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Is Birdfeeding Just, Well, For The Birds?

Sat, 11/12/2016 - 7:40am

What do birds like to chow down on anyway? And what to do with pesky squirrels? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Talkin' Birds host Ray Brown about birdfeeding.

Name Of A Vietnam Veteran Killed By Hepatitis C Added To 'The Wall'

Sat, 11/12/2016 - 5:30am

Members of the military are more than twice as likely to have hepatitis C as the general public. For many, including Jim McGough, the virus takes its final toll decades after they are first infected.

Trump's Plan For Clean Coal Could Put The Brakes On Natural Gas

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 3:19pm

President-elect Donald Trump's energy plan includes a promise to develop clean coal. Clean coal is a technology that has struggled for years and is unlikely to be competitive with cheap natural gas.

Trump's Victory Elevates Hopes For People In Coal Country

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 3:19pm

Coal country is celebrating Donald Trump's victory. Support for Trump was strong from Appalachia to Wyoming, and now that he has been elected, people have high hopes about what he, and the Republican Congress, can do to turn around coal's fortunes.

Hey, Baby, Meet Peanuts: How And When To Safely Introduce The Food

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 11:47am

Giving infants peanut puree as one of their first solid foods can help prevent peanut allergies, research has shown. To do that safely, start early — and only after checking with your doctor first.

Can't Hurry Love: Rare Snail Finds Romance After Global Search

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 3:26pm

A genetic fluke stood in the way of love for a lonely and unique snail named Jeremy. But thanks to a public appeal, the snail has hopefully found a mate — or maybe even two.

Why Seabirds Love To Gobble Plastic Floating In The Ocean

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 2:55pm

New evidence suggests that for a lot of birds, plastic actually smells like food. The reason for that involves a common kind of algae floating in the ocean and a "chemical scream."

Brain Scientists Trace Rat Ticklishness To Play Behavior

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 1:00pm

Why and when tickling makes us laugh is still mysterious. But researchers who studied what happens in rat brains when they're tickled say they emit ultrasonic giggles, too — when in the mood for fun.

In Ancient Trash Heaps, A Whale Hunting Puzzle Emerges

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 6:00am

New DNA evidence from a 4,000-year-old dumpster along the coast of Greenland suggests the paleo-Inuit or Saqqaq culture ate large amounts of whale. But how?

Trump Has A Chance To Pull U.S. Out Of Climate Accord

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 4:08am

During the campaign, the president-elect said climate change is not real, and he rejected last year's international agreement to cut greenhouse gases.

Monkeys Regain Control Of Paralyzed Legs With Help Of An Implant

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 12:03pm

Two monkeys with spinal cord injuries were able to move after a wireless implant restored the connection between brain and legs. But any help for people will be years away, researchers say.

Climate Conference Aims To Put Paris Agreement Into Action

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 3:39pm

Leaders from 195 nations are meeting in Morocco to come up with specific plans for carrying out a worldwide plan to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

How The Brain Powers Placebos, False Memories And Healing

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 1:55pm

Erik Vance didn't see a doctor until he was 18 years old; he grew up in a Christian Science family. As a science journalist, he explores how the mind affects the body's response to pain and disease.

Pairing Wine And Cheese? Science Says White May Be A Better Choice Than Red

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 1:36pm

A new technique that examines the evolution of taste suggests that the strong flavor of red wine may dominate the taste of some cheeses, while white varieties may be more versatile and refreshing.

Should I Trust Wikipedia With My Health?

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 10:18am

Some doctors lambaste Wikipedia for errors in its medical pages. But there are many physicians, science teachers and researchers working overtime to make the crowdsourced health content better.

Still Have Leftover Halloween Candy? Use It For Science!

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 6:00am

No need to risk sugar shock, folks. We've got a whole bunch of experiments you can do with leftover candy that are possibly more fun than eating it.

Climate Change: The Forgotten Issue Of This Year's Election

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 11:00pm

Most scientists agree, climate change is perhaps the most serious issue facing our planet today. And yet, it's uniquely difficult for us to wrap our heads around. Hidden Brain explores why.

Astrophysicist Takes Deep Dive Into The Science Of 'Doctor Strange'

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 3:17pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to astrophysicist Adam Frank about his role as physics and philosophy adviser on Marvel's newest movie, Doctor Strange, which opened last Friday.

Giant Snowballs Wash Up On Siberian Beach

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 3:00pm

The masses of balls that appeared along 11-miles of coast in western Siberia were snowy and icy. Some of them were small, and some were quite large.

Earthquake Shakes Oklahoma Oil Storage Hub

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 12:04pm

The magnitude 5.0 quake damaged buildings in Cushing, Okla., the largest commercial crude oil storage center in North America. No damage to oil storage facilities or nearby pipelines was reported.

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