Rae Ellen Bichell

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Could A Bumblebee Learn To Play Fetch? Probably

Friday, February 24, 2017

Scientists found that bumblebees are nimble learners, especially when there's a sugary reward at the end. No wonder they're such good pollinators.

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Iron Age Potters Carefully Recorded Earth's Magnetic Field — By Accident

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The planet's magnetic field is weakening. Scientists aren't sure why, but studying ancient jars could help them find out. The ceramics provide a remarkable window onto Earth's magnetic past.

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In Studying Sick Fish, Scientists Trace History Of Fevers

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Carp are a major food source, but they've been plagued by viruses. Scientists now say they have a simple solution. And along the way, they hit on an ancient commonality between fish and people.

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Scientists Get Down And Dirty With DNA To Track Wild Pigs

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Wild hogs inflict $1.5 billion in damage on U.S. property each year. But biologists can now track the elusive animals via tiny bits of DNA the swine leave behind in puddles and ponds.

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Prion Test For Rare, Fatal Brain Disease Helps Families Cope

Monday, February 06, 2017

Scientists now have a fairly noninvasive way to test for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare form of dementia. A similar test, they say, might offer earlier diagnoses of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

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Scientists Describe Ancient Bag-Like Sea Creatures From China

Monday, January 30, 2017

They were ugly. And, unfortunately, they were not equipped with an anus. But the sand dwellers could be an important part of filling in our own early evolutionary tree.

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

Monday, January 16, 2017

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.

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A Really Big Crack In An Antarctic Ice Shelf Just Got Bigger

Friday, January 06, 2017

If the rift gets long enough, Antarctica will lose a chunk of ice the size of Delaware.

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Some Bizarre Black Holes Put On Light Shows

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Black holes aren't all doom and gloom. Some of these incredibly dense matter-suckers fling powerful jets of light and charged particles — the space version of a fireworks show.

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NPR Story Helps Listener Realize She Was Having A Stroke

Monday, December 26, 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, we are re-visiting some of the people we met this year — including one man who survived a stroke at a young age, and a listener who heard his story on the radio.

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Big Diamonds Bring Scientists A Message From Superdeep Earth

Thursday, December 15, 2016

When scientists got their hands on a collection of the world's biggest gem diamonds, they found something surprising inside — clues about what sits hundreds of miles beneath our feet.

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Curiosity Rover Encounters Technical Difficulties On Martian Mountain

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

NASA engineers are trying to figure out why a part of the rover's robotic arm keeps stalling just as it's about to drill into Martian rock.

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Baby Dinosaur's 99 Million-Year-Old Tail, Encased In Amber, Surfaces In Myanmar

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Millions of years ago, a dinosaur about the size of a sparrow had a bad day. It got stuck in tree resin. Paleontologists recently came across the rare amber fossil containing its tail in Myanmar.

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Helping Ex-Inmates Stay Out Of The ER Brings Multiple Benefits

Monday, December 05, 2016

Each year, millions of Americans leave jail or prison. When they do, they're likely to have a hard time managing their health. Some clinics are trying to provide ex-inmates with better, cheaper care.

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What It's Like To Handle The Nastiest Pathogens As Your Day Job

Sunday, December 04, 2016

To research mysterious and deadly diseases, a scientist puts on a plastic bodysuit and steps into a lab sealed off from the outside world.

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North Korean Volcano Provides Rare Chance For Scientific Collaboration

Thursday, December 01, 2016

When the volcano started rumbling, North Korean researchers realized they didn't have the tools to predict if it might erupt. So they reached out to Western scientists for help.

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New Satellite Provides Weather Forecasts For The Final Frontier

Friday, November 18, 2016

The GOES-R satellite launched Saturday. It'll enter orbit and sit 22,000 miles above the Americas, monitoring weather on the planet — and in space.

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Chemists Re-Create Deadly Frog Poison In The Lab

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The toxin comes from tiny frogs in Colombia — the ones that pack a punch on the tip of poison darts. In the past, research on toxins like this has led to some pretty amazing drug discoveries.

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Monkeys Regain Control Of Paralyzed Legs With Help Of An Implant

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Two monkeys with spinal cord injuries were able to move after a wireless implant restored the connection between brain and legs. But any help for people will be years away, researchers say.

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Science Rewards Eureka Moments, Except When It Doesn't

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

An easier way to edit genes, called CRISPR-Cas9, is revolutionizing biomedical research. But as patents and big prizes hover, some contributors to the discovery aren't getting much credit.

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