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Science Speed-Dating Aims To Boost Accuracy In TV And Film

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 10:03am

When was the last time you got really excited by good science depicted in a movie? Anthropologist Barbara J. King joined scientists last week in helping producers make more accurate TV and movies.

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Here Come The Penitent Penguins: The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards Are Back

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 6:44am

Penitent penguins. A seal aghast. A turbocharged wigeon, a vain gnu and a kickboxing kangaroo. We have the photos.

3 Reasons Why California's Fire Risk Won't Dampen Anytime Soon

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 3:41pm

The Thomas Fire, the fifth largest wildfire in California history, is a harbinger of things to come in the West.

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Winemakers Worry Wildfires Will Leave Whiff Of Ashtray In Their Wine

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:52pm

Grapes exposed to smoke from wildfires can absorb compounds that carry over into wine and ruin the flavor. The problem is only expected to grow as extreme weather events become more frequent.

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Without The U.S. Government, The World Unites To Fight Climate Change

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:33am

The One Planet Summit went on without President Trump Tuesday. But state and local leaders in attendance renewed calls for adherence to the Paris Agreement targets, says blogger Marcelo Gleiser.

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Giant Prehistoric Penguins Once Swam Off The Coast Of New Zealand

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 4:24pm

Scientists have uncovered the fossil of an ancestral penguin off the east coast of New Zealand. It was one of the earliest known species of penguin and also one of the largest.

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Astronomers Want To Know: Does This Interstellar Visitor Have A Message For Us?

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 4:08pm

'Oumuamua is the first of its kind: an object from outside our solar system, observed by astronomers. Now, a group of researchers is trying to find out if it is transmitting any signs of life.

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How Scientists Are Growing Mini Brains In Petri Dishes For Experiments

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:33pm

All week, All Things Considered is offering Highly Specific Superlatives in honor of the year that was. On Tuesday, we look at the weirdest leap forward in brain science. Researchers can now grow mini brains in a petri dish and then experiment on them.

An Asteroid Gets Its Close-Up As Gemenids Light Up The Sky

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:26pm

The Earth's encounter with asteroid 3200 Phaethon on Saturday will be its closest since 1974 — and the closest it will be until 2093. The flyby means good gazing for amateur astronomers.

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Firefighters Struggle To Contain Southern California's Thomas Fire

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:03pm

Firefighters made some progress controlling the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, which is the fifth-largest in the state's history. Other fires in the area are mostly contained.

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Waste Not, Want Not: Drink Beer To Feed Fish And Help Save The Planet

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 1:41pm

Industry trailblazers are trying to lessen the energy and resource costs of aquaculture. Possible solutions include using brewery waste, algae, insects or even carbon dioxide to feed the fish we eat.

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Arctic's Temperature Continues To Run Hot, Latest 'Report Card' Shows

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:09am

The extreme warming trend continues, and scientists fear that floating sea ice will be gone by mid-century. That will have extraordinary effects closer to home.

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Amber-Trapped Tick Suggests Ancient Bloodsuckers Feasted On Feathered Dinosaurs

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:01am

The tick was with a feather from a dinosaur that lived in the Cretaceous Period. Modern ticks love to bite mammals, and scientists have long wondered what the tiny vampires ate millions of years ago.

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Lack Of Genetic Diversity May Have Doomed Tasmanian Tiger, Scientists Say

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 6:39am

Although humans are blamed for the extinction of the dog-like Australian marsupial some 80 years ago, researchers say its problems may have started more than 70,000 years ago.

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Macron Awards U.S. Climate Scientists Grants To 'Make Our Planet Great Again'

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 7:57pm

A day before an international summit on the climate, the French president offers some researchers an opportunity to make France a "second homeland."

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How Labels Can Affect People's Personalities And Potential

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:38pm

What is it that makes you...you? How much of a person's personality and potential are based on the expectations of others? NPR's Shankar Vedantam explores new research that suggests the labels we use to categorize people affect not just who they are now, but who they'll become in the future.

President Trump Is Sending NASA Back To The Moon

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 2:19pm

"Space Policy Directive 1," which Trump signed Monday, sees Mars as the ultimate destination. But analysts wonder whether money will follow to support the plan.

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How The Food Industry Uses Cavitation, The Ocean's Most Powerful Punch

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 1:46pm

Cavitation produces a bubble that rapidly collapses and becomes hotter than the sun's surface. The mantis shrimp uses it, and now so do food and drink firms, to improve flavors — from yogurt to beer.

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Science's Journey From Data To Truth

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:09pm

There's more to the scientific method than what you learn in high school: Scientists argue with each other, too, and the participation of nature, whose say is absolute, is key, says Adam Frank.

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Evaluating Personality Tests

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:16am

A drive to better understand ourselves and the people around us has led to the creation of a thriving industry built around personality testing.

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