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Could A Boiling River From A Childhood Legend Exist?

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 8:51am

As a boy, Andrés Ruzo heard stories of a mythical boiling river. Years later, as a geoscientist, he recounts his journey deep into the Amazon to see if the river actually exists.

How Can Satellite Images Unlock Secrets To Our Hidden Past?

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 8:51am

Sarah Parcak is a pioneer in space archaeology. She describes her method of using satellite images to locate lost ancient sites.

Can We Fall Prey To Hidden Parasites?

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 8:51am

Science writer Ed Yong delves into the hidden world of parasites. He describes how parasites, once inside a host's body, become masters in the craft of manipulation.

What Hidden Underwater Worlds Are Left To Discover?

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 8:51am

Ocean explorer Robert Ballard makes the case for exploring the deep oceans, where he is discovering new species, resources and mountain ranges.

How Can Hidden Sounds Be Captured By Everyday Objects

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 8:51am

Computer scientist Abe Davis explains how you can turn a plant or a bag of chips into a microphone, and capturing the hidden sound vibrations on a high-speed camera.

Gigi The Cow Broke The Milk Production Record. Is That Bad For Cows?

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 7:23am

Cows are being bred to be larger, hungrier, and more productive. But this drive to raise ever-larger, hulking Holsteins has some prominent livestock advocates ringing alarm bells.

Hatched! Baby Eaglet Emerges From Its Egg On D.C. Eagle-Cam

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 7:22am

A little wing-flap came more than 24 hours after the first "pip" – a hole in the young bird's shell – was spotted, bringing sighs of relief and joy to the baby bird's fans.

Flint Residents Tired Of Talk And Tests, Eager For Solution

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 4:47am

A group of Virginia Tech researchers exposed the drinking water contamination in Flint, Mich., last summer. Now, they are back to retest the waters — and determine if the water is still dangerous.

SeaWorld To End Orca Breeding Program In Partnership With Humane Society

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 3:06pm

SeaWorld announced it will end it's orca breeding program, phase out orca performances and partner with the Humane Society of the U.S. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with SeaWorld President and CEO Joel Manby and Humane Society President and CEO Wayne Pacelle.

Guinness Tells Beer Drinkers: Keep Your Head And Embrace The 'Stache

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 2:39pm

The folks at Guinness have a polite request: Don't slurp the foamy head off their beer. It's essentially a nitrogen cap, they say, that's protecting the flavors underneath from being oxidized.

Stand To Work If You Like, But Don't Brag About The Benefits

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 10:25am

Standing desks have been touted as the answer for health problems caused by sitting all day. But the evidence that the high desks improve health — or that they are even used much — is weak.

Professor Who Solved Fermat's Last Theorem Wins Math's Abel Prize

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 7:19am

The mathematics problem he solved had been lingering since 1637 – and he first read about it when he was just 10 years old, during a visit to the library.

How Potent Is That Pot Brownie? Dry Ice And A Blender Might Crack The Case

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 6:00am

Too much THC can land you in the hospital. But testing pastries and candies made with marijuana also can can gum up lab equipment. One group of scientists thinks they've got a solution.

Medical Debt Rains Pain On Families, Even In the Sunshine State

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 4:02am

More than 30 percent of Floridians report having serious financial problems, compared to 26 percent of adults nationwide. Digging into those poll numbers shows large medical bills can be ruinous.

Senate Blocks Bill To Create Voluntary National Standards For Labeling GMOs

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 3:21pm

The Senate failed to pass legislation on Wednesday that would have created national, voluntary standards for labeling genetically modified foods or GMOs. A coalition of environmentalists and chefs that favor mandatory labeling of GMOs applauded the action, but an industry group, the Corn Refiners Association, says it's concerned by the Senate's move.

If You Set High Standards For Your Marriage, Is It Doomed?

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 1:24pm

People often expect a great many things out of a marriage. That can work if spouses That can work if spouses are pragmatic about what they're really able to deliver on, a study finds.

Midlife Friendship Key To A Longer, Healthier Life

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:11am

People between 45 and 65 may be the loneliest segment in the U.S. And researchers are using brain scans to show that friendships are vital to staying healthy and engaged in your middle years.

Before Flint, Lead-Contaminated Water Plagued Schools Across U.S.

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:08am

Michigan isn't the only place dealing with lead-contaminated water. Schools all over the country have struggled to eliminate lead from water fountains and cafeterias — some for more than a decade.

Forget About It: Your Middle-Aged Brain Is Not On The Decline

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 3:26pm

You forget someone's name, or why you ran downstairs. Your brain is getting older, and the connections are weakening. But research shows the middle-aged brain is actually operating at its peak.

These 27 Solutions Could Help The U.S. Slash Food Waste

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 11:44am

The U.S. wastes 133 billion pounds of food annually. Cutting that by 50 percent by 2020 is going to take a serious action plan. A new data-driven report ranks approaches that could get the job done.

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