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Who Invented Agriculture First? It Sure Wasn't Humans

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 5:00am

Ants in Fiji farm plants and fertilize them with their poop. And they've been doing this for 3 million years, much longer than humans, who began experimenting with farming about 12,000 years ago.

Clean Energy Analyst: Renewables Are 'Here To Stay' Under Trump Presidency

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability at the University of California, Davis, about the future of renewable energy under the Trump administration.

Researchers Explore The Struggle Of Recognizing Faces

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 3:29pm

Being able to recognize faces is a crucial part of life. But why are some of us so good or bad at it, and how skilled at it are we on average? The answers might surprise you.

TV Chef Alton Brown Shares Tips On The Science Of Thanksgiving Dinner

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 3:29pm

There are tons of tips on how to cook that Thanksgiving dinner, many of them rooted in science. Alton Brown, the showman of food TV, runs through why we stuff the turkey after it's cooked, why gravy should be kept in a thermos, and why canned cranberries are the devil.

Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Continue On Thanksgiving Day

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 3:29pm

Opponents of a 1,200-mile oil pipeline from North Dakota are marking this Thanksgiving Day at the site of a planned river crossing near Lake Oahe. Protesters say the pipeline could damage local drinking water sources and Native American heritage sites. The pipeline's developers say the project will have big economic benefits.

Gotham, The Humpback Whale: The Hudson River's New Resident

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 3:27pm

New York City is not known for whale watching. But there's a new resident in the Hudson River: Gotham, the Humpback Whale. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Paul Sieswerda, president of Gotham Whale.

Heritage Turkeys Make A Comeback, But To Save Them We Must Eat Them

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 3:25pm

They're descended from birds brought by British settlers that mated with turkeys native to the U.S. These birds taste much more like the turkeys that were on the table in the 17th century.

Research On Chinese Haze Helps Crack Mystery Of London's Deadly 1952 Fog

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 2:06pm

Atmospheric scientists, pinning down chemical processes behind Beijing's pollution, discovered an explanation for the unusually toxic smog that killed thousands of people in London in December 1952.

Your Dog Remembers Every Move You Make

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 12:03pm

Our canine pals remember lots of facts, like where to find the food bowl. Now there's evidence they also have aspects of "episodic memory," which allow them to relive experiences and events.

Scientists Say Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Made Earth's Surface Act Like Liquid

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 3:31pm

The asteroid smashed into Earth. And from miles under the Earth's surface, rock hurtled upward to a height twice that of Mount Everest and then collapsed outward to form a ring of mountains.

Eat It, Don't Leave It: How London Became A Leader In Anti-Food Waste

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 2:11pm

In the English capital, apps and small-scale businesses abound that let restaurants and food vendors share leftovers with the public for free, and otherwise reduce the amount of edibles they toss.

Watch Earth's History Play Out On A Football Field

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 1:57pm

If our planet's 4.5-billion-year existence were laid out on a 100-yard timeline, when and where would humans first show up? Good question. NPR's Skunk Bear hits the gridiron for a reality check.

When The Kids Go Vegan, It Can Be A Recipe For A Stressful Holiday Meal

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 11:03am

For parents with kids on special diets, be it vegan, paleo or gluten-free, holidays can mean more anxiety than fun. The solution lies in working together with their children to plan the perfect meal.

Scholars Delve Deeper Into The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 5:57pm

What happens when you make robots that are smart, independent thinkers — and then try to limit their autonomy? A $10 million gift is aimed at answering such questions at Carnegie Mellon University.

Dementia Risk Declines, And Education May Be One Reason Why

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 4:46pm

The prevalence of Alzheimer's and other dementias declined by almost 3 percent from 2000 to 2012, a study finds. That could be due to people getting more education, and better health overall.

For Many Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters, The Fight Is Personal

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 3:41pm

The Dakota Access Pipeline protests attract people from all over the world. They all oppose the construction of the oil pipeline, and they come for many personal reasons, too.

Several Cities Convert To LED Street Lights In Conservation Efforts

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 3:41pm

Many cities are converting to LED street lights. The move can help restore darker skies and make stars visible again, and they also save energy and money. But some LEDs emit light that disrupts sleep.

WATCH: Drone Footage Shows Aftermath Of New Zealand Quake

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 12:57pm

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook New Zealand more than a week ago. Scientists investigating the damage have recorded mesmerizing footage of the cracks in the ground that the quake left behind.

At 56, Peggy Whitson Becomes Oldest Female Astronaut

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 3:49pm

On the mission, she's projected to once again become the U.S. astronaut with the most time spent in orbit.

Evangelical Scientist Fears Trump Presidency Will Derail Climate Change Progress

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 8:11am

Donald Trump wrote in a tweet that global warming is "nonexistent." NPR's Rachel Martin talks to climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe about what Trump's presidency will mean for climate policy.

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