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Scientists Are Not So Hot At Predicting Which Cancer Studies Will Succeed

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 10:30am

A scientist tested his peers' ability to pick which cancer experiments would pan out. They failed more often than not, which doesn't say much for intuition or efficiency in the scientific process.

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United By The Sun: A Solar Event For All Americans To Share

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 9:06am

Skywatchers and astrophysicists are already gearing up for next month's "Great American Solar Eclipse."

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In Russia's Siberian Silicon Valley, Business Is Good But Risks Can Be High

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 7:15am

The Soviet Union built research institutes in Siberia as innovation centers during the Cold War. Since then, there's been a brain drain. Tech innovators remain, but some have faced legal challenges.

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Research Shows Birth Order Really Does Matter

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 4:00am

Compared to older siblings, second-born boys are more likely to go to prison, get suspended in school and enter juvenile delinquency. Why? Parents of first-borns are more invested in their upbringing.

Natural Disasters May Widen Income Gap, Report Says

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 5:50pm

Scientific American concludes that disasters correlate to a 1-percentage-point increase in poverty in the affected areas. It also finds that the rich leave disaster-prone areas but the poor can't.

(Image credit: Eric Gray/AP)

Biologists Divided Over How To Save Endangered Pangolin

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:28pm

The pangolin is a tiny snake-like creature. It's in great demand for its meat and scales, and it is in danger of extinction. Biologists can't agree on whether zoos should play a role in saving it.

Another July 4th Anniversary: Pathfinder's Landing On Mars

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:23pm

In 1997, the spacecraft's mission paved the way for the more sophisticated rovers operating on the Red Planet today.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL)

How Frogs Benefited From The Dinosaurs' Extinction

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:04pm

Frogs are "master survivors," able to take advantage of the ecological vacuum left behind by extinct animals. Scientists say nine in 10 frog species descended from three surviving frog lineages.

(Image credit: Peng Zhang, Sun Yat-Sen University)

Stephen Hawking: Trump Pushing Earth's Climate 'Over The Brink'

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:18pm

The renowned physicist and cosmologist says the U.S. pulling out of the Paris climate change accord could turn our planet into another Venus.

(Image credit: Matt Dunham/AP)

You're A Firework (Scientifically Speaking)

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 5:52am

You have more in common with pyrotechnics that you might think. The same basic process that makes fireworks explode is happening inside your cells (in a slow-motion, controlled way) right now.

(Image credit: Adam Cole/NPR)

Want To Teach Your Kids Self-Control? Ask A Cameroonian Farmer

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:01am

The "marshmallow test" is a famous experiment for studying kids' self-control. For the first time, a psychologist gave the test to kids outside Western culture. And they crushed it.

Will Giving The Ganges Human Rights Protect The Polluted River?

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 1:00pm

A court in India declared its holiest river is entitled to the same rights as a person that would include the right to sue polluters. Still, many think the divine waters are unimpacted by pollution.

(Image credit: Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP)

Will Giving The Ganges Human Rights Protect The Polluted River?

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 1:00pm

A court in India declared its holiest river is entitled to the same rights as a person that would include the right to sue polluters. Still, many think the divine waters are unimpacted by pollution.

(Image credit: Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP)

'One Of A Kind' Collection Of Animal Eyeballs Aids Research On Vision Problems

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 7:05am

Most of the 56,000 eyes sent to the little lab in Wisconsin come from vets who want help diagnosing dogs, cats and horses. But the repository also has eyes from sloths, elephant seals and dragonflies.

(Image credit: Andyworks (from left), Ralf Hettler, vicmicallef/iStockPhoto )

To Solve Gruesome Desert Mysteries, Scientists Become Body Collectors

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 4:30am

People are dumping corpses in the high desert of western Colorado. But those unloading bodies aren't criminal masterminds. They're scientists. And out here, the usual rules of human decay don't apply.

(Image credit: Rae Ellen Bichell/NPR)

Wildlife Activists Plan Lawsuits To Protect Yellowstone Grizzlies

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 4:24pm

The Northern Cheyenne Tribe and The Humane Society are among the organizations that will sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to keep the iconic carnivore on the endangered species list.

(Image credit: Jim Urquhart/AP)

A Total Eclipse Will Sweep The U.S. In August, And People Are Going Nuts For It

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:57pm

NASA says a partial eclipse will be visible throughout the country. But within a "path of totality" from Oregon to South Carolina, an eclipse industry is booming.

(Image credit: Gillian Flaccus/AP)

Meet The Indiana Jones Of Ancient Ales And Extreme Beverages

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:24am

Patrick McGovern searches for and studies the residues of fermented drinks that can be thousands of years old – and then re-creates them. His new book explores these brews and their cultural value.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Alison Dunlap)

Pesticides Are Harming Bees — But Not Everywhere, Major New Study Shows

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 5:13pm

A huge new study conducted in 33 sites across Europe finds that seeds coated with neonicotinoid pesticides harm bees living nearby. The damage, though, depends on local conditions.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Centre for Ecology & Hydrology)

Researchers Analyze Economic Impact Of Climate Change In The U.S.

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 3:29pm

A team of scientists and economists claims they've come up with the most thorough analysis of the cost of climate change in the U.S. Most of the country will suffer economic loss in addition to higher mortality from heat waves and loss of agriculture productivity by 2100. But like all predictions far into the future, this one has a wide range of outcomes and could be overshadowed by new technology still to be invented.

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