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Beautiful Huntresses: Scientists Explain Why Mantises Evolved To Resemble Orchids

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 4:55pm

Typically, when insect females evolve to become larger than males, it's in order to produce more offspring. But female orchid mantises evolved to look like flowers for a sinister reason: to hunt prey.

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Department Of Energy Defies Trump, Won't Name Climate Change Workers

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 4:21pm

A DOE statement Tuesday said questions about who has worked on climate science had "unsettled" staffers and contractors alike. Many saw the questionnaire as a precursor to a purge.

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Columbia Journalism Report Criticizes Exxon CEO's Position On Climate Change

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 3:30pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Susanne Rust, senior reporter and director of the Energy and Environment Reporting Project at Columbia University, about Exxon Mobil's climate change policies under the leadership of CEO Rex Tillerson, who is President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state.

Scientists Report The Arctic Is Melting Even More Rapidly

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 3:30pm

Government scientists meeting in San Francisco have issued their 2016 report card for the Arctic. Temperatures continue to soar, and sea ice is melting at record rates.

(Image credit: Greenland Travel via Flickr)

Meet The Spleen, The Strange Little Organ That Can Multiply

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 10:47am

In a year when venting spleen dominated much of public discourse, we consider the humble organ of that name. You can live without your spleen, but your immune system will be happier with it.

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Fishermen Team Up With Scientists To Make A More Selective Net

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 10:47am

A trawling experiment in the Gulf of Maine aims to scoop up abundant and profitable flatfish, while bypassing the once plentiful but now depleted cod population. So far, the results are promising.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Gulf of Maine Research Institute)

Trump's Election Leaves Scientists In A Climate Of Uncertainty

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 4:00am

At a meeting in San Francisco, thousands of researchers are pondering how they can influence President-elect Donald Trump's thinking on climate change.

Obamacare's Demise Could Be Quicker Than Republicans Intend

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 4:11pm

Congressional leaders say they want a smooth transition from Obamacare. But insurance consultants say repealing the law before another plan is in place could jeopardize the insurance of millions.

Carrageenan Backlash: Why Food Firms Are Ousting A Popular Additive

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 3:35pm

Food manufacturers are under pressure to replace carrageenan, an ingredient that's widely used in products — from protein drinks to sliced deli meat. The organic industry just moved to ban it.

Supreme Court Rejects Challenges To NFL Concussion Settlement

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 2:35pm

The court's decision regarding the estimated $1 billion settlement paves the way for the start of payouts to more than 20,000 former players over a degenerative brain disease.

How Investing In Preschool Beats The Stock Market, Hands Down

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 5:47am

A new study on high-quality early learning programs show a robust long-term return on investment. The most potent ingredients? Parental engagement and empathy.

Why People Believe Conspiracy Theories

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 4:18pm

After a man took a gun to a pizzeria to investigate a fake conspiracy theory, psychology professor Viren Swami of Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, U.K. discusses why people are susceptible.

Discoveries Give New Clues To Possible Neanderthal Religious Practices

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 4:18pm

Barbara J. King, a professor emerita of anthropology at William and Mary, discusses whether Neanderthals had "religious capacity."

Behold A Robot Hand With A Soft Touch

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 7:17am

Using light-conductive materials, researchers have built a robot hand that can sense shapes and textures. Soft robotics holds promise for better prosthetics or machines with a more "human" touch.

Japan Sends Long Electric Whip Into Orbit, To Tame Space Junk

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 4:23pm

A cable that's as long as six football fields has been launched into orbit — and when it's deployed, it'll test an idea to knock out debris that threatens astronauts and spacecraft.

Encore: Astronaut John Glenn Recalls Historic Orbit Of Earth

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 3:40pm

Astronaut John Glenn — who was one of NASA's original Mercury Seven — was the first American to orbit Earth. He flew the mission in just under five hours, circling the globe three times in a capsule named Friendship 7. Glenn, who says he recalls the mission as if it were just last week, told NPR's Audie Cornish he doesn't want the U.S. to lose sight of the future and America's role in outer space. This story originally aired on Feb. 20, 2012 on All Things Considered.

Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Vow To Fight Through Fierce Winter

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 3:40pm

The teeth of winter are closing on the makeshift camp in North Dakota where demonstrators are trying to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Some are heeding tribal calls to leave, while others are digging in. But the company building the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline was in federal court Friday, trying to overturn a decision by the Army Corps of Engineers blocking the project.

Say, What? Monkey Mouths And Throats Are Equipped For Speech

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 1:01pm

Monkeys weren't thought to have the right sort of vocal tracts to speak. But a study finds they can make many sounds common in human speech; it's just that their brains aren't "language ready."

Pets Help People Manage The Pain Of Serious Mental Illness

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 12:55pm

People living with schizophrenia or other serious mental illnesses say a pet can be not just a comforting companion but a reason to stay engaged with other people — and with life.

Adding A Funny Form Of Carbon To Silly Putty Creates A Heart Monitor

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 7:36am

Graphene comes in sheets barely an atom thick and is an extremely good at conducting electricity. By adding the unusual form of carbon to Silly Putty, scientists created flexible sensors.




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