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.

From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

NPR |Oct. 01, 2014 12:45 a.m.

Researchers have found a gene that affects how strongly you experience bitter flavors. And those who aren't as sensitive eat about 200 more servings of vegetables per year.

Too Few University Jobs For America's Young Scientists

NPR |Sept. 30, 2014 5:21 p.m.

So, you want to be a science professor? Good luck. Highly educated, relatively low-paid postdoctoral fellows may drive U.S. biomedical research, but they're training for jobs that don't exist.

Federal Judges Sends Wyo. Wolves Back To Endangered Species List

NPR |Sept. 30, 2014 3:46 p.m.

Just two years after the Obama administration removed federal protections for wolves in the state of Wyoming, a federal judge has reinstated them, saying that the state's plan for managing the species was inadequate and largely unenforceable.

Earthquake Task Force Recommends More Preparations

OPB |Sept. 30, 2014 3:28 p.m.

A new task force says instead of having three days of food and water stockpiled for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, Oregonians should be prepared to go it alone for two weeks.

Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags Is Enacted In California

NPR |Sept. 30, 2014 1:23 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed SB 270, the first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in the U.S. It requires a 10-cent fee for the use of compostable or paper bags.

Aral Sea's Eastern Basin Has Dried Out, NASA Photos Show

NPR |Sept. 30, 2014 11:07 a.m.

"For the first time in modern history, the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea has completely dried," NASA says, citing satellite photos from 2000 and 2014.

Instead Of Staring At Screens, These Kids Stared At Faces

NPR |Sept. 30, 2014 10:47 a.m.

A recent study from researchers at UCLA found that kids who spent a week at outdoor camp — away from all electronic devices — got a lot better at picking up emotion in other people's faces.

Certain English Errors May Decipher Clues To Dying Languages

NPR |Sept. 30, 2014 10:46 a.m.

Linguists try to understand the nuances of languages, and how they relate to one another. A computer scientist says the English mistakes of non-native speakers can reveal something about languages.

Are Microbes The Next Frontier?

NPR |Sept. 30, 2014 6:28 a.m.

Biologist Nathan Wolfe says the unseeable world of microbes is fertile ground for new discoveries.

Questioned About Japan Eruption, Experts See Few Northwest Risks

OPB |Sept. 29, 2014 12:45 p.m.

Following the unexpected eruption of Mount Ontake in Japan Saturday, some Pacific Northwesterners are asking whether volcanos in this area could do the same thing.

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