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How Dorothy Parker's Ashes Ended Up In Baltimore

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Dorothy Parker considered New York City her beloved hometown, but Parker's ashes can be found in Baltimore. Where were they before that? (This piece initially aired June 7, 2012 on Morning Edition.)


Drones Increase Heart Rates Of Wild Bears. Too Much Stress?

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Scientists studying animals in their natural habitats can now just send in a drone with a camera, rather than trudging through rough terrain. But a new study finds that the drones don't go unnoticed.


Octopus Genome Offers Insights Into One Of Ocean's Cleverest Oddballs

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Octopuses are cool. They can regrow lost arms, change the color of their skin, and are surprisingly smart. Scientists who sequenced the first octopus genome say it's nearly as big as a person's.


Astronomers Present New Research On The Aging Universe

Monday, August 10, 2015

An international team of astronomers has measured the energy produced within a large portion of space more precisely than ever before, and their work shows how the universe is slowly dying.


Eye Shapes Of The Animal World Hint At Differences In Our Lifestyles

Friday, August 07, 2015

Take a close look at a house cat's eyes and you'll see pupils that look like vertical slits. But a tiger has round pupils — like humans do. And the eyes of other animals, like goats and horses, have slits that are horizontal.

Scientists have now done the first comprehensive ...


Heavy Loads Of Pollen May Shift Flight Plans Of The Bumblebee

Monday, August 03, 2015

Foraging bumblebees can pick up nearly half their weight in pollen before heading home to the hive, research shows. All that weight tucked into hollows on their hind legs can complicate flying.


How 3-D Printing Helps Scientists Understand Bird Behavior

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Scientists who study bird behavior have made fake eggs to put in nests to see how birds react. This handicraft is going high-tech. (This piece first aired on May 26, 2015, on All Things Considered.)


Scientists Discover One Of The Oldest Horned Dinosaurs

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

The "new" dinosaur — named Wendiceratops pinhornensis — lived about 79 million years ago and helps scientists understand the early evolution of the family that includes Triceratops.


Checking DNA Against Elephants Hints At How Mammoths Got Woolly

Thursday, July 02, 2015

A clump of a mammoth's fur bought on eBay led scientists to a long list of ways the extinct species was special. One specific gene likely played a role in helping mammoths thrive in icy weather.


U.N. Brokers Global Effort To Rein In Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Speeches by high-level representatives were an attempt to keep momentum going as the world moves toward a key summit in Paris this year, which may produce an agreement to control greenhouse gases.


U.N. Holds Climate Talks In New York Ahead Of Paris Meeting

Monday, June 29, 2015

The United Nations is having a high-level climate meeting ahead of the end-of-year meeting in Paris that will hopefully result in a major new agreement to rein in greenhouse gases.


Study Reveals What Happens During A 'Glacial Earthquake'

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Scientists have figured out how massive chunks of ice trigger these seismically detectable events when they break off a glacier. The findings could help researchers track ice loss from glaciers.


How The Turtle Got Its Shell

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The ribs of a 240 million-year-old fossil hold clues to how the first turtle shell evolved. And its skull shape seems closer to that of lizards and snakes than to an ancestor of dinosaurs and birds.


Instead Of Replacing Missing Body Parts, Moon Jellies Recycle

Monday, June 15, 2015

If a starfish loses a limb, a new arm buds and grows in its place. But young moon jellies have a different strategy for self-repair: Existing limbs rearrange themselves to regain symmetry.


Saturn's Dark And Mysterious Outer Ring Is Even Bigger Than Expected

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Scientists say the Phoebe ring is "more than 200 times as big across as Saturn itself." They used a special infrared space telescope to get the best look yet at the massive ring of black dust.


How Many Viruses Have Infected You?

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Most tests for viruses aim to detect only one or two. But researchers can now check a drop of blood for antibodies to hundreds of viruses, tracing the history of a lifetime of infections, old and new.


Editing The Climate Talkers: Punctuation's Effect On Earth's Fate

Monday, June 01, 2015

The littlest things — punctuation, precise word choice and grammar — can hold tremendous power in worldwide climate negotiations. This year in Europe, editors get a chance to help make history.


Higher-Tech Fake Eggs Offer Better Clues To Wild-Bird Behavior

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Faux eggs made with 3-D printers are better than sculpted versions, researchers say, because it's easier to systematically vary their size, weight and other features. Next goal: 3-D fragile shells.


You And Yeast Have More In Common Than You Might Think

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Genetically, at least, not that much has changed in the billion years since you two last shared a relative. Roughly half the 500 genes yeast need for life are interchangeable with the human versions.


Earth's First Snake Likely Evolved On Land, Not In Water

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Genetic sleuthing and comparisons of recently discovered fossils with living snakes point to a "protosnake" ancestor that likely had tiny hind legs and lived about 120 million years ago.