Animals

  • 6:02am Jun 13, 2013
    Science Science

    Fancy Feet: Wild Cheetahs Excel At Acceleration

    Cheetahs don't often hunt at their top speed, scientists are finding. Come mealtime, what matters most is the animals' ability to accelerate and to take tight corners.
  • 6:28pm Jun 11, 2013
    National National Science Environment

    Massive Bat Cave Stirs Texas-Size Debate Over Development

    Every night for thousands of years, bats have poured out of the Bracken Cave Reserve, near San Antonio, by the millions. But conservationists are worried that plans for a housing development nearby will disrupt the bats' rural habitat.
  • 7:08am Jun 10, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    City Life Disrupts Daily Rhythm Of Birds

    City life can be harsh on people. For example, it pushes people to work longer and sleep less. A new study suggests that city life can have a somewhat similar effect on birds too. It shows urban blackbirds wake up earlier and go to bed later than their forest dwelling cousins.
  • 7:38am Jun 06, 2013

    Ancient Reptile Named After 'Lizard King' Jim Morrison

    Though the species is named after twentieth century rock star Jim Morrison, the Doors front-man, it lived in the jungles of Southeast Asia 40 million years ago. The ancient lizard king was a gentle creature who ate only plants.
  • Whenever a steer or cow leaves a farm in Michigan or goes to a slaughterhouse, it passes by a tag reader, and its ID number goes to a central computer that keeps track of every animal's location.
    Dan Charles / NPR
    10:54am Jun 04, 2013
    National National Science

    Michigan Tracks Cattle From Birth To Plate

    Would you like to know the life history of that steak before you eat it? Technology exists to give you that information, at least in Michigan, where the state government requires all cattle to carry an electronic tag for tracking purposes.
  • 2:57pm May 24, 2013
    Science Science Health & Safety

    Having a Dog May Mean Having Extra Microbes

    North Carolina State University biologist Rob Dunn and colleagues surveyed people's pillow cases, refrigerators, toilet seats, TV screens and other household spots, to learn about the microbes that dwell in our homes. Among the findings, reported in the journal PLoS One, homes with dogs had more diverse bacterial communities, and higher numbers of "dog-associated" bacteria.
  • 1:01pm May 24, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    'Crazy Ants' Spreading In The Southeastern US

    In parts of the southeastern US, aggressive fire ants have been driven out by an even more recent arrival, the tawny crazy ant. Edward LeBrun, a researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, describes the newcomers and how one invasive species can out-invade another.
  • 3:11pm May 21, 2013
    Science Science Books Environment

    Climate Change Takes Flight in New Novel

    Writer Barbara Kingsolver is one of a handful of novelists with a science background, and she puts it to use in her new novel Flight Behavior. Kingsolver discusses the book and why she chose to look at the the issue of climate change in a fictional work set in rural Tennessee. This interview was originally broadcast on November 9, 2012.