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New Report Predicts Rising Tides, More Flooding

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 3:12pm

The report, obtained by NPR, shows that so-called "sunny-day flooding" may be a regular occurrence in some areas.

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Grass Is Back In The Chesapeake, And Crabs Will Follow

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 2:01pm

In the Chesapeake Bay, underwater seagrass beds are growing, sheltering crabs and fish. The long-awaited recovery depends on efforts by farmers to prevent nutrients from polluting the giant estuary.

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Why Won't The Old Caveman Stereotypes For Neanderthals Die?

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 6:33am

New evidence suggests Neanderthals made cave art — and they may also have created religious rituals. It's time to let go of Neanderthal-human "border policing," says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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This Chef Lost 50 Pounds And Reversed Pre-Diabetes With A Digital Program

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 4:01am

People with pre-diabetes like a Washington state chef reversed the diagnosis using a digital program that harnesses the power of wearable devices, data, education, e-coaching and peer support.

(Image credit: Katherine Streeter for NPR)

Like It Or Not, Personal Health Technology Is Getting Smarter

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 4:00am

Tech evangelists say consumer electronics that sense, stream and interpret vital signs will lead to better health and lower costs. But skeptics say reliability and privacy issues still loom.

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Family Tree Goes Back 11 Generations, Includes 13 Million People

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 7:01am

Thirteen million people and 11 generations later, researchers have mapped out what may be the largest family tree to date.

In Florida, Flamingos Aren't Making A Comeback — They've Been There All Along

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 4:58pm

South Florida's wild flamingo population was wiped out by the plume trade in the 1800s — or so scientists thought.

Unusually High Temperatures In Arctic Rise In Frequency

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 4:58pm

Weather patterns in the Arctic have been described as "freakishly warm." NPR's Michel Martin talks with climate science professor Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University about what's behind it.

Here's Why Environmentalists Are Cheering The Latest Burger At Sonic Drive-In

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 4:34pm

The fast-food chain is about to roll out a new kind of burger made from a mixture of beef and mushrooms. Sonic calls it "uniquely delicious." Environmentalists say it could help save the planet.

(Image credit: The Mushroom Council)

Some Of The Oldest-Ever Tattoos Found On Egyptian Mummies

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 3:54pm

Thanks to new technology, archaeologists in the British Museum have just discovered what they say are the earliest-known body art displaying figures.

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From Almonds To Rice, Climate Change Could Slash California Crop Yields By 2050

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 9:54am

An analysis of nearly 90 studies finds that warming temperatures may alter where key crops grow across the state, which provides about two-thirds of America's produce.

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National Weather Service Forecast: Cloudy, With A Chance Of Budget Cuts

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 4:00am

The National Weather Service, already understaffed, would lose at least 200 positions in the White House's proposed budget for fiscal year 2019.

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Science Provides Few Facts On Effects Of Gun Policies, Report Finds

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 11:02pm

A review by the RAND Corporation finds little evidence as to whether many popular gun control policies do or don't affect gun violence. In many cases, solid studies just haven't been done.

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Experts Aghast Over Russian Claim Of Nuclear-Powered Missile With Unlimited Range

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 4:39pm

The U.S. tested similar concepts in the 1960s, but abandoned them over concerns of radioactive contamination. Russia's claim seems so fantastic that some analysts didn't believe initial reports.

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Forecast For National Weather Service Is Cloudy, With A Chance Of Budget Cuts

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 3:21pm

The Trump administration is looking to slash the National Weather Service's budget at a time when the service already has hundreds of unfilled positions — all while extreme weather is increasing. Now, meteorologists are speaking out, warning about being understaffed and the risks to keeping the public informed.

The Oscar For Best Snack Goes To ... Popcorn, The 6,000-Year-Old Aztec Gold

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 2:05pm

Zoom in and behold the science secrets behind popcorn's airy crunch — and learn about the snack's ancient origin — in this bite-sized video.

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Widespread Drought Across U.S. Stokes Fears About A Repeat Of 2012's Wrath

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 12:57pm

If rainfall doesn't come soon, it could cost billions in devastation — a difficult fallout considering the USDA expects farmers' incomes to hit a 12-year low even if crop yields stay high.

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Three Ways To Elevate The Debate About Guns

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 9:26am

Understanding the authority of science means, when it comes to factual claims, intuitions and gut feelings won't cut it — whichever side of the political aisle they come from, says Tania Lombrozo.

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LISTEN: Dolphins Use Targeted Echolocation To Plan Their Hunting Dives

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 5:00pm

Oxygen is a precious resource for dolphins. A new study suggests they use it efficiently by remembering what they learn during a dive, then applying that information to future foraging expeditions.

(Image credit: Elizabeth Haslam/Flickr)

Did Dark Matter Make The Early Universe Chill Out?

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 12:49pm

A new study suggests that the early universe got an unexpectedly cold start, and that dark matter may be to blame.

(Image credit: N.R.Fuller/National Science Foundation/Nature)

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