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NIH Reviews Moratorium On Funding Controversial Chimera Research

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 5:42am

The National Institutes of Health is deciding whether to consider funding controversial experiments involving scientists using human stem cells to create embryos that are part human, part animal.

In Captivating Video, A Bald Eagle Attacks an Osprey Nest

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 6:02pm

Rare video footage from Maine shows how resurging bald eagles prey on other species. The good news is that two out of three osprey chicks survived.

Mo' Money, Mo' Bug Problems: Wealthier Homes Are Rich In Insects Too

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 4:25pm

Looking for a healthy variety of bugs? You might want to try searching in your wealthiest friend's house. Neighborhood income is a good predictor of the number of kinds of bugs in homes.

Corpse Flower Creates Monster Stench In Washington, D.C.

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 3:30pm

Every 10 years, the corpse flower blooms, filling the air around it with the scent of rotting meat. What better way to spend a summer evening than with friends at the fragrant event.

Most Nighttime Crashes With Teen Drivers Happen Before Midnight

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 3:28pm

Nighttime driving restrictions on teens may save lives, a study finds, but should probably be shifted to include late evening. A third of all fatal crashes with teen drivers happen after dark.

Does A Psychopath Who Kills Get To Use The Insanity Defense?

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 10:56am

Having a serious mental diagnosis doesn't necessarily mean that juries will consider an insanity defense. Some states have changed their laws to exclude people with antisocial personality disorder.

A Beetle May Soon Strike Out Baseball's Famous Ash Bats

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 3:50am

Rawlings baseball bats have a big place in sports history. But now the ash trees used to make those iconic bats are threatened by an invasive beetle that's spreading in forests across the Northeast.

'Guilty But Mentally Ill' Doesn't Protect Against Harsh Sentences

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 12:22pm

Jurors often are reluctant to acquit someone who committed a crime while mentally ill, or to find that person guilty. So they take a third option: guilty but mentally ill. It's far from perfect.

McDonald's Now Serving Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics — Mostly

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:35am

The fast-food chain's suppliers are still allowed to use certain types of antibiotics that aren't used to treat people.

A Neuroscientist Explores The Illogical Behaviors Of The Mind In 'Idiot Brain'

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:20am

Dean Burnett says the human brain is like a computer that files information in a way that defies logic. According to Burnett, brains can alter memory, cause motion sickness and affect intelligence.

3 Things People Can Do In The Classroom That Robots Can't

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 5:00am

Artificial intelligence is getting stronger. Education must adapt. Here's a framework for separating out the things schools can and should teach that are uniquely human.

How A Child's Gender May Affect Parent's Willingness To Bend The Truth

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 4:03am

An experiment found parents cheated at a game less when their kids were present, but gender made a big difference: The parents modeled honest behavior more with daughters than with sons.

Olympic Victory And Defeat, Frame By Frame

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 11:05pm

The rush of victory or crush of defeat in the Olympics can flash by very quickly. But if you slow those moments down, there's a lot to learn about human behavior.

Researchers Describe A New Hypothesis About Why The Female Orgasm Exists

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 8:18pm

A pair of evolutionary biologists think the female orgasm, or at least its predecessor in other animals, may have more to do with stimulating ovulation than previously thought.

With Zika In Miami, What Should Pregnant Women Across The U.S. Do?

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 7:14pm

Federal health officials are cautioning pregnant travelers to avoid a Miami neighborhood where at least 14 cases of Zika have been traced to local mosquitoes. What about the rest of Florida?

This Spanish Farm Makes Foie Gras Without Force-Feeding

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 3:27pm

A farmer in Spain makes foie gras from wild geese who gorge themselves naturally on acorns and olives. New York chef Dan Barber describes tasting it as "the best culinary experience of my life."

Crime In The Fields: How Monsanto And Scofflaw Farmers Hurt Soybeans In Arkansas

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 6:00am

A new type of genetically engineered crop is tempting farmers to use a weedkiller illegally. The illicit chemical use has damaged nearby crops and provoked conflict among neighbors.

A Soldier-Scientist's Insights Expand Understanding Of Brain Injuries

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 5:19am

Harvard researcher Kit Parker put his academic career on hold to serve in the Army in Afghanistan. When he returned from war, he made a discovery that changed our understanding of brain injuries.

Thousands Of Firefighters Battle Massive Big Sur Blaze

Sun, 07/31/2016 - 1:32pm

After more than a week, a 38,000-acre wildfire on the California coast is still growing, and authorities warn it could burn through August even after it is contained.

Meet Your Aquatic Swimming Mates: Invertebrates

Sun, 07/31/2016 - 7:36am

In the latest installment of the summer's What's Bugging You series, Page Howarth, curator of invertebrates at the San Diego Zoo, takes us on a tour of the aquatic bug world.

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