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An Upside To Climate Change? Better French Wine

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 11:21am

Global warming has made conditions historically associated with great wines more frequent in Bordeaux and Burgundy, a study finds. But things look less bright for California vineyards.

Why Analysts Aren't Laughing At These Silly North Korean Photos

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 10:28am

North Korea's bombastic propaganda and backwards leadership has made it a topic of frequent parody. But experts say it's time to take the nation's nuclear capabilities more seriously.

'Blackfish' Director Calls New SeaWorld Policy 'A Defining Moment'

Sun, 03/20/2016 - 7:18am

Sea World is shutting down its controversial Orca shows. In light of this, Rachel Martin revisits a conversation with Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director of the documentary Blackfish.

The Story Pitch We Caught And Released: The 'Assfish'

Sun, 03/20/2016 - 7:18am

Each week, some story ideas make it on air while others die at the pitch meeting. Editor Ed McNulty gets a second chance to sell Rachel Martin on a story about a bony-eared fish with a funny name.

In California, Poisonous Death Cap Mushrooms Are The Forager's Bane

Sun, 03/20/2016 - 6:00am

Death caps, which grow throughout California, can easily be confused for edible mushrooms. But just one of these unassuming, greenish shrooms contains enough poison to kill someone.

Wanted: Female German Astronauts

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 4:08pm

Aerospace engineer Claudia Kessler is searching for Germany's first female astronaut. The country's previous 11 astronauts were all men, which she says highlights German sexism in the sciences.

In California, Dealing With A Drought And Preparing For A Flood

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 3:24pm

Why are some California reservoirs releasing water even though the state is going through an extreme drought? Turns out it's to prevent an even bigger disaster. But the strategy may change soon.

Could A Boiling River From A Childhood Legend Exist?

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 8:51am

As a boy, Andrés Ruzo heard stories of a mythical boiling river. Years later, as a geoscientist, he recounts his journey deep into the Amazon to see if the river actually exists.

How Can Satellite Images Unlock Secrets To Our Hidden Past?

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 8:51am

Sarah Parcak is a pioneer in space archaeology. She describes her method of using satellite images to locate lost ancient sites.

Can We Fall Prey To Hidden Parasites?

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 8:51am

Science writer Ed Yong delves into the hidden world of parasites. He describes how parasites, once inside a host's body, become masters in the craft of manipulation.

What Hidden Underwater Worlds Are Left To Discover?

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 8:51am

Ocean explorer Robert Ballard makes the case for exploring the deep oceans, where he is discovering new species, resources and mountain ranges.

How Can Hidden Sounds Be Captured By Everyday Objects

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 8:51am

Computer scientist Abe Davis explains how you can turn a plant or a bag of chips into a microphone, and capturing the hidden sound vibrations on a high-speed camera.

Gigi The Cow Broke The Milk Production Record. Is That Bad For Cows?

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 7:23am

Cows are being bred to be larger, hungrier, and more productive. But this drive to raise ever-larger, hulking Holsteins has some prominent livestock advocates ringing alarm bells.

Hatched! Baby Eaglet Emerges From Its Egg On D.C. Eagle-Cam

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 7:22am

A little wing-flap came more than 24 hours after the first "pip" – a hole in the young bird's shell – was spotted, bringing sighs of relief and joy to the baby bird's fans.

Flint Residents Tired Of Talk And Tests, Eager For Solution

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 4:47am

A group of Virginia Tech researchers exposed the drinking water contamination in Flint, Mich., last summer. Now, they are back to retest the waters — and determine if the water is still dangerous.

SeaWorld To End Orca Breeding Program In Partnership With Humane Society

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 3:06pm

SeaWorld announced it will end it's orca breeding program, phase out orca performances and partner with the Humane Society of the U.S. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with SeaWorld President and CEO Joel Manby and Humane Society President and CEO Wayne Pacelle.

Guinness Tells Beer Drinkers: Keep Your Head And Embrace The 'Stache

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 2:39pm

The folks at Guinness have a polite request: Don't slurp the foamy head off their beer. It's essentially a nitrogen cap, they say, that's protecting the flavors underneath from being oxidized.

Stand To Work If You Like, But Don't Brag About The Benefits

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 10:25am

Standing desks have been touted as the answer for health problems caused by sitting all day. But the evidence that the high desks improve health — or that they are even used much — is weak.

Professor Who Solved Fermat's Last Theorem Wins Math's Abel Prize

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 7:19am

The mathematics problem he solved had been lingering since 1637 – and he first read about it when he was just 10 years old, during a visit to the library.

How Potent Is That Pot Brownie? Dry Ice And A Blender Might Crack The Case

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 6:00am

Too much THC can land you in the hospital. But testing pastries and candies made with marijuana also can can gum up lab equipment. One group of scientists thinks they've got a solution.

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