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From Fire Hydrants To Rescue Work, Dogs Perceive The World Through Smell

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 1:36pm

Dogs can sniff out people, drugs, bombs, cancer, time of day, oncoming storms and much more. In her new book Being A Dog, Alexandra Horowitz explores the mysteries and mechanics of canine noses.

'The Situation ... Is Truly Catastrophic'; Hurricane Matthew Slams Into Haiti

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 11:11am

The Category 4 storm dumped rain on southwestern Haiti on Tuesday morning and lashed the island with maximum sustained winds of up to 145 mph. The hurricane is continuing north toward Cuba.

Physics Nobel Goes To 3 Scientists For Insights Into Matter's Behavior

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 5:00am

The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to David Thouless, who gets half the prize, and Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz, who share the other half.

3 Scientists Win Nobel Prize In Physics For Theoretical Research On Matter

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 4:58am

One half of the prize went to David J Thouless; the other half was shared by F. Duncan M. Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz. They used math to explain the odd behavior of unusual states of matter.

Bees Added To U.S. Endangered Species List For 1st Time

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 12:58pm

Seven species of the yellow-faced bee, which is the only bee native to Hawaii, have been designated as endangered. They're known for their yellow-to-white facial markings.

A Revolution That Didn't Happen: Personal Rapid Transit

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 12:02pm

In 1975, the Personal Rapid Transit in Morgantown, W. Va., was expected to usher in a new age of public transit nationally. It didn't. Still, the aging system is getting a $100-million upgrade.

Snap, Crackle, Kale: The Science Of Why Veggies Spark In The Microwave

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 11:15am

Online sources suggest cooking vegetables in the microwave for a quick and easy dinner. But microwaving veggies can get a little bit explosive. Who knew kale chips could offer a lesson in physics?

Caribbean Nations Brace For Hurricane Matthew's Lash

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 10:50am

Authorities warn of "life-threatening" wind and flooding in Haiti, and issued warnings for parts of Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica. The U.S. Navy evacuated families from its base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

How To Spark Learning Everywhere Kids Go — Starting With The Grocery Store

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 5:00am

A $20 intervention caused a big boost in conversations between parents and kids. Researchers say there are lots of untapped opportunities like these to help kids learn out of school.

Japanese Biologist Wins Nobel Prize In Physiology Or Medicine

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 4:54am

The Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology goes to a Japanese scientist who studies how cells degenerate and are recycled by organisms. The process is important in understanding how diseases work.

Brain Game Claims Fail A Big Scientific Test

Sun, 10/02/2016 - 11:02pm

When a team of researchers evaluated the scientific literature on brain games, they found little evidence that the products improve memory or thinking in real-world tasks.

India Ratifies Paris Climate Change Agreement

Sun, 10/02/2016 - 2:54pm

Sixty-two countries have now joined the plan. Together, they account for about 52 percent of global emissions, which is a little short of the 55 percent threshold to make the agreement binding.

After Record Heat, California Fires Burn Into The Fall

Sun, 10/02/2016 - 10:20am

A wildfire near San Jose, Calif. has destroyed a dozen homes, and threatens more than 150 structures. Meanwhile, the massive Soberanes fire is still burning two months after it began.

'Power Poses' Co-Author: 'I Do Not Believe The Effects Are Real'

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 7:26am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to behavioral scientist Uri Simonsohn about how one of the scientists behind 2010 research on 'power poses' is distancing herself from that work.

Hurricane Matthew Strengthens Into Category 5 In Caribbean

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 1:58am

With wind speeds of 160 mph, the storm is expected to make landfall on Jamaica on Monday, and remains a threat to Haiti and Cuba. Forecasters say it's the strongest in the Atlantic since 2007.

The United Nations Is Launching A Space Mission

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 7:52pm

The U.N. is planning to send its first spacecraft into orbit, packed with scientific experiments from countries that can't afford their own space programs.

How Can Dinosaurs Help Us Understand Our Own Species?

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 7:19am

Earth's rocks and fossils can help us understand our own species. Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara explains important moments in Earth's history that help us recognize our place in the world.

Are We Headed Into Another Mass Extinction?

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 7:19am

At various times, life on earth has come close to being erased. Paleontologist Peter Ward explains what we can learn from previous mass extinctions.

What's The Anthropocene?

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 7:19am

Have we entered a new age defined by humans? Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara says there's "no doubt" that humans' impact on Earth will show up in the geological record.

How Do We Embrace All Kinds Of Nature?

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 7:19am

Environmental writer Emma Marris wants us to broaden our definition of nature to one that embraces urban and wild spaces in order learn to protect and care for it.

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