• 6:19pm Oct 14, 2013
    Science Science

    Why Is Cheating In Science Research On The Rise?

    The vast majority of researchers in the science field are honest and conscientious. But that's not the case for all of them, and a federal agency that tracks misconduct and cheating in the field is seeing increases.
  • Animal spies, Washington
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    6:12pm Oct 13, 2013
    National National Science Politics & Government

    Birds Of A Feather Spy Together

    Journalist Tom Vanderbilt discusses the nonhuman operatives — from pigeons to house cats — deployed by the United States government during the Cold War. He wrote about the program recently for the Smithsonian magazine.
  • Bob Adams is a lab animal veterinarian at Johns Hopkins University.
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    8:33pm Oct 10, 2013
    National National Science Health & Safety

    Shutdown Imperils Costly Lab Mice, Years Of Research

    A lack of funding to labs is likely to mean an early death for thousands of mice used in scientific and medical research. The loss of specialty mice, many of which have genes that can cause them to develop versions of human diseases, is especially troubling to scientists — and expensive.
  • President Obama speaks at the southern site of the Keystone XL pipeline in Cushing, Okla., in March 2012.
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    3:58pm Oct 09, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    One Thing Obama Can Do: Decide The Fate Of The Keystone Pipeline

    The president alone can approve or reject construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which is designed to take crude oil extracted from Alberta, Canada, through America's heartland to refineries on the Gulf Coast. New Yorker journalist Ryan Lizza says Obama could use the decision as a "symbolic turning point in the kind of energy future he wants America to have."
  • Flooding brought down a house in Jamestown, Colo., on Sept. 18.
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    10:25am Oct 09, 2013
    National National Science Environment

    Flood Forensics: Why Colorado's Floods Were So Destructive

    Nearly a year's worth of rain was dumped on parts of the state in four days this fall. The downpour from the heavens created a slurry on the mountainsides that scrubbed away soil, trees, boulders and buildings. Scientists say the flooding may have been a once-in-a-thousand-years event.
  • 6:08am Oct 09, 2013
    Science Science

    3 Scientists Share 2013 Nobel Prize For Chemistry

    The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Wednesday announced that scientists Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel have won this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry. They were cited "for the development of the multiscale models for complex chemical systems."
  • Dawn and Don Burke opened a rat sanctuary, The Rat Retreat, in their home in Boise, Idaho. Most people don't realize what affectionate pets rats can be, Dawn says.
    11:12am Oct 07, 2013
    Science Science

    Out Of The Rat Race: Lucky Rodents Find Their Own 'Taj Mahal'

    Dawn and Don Burke never intended to turn their home into a rat sanctuary. But after Dawn brought home a rat from a pet store, it wasn't long until the couple began taking in abandoned rats. The rodents' cage doors stay wide open, giving them plenty of space to run around.
  • 5:55am Oct 07, 2013
    Science Science

    Nobel Prize Awarded In Medicine

    Americans James Rothman and Randy Schekman and German-born researcher Thomas Suedhof have won the 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine. The Nobel committee cited their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells.
  • 11:11am Oct 05, 2013
    Science Science

    NYC Cockroaches Stick To Their Neighborhoods

    Cockroaches, it just so happens, actually resemble humans, forming distinct groups and neighborhoods. Host Scott Simon talks to Mark Stoeckle of Rockefeller University, whose research uncovered this roach behavior.