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Can Seaweed Save Shellfish From Climate Change?

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 4:01am

Warming oceans are hurting the shellfish industry. Scientists are hoping that seagrasses, like seaweed, can help soak up extra carbon in the water.

(Image credit: Lauren Sommer/KQED)

Why Dogs Have Floppy Ears: An Animated Tale

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 4:01am

Why do dogs look different from wolves? The question bedeviled Charles Darwin. Now scientists have a fascinating theory that links droopy ears and splotchy coats with domestication.

(Image credit: Adam Cole/NPR's Skunk Bear)

Can Seagrass Save Shellfish From Climate Change?

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 4:01am

Warming oceans are hurting the shellfish industry. Scientists are hoping that seagrasses, like seaweed, can help soak up extra carbon in the water.

(Image credit: Lauren Sommer/KQED)

IKEA — And Getting Kids To Eat Their Veggies

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 10:33am

What can Swedish furniture teach us about getting kids to eat their veggies? Cognitive scientist Tania Lombrozo considers new research on the "IKEA effect."

(Image credit: Inga Kjer/Photothek via Getty Images)

The Cheese Does Not Stand Alone: How Fungi And Bacteria Team Up For A Tastier Rind

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 9:26am

Cheese rinds may seem simple, even discardable, but the microbial world they contain is complex. Among their inhabitants: bacterial swimmers that hop on highways of fungal tendrils to get around.

(Image credit: Benjamin Wolfe/Benjamin Wolfe)

Got Your Flu Shot Yet? Consider This A Reminder

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 4:00am

A research review suggests reminding people when their vaccinations are due or overdue increases the number of people who get immunized.

(Image credit: Mladen Zivkovic/Getty Images)

Is Smoking Pot While Pregnant Safe For The Baby?

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 3:59am

Adults in a growing number of states and D.C. can now legally buy marijuana without a doctor's prescription. But obstetricians worry pregnant women don't realize the drug could hurt their kids.

(Image credit: Sarah Varney/Kaiser Health News)

'Super Blue Blood Moon' Coming Wednesday

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 6:56am

Wednesday morning brings an astronomical trifecta: a supermoon, a blue moon and a blood moon.

Business And Wildlife Groups Skip The Fight, Work Together To Save A Species

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 6:01am

When an animal is listed as endangered that can be bad news for nearby businesses. That's why Georgia's biggest utility is helping to protect the slow-breeding gopher tortoise.

(Image credit: Todd Stone/AP)

At One NASA Lab, Art And Science Share The Same Orbit

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 5:29am

The artists of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratories have made travel posters for distant planets, simulated Jupiter's churning atmosphere and translated satellite movements into sound.

(Image credit: Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Children Who Survive Congenital Heart Defects Can Face New Problems As Adults

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 5:00am

It was a medical miracle: Surgery that made it possible for babies born with heart defects to live to adulthood. But for some, those mended hearts start to falter decades later.

(Image credit: Benny Tsabba/Wendy Wolfson for NPR)

Honeybees Help Farmers, But They Don't Help The Environment

Sat, 01/27/2018 - 7:21am

Maybe honeybees get too much attention. They are agricultural animals, like sheep or cattle, and they sometimes make life harder for wild bees. In fact, the bees in true peril are the wild ones.

(Image credit: Dan Charles/NPR)

One Of The World's Rarest Fish Is A Little Less Rare Than We Thought

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 10:55am

The red handfish, named for hand-shaped fins on the sides of its body, doesn't really swim — it walks slowly along the sea floor. A new population of the striking creature has been found off Tasmania.

(Image credit: Antonia Cooper)

Viral Video From A Somali Comic Conquers The Internet

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 10:49am

Millions are watching Barbar, a music video from Somali-born comedian Oomaar. Fans are making their own versions. What's it all about?

(Image credit: Liibaan Jama/Screenshot by NPR (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOk6YvTZT3Y))

'The Marvelous Ms. Maisel': Science, Comedy And Genius

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 8:42am

In addition to its beautiful costumes and sweet homage to the New York City of the 1950s, the show offers an opportunity to reflect on the nature of genius, says commentator Adam Frank.

(Image credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

An Uncle's Overdose Spurs Medicaid Official To Change Course

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 4:00am

Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky, until recently chief medical officer for Medicaid, quit his job to more directly fight the stigma of addiction — a stigma that made his beloved uncle afraid to ask for help.

(Image credit: Gary Waters/Getty Images )

New Fossil Found In Israel Suggests A Much Earlier Human Migration Out of Africa

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 5:24pm

Scientists have discovered a part of a fossilized human skull that's around 180,000 years old. It is now the oldest human fossil outside of Africa.

(Image credit: Gerhard Weber/University of Vienna/Science)

Rebellious Cow Finds Winter Home Among Polish Bison

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 3:57pm

She has been spotted twice on the outskirts of Poland's Bialowieza Forest. She appears to be healthy, but she'll need to be removed from the herd before mating season.

(Image credit: Rafal Kowalczyk/AP)

How To Teach Mosquitoes To Leave You Alone

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 3:37pm

Mosquitoes find some people way more delicious than others. Now scientists have found a way to make you less attractive, no chemicals needed.

(Image credit: Tyler Stableford / Aurora Outdoo/Getty Images/Aurora Creative)

This Mummified Woman Now Has A Name — And A Famous Relative: Boris Johnson

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 2:59pm

Meet Anna Catharina Bischoff, an 18th century syphilitic woman found in 1975. Researchers announced her name Thursday. And the U.K. foreign secretary says he's "very proud" to have the new family tie.

(Image credit: Gregor Brändli/Courtesy of Naturhistorisches Museum Basel)

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