Science

  • Chinese beachgoers walk by an algae-covered public beach in Qingdao, China, in July. The seas off China have been hit by their largest-ever growth of algae, ocean officials say, with waves of green growth washing onto the shores.
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    5:49pm Aug 11, 2013
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    The Algae Is Coming, But Its Impact Is Felt Far From Water

    From China's Yellow Sea to the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, agricultural waste in the water system is fueling spectacular algae blooms. The masses of slime cause dead zones in the water and major losses in tourism revenue in affected towns. But the algae fight doesn't begin at the water's edge; it starts in the fields and pastures.
  • 7:43am Aug 11, 2013
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    TED Radio Hour: The Hackers

    What if there were a way to hack into your brain and make your life better? Neurosurgeon Andres Lozano is doing just that. He told TED Radio Hour host Guy Raz how.
  • More than 40 years ago, the EPA banned oil companies from releasing wastewater into the environment, but made an exception for the arid West. If livestock and wildlife can use the water, companies can release it. Cows like these grazing near a stream of w
    Elizabeth Shogren / NPR
    10:16am Aug 08, 2013
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    EPA Wants To Allow Continued Wastewater Dumping In Wyoming

    The environmental agency has proposed permits that would allow oil companies to continue releasing contaminated wastewater onto the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming. NPR found last year that the EPA has been allowing oil companies to send so much wastewater onto dry land that it was creating raging streams.
  • 5:48pm Aug 07, 2013
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    Black Holes One Of Space's Great Paradoxes

    Late summer tends to be a slow month for news. But at All Things Considered, we put on a two hour program, no matter what. So — without a trace of irony — one of our science correspondents offered to help fill some holes in the show with a series of stories about holes. In this edition: Black holes.
  • Pedersen Glacier, 1917
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    8:12pm Aug 06, 2013
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    Earth Scientists Pin Climate Change Squarely On 'Humanity'

    The federal government's top climate scientists announced Tuesday that 2012 was really hot — among the top 10 hottest years on record and the hottest ever in the U.S., with rising sea levels, less Arctic sea ice and warmer oceans. And the American Geophysical Union called humanity "the major influence" on global climate change.
  • Nate Pike fears that wells, like this one that supplies his ranch with water, will dry up completely after years of water pumping and irrigation in Kansas.
    Frank Morris / KCUR
    7:27pm Aug 06, 2013
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    Wells Are Running Dry In Parts Of Kansas

    New pumping and irrigation systems made it easy for farmers to extract billions of gallons of water from the High Plains Aquifer. But now, parts of the aquifer are dried out, prompting a debate over how to preserve what once seemed to be an almost inexhaustible resource.
  • A nematode worm glows as it nears death in this screenshot from a YouTube video showing the work of researchers in London.
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    7:50pm Aug 03, 2013
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    Worms' Bright Blue Death Could Shed Light On Human Aging

    Researchers are getting clues about the human life cycle from studying the death of tiny worms, which internally release a blue fluorescent dye in the waning hours of their lives. The glowing chemical travels from one end of the creature to the other. One researcher calls it "reminiscent of the soul departing the worm."
  • 1:46pm Aug 03, 2013
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    Wildlife Sound Archivist Remembered

    Twenty years ago Saturday, Ted Parker, one of the world's greatest field biologists and sound archivists, died in a plane crash. He made nearly 11,000 wildlife recordings, and could identify some 4,000 different bird species by just the sound of their vocalizations. In this audio montage from Cornell Lab of Ornithology, director John Fitzpatrick offers a remembrance.