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Remembering Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey: The Mothers of Modern Gynecology

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 11:08am

J. Marion Sims is remembered as the father of modern gynecology. Forgotten are the mothers—the enslaved women whose bodies were sacrificed for the advancement of his research.

Study: Program To Protect Fish Is Saving Fishermen's Lives, Too

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 6:00am

Catch share programs — where fishermen are allotted a set quota of the catch --reduce the notoriously risky behavior fishermen are known for, like sailing in stormy weather, a new study finds.

Standards, Grades, And Tests Are Wildly Outdated, Argues 'End Of Average'

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 4:00am

A Harvard faculty member argues in his new book that averages tell us nothing useful about individuals. And that has big implications for schools.

A Cluttered Kitchen Can Nudge Us To Overeat, Study Finds

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 3:29am

Earlier research found that people in a messy work area were less likely to choose healthy snacks. Now a study hints that a cluttered kitchen might make those who feel out of control eat more sweets.

How To Clean Up All That Plastic In The Oceans

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 4:52pm

By 2050, it's estimated the oceans will contain more plastic than fish, by weight. One entrepreneur says he's developing a tool to remove much of that plastic.

WATCH: Massive Gas Leak At Porter Ranch Slows To A Stop

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 9:22am

The California Air Resources Board was recording with an infrared camera as the methane leak on the outskirts of LA was finally controlled Thursday. The leak still needs to be permanently capped.

Einstein Saw Space Move, Long Before We Could Hear It

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:22am

With all the excitement over the discovery of gravitational waves, NPR's Linda Wertheimer takes a moment to remember the man who first imagined a universe we couldn't yet see: Albert Einstein.

Massive Gas Leak In Los Angeles Temporarily Plugged After Nearly 4 Months

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 3:35pm

Crews are working to permanently plug the methane gas leak that has forced hundreds from their homes in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles. Southern California Gas Company says the leak was temporarily fixed Thursday, after nearly four months of spewing methane into the air.

Ready, Set, Watch: The Great Backyard Bird Count Starts Today

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 2:59pm

The annual event invites bird watchers of all levels to count the birds in their backyard, and submit the data to researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.

Einstein, A Hunch And Decades Of Work: How Scientists Found Gravitational Waves

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 1:55pm

Behind the headlines and news conferences announcing the discovery were decades of hard work, hundreds of scientists and more than a billion dollars in taxpayer funds.

History-Making Philae Lander Faces 'Eternal Hibernation' On Comet

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 9:43am

A tweet issued by the European Space Agency includes a cartoon showing the Rosetta orbiter thinking about its little lander taking a nap on the comet's cold surface.

Astronaut 'Graffiti' Seen for The First Time In Decades

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 5:00am

The crew of Apollo 11 drew a calendar on the wall of their command module, as well as a tribute to the spacecraft, and numbers and other information jotted down from mission control communications.

As Black Holes Collide, Scientists Detect Gravitational Waves

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:04am

Scientists have seen gravitational ripples from two black holes colliding. The discovery is the culmination of decades of work. Albert Einstein first predicted such ripples should exist a century ago.

Don't Be A Stupid Cupid! Hear How Not To Buy A Selfish Valentine's Day Gift

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:04am

Social scientists have been studying Valentine's Day gifts, and research shows: The more you love someone, the more likely you might be to give selfish gifts.

Science Seeks Clues To Human Health In Neanderthal DNA

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 5:37pm

Some of the genetic variations in human DNA that have been linked to quick clotting or depression or diabetes lie within or near the genetic stretches we picked up from Neanderthals, a study finds.

Physicist Reacts To Discovery Of Gravitational Waves

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 3:27pm

For Cal Tech scientist Yanbei Chen, the announcement of the discovery of gravitational waves wasn't a surprise. He first heard the news in September, but had to keep it secret for months.

How Can We Ensure Our Survival As A Species?

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:45pm

Astronomer and cosmologist Lord Martin Rees asks whether our species will endure despite the many existential threats we face.

Citrus In The Snow: Geothermal Greenhouses Grow Local Produce In Winter

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 11:34am

Greenhouses could make local fruits and vegetables more available year-round, but they're energy intense. In the Midwest, some growers tap into the Earth's internal heat to warm the structures.

In Milestone, Scientists Detect Gravitational Waves As Black Holes Collide

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 9:30am

A U.S.-led team says it has seen waves in space-time from two black holes merging together. It is the first time humanity has directly detected such waves.

Love Giant Insects? Meet The Tree Lobster, Back From The Brink

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 4:08am

The 8-inch insect nearly went extinct when hungry rats overran its island. But Melbourne scientists found a few in 2001 and started a thriving colony. Now the San Diego Zoo is hatching them, too.

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