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How Tulsa Became A Model For Preventing Floods

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:54:00 -0500

For decades, Tulsa planned carefully and imposed regulations to prevent the kind of devastating floods that used to make national headlines. Now other cities are noticing.



To Save Their Water Supply, Colorado Farmers Taxed Themselves

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:43:14 -0500

The recent drought in the West forced people to take a hard look at how they use water. In Colorado, some farmers tried an experiment: make their water more expensive without hurting business.



Clues In That Mysterious Radioactive Cloud Point Toward Russia

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:34:00 -0500

Western scientists say they may never know the source of the cloud of ruthenium-106 that hovered over Europe last month. But what little data there is suggests a research facility inside Russia.



The Big Idea Behind Big Data

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:02:00 -0500

As we find our way in a world shaped by Big Data, it's not the reams of information we gather but the networks they illuminate that's the newest addition to science's index of things, says Adam Frank.



Mileha Soneji: Can Simple Innovations Improve The Lives of Parkinson's Patients?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:19:47 -0500

When designer Mileha Soneji's uncle got Parkinson's, his quality of life deteriorated rapidly. Mileha couldn't cure her uncle's disease, so she designed simple ways to improve his everyday life.



Amos Winter: How Do You Build An All-Terrain Wheelchair For Under $200?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:19:00 -0500

In many countries, uneven and unpaved roads make it hard to get around in a standard wheelchair. MIT engineer Amos Winter describes his design for a lever-powered all-terrain wheelchair under $200.



Canadians Root For An Underdog Health Policy Idea From The U.S.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:00:02 -0500

A center created by the Affordable Care Act to foster innovations in health care is at risk in Donald Trump's U.S. But some Canadian health analysts see it as a model for curbing health care's cost.



Climate Change Ripens Prospects For German Winemakers

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:00:00 -0500

While Spanish and Italian growers worry heat will dry out vines, in Germany, warming has made for better Rieslings. And one scientist says they couldn't be making red wine so good otherwise.



The Largest Digital Camera In The World Takes Shape

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:51:00 -0500

A two-story tall, digital camera is taking shape in California. It will ultimately go on a telescope in Chile where it will survey the sky, looking for things that appear suddenly or change over time.



National Zoo Panda Tian Tian Gets Checkup For Weight Loss And Sore Shoulder

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:50:00 -0500

Veterinarians performed laser treatment and acupuncture for what they initially thought was a touch of arthritis in the panda's left shoulder.



Keystone Pipeline Oil Spill Reported In South Dakota

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:29:00 -0500

The oil leak occurs just a few days before Nebraska state regulators will decide on the fate of TransCanada's controversial sister project, the Keystone XL Pipeline.



Video: An Interspecies Flying Lesson

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:10:00 -0500

Gorilla naturalist? Barbara J. King suggests watching this young male gorilla in the Virunga Mountains during his close-up encounter with a baby owl.



Why Did The Passenger Pigeon Go Extinct? The Answer Might Lie In Their Toes

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:36:00 -0500

Billions of these birds once flew over North America, but the last known passenger pigeon died in 1914. To try to figure out what happened, scientists analyzed DNA from the toes of birds in museums.



As Climate Negotiators Debate Nations' Pledges, Scientists Worry It's Not Enough

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Delegates to the annual international climate meeting held by the U.N. are struggling to forge a unified approach to slowing climate change. Meanwhile, emissions of greenhouse gases keep rising.



WATCH: The Hurricane Season, As Shown By Salt, Smoke And Dust

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:15:29 -0500

A NASA visualization uses computer models to show how recent hurricanes shifted salt from the Atlantic, dust from the Sahara and smoke from fires in Portugal and the Pacific Northwest.