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How Chickens Shifted From Sacred To Diet Staple

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:16:00 -0500

For the last three years, researchers in the United Kingdom have been studying the lowly chicken, and they say there's much more to the ubiquitous bird than many people realize.



Gene Cernan, Last Man To Walk On The Moon, Dies At 82

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:49:00 -0500

Cernan flew in space three times, took the second American spacewalk, and was just as thrilled to walk on the moon as if he had been the first to do it.



Researchers Unravel Strange And Contradictory Feelings About Power

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:58:00 -0500

It's inauguration season in Washington, D.C. Many of us revel in the pomp and circumstance — yet we have another side to our psychology that enjoys seeing the powerful fall from grace.



When The Brain Scrambles Names, It's Because You Love Them

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:42:00 -0500

If your mom had to run through the name of everyone in the family, including the dog, before hitting yours, it's probably because you're all in a mental folder labeled "loved ones."



An Ice Shelf Is Cracking In Antarctica, But Not For The Reason You Think

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:41:00 -0500

Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf is about to lose an iceberg the size of Delaware. Scientists gathering in the U.K. are scratching their heads about why it's cracking off.



Bountiful Beach Buffet: Fresh Seaweed Is Making Waves Among Foragers

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:00:21 -0500

Ocean algae is plentiful and grows rapidly, and most of it is safe to eat. People have been harvesting seaweed for thousands of years, but now it's become so popular, you can even take a class.



WATCH: SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon 9 Rocket, Months After Blast

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:31:00 -0500

The private space company's Falcon 9 rocket is bearing 10 satellites into orbit. SpaceX's launch came months after a blast wrecked its most recent test.



Spider Silk Is Stronger Than Steel — And Now It Can Be Made In A Lab

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500

Swedish scientist Dr. Anna Rising was among a team of researchers to discover how to synthesize artificial spider silk. She says they hope to use the strong silk in medical applications and textiles.



Miniaturized Nuclear Power Plant? U.S. Reviewing Proposed Design

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:06:00 -0500

A company has submitted a design for what it describes as a "modular" nuclear power plant — a radical departure from other nuclear plants. Each module would be small enough to fit on a flat-bed truck.



Is There A Limit To How Many Friends We Can Have?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:46:08 -0500

Anthropologist Robin Dunbar believes the evolutionary structure of social networks limits us to 150 meaningful relationships at a time — even with the rise of social media.



How Do Trees Collaborate?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:46:08 -0500

Ecologist Suzanne Simard shares how she discovered that trees use underground fungi networks to communicate and share resources, uprooting the idea that nature constantly competes for survival.



What Happens When Hackers Hijack Our Smart Devices?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:46:00 -0500

Computer scientist Avi Rubin says all our smart devices — cars, phones, even fitness trackers — can be hacked. He warns that our network of connected technology puts us at risk for cyberattacks.



Can We Improve Our Transportation Network Using...Biology?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:46:00 -0500

Wanis Kabbaj wants traffic to flow smoothly and efficiently, like the blood in our veins. He says driverless cars may be the solution to today's highway gridlock.



Marijuana's Health Effects? Top Scientists Weigh In

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:50:00 -0500

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine sorted through 10,000 studies to determine the good and bad health effects of marijuana. Tight drug restrictions impede research, they say.



As Rains Soak California, Farmers Test How To Store Water Underground

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:01:00 -0500

After years of drought, California is getting drenched with rains. Some scientists and farmers are testing a way to capture that water by filling the state's depleted groundwater aquifers.