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How Can Dinosaurs Help Us Understand Our Own Species?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:19:01 -0400

Earth's rocks and fossils can help us understand our own species. Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara explains important moments in Earth's history that help us recognize our place in the world.



Are We Headed Into Another Mass Extinction?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:19:01 -0400

At various times, life on earth has come close to being erased. Paleontologist Peter Ward explains what we can learn from previous mass extinctions.



What's The Anthropocene?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:19:01 -0400

Have we entered a new age defined by humans? Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara says there's "no doubt" that humans' impact on Earth will show up in the geological record.



How Do We Embrace All Kinds Of Nature?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:19:01 -0400

Environmental writer Emma Marris wants us to broaden our definition of nature to one that embraces urban and wild spaces in order learn to protect and care for it.



Can We Preserve Seed Diversity For The Future?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:19:01 -0400

Biodiversity archivist Cary Fowler explains how the Svalbard Global Seed Vault will prepare humans for the climate change and its effect on our environment and our food supply.



Countries Gather For Wildlife Convention On Animal Trafficking

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:33:00 -0400

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Ginette Hemley of the World Wildlife Fund about the CITES meeting and the challenges in trying to protect endangered species, particularly elephants.



Reykjavik Turns Off Street Lights To Turn Up The Northern Lights

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:29:00 -0400

Wednesday night's aurora borealis forecast was particularly strong, so Icelandic officials tried to reduce light pollution to make the green glow more visible to people in the capital.



CDC Urges Americans To Get A Flu Shot As Soon As Possible

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:23:00 -0400

There's plenty of vaccine available this year, and the sooner people get vaccinated the better, federal health officials say. A recent drop in vaccination, especially among the elderly, concerns them.



Rats That Reminisce May Lead To Better Tests For Alzheimer's Drugs

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:04:00 -0400

Most potential Alzheimer's drugs are tested on mice. But rats may be a better choice because they seem to have a type of memory that's more like ours, and also are highly vulnerable to Alzheimer's.



Scientists To Bid A Bittersweet Farewell To Rosetta, The Comet Chaser

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:45:00 -0400

To cap its 12-year scientific voyage, the Rosetta spacecraft will take a final plunge Friday. Scientists will signal Rosetta to crash into the surface of a comet — and gather data all the way down.



Flawed Research Tool Leads To Faulty Medical Findings

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:00:28 -0400

Just as natural antibodies help your body find and fight microbial invaders, tailored research antibodies let scientists target and study cancer cells. But too many are poorly made, scientists say.



Tech Giants Team Up To Tackle The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:15:00 -0400

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and IBM form a group to set the first industrywide best practices for the technology already powering many applications, such as voice and image recognition.



What Meerkat Murder Tells Us About Human Violence

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:07:00 -0400

What is the most murderous mammal? A new study says it's the meerkat. But the study argues that over all of human history, humans are still more lethally violent than the average mammal.



Whales, Sea Turtles, Seals: The Unintended Catch Of Abandoned Fishing Gear

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:17:00 -0400

An endangered whale was found dead over the weekend, entangled in derelict fishing gear. Such incidents have been on the rise in recent years. A new California law aims to combat the problem.



Pangolin, The 'Artichoke With Legs,' Earns Top Trade Protection

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:54:00 -0400

World leaders at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species agreed to ban all commercial trade in pangolins, small and endangered mammals that also resemble aardvarks.