Rae Ellen Bichell

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In Just 6 Generations, Butterflies Brighten Their Colors

Sunday, August 10, 2014

It's a mystery how butterflies manage to make their brilliant wing colors, but Yale physicists got a glimpse when they took the question to the lab, breeding dull brown butterflies into purple ones.


Butterfly Shifts From Shabby To Chic With A Tweak Of The Scales

Thursday, August 07, 2014

By playing with the physics of wing color, scientists get a glimpse into how butterflies get their colors, and how quickly they can evolve from brown to brilliant.


Shades Of The Middle Ages: The Plague Popped Up In China And Colorado

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Is this 2014 or 1348? The plague — yes, the infamous Black Death — was reported in China and Colorado. It's the same disease as the Middle Ages pandemic. Only now we know how to treat it.


A Nasty Weed May Have Helped Ancient Humans Keep Their Teeth

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Archaeologists have found that for a period of about 7,000 years, people were eating a weed that may have helped them avoid cavities. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on July 16.)


This Dirty Little Weed May Have Cleaned Up Ancient Teeth

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Turns out that for 7,000 years, snacking on nutsedge may have helped people avoid tooth decay. But at some point, the root it lost its charm. By the 1970s, it was branded "the world's worst weed."


With Help From Extinct Humans, Tibetans Adapted To High Altitude

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

When it comes to living at extreme altitudes, Tibetans may have gotten a leg up from Denisovans, a species of archaic humans that lived about 50,000 years ago.


Lone Passenger Pigeon Escapes Pie Pan, Lands In Smithsonian

Friday, June 27, 2014

Passenger pigeons used to be the most abundant bird in North America. But hunters drove them to extinction, and by 1914, only one was left. A century later, that pigeon, named Martha, is on exhibit.


Scientists Observe Springtime Changes On One Of Saturn's Moons

Monday, June 23, 2014

On Titan, summer is almost three years away. But in a dark, placid ocean of natural gas, scientists have spotted something that could be the first inkling of springtime.


From Genes To Fangs: Snake Venom Recipes Remain Mysterious

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The search for a universal treatment for snakebites is complicated by the fact that each species has a very different cocktail of toxins. Even knowing a snake's DNA might not help much.


R U Ready To Quit Smoking? Texting Can Help

Friday, June 06, 2014

For smokers hoping to quit, text messages with tips and reminders may be just as effective as phone counseling, a study finds. Texts doubled the success rate compared with people who didn't text.


Taking More Time Between Babies Reduces Risk Of Premature Birth

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Getting pregnant again within a year of giving birth boosts the chance that the second baby will be born prematurely, a study finds. The risk was especially high for black women.


Doctors Hesitate To Ask Heart Patients About End-Of-Life Plans

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Most people diagnosed with heart failure die within five years, yet doctors often don't ask them about how they want to prepare for death, a study finds. They cited lack of confidence as one reason.


For Some Olympians, Games Are Golden Ticket To Politics

Sunday, February 16, 2014

At least six former Olympians have been elected to Congress. The games offer ambitious athletes something essential to a career in politics: name recognition.


From Ashes To Ashes To Diamonds: A Way To Treasure The Dead

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Diamonds are supposed to be a girl's best friend. Now, they might also be her mother, father or grandmother. Turning your loved one's ashes into a diamond is one way to keep them close forever.


The Hunt For Meteorites Begins In Antarctica

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Each winter, a team of scientists sets out on a search for those rare shooting stars that make it to the ground instead of burning up in the sky. There aren't many better places to look for these space rocks than Antarctica, often in areas where no human has set foot before.


Popping A Baby Out Like A Cork, And Other Birth Innovations

Friday, November 29, 2013

With babies getting bigger and moms' pelvises getting smaller, it's no wonder moms have problems in delivery these days. Inventors have come up with all kinds of devices to help babies into the world. Some seem promising, but others are a little far-fetched.


9 Good Things To Do With Human Hair

Friday, November 22, 2013

Hair can be great or gross. It goes way back in human history. Sleek and shiny.


No Seat Belts Required: Drone Hobbyists Talk Safety

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The hobby has grown rapidly over the last few years, as technology has gotten cheaper and the open source software has been smoothed out by many users. With such rapid growth comes the growing pains that any hobby tends to run into—when and how to address safety guidelines.


When Edible Plants Turn Their Defenses On Us

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fruits and vegetables are undeniably important to a healthful diet. But there's another side to some of these plants that, thankfully, most people never see: the tiny amounts of toxin within them. Lucky for us, healthy human bodies are remarkably good at filtering out toxins from everyday foods.