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Rick Perry, Energy Nominee, Says He No Longer Wants To Dissolve Agency

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:45:32 -0500

The former Texas governor once said he would abolish the Department of Energy. Now, as Trump's pick for the agency head, he said said his view on that — and global warming — have changed.

Asian Americans Divided Over Band's Trademark Battle

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:33:00 -0500

The Slants want to register its name, arguing they are reappropriating a slur against Asians. But some Asian Americans are conflicted about whether it is worth opening trademark law to disparagement.

Trump's Kindred Spirit, UK's Nigel Farage, Will Be An Honored Guest Friday

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:33:00 -0500

Farage has flown in from Britain to attend Donald Trump's inauguration. The former U.K. Independence Party leader is trying to stay relevant with a call-in show on talk radio in London.

Why Is It Important To Be Touched?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:25:46 -0500

Neuroscientist David Linden thinks that of the five senses, touch is the most overlooked, and perhaps the most important for promoting psychological health.

Deeply Divided Couple Learns How To Navigate Politics In Trump Era

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:25:00 -0500

The Halprins are a house divided: Marty voted for Donald Trump; Jessica voted for Hillary Clinton. Their Connecticut home is less tense than it was right after the election. But fissures remain.

How Do Pheromones Really Work?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:24:53 -0500

Pheromones are mysterious compounds that can make a mammal smell more sexy--but that's not true for humans. Zoologist Tristram Wyatt says human pheremones are hard to find.

How Can Going Blind Give You Vision?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:24:53 -0500

Isaac Lidsky lost his sight by age 25. Now, he says, losing his eyesight was a blessing — because it taught him that he is in control of his own reality.

Are There More Than Five Basic Tastes?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:24:53 -0500

Scientists have long believed we have just five tastes - salty, sweet, bitter, sour and umami (or savory). Geneticist Nicole Garneau argues we might be able to taste a sixth — fat.

How Can We Hear The Stars?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:24:53 -0500

When astronomer Wanda Diaz Merced lost her eyesight, she thought she'd never succeed in astronomy. Eventually, she discovered a way to hear the stars.

Comic Hero: Why Donald Trump's Candid Rhetoric Resonates With Supporters

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:03:00 -0500

Donald Trump's manner of speaking has caught the ears of supporters and detractors alike. He sounds different than past presidents, and his authentic rhetoric seems to mimic stand-up comedy.

Renowned Mexican Environmentalist Isidro Baldenegro Lopez Is Murdered

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:46:11 -0500

His death is the latest indication of the danger to environmental activists in many countries. Honduran indigenous leader and environmental activist Berta Cáceres was killed in 2016.

Another Campaign Donor Gets A Top Ambassadorship, But That's Par For The Course

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:33:00 -0500

Donald Trump named New York Jets owner Woody Johnson to be ambassador to the U.K. It's a post traditionally reserved for big donors. Obama even named another NFL owner to a different ambassadorship.

In 'Staying Vertical,' A Writer Gets Drawn Into The Sexual Life Of A Small Village

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:00:24 -0500

The latest film by writer/director Alain Guiraudie (Stranger by the Lake) is a brutally frank meditation on polymorphous carnality in rural southern France.

Running On Diesel Fumes: 'xXx: Return Of Xander Cage'

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:00:24 -0500

A 49-year-old Vin Diesel returns to the hugely unlikely franchise that he and director Rob Cohen launched in 2002. Because sometimes only an "extreme-sports/black-ops squad" can save the world.

'The Red Turtle': An Animated Fable Of Humanity, Nature And The Nature Of Humanity

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:00:24 -0500

In this wordless film, a man stranded on a tropical island struggles against the forces of nature to leave — until those same forces provide a reason to stay.