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Three Ways To Elevate The Debate About Guns

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 9:26am

Understanding the authority of science means, when it comes to factual claims, intuitions and gut feelings won't cut it — whichever side of the political aisle they come from, says Tania Lombrozo.

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LISTEN: Dolphins Use Targeted Echolocation To Plan Their Hunting Dives

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 5:00pm

Oxygen is a precious resource for dolphins. A new study suggests they use it efficiently by remembering what they learn during a dive, then applying that information to future foraging expeditions.

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Did Dark Matter Make The Early Universe Chill Out?

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 12:49pm

A new study suggests that the early universe got an unexpectedly cold start, and that dark matter may be to blame.

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Still Thirsty? It's Up To Your Brain, Not Your Body

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 12:00pm

Thirst is what compels us to start hydrating. Now scientists have found a brain circuit in mice that seems to switch off thirst when they've taken in enough fluid and before it gets dangerous.

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Biometric Data And The Rise Of Digital Dictatorship

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 10:42am

As historian and author Yuval Harari suggests, market forces and investor greed will keep moving the data revolution forward. But there are balancing forces to this onslaught, says Marcelo Gleiser.

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Researchers Haven't Found A Single Endangered Right Whale Calf Yet This Season

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 8:00am

"The right whales are at a point where more are dying than are being born," biologist Clay George says. "That's just not sustainable long-term."

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The Rise Of Yeast: How Civilization Was Shaped By Sugar Fungi

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 7:00am

Without yeast, bread wouldn't rise and beer wouldn't foam. As Nicholas Money's new book, The Rise of Yeast, points out, it leaves its mark on other foods, too, including coffee, and even chocolate.

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Send In The Clones: Barbra Streisand Reveals Fluffy Canine Copies

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 5:30am

In an interview with Variety magazine, the legendary singer/filmmaker dropped a bombshell: Two of her three coton de tulears are clones of a favorite canine who died last year.

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Though Prices Aren't As High As Before, West Texas Enjoys Oil Revival

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 4:03am

The U.S. is on track to surpass Saudi Arabia and Russia next year to become the world's biggest oil producer — pumping out more crude than at its peak nearly half a century ago.

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