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Me, Myself, and IKEA: What Our Love For Swedish Furniture Says About Narcissism

Mon, 22 May 2017 21:01:01 -0400

In general, people show a subtle bias toward the self. This is why we love the IKEA furniture we've built, and gravitate toward others with the same name. But there are much larger implications, too.

International Eel Smuggling Scheme Centers On Maine

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:35:00 -0400

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Bill Trotter, a fishery and environmental reporter for the Bangor Daily News, about the illegal eel fishing scheme in Maine.

At 94, Lithium-Ion Pioneer Eyes A New Longer-Lasting Battery

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:50:00 -0400

In 1980, John Goodenough's work led to the lithium-ion battery, now found in everything from phones to electric cars. He and fellow researchers say they've come up with a faster-charging alternative.

Pediatricians Advise No Fruit Juice Until Kids Are 1

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:02:01 -0400

Older kids should limit the amount of juice they drink too. Whole fruit is better than juice because it contains fiber, which slows the absorption of sugar and fills you up the way juice doesn't.

Cloud Eggs: The Latest Instagram Food Fad Is Actually Centuries Old

Sun, 21 May 2017 07:00:00 -0400

The fanciful dish was meant to impress nearly 400 years ago, so don't roll your eyes at photos of these pretty edibles: They're actually a time-honored tradition tinged with a bit of kitchen science.

Why Brain Scientists Are Still Obsessed With The Curious Case Of Phineas Gage

Sun, 21 May 2017 05:00:30 -0400

In 1848, a railroad worker survived an accident that drove a 13-pound iron bar through his head. The injury changed his personality, and our understanding of the brain.

Scientists Sneak A Peek At How Ladybugs Fold Their Wings

Sat, 20 May 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Ladybugs are famous for their spotted wing cases. But researchers in Japan were interested in what was happening under that colorful exterior: How delicate wings were folding origami-like into place.

We Have Always Been Bored — 'Yawn' Wonders Why

Sat, 20 May 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Mary Mann's new book digs into a phenomenon as old as humanity: boredom. Why do we get bored? Is there a cure? Yawn is a thoughtful read, but its mix of autobiography and scholarship doesn't jell.

Scientists One Step Closer To 3-D-Printed Ovaries To Treat Infertility

Sat, 20 May 2017 06:00:00 -0400

Researchers printed gelatin scaffolds into which they placed ovarian tissue, and then implanted the new organs in mice. Three out of seven female mice produced healthy offspring using the technology.

Public To EPA On Cutting Regulations: 'No!'

Fri, 19 May 2017 04:38:00 -0400

The Environmental Protection Agency asked for public input on "job-killing regulations" and has received more than 28,000 comments, many of which urge the agency not to roll back protections.

Energy Companies Urge Trump To Remain In Paris Climate Agreement

Thu, 18 May 2017 18:32:00 -0400

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says he wants the U.S. to remain in the 2015 Paris climate accord. Energy companies like Exxon Mobil and BP have also urged President Trump to continue supporting the deal.

Scientists Glued Fake Caterpillars On Plants Worldwide. Here's What Happened

Thu, 18 May 2017 15:28:00 -0400

Predators that attacked the clay caterpillars left telltale bite marks, which were later analyzed to help figure the critter's risk of getting eaten. That analysis revealed a striking pattern.

Stormy Weather: Are We Well Prepared For The Next Disaster?

Thu, 18 May 2017 10:06:30 -0400

Is the country well prepared for a summer of record heat, flash floods and extreme weather?

Will The Government Help Farmers Adapt To A Changing Climate?

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:00:00 -0400

The livelihoods of farmers and ranchers are intimately tied to weather and the environment. But they may no longer be able to depend on government research to help them adapt to climate change.

Is 'Internet Addiction' Real?

Thu, 18 May 2017 05:00:00 -0400

What started out as web surfing by a healthy teen descended into online obsession and isolation. Was it depression, internet addiction or both? Whatever you call it, rehab is now part of the answer.