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Earth Is Lit, And That's A Problem

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:03:23 -0500

Over the last five years, global light pollution has increased nearly 10 percent, a new study shows, The fastest rise occurred in developing nations.

If The Developing World Can Go Solar, Maybe Puerto Rico Can Too

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:54:00 -0500

With most of the island still without electricity, some Puerto Ricans are hoping to follow the example of developing world countries — and turn to the sun for power.

From 'Inky's Great Escape' To Singing Seahorses: Animal Books For The Holidays

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:01:15 -0500

From real-life, seaweed-carrying dolphins to fictional singing seahorses, animals in these new books can excite the mind, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

What The Industry Knew About Sugar's Health Effects, But Didn't Tell Us

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:29:00 -0500

The sugar industry pulled the plug on an animal study it funded in the 1960s. Initial results pointed to a link between sugar consumption and elevated triglycerides, which raises heart disease risk.

Popular Surgery To Ease Chronic Shoulder Pain Called Into Question

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:44:00 -0500

U.K. scientists say arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs or bits of ragged tissue in sore shoulders offered no more pain relief than sham surgery in their randomized test.

Dog Owners Have Lower Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease, Swedish Data Suggest

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:27:16 -0500

Researchers looked at hospital visits in Sweden's public health care system and checked them against dog registration records. They found dog owners had lower rates of heart disease.

Scientists Glimpse Houston's Flooded Future In Updated Rainfall Data

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:55:00 -0500

Hurricane Harvey's deluge left some homeowners and politicians wondering whether the whole system for predicting floods is any good. Scientists are hoping better data can lead to better flood maps.

Greece Was Hit By Storm Some Called A 'Medicane.' What's That?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:47:39 -0500

European weather sites posted imagery showing the swirling wind patterns and a waterspout over the Mediterranean. The low pressure system shared characteristics of tropical cyclones.

How Much Hotter Is It In The Slums?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:44:40 -0500

Researchers took temperature readings in Nairobi's biggest slum during the summer and compared it to readings from a weather station half a mile away. There definitely was a difference.

Can Science Explain The Human Mind?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:53:00 -0500

Science will one day explain visual perception and memory loss. But will it also explain romantic love and morality? Tania Lombrozo considers people's beliefs about what science can and can't explain.

Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Regulators' OK In Nebraska, Clearing Key Hurdle

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:55:40 -0500

The Nebraska Public Service Commission voted 3-2 on Monday to approve the controversial pipeline — albeit not on the route preferred by TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL.

Spit Test May Help Reveal Concussion Severity

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:46:00 -0500

When a child suffers a concussion, it's very hard to tell if the brain injury will cause long-term problems. An experimental test that looks for bits of genetic material in spit might help.

How Tulsa Became A Model For Preventing Floods

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:54:00 -0500

For decades, Tulsa planned carefully and imposed regulations to prevent the kind of devastating floods that used to make national headlines. Now other cities are noticing.

To Save Their Water Supply, Colorado Farmers Taxed Themselves

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:43:14 -0500

The recent drought in the West forced people to take a hard look at how they use water. In Colorado, some farmers tried an experiment: make their water more expensive without hurting business.

Clues In That Mysterious Radioactive Cloud Point Toward Russia

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:34:00 -0500

Western scientists say they may never know the source of the cloud of ruthenium-106 that hovered over Europe last month. But what little data there is suggests a research facility inside Russia.