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Recordings Reveal Baby Humpback Whales 'Whisper' To Their Mothers

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:38:00 -0400

Scientists recently tracked eight baby whales using special sound and movement recorders. The sounds the babies made turned out to be far different from the eerie songs of adult male humpbacks.



A Worm May Hold The Key To Biodegrading Plastic

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:18:00 -0400

More than a trillion plastic bags are used annually. They're made of a notoriously resilient kind of plastic called polyethylene – but scientists have found that wax worms are able to break them down.



Flying Cars Are (Still) Coming: Should We Believe The Hype?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:03:00 -0400

Airbus and Uber are planning for a future of flying cars and sky taxis. "You literally push a button and you get a flight," an Uber executive says. But will our Tomorrowland ever really arrive?



Psychiatrist Recalls 'Heartbreak And Hope' On Bellevue's Prison Ward

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:44:00 -0400

Dr. Elizabeth Ford treated mentally ill inmates in New York City for more than a decade. It was almost universal, she says, that they had suffered abuse or significant neglect as children.



Changes To Federal Insurance Plans Could Hurt Families Of Chronically Ill Kids

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:39:00 -0400

Some urge ending funding to the Children's Health Insurance Program, and moving those 8 million kids to marketplace plans. But research shows the out-of-pocket costs to many families would soar.



Eat, Sleep, Repeat: How Kids' Daily Routines Can Help Prevent Obesity

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0400

A new study finds that preschool-age children who didn't have a set sleep routine were more likely to be overweight by the time they hit the preteen years.



What Fish Is Good For Me And The Planet? New Documentary Explores

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:52:00 -0400

In order to investigate how eating fish affects our health as well as the oceans, author and fisherman Paul Greenberg spent a year eating fish every day.



Hacking Lake Erie: Tech Competition Seeks Solutions To Water-Related Problems

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:31:00 -0400

A technology competition seeks solutions to Lake Erie's biggest problems, including harmful algae blooms and aging water systems. Teams in cities around the region are competing for thousands of dollars in prize money and consulting services to create apps and other tools.



Astronaut Peggy Whitson Breaks NASA Record For Most Days In Space

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:31:00 -0400

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson has now spent more time off-planet than any other American. On Monday morning, the president and Ivanka Trump called Whitson at the International Space Station to congratulate her.



Astronaut Peggy Whitson Sets NASA Record For Most Days In Space

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:29:00 -0400

When she comes back down to Earth this year, Peggy Whitson will have logged more than 650 days in space. She spoke to President Trump Monday morning.



Voices From The March For Science

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:07:31 -0400

Thousands of people gathered around the world to show their support for science, after President Trump's cuts to the EPA. We'll hear from folks in some of those countries and around the U.S.



Cassini Spacecraft Heads To Saturn

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:07:31 -0400

The Cassini spacecraft, launched in 1997, has begun its final trip, which will end in its eventual destruction on Saturn. It recently sent back a picture of Earth from 870 million miles away.



Waste Not, Want Not: Why Aren't More Farms Putting Poop To Good Use?

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:00:30 -0400

Digesters convert livestock manure into electricity. Farmers can use it to power their operations or even sell some back to the grid. But some have found the technology too pricey to maintain.



PHOTOS: Scientists Take To Washington To Stress A Nonpartisan Agenda

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:23:00 -0400

The science community feels threatened under the current administration. Researchers, educators and activists took to the nation's capital to say that cuts to scientific funding affect us all.



Out Of The Lab And Into The Streets, Science Community Marches For Science

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:24:14 -0400

Thousands of scientists and their supporters took to the streets to advocate for public support for science and technology today in Washington, D.C., and other cities around the country.