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Is This Gorilla Mother Consciously Protecting Her Baby?

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:33am

In response to a report of "heroic" behavior by a female mountain gorilla aiming to protect her baby, anthropologist Barbara J. King explores questions of conscious awareness of infanticide in apes.

(Image credit: Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund)

Does Serena Williams Have The Willpower To Ace The 'Marshmallow Test'?

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 9:40am

In the experiment, kids get a treat. If they don't eat it for, say, 10 minutes, they're promised a second treat. What would Williams do? What do most kids do?

(Image credit: ZenShui/Michele Constantini/Getty Images/PhotoAlto)

The Flu Goes Viral

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 9:06am

It's going around …

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Montana Barley Fields Become Front Line For Climate Change And Beer

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 7:00am

Barley, the "king of malt," needs a precise recipe of water and sunshine to thrive — too much of either will cause it to wither and die. And amid a changing climate, that's exactly what's happening.

(Image credit: Tony Bynum/Food & Environment Reporting Network)

Alcohol-Linked ER Visits Are Rapidly Rising, Though Drinking Per Capita Is Down

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 4:00am

The nine-year period ending in 2014 saw a sharp increase in the U.S. of alcohol-related visits to emergency rooms, a study finds. And binge-drinking doesn't completely explain it.

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Australia's Heat Wave Fries Bats' Brains, Hundreds Found Dead

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 5:07pm

Sweltering temperatures killed bats outside Sydney over the weekend as temperatures soared up to 117 Fahrenheit, the hottest it's been since 1939.

(Image credit: Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

Climate Change Means 'Virtually No Male Turtles' Born In A Key Nesting Ground

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 3:47pm

Like many reptiles, the sex of a turtle is determined by how warm the egg is as it's being incubated. And small temperature differences can cause dramatic changes in the male-to-female ratio.

(Image credit: Megan Nagel/USFWS)

Astronomical Growth Turns Out To Be 'Fake News,' Says Japanese Astronaut

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 3:34pm

Norishige Kanai said he had grown up to 3 1/2 inches since arriving in space, sparking worry about whether he'd fit in the spacecraft home. Turns out, Kanai did grow, just not that much.

(Image credit: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)

A Scientist's Gender Can Skew Research Results

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 2:10pm

If a female researcher asks a man if he's in pain, he's less likely to admit it. The effect of gender on study results has been known for years. But it's rarely disclosed or discussed.

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'Butterfly Tongues' Are More Ancient Than Flowers, Fossil Study Finds

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 1:33pm

Scientists have discovered the proboscis butterflies use to suck nectar from flowers existed before flowers did. So: What were ancient butterflies using their long, tongue-like suckers for?

(Image credit: Hossein Rajaei/Science Advances)

Man As God: 'Frankenstein' Turns 200

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:31am

Mary Shelley cautioned us of the dangers of extending science into realms where we have little control of the outcomes; may we all read her tale — and take in its lessons, says Marcelo Gleiser.

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Fallout From 'Nuclear Button' Tweets: Jump In Sales Of Radiation Drug

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 8:00am

After a war of words between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un over the ability to launch nuclear attacks from their desks, orders rose for pills to protect against radiation.

(Image credit: Richard Matthews/AP)

Interior Secretary Zinke: Florida Offshore Oil Drilling Is 'Off The Table'

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 8:06pm

Zinke cites a request from Gov. Rick Scott and his argument that the state relies on tourism. Critics note the state is rich in electoral votes and other states also rely on tourism.

(Image credit: Lynne Sladky/AP)

The Man In The Google Doodle: From Poor Villager To Nobel Prize Winner

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 3:05pm

He's the biochemist Har Gobind Khorana, who discovered the grammar that organizes DNA. But first he had to overcome the accent and mannerisms of his Indian village.

(Image credit: Google)

Rural And City Women A Little Different In Age At First Sex, Number Of Kids

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 1:36pm

In a recent national survey, nearly 80 percent of women living in rural areas reported having experienced sexual intercourse by age 18, compared to 68.6 percent of women in cities.

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Siri, Cortana, And Alexa Carry The Marks Of Their Human Makers

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:01pm

Before you dismiss them as inhuman or inhumane, consider their dramatic personal histories — and their ancestor grande damme Eliza, says guest blogger Jimena Canales.

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Federal Regulator Rejects Energy Department's Bid To Prop Up Coal, Nuclear

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:00am

Energy Secretary Rick Perry proposed a rule that would essentially subsidize older fuel sources to compete with cheaper natural gas and renewables. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission cried foul.

After Devastating Cyclone, Fiji Farmers Plant For A Changed Climate

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 7:01am

As the Pacific island archipelago of Fiji faces a warming planet, the country's farmers are turning to more climate-resilient techniques that other storm-prone communities worldwide could model.

(Image credit: Sonia Narang)

Weather Hampers Efforts To Put Out Tanker Blaze In East China Sea

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 6:13am

The fire occurred after two vessels, an Iranian-owned oil tanker and a Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier, collided on Saturday about 160 miles east of Shanghai.

(Image credit: AP)

Fighting Bias With Board Games

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 5:00am

Buffalo is the sort of game you'd pull out at dinner parties when the conversation lulls. But the game's creators says it's good for something else — subliminally reducing prejudice.

(Image credit: Maanvi Singh for NPR)

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