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VIDEO: For LSD, What A Long Strange Trip It's Been

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 6:00am

It's been reviled and revered, criminalized and exploited by the CIA. And now and other psychedelic drugs are being tested as legitimate medical treatments. NPR's original animation tells the tale.

(Image credit: Freddy Arenas for NPR)

PHOTOS: Animals That Could Disappear Because Of Us

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 6:00am

And the well-being of humans could suffer if the species go extinct. The images are from a new book, 'Endangered,' by Tim Flach.

(Image credit: Tim Flach)

Scientists Say Japanese Monkeys Are Having 'Sexual Interactions' With Deer

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:22pm

Researchers witnessed adolescent female Japanese macaques mounting sika deer in ways that were "sexual in nature." They have several theories for why, but say more research is necessary.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Noëlle Gunst)

What If Life On Earth Didn't Start On Earth?

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:58am

Oumuamua marks the first time humans have seen a visitor pass through our corner of the universe — renewing discussions of the origins of life, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

(Image credit: M. Kornmesser/ESO/NASA)

Reinventing The Cheese Wheel: From Farmhouse To Factory And Back Again

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:00am

A new book traces the transatlantic cheese wars that led to the rise of factory cheeses and loss of traditional varietals, and looks at the farmhouse cheesemakers working to restore that lost legacy.

(Image credit: Bronwen Percival )

Avocado Hand Injuries Are Real. Is A Seedless Fruit The Answer?

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 6:00am

Apparently people are showing up in the ER with nerve injuries from improperly cutting the pit out of an avocado. So now there's a cute new seedless variety.

(Image credit: Maanvi Singh/for NPR)

Science Speed-Dating Aims To Boost Accuracy In TV And Film

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 10:03am

When was the last time you got really excited by good science depicted in a movie? Anthropologist Barbara J. King joined scientists last week in helping producers make more accurate TV and movies.

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Here Come The Penitent Penguins: The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards Are Back

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 6:44am

Penitent penguins. A seal aghast. A turbocharged wigeon, a vain gnu and a kickboxing kangaroo. We have the photos.

3 Reasons Why California's Fire Risk Won't Dampen Anytime Soon

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 3:41pm

The Thomas Fire, the fifth largest wildfire in California history, is a harbinger of things to come in the West.

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Winemakers Worry Wildfires Will Leave Whiff Of Ashtray In Their Wine

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:52pm

Grapes exposed to smoke from wildfires can absorb compounds that carry over into wine and ruin the flavor. The problem is only expected to grow as extreme weather events become more frequent.

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Without The U.S. Government, The World Unites To Fight Climate Change

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:33am

The One Planet Summit went on without President Trump Tuesday. But state and local leaders in attendance renewed calls for adherence to the Paris Agreement targets, says blogger Marcelo Gleiser.

(Image credit: Thibault Camus/AP)

Giant Prehistoric Penguins Once Swam Off The Coast Of New Zealand

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 4:24pm

Scientists have uncovered the fossil of an ancestral penguin off the east coast of New Zealand. It was one of the earliest known species of penguin and also one of the largest.

(Image credit: Gerald Mayr)

Astronomers Want To Know: Does This Interstellar Visitor Have A Message For Us?

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 4:08pm

'Oumuamua is the first of its kind: an object from outside our solar system, observed by astronomers. Now, a group of researchers is trying to find out if it is transmitting any signs of life.

(Image credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser)

How Scientists Are Growing Mini Brains In Petri Dishes For Experiments

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:33pm

All week, All Things Considered is offering Highly Specific Superlatives in honor of the year that was. On Tuesday, we look at the weirdest leap forward in brain science. Researchers can now grow mini brains in a petri dish and then experiment on them.

An Asteroid Gets Its Close-Up As Gemenids Light Up The Sky

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:26pm

The Earth's encounter with asteroid 3200 Phaethon on Saturday will be its closest since 1974 — and the closest it will be until 2093. The flyby means good gazing for amateur astronomers.

(Image credit: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images)

Firefighters Struggle To Contain Southern California's Thomas Fire

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:03pm

Firefighters made some progress controlling the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, which is the fifth-largest in the state's history. Other fires in the area are mostly contained.

(Image credit: Kenneth Song/AP)

Waste Not, Want Not: Drink Beer To Feed Fish And Help Save The Planet

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 1:41pm

Industry trailblazers are trying to lessen the energy and resource costs of aquaculture. Possible solutions include using brewery waste, algae, insects or even carbon dioxide to feed the fish we eat.

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Arctic's Temperature Continues To Run Hot, Latest 'Report Card' Shows

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:09am

The extreme warming trend continues, and scientists fear that floating sea ice will be gone by mid-century. That will have extraordinary effects closer to home.

(Image credit: Nathan Kurtz/NASA)

Amber-Trapped Tick Suggests Ancient Bloodsuckers Feasted On Feathered Dinosaurs

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:01am

The tick was with a feather from a dinosaur that lived in the Cretaceous Period. Modern ticks love to bite mammals, and scientists have long wondered what the tiny vampires ate millions of years ago.

(Image credit: Peñalver et al/Nature Communications)

Lack Of Genetic Diversity May Have Doomed Tasmanian Tiger, Scientists Say

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 6:39am

Although humans are blamed for the extinction of the dog-like Australian marsupial some 80 years ago, researchers say its problems may have started more than 70,000 years ago.

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