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(Legally) Selling Weed While Black

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:11:00 -0400

As Oakland's legal cannabis industry grows, the biggest players seem to have two things in common: They're white, and they have lots of money.

Do Letters Show You How They Sound?

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:43:00 -0400

It is a principle of most modern thought about language that the relation between signs and meanings is arbitrary. But a new study finds a connection between sounds and ink on "paper," says Alva Noë.

Gassy Cows Warm The Planet. Scientists Think They Know How To Squelch Those Belches

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Researchers have won a prize for discovering that a cow's genetics determine which microbes populate its gut. Some of those microbes produce the greenhouse gas methane that ends up in the atmosphere.

How Prepared Is The U.S. For Earthquakes?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:45:00 -0400

Mexico has had an earthquake early-warning system for decades, and other countries that get earthquakes — Japan, Taiwan — have them, too. The U.S. does not. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones, who spent years working with the U.S. Geological Survey to create a system.

Are We About To See A Black Hole?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:51:00 -0400

A project called the Event Horizon Telescope is analyzing data taken earlier this year using interferometry — and we may be remarkably close to "seeing" a black hole, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

Shellfish Surprise: Common 'Herbivore' Dinosaur Found To Snack On Crustaceans

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:02:00 -0400

"I immediately said, 'Oh, no, no, it can't be crustaceans.' That was my knee jerk reaction," a paleontologist said. The prehistoric snacking was likely intentional and linked to mating behaviors.

Mexico City Doomed By Its Geology To More Earthquakes

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:54:00 -0400

The problem is that just to the west, a huge slab of the Earth's crust called the Cocos Plate is grinding relentlessly toward North America. And it's running under another slab to the north.

Editing Embryo DNA Yields Clues About Early Human Development

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:16:00 -0400

Researchers disabled a gene that they think helps determine which human embryos will develop normally. The technique they used is controversial because it could be used to change babies' DNA.

Cassini's Spectacular Legacy — And Nod To The Future

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:10:00 -0400

Following on Cassini's discoveries, NASA aims to probe Jupiter's Europa for potential life. With every new world we discover, we should look back at our own planet with awe, says Marcelo Gleiser.

Bemoaning Budget Cuts, Health Care Navigators Say Feds Don't Get It

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:30:11 -0400

The federal government has sharply cut funding to groups that help people enroll in health plans. But the groups say federal officials don't understand how much help and follow-up some people need.

Once Teased For Her Love Of Bugs, 8-Year-Old Co-Authors Scientific Paper

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:29:00 -0400

Sophia Spencer was extremely fond of bugs, especially grasshoppers. Her peers didn't always appreciate her interest. Entomologists on Twitter, on the other hand, were huge fans of her passion.

A Girl's Love For Bugs Goes Viral

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:42:00 -0400

Canadian Sophia Spencer, 8, loves bugs. A tweet her mom sent out about that made headlines and led to a paper the girl co-authored in a science journal.

The Science And Art Of Mapping Animal Movements

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:32:00 -0400

Technology allows mapping of wildlife movements with new precision — and a fresh approach to conservation — as evidenced by Where the Animals Go, released Tuesday in the U.S., says Barbara J. King.

Guess What's Showing Up In Our Shellfish? One Word: Plastics

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Scientists predict that plastic in the ocean will eventually outweigh the fish there. Where is it all coming from? And is it making our food unsafe? Researchers are trying to find the answers.

We Shouldn't Stick Our Heads In The Sand, But We Do It Anyway

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:00:31 -0400

Ignorance is bliss, but knowledge is power...right?