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Who Gets To Fish For Red Snapper In The Gulf? It's All Politics

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 11:22am

The fish were nearly wiped out from the Gulf 20 or 30 years ago, so the catch is closely regulated. A Trump administration deal to extend the recreational season has prompted cheers – and concerns.

(Image credit: Debbie Elliott/NPR)

Georgia OB-GYN Will Lead Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 9:53am

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, who leads the Georgia Department of Public Health, has been appointed CDC director. She'll take over as the Trump administration seeks big cuts to the CDC's budget.

(Image credit: Branden Camp/AP)

To Prepare For Mars Settlement, Simulated Missions Explore Utah's Desert

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 11:41am

NASA plans to send people to the Red Planet in the 2030s. In the meantime, a remote location in southern Utah serves as a non-NASA training ground for the Mars-minded.

(Image credit: Rae Ellen Bichell/NPR)

Montana Earthquake Is Felt For Hundreds Of Miles Early Thursday

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 6:13am

The earthquake was the strongest to hit western Montana in years; it was followed by at least 10 measurable temblors with magnitudes of up to 4.9.

(Image credit: U.S. Geological Survey)

Physics For Toddlers

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 4:01am

There's a dearth of books about science and math for young children. As part of our series on kids' media we take a look at some books that introduce rocket science and physics to toddlers and babies.

Damage From Wayward Weedkiller Keeps Growing

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 4:01am

As many as 2 million acres of soybeans may have been harmed by a popular weedkiller drifting into neighboring fields. Arkansas' proposed ban on the herbicide, dicamba, is awaiting final approval.

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Something New For Baby To Chew On: Rocket Science And Quantum Physics

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 4:01am

Chris Ferrie's board books introduce subjects like Rocket Science, Quantum Physics and General Relativity to toddlers and babies. What can parents do to make the concepts resonate?

(Image credit: Courtesy of Amber Faust)

Physics For Toddlers

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 4:01am

There's a dearth of books about science and math for young children. As part of our series on kids' media we take a look at some books that introduce rocket science and physics to toddlers and babies.

Top Performers Risk Being Undermined By Peers, Studies Shows

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 3:19pm

Studies highlighted in Scientific American indicate a propensity for less-well-performing employees to take aim at the efforts of their star coworkers.

(Image credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Aztec 'Tower Of Skulls' Reveals Women, Children Were Sacrificed

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 10:45am

Some 650 skulls unearthed in Mexico City are believed to be the legendary Huey Tzompantli, a site for victims of human sacrifice first mentioned by Spanish conquistadors.

(Image credit: Hector Montano/AP)

Appeals Court Says EPA Can't Keep Delaying Obama-Era Methane Rules

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 1:55pm

The U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. notes the EPA can choose to rewrite a rule designed to prevent leaks from natural gas facilities. But it can't just put it off for two years, the judges decided.

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Scientists Are Not So Hot At Predicting Which Cancer Studies Will Succeed

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 10:30am

A scientist tested his peers' ability to pick which cancer experiments would pan out. They failed more often than not, which doesn't say much for intuition or efficiency in the scientific process.

(Image credit: Roy Scott/Ikon Images/Getty Images)

United By The Sun: A Solar Event For All Americans To Share

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 9:06am

Skywatchers and astrophysicists are already gearing up for next month's "Great American Solar Eclipse."

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In Russia's Siberian Silicon Valley, Business Is Good But Risks Can Be High

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 7:15am

The Soviet Union built research institutes in Siberia as innovation centers during the Cold War. Since then, there's been a brain drain. Tech innovators remain, but some have faced legal challenges.

(Image credit: Lucian Kim/NPR)

Research Shows Birth Order Really Does Matter

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 4:00am

Compared to older siblings, second-born boys are more likely to go to prison, get suspended in school and enter juvenile delinquency. Why? Parents of first-borns are more invested in their upbringing.

Natural Disasters May Widen Income Gap, Report Says

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 5:50pm

Scientific American concludes that disasters correlate to a 1-percentage-point increase in poverty in the affected areas. It also finds that the rich leave disaster-prone areas but the poor can't.

(Image credit: Eric Gray/AP)

Biologists Divided Over How To Save Endangered Pangolin

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:28pm

The pangolin is a tiny snake-like creature. It's in great demand for its meat and scales, and it is in danger of extinction. Biologists can't agree on whether zoos should play a role in saving it.

Another July 4th Anniversary: Pathfinder's Landing On Mars

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:23pm

In 1997, the spacecraft's mission paved the way for the more sophisticated rovers operating on the Red Planet today.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL)

How Frogs Benefited From The Dinosaurs' Extinction

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:04pm

Frogs are "master survivors," able to take advantage of the ecological vacuum left behind by extinct animals. Scientists say nine in 10 frog species descended from three surviving frog lineages.

(Image credit: Peng Zhang, Sun Yat-Sen University)

Stephen Hawking: Trump Pushing Earth's Climate 'Over The Brink'

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:18pm

The renowned physicist and cosmologist says the U.S. pulling out of the Paris climate change accord could turn our planet into another Venus.

(Image credit: Matt Dunham/AP)

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