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Rescues Continue In California Mudslide Zones

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 4:47pm

Search and rescue operations in Southern California continue for people still missing after this week's massive mudslides and debris flow. Many areas are still unreachable in Santa Barbara County.

Helping Strangers May Help Teens' Self-Esteem

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 9:59am

Adolescents are under more pressure than ever, and many suffer from depression and anxiety. But new research suggests that volunteering to help strangers makes them feel better about themselves.

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Scientists Say A Fluctuating Jet Stream May Be Causing Extreme Weather Events

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 3:54pm

A new study says unusual patterns of the polar jet stream circling the Northern Hemisphere may have led to dramatic weather in Europe and North America.

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Southern California Hillsides Remain Vulnerable After Deadly Mudslides

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 1:47pm

Deadly mudslides occured in Santa Barbara County, Calif., after heavy rain pushed debris down fire-scarred hillsides. If it rains again, more debris could be swept down the mountains.

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VIDEO: Take A Trip Through The Orion Nebula, A Baby Star Nursery

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:36am

The constellation Orion is home to a busy, glowing nebula. Data from telescopes has been used to create a three-minute, three-dimensional tour around its colorful caverns and bright star clusters.

(Image credit: NASA)

Science Says That To Fight Ignorance, We Must Start By Admitting Our Own

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 9:46am

The best way to defend everything we really do know, according to science, is to begin by admitting our own ignorance — to ask "What don't you know?" says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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Researchers Spot Massive Black Hole In Double 'Burp'

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 5:32am

The cosmic sinkhole is at the center of a galaxy 800 million light-years from Earth and supports the theory that such objects can switch their power output on and off in relatively short time-scales.

(Image credit: NASA , ESA, and J. Comerford (University of Colorado-Boulder))

The High Cost Of Medical Marijuana Causes Pain In Vermont

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 6:27pm

Though medical marijuana is legal in most states, some patients still have a hard time affording it. The federal government won't allow states to cover medical marijuana with Medicaid dollars.

(Image credit: Emily Corwin/VPR)

Thick, 'Rather Clean' Ice Sheets Are Spotted On Mars

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 2:05pm

The size and accessibility of these ice sheets, as well as the fact that they're made of relatively clean water, could be an important resource for astronauts traveling to Mars.

(Image credit: NASA )

Government Scientists Say A Controversial Pesticide Is Killing Endangered Salmon

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:52am

The insecticide chlorpyrifos, already under attack for its risk to small children, may be killing salmon as well. The National Marine Fisheries Service is recommending restrictions on its use.

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Is This Gorilla Mother Consciously Protecting Her Baby?

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:33am

In response to a report of "heroic" behavior by a female mountain gorilla aiming to protect her baby, anthropologist Barbara J. King explores questions of conscious awareness of infanticide in apes.

(Image credit: Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund)

Does Serena Williams Have The Willpower To Ace The 'Marshmallow Test'?

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 9:40am

In the experiment, kids get a treat. If they don't eat it for, say, 10 minutes, they're promised a second treat. What would Williams do? What do most kids do?

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The Flu Goes Viral

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 9:06am

It's going around …

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Montana Barley Fields Become Front Line For Climate Change And Beer

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 7:00am

Barley, the "king of malt," needs a precise recipe of water and sunshine to thrive — too much of either will cause it to wither and die. And amid a changing climate, that's exactly what's happening.

(Image credit: Tony Bynum/Food & Environment Reporting Network)

Alcohol-Linked ER Visits Are Rapidly Rising, Though Drinking Per Capita Is Down

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 4:00am

The nine-year period ending in 2014 saw a sharp increase in the U.S. of alcohol-related visits to emergency rooms, a study finds. And binge-drinking doesn't completely explain it.

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Australia's Heat Wave Fries Bats' Brains, Hundreds Found Dead

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 5:07pm

Sweltering temperatures killed bats outside Sydney over the weekend as temperatures soared up to 117 Fahrenheit, the hottest it's been since 1939.

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Climate Change Means 'Virtually No Male Turtles' Born In A Key Nesting Ground

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 3:47pm

Like many reptiles, the sex of a turtle is determined by how warm the egg is as it's being incubated. And small temperature differences can cause dramatic changes in the male-to-female ratio.

(Image credit: Megan Nagel/USFWS)

Astronomical Growth Turns Out To Be 'Fake News,' Says Japanese Astronaut

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 3:34pm

Norishige Kanai said he had grown up to 3 1/2 inches since arriving in space, sparking worry about whether he'd fit in the spacecraft home. Turns out, Kanai did grow, just not that much.

(Image credit: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)

A Scientist's Gender Can Skew Research Results

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 2:10pm

If a female researcher asks a man if he's in pain, he's less likely to admit it. The effect of gender on study results has been known for years. But it's rarely disclosed or discussed.

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'Butterfly Tongues' Are More Ancient Than Flowers, Fossil Study Finds

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 1:33pm

Scientists have discovered the proboscis butterflies use to suck nectar from flowers existed before flowers did. So: What were ancient butterflies using their long, tongue-like suckers for?

(Image credit: Hossein Rajaei/Science Advances)

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