am

Saturday's large quake immediately raised suspicions that it was linked to injection wells that oil and gas companies use as part of fracking and other operations.

A Teen Might Pick The Landing Site For NASA's Next Mars Rover

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 7:45am

Alex Longo hopes to be the first person to walk on Mars. In the meantime, the Raleigh, N.C., sophomore has suggested a landing site for the next rover mission. His pick is one of four finalists.

How Fossil Fuel Production Relates To Earthquakes

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 4:17pm

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 hit Oklahoma on Saturday morning. StateImpact Oklahoma reporter Joe Wertz talks about earthquakes and their connections to oil and gas production.

Titans Linebacker Derrick Morgan To NFL: Consider The Benefits Of Marijuana

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 4:17pm

The NFL is physically brutal. Some say marijuana can alleviate pain, but it's still illegal in most places. Some players want their league to take a closer look at the benefits of the drug.

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