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.

How Dogs Understand What We Say

NPR |Nov. 28, 2014 1:21 a.m.

Dogs pay close attention to the emotion in our voices, but what about the meaning of words? A clever experiment with 250 canines shows that dogs understand more of our speech than previously thought.

Can Breeders Cure What Ails Our Breast-Heavy Turkeys?

NPR |Nov. 27, 2014 8:19 a.m.

The standard commercial American turkey is the product of decades of intense selective breeding. But breeding for efficiency and size has created new health problems scientists must grapple with.

How Can Vultures Eat Rotten Roadkill And Survive?

NPR |Nov. 26, 2014 12:31 p.m.

Vultures consume toxic bacteria that would sicken or kill humans. Stouter immune systems, colonies of helpful microbes and potent stomach acid may help the carrion eaters gorge with abandon.

As Ebola Pingpongs In Liberia, Cases Disappear Into The Jungle

NPR |Nov. 26, 2014 5:59 a.m.

A woman is thought to be spreading Ebola in a remote village. So health workers spend four hours trekking through the bush to track her down. By the time they make it, it's too late.

Ebola Is Changing Course In Liberia. Will The U.S. Military Adapt?

NPR |Nov. 25, 2014 3:31 p.m.

The U.S. had planned to build 17 treatment units across Liberia, one in each county's major town. Now that more cases are appearing in remote areas, the Army may need to rethink its strategy.

What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?

NPR |Nov. 25, 2014 11:56 a.m.

A census of bacteria and viruses on the floors, toilets and soap dispensers of several bathrooms on a college campus turned up around 77,000 different types of organisms. Oh, joy.

A Bus Isn't The Only Thing That Can Be Powered By Poop

NPR |Nov. 24, 2014 2:07 p.m.

Human waste can help things grow and even cook your dinner. It might sound gross, but don't worry, the odor has been removed. Plus: It's good for the environment!

Blind From Birth, But Able To Use Sound To 'See' Faces

NPR |Nov. 24, 2014 4:50 a.m.

The area of the brain that recognizes faces can use sound instead of sight. That recent discovery suggests facial recognition is so important to humans that it's part of our most basic wiring.

Climate Change To Make Lightning More Common, Study Says

NPR |Nov. 23, 2014 4:46 p.m.

Researchers writing in the journal Science say that if the rate of global warming goes unchecked, the frequency of lightning strikes will increase by 50 percent.

Shrinking Glaciers Could Squeeze Washington's Water Supply

NPR |Nov. 21, 2014 3:36 p.m.

Washington state is home to more glaciers than any other state in the lower 48. And they're receding faster than ever before.

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