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Study Suggests Neanderthals Enjoyed Long Childhoods

NPR | Sept. 23, 2017

The study of a 49,000-year-old skeleton of a Neanderthal boy discovered in Spain indicates that he may have matured at about the same rate as children of modern homo sapiens.

How Many Viruses Can Live In Semen? More Than You Might Think

NPR | Sept. 23, 2017

According to a new report, semen can be a hotbed for viruses.

Arkansas Defies Monsanto, Moves To Ban Rogue Weedkiller

NPR | Sept. 23, 2017

Arkansas regulators are on a collision course with Monsanto, voting to ban use during the growing season of a drift-prone herbicide that Monsanto says is farmers' best hope for weed-free fields.

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Simulating The Bodily Pain Of Future Climate Change

NPR | Sept. 23, 2017 6:03 a.m.

People can't simulate realistic, internal sensations, like temperature change or pain — which is a reason why more people aren't terrified by climate change, says guest blogger Lisa Feldman Barrett.

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An Accident On The Moon, Young Lawyers To The Rescue

NPR | Sept. 22, 2017 5:08 p.m.

Each year, law students argue hypothetical, futuristic case that takes place in space. This year, it's about who pays when two machines collide on the moon.

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Ruling Finds Solar Panels From China Hurt U.S. Makers

NPR | Sept. 22, 2017 2:11 p.m.

Installing solar panels on your home could become more expensive, depending on how President Trump responds to a decision Friday by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Environment | Food | Science

Gassy Cows Warm The Planet. Scientists Think They Know How To Squelch Those Belches

NPR | Sept. 22, 2017 10:30 a.m.

Researchers have won a prize for discovering that a cow's genetics determine which microbes populate its gut. Some of those microbes produce the greenhouse gas methane that ends up in the atmosphere.

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(Legally) Selling Weed While Black

NPR | Sept. 22, 2017 9:16 a.m.

As Oakland's legal cannabis industry grows, the biggest players seem to have two things in common: They're white, and they have lots of money.


Do Letters Show You How They Sound?

NPR | Sept. 22, 2017 8:43 a.m.

It is a principle of most modern thought about language that the relation between signs and meanings is arbitrary. But a new study finds a connection between sounds and ink on "paper," says Alva Noë.

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Gold And Copper Mining In The Rainy Shadow Of A Volcano

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 21, 2017 11:43 a.m. | Morton, Washington

The Forest Service has given a Canadian company permission to explore for gold and copper in the shadow of Mount St. Helens.

Nation | Science

Are We About To See A Black Hole?

NPR | Sept. 21, 2017 9:14 a.m.

A project called the Event Horizon Telescope is analyzing data taken earlier this year using interferometry — and we may be remarkably close to "seeing" a black hole, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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Shellfish Surprise: Common 'Herbivore' Dinosaur Found To Snack On Crustaceans

NPR | Sept. 21, 2017 6:10 a.m.

"I immediately said, 'Oh, no, no, it can't be crustaceans.' That was my knee jerk reaction," a paleontologist said. The prehistoric snacking was likely intentional and linked to mating behaviors.

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Editing Embryo DNA Yields Clues About Early Human Development

NPR | Sept. 21, 2017 5:23 a.m.

Researchers disabled a gene that they think helps determine which human embryos will develop normally. The technique they used is controversial because it could be used to change babies' DNA.