Mount McKinley's Gotten Shorter Again

It's still No. 1 on the continent, though.

'Completely Unique': Cave-Dwelling Female Insects Have Penises

NPR | April 17, 2014 9:51 p.m.

A team of international scientists have found four species of insects with reversed sex organs. The females' anatomy may have to do with their need for nutrients that only males produce.

First Embryonic Stem Cells Cloned From A Man's Skin

NPR | April 17, 2014 5:06 p.m.

Scientists based their technique on the one used to create the sheep "Dolly" years ago. These cells might one day be useful in treating all sorts of diseases.

Scientists Spot A Planet That Looks Like 'Earth's Cousin'

NPR | April 17, 2014 5:06 p.m.

Kepler-186f is almost the same size as Earth, and it orbits in its star's "Goldilocks zone"-- where temperatures may be just right for life. But much is unknown because it's also 500 light years away.

Chili Say What? Linguistics Help Pinpoint Pepper's Origins

NPR | April 17, 2014 4:29 p.m.

It turns out the first chili peppers were grown by humans in eastern Mexico. And it's not the same region where beans and corn were first grown, according to new ways of evaluating evidence.

Even Chimps Know That A Firm Bed Makes For Quality Sleep

NPR | April 17, 2014 4:14 p.m.

A new study looking at the nests made by Chimpanzees in Uganda found that they prefer a type of tree that gives them a firm and secure sleeping platform.

Got A Hobby? Might Be A Smart Professional Move

NPR | April 17, 2014 3:19 p.m.

Workers who have a creative outlet outside the office are more likely to be creative problem solvers on the job, a study suggests.

'Why Am I Dead?' He Never Asked. Here's The Answer He Never Heard

NPR | April 17, 2014 10:57 a.m.

Man goes in for a routine hip operation. In the corner of the operating room, there's a young med student watching. When things go wrong, she tries to make sense of what she sees.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables

NPR | April 17, 2014 10:22 a.m.

Impatient gardeners don't have to wait for summer to harvest salad fixings. A surprising variety of crops will bring homegrown produce to your table in as little as three weeks.

New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved

NPR | April 16, 2014 5:20 p.m.

A 325-million-year-old fossil find shows that the gill structures of modern sharks are actually quite different from their ancient ancestors.

A T. Rex Treks To Washington For A Shot At Fame

NPR | April 16, 2014 1:33 p.m.

Scientists at the Smithsonian are set to unpack something rare that the National Museum of Natural History has never had before — a nearly complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex.

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