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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.

Coal Country Reacts To Supreme Court Stay On Obama Clean Power Plan

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 3:24pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has put a hold on the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, which would significantly regulate coal, after 27 states sued over the proposal. Among them was Wyoming, which produces more coal than any other state. NPR reports on how the court's stay is being received in coal producing states.

Scientists In Los Angeles Measure Environmental Effects Of Gas Leak

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 3:24pm

More than 95,000 metric tons of methane has leaked from a natural gas well in Los Angeles since late October, and the leak still has not been fixed. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Stephen Conley of the University of California, Davis, and Rob Jackson, an environmental scientist at Stanford University.

An Old Bird Can Hatch A New Chick — Even At Age 65

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 9:10am

Wisdom, a Laysan albatross that researchers first tagged in 1956, has hatched what could be her 40th chick, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says.

Supreme Court Puts White House's Carbon Pollution Limits On Hold

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 6:21am

A decision on the Clean Power Plan could be long in coming – meaning that the rules' fate might not be determined before a new presidential administration comes into power in 2017.

Scientists Aflutter Over Gravitational Wave Rumors

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:28pm

If the rumors are true, then humanity is about to learn a lot about the heaviest stuff in the universe.

Virus Profilers Race To Figure Out What Makes Zika Tick

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:17pm

Though Zika was discovered in 1947, few scientists since had studied the virus. Now, while some check its genes, others turn to placental cells for clues to any link between Zika and birth defects.

Chinese Taste For Fish Bladder Threatens Tiny Porpoise In Mexico

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:15pm

The nets that ensnare the giant totoaba fish also trap and kill the world's smallest and rarest mammal: a porpoise called the vaquita.

Why You'll Never Buy the Perfect Ring (and Other Valentine's Day Stories)

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:03pm

It's almost Valentine's Day, but this week we're not talking about love. Instead, we explore the other forces that drive our romantic relationships.

Sorry, Bogie, A Sigh Is Not Just A Sigh

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 6:46pm

Sighs aren't just signs of resignation, relief or the blues. Involuntary sighs are vital to lung health, say scientists who think they have figured out the brain circuitry that controls the reflex.

Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 4:08pm

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.

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