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Science Speed-Dating Aims To Boost Accuracy In TV And Film

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:03:00 -0500

When was the last time you got really excited by good science depicted in a movie? Anthropologist Barbara J. King joined scientists last week in helping producers make more accurate TV and movies.

Here Come The Penitent Penguins: The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards Are Back

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:44:00 -0500

Penitent penguins. A seal aghast. A turbocharged wigeon, a vain gnu and a kickboxing kangaroo. We have the photos.

3 Reasons Why California's Fire Risk Won't Dampen Anytime Soon

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:41:06 -0500

The Thomas Fire, the fifth largest wildfire in California history, is a harbinger of things to come in the West.

Winemakers Worry Wildfires Will Leave Whiff Of Ashtray In Their Wine

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:52:00 -0500

Grapes exposed to smoke from wildfires can absorb compounds that carry over into wine and ruin the flavor. The problem is only expected to grow as extreme weather events become more frequent.

Without The U.S. Government, The World Unites To Fight Climate Change

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:33:00 -0500

The One Planet Summit went on without President Trump Tuesday. But state and local leaders in attendance renewed calls for adherence to the Paris Agreement targets, says blogger Marcelo Gleiser.

Giant Prehistoric Penguins Once Swam Off The Coast Of New Zealand

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:24:00 -0500

Scientists have uncovered the fossil of an ancestral penguin off the east coast of New Zealand. It was one of the earliest known species of penguin and also one of the largest.

Astronomers Want To Know: Does This Interstellar Visitor Have A Message For Us?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:08:20 -0500

'Oumuamua is the first of its kind: an object from outside our solar system, observed by astronomers. Now, a group of researchers is trying to find out if it is transmitting any signs of life.

How Scientists Are Growing Mini Brains In Petri Dishes For Experiments

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:33:00 -0500

All week, All Things Considered is offering Highly Specific Superlatives in honor of the year that was. On Tuesday, we look at the weirdest leap forward in brain science. Researchers can now grow mini brains in a petri dish and then experiment on them.

An Asteroid Gets Its Close-Up As Geminids Light Up The Sky

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:26:00 -0500

The Earth's encounter with asteroid 3200 Phaethon on Saturday will be its closest since 1974 — and the closest it will be until 2093. The flyby means good gazing for amateur astronomers.

Firefighters Struggle To Contain Southern California's Thomas Fire

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:03:00 -0500

Firefighters made some progress controlling the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, which is the fifth-largest in the state's history. Other fires in the area are mostly contained.

Waste Not, Want Not: Drink Beer To Feed Fish And Help Save The Planet

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:41:00 -0500

Industry trailblazers are trying to reduce the energy and resource costs of aquaculture. Possible solutions include using brewery waste, algae, insects or even carbon dioxide to feed the fish we eat.

Arctic's Temperature Continues To Run Hot, Latest 'Report Card' Shows

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:09:00 -0500

The extreme warming trend continues, and scientists fear that floating sea ice will be gone by midcentury. That will have extraordinary effects closer to home.

Amber-Trapped Tick Suggests Ancient Bloodsuckers Feasted On Feathered Dinosaurs

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:01:00 -0500

The tick was with a feather from a dinosaur that lived in the Cretaceous Period. Modern ticks love to bite mammals, and scientists have long wondered what the tiny vampires ate millions of years ago.

Lack Of Genetic Diversity May Have Doomed Tasmanian Tiger, Scientists Say

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:39:00 -0500

Although humans are blamed for the extinction of the dog-like Australian marsupial some 80 years ago, researchers say its problems may have started more than 70,000 years ago.

Macron Awards U.S. Climate Scientists Grants To 'Make Our Planet Great Again'

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:57:00 -0500

A day before an international summit on the climate, the French president offers some researchers an opportunity to make France a "second homeland."