Startups Pitch Cricket Flour As The Best Protein You Could Eat

Cricket flour is a thing, and it's showing up in bars and baked goods. A few companies are testing the water to see if Americans can get on board with cricket as an alternative to meat or soy.

Scientists Discover That Drunk Birds Sing Like Drunks

NPR |Dec. 28, 2014 3:02 p.m.

The songs of zebra finches, long used as a model for how humans learn to use speech, get a little sloppy after a few drinks, a new study finds. Future research will look at how it affects learning.

An Aspiring Martian Continues To Pursue The Red Planet

NPR |Dec. 27, 2014 3:54 p.m.

Heidi Beemer has dreamed of going to Mars since she was 8 years old. In January, NPR talked to her about her application to Mars One, which is still pending — now she explains she has a plan B, too.

Dwarf Galaxy, Long Overlooked, Discovered In Our 'Hood

NPR |Dec. 27, 2014 11:48 a.m.

Tiny Kks3, 7 million light years distant, is made up mostly of star stuff that's just a billion or so years younger than the Big Bang.

One More Reason To Reach For A Paper Book Before Bed

NPR |Dec. 27, 2014 1:12 a.m.

Using an E-Reader before trying to nod off may disrupt sleep more than reading a paper book, a study suggests. Scientists suspect the screen's blue light is messing with a sleep-inducing hormone.

Recordings That Made Waves: The Songs That Saved The Whales

NPR |Dec. 26, 2014 3:22 p.m.

In the mid-1960s, a biologist discovered the beauty of humpback whale songs. But his recordings weren't just academic — they were woven into popular music, and they kicked off an entire movement.

Unexpected Life Found In The Ocean's Deepest Trench

NPR |Dec. 26, 2014 2:39 p.m.

An expedition to the Pacific's Mariana Trench has found evidence that life exists miles below the surface. But it's not life as we know it.

WWU Professor Helps Guide Mars Rover Curiosity

AP |Dec. 26, 2014 8:43 a.m.

Western Washington University professor is part of a team of 400 scientists nationwide guiding the rover Curiosity across the surface of Mars.

Wash. Scientists Target Mess From Christmas Tree Needles

AP |Dec. 26, 2014 8 a.m.

The presents are unwrapped. The children's shrieks of delight are just a memory. Now it's time for another Yuletide tradition: cleaning up the needles that are falling off your Christmas tree.

When Humans Quit Hunting And Gathering, Their Bones Got Wimpy

NPR |Dec. 26, 2014 7:14 a.m.

Humans have lighter bones than other primates, and that change happened a lot later than anthropologists had thought. Blame our sedentary ways after our ancestors took up farming.

Want To Solve The World's Most Heated Disagreements? Bring Your Wallet

NPR |Dec. 26, 2014 5:23 a.m.

Research found that a little cash goes a long way toward making people more thoughtful about what motivates their longtime foes, be it Israelis and Palestinians or Republicans and Democrats.

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