Science

  • Cellist Matt Haimovitz made it big in the classical music scene as a little kid.
    Stephanie Mackinnon
    12:53pm Oct 03, 2013
    Science Science Music & Culture Health & Safety

    Studying The Science Behind Child Prodigies

    Matt Haimovitz is 42 and a world-renowned cellist. His mother took him to many concerts as a kid, but nothing in his family history explains where he got his extraordinary talent. And that's typical, says Ellen Winner, a psychology professor at Boston College who has spent much of her career studying prodigies.
  • 5:02pm Sep 30, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    Is Living With Extreme Wildfires The New Normal?

    The Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona was deadly in part because of how close a highly flammable forest was to a community. The U.S. once faced a crisis with structural fires, but managed to change regulations to turn the trend around. Experts say it will take a renewed effort to take on this newer fire threat.
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    6:07am Sep 27, 2013
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    How Recycling Bias Affects What You Toss Where

    People tend to throw whole pieces of paper in the recycling bin — and fragments of paper in the trash. Research on the trend finds that we may be acting on unconscious prejudice about what is worth recycling.
  • 5:06am Sep 26, 2013
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    Ancient Fish Fossil Sheds Light On Modern Jaws

    A newly discovered fossil of a fish in China changes what scientists know about the origins of jaws. It turns out, human jaws are remarkably similar to the jaw of this 419-million-year-old fish. That suggests jaws evolved much earlier than previously thought.
  • 5:52pm Sep 24, 2013
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    Quake In Central Pakistan Makes New Island

    A large earthquake shook a remote part of central Pakistan Tuesday, and so far local authorities have only reported a few dozen fatalities so far. But according to estimates by the U.S. Geological Survey, the death toll could be far higher. The quake also gave rise to a mysterious island off the coast of Pakistan. The island was likely created by frozen methane that was shaken loose by the shaking. It pushed its way to the surface and created a muddy piece of land that will soon be washed away.
  • An iceberg floats through the water in Ilulissat, Greenland, in July. Researchers are studying how climate change and melting glaciers will affect the rest of the world.
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    10:53am Sep 24, 2013
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    How Many Scientists Does It Take To Write A Climate Report?

    Scientists are about to deliver another major assessment of climate change. The report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change involved hundreds of scientists from around the world and has left some of them wondering whether there's a more effective way to put the document together.
  • 8:38pm Sep 23, 2013
    Science Science

    Don't Try To Clean That Messy Desk

    Writer and astrophysicist Adam Frank says: Make friends with science, and the ordinary, everyday stuff will transform into the extraordinary. Now look around you — the mail, the kids' toys, the mess on your desk, the constant daily chaos? It's inevitable, and science proves it.
  • 8:11pm Sep 20, 2013
    National National Science Environment

    EPA Wants To Limit Greenhouse Gases From New Coal Power Plants

    Under the proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency, new plants that run on coal would be permitted to emit only about half as much carbon dioxide as the average coal plant puts into the air today. Emissions from the electricity industry are already declining as utilities turn to natural gas and wind farms.
  • The wild population of the golden lion tamarin, which lives only in Brazil's Atlantic Forest, fell to just 200 in the 1970s. Conservationists have helped the species rebound, but the monkeys are still at risk as development encroaches on their remaining h
    Andrea Hsu / NPR
    11:15am Sep 20, 2013
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    Beloved Brazilian Monkey Clings To A Shrinking Forest

    Brazil's Atlantic Forest, home to the golden lion tamarin, was once a massive ecosystem stretching along the Brazilian coast. But centuries of human activity have encroached upon the forest, leaving the future of this tiny, lion-maned monkey in doubt.
  • Black soldier flies mate and lay eggs inside these cages at EnviroFlight.
    Dan Charles / NPR
    9:14pm Sep 19, 2013
    Science Science Arts Environment

    Making Food From Flies (It's Not That Icky)

    One of the really big challenges facing our world is how to grow more food without using up the globe's land and water. One company in Ohio says we've been ignoring one solution: insects. It's using larvae of the black soldier fly to convert waste into feed for fish or pigs.