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Nonstop Flight: How The Frigatebird Can Soar For Weeks Without Stopping

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 1:25pm

Scientists have been attaching transmitters on the huge seagoing birds and are astonished by their ability to stay aloft.

1 In 10 People May Face Malnutrition As Fish Catches Decline

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 11:40am

Many people around the world rely on fish not just for protein but for critical micronutrients like iron and zinc. So declining fisheries pose major risks for global health, scientists warn.

Personality Can Change Over A Lifetime, And Usually For The Better

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 10:01am

Psychologists have been arguing for decades over whether personality traits are real or a myth. More recent research shows that traits are real, a scientist says, and have big effect on behavior.

Researchers Examine Family Income And Children's Non-Cognitive Skills

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 4:03am

Barbara Wolfe and Jason Fletcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found children from lower income families have lower non-cognitive skills than children from richer families.

Heat On White House To Scrap Redo Of Human Research Rules

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:32pm

The Obama administration's controversial proposal to revise human research rules is flawed and should be scrapped, says a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Brexit's Impact Stretches From Deep Space To Nuclear Fusion

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 11:36am

Scientists are worried about how Britain's departure from the European Union would hurt the continent's mega-projects and its researchers. Scientific collaboration "should know no borders," says one.

Should Pacific Bluefin Tuna Be Listed As An Endangered Species?

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 10:42am

Environmental groups have asked the U.S. to give the prized fish protection under the Endangered Species Act. Some scientists and activists say the chances are slim but the action is long overdue.

Virtual Reality Aimed At The Elderly Finds New Fans

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 6:30am

Some doctors are finding that virtual travel — to Venice, a Hawaiian beach or Africa — can open new worlds to people confined by low mobility, dementia, or depression.

Beyond Sightseeing: You'll Love The Sound Of America's Best Parks

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:52am

The National Park Service is racing to record soundscapes of each park that capture nature for the ear. "If we start to lose sounds of wilderness, we start to lose a piece of us," one scientist says.

Volkswagen Reaches $14.7 Billion Settlement In Emissions Cheating Scheme

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 3:37pm

Volkswagen agreed to pay up to $14.7 billion to settle major claims in the U.S. against the company over its emissions cheating scheme.

West Virginians Turn To Federal Government For Help After Devastating Floods

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 3:36pm

In West Virginia, residents are beginning to clean up after record floods destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses and killed at least 23 people.

Click For Fewer Calories: Health Labels May Change Online Ordering Habits

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 6:00am

Will it be a hamburger or hummus wrap for lunch? When customers saw indications of a meal's calorie content posted online, they put fewer calories in their cart, a study finds.

Does Your Body Really Refresh Itself Every 7 Years?

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 4:00am

Almost all of the cells in a human body get replaced over the course of a life. NPR's Skunk Bear Team sets off on an imagined video tour inside the body to find out which body parts never change.

Ancient Shipwreck Off Greek Island Yields A Different Sort Of Treasure

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 3:58am

Divers exploring the famous Antikythera shipwreck, 200 feet beneath the water's surface in Greece, have turned up a heavy object they think might have been a powerful weapon in the first century B.C.

The Cheater's High And Other Reasons We Cheat

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 11:05pm

Like it or not, cheating and lying are part of being human. But our propensity to cheat varies based on the situation. This week we delve into how cheating works.

Nothing Says 'Hip' Like Ancient Wheat

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 1:49pm

Many consumers in North America and Europe are willing to pay a premium for nutritious, organic grains. That makes the market ripe for a revival of millennia-old bread wheat, some plant breeders say.

Human Or Machine: Can You Tell Who Wrote These Poems?

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 11:14am

Can a computer write a sonnet that's indistinguishable from what a person can produce? A contest at Dartmouth attempted to find out. With our online quiz, you too can give it a try.

To Help A Criminal Go Straight, Help Him Change How He Thinks

Sun, 06/26/2016 - 6:00am

More than half of prisoners released from prison are rearrested within a year. Cognitive therapy can help prisoners change the thinking that gets them in trouble, like "I'll never back down."

With A Zap, Scientists Create Low-Fat Chocolate

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 11:29am

Scientists say they've figured out how to reduce the fat in milk chocolate by running it through an electric field. The result is healthier, but is it tastier?

23 Killed In Historic West Virgina Flooding

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 7:32am

Some of the worst flooding in the state in 100 years is being blamed for the deaths of more than 20 people. Reporter Ashton Marra tells Scott Simon that many died trapped in their cars and homes.

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