Rebecca Hersher

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Long-Extinct Gibbon Found Inside Tomb Of Chinese Emperor's Grandmother

Thursday, June 21, 2018

A Chinese tomb has turned up evidence of a new species of long-extinct ape. The gibbon, called Junzi imperialis, lived and died alongside its imperial human caretaker.


Fear And Frustration Over EPA Move To Kill Chemical-Disaster Protections

Friday, June 15, 2018

The EPA intends to block rules to prevent and respond to leaks, explosions and other disasters at chemical facilities and refineries around the U.S. That scares many people who live and work nearby.


More Rain, More Development Spell Disaster For Some U.S. Cities

Monday, June 11, 2018

Climate change is increasing the frequency of rainstorms in many parts of the U.S., and those storms bring more rain. Many communities don't have the drainage systems needed to handle all the water.


Hurricanes Are Moving More Slowly, Which Means More Damage

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Hurricanes are moving more slowly than they used to. That means storms are dumping more rain and doing more damage when they make landfall, as Hurricane Harvey did when it lingered over Houston.


The Conflicting Educations Of Sam Schimmel

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

More than 50 years after the federal government forced hundreds of Alaska Natives into boarding schools, their descendants are haunted by — and trying to overcome —residual trauma.


Levees Make Mississippi River Floods Worse, But We Keep Building Them

Monday, May 21, 2018

For more than 150 years, scientists have known that levees increase flood risk on the Mississippi River. That hasn't stopped local officials from building up levees in response to more severe floods.


How Did Birds Lose Their Teeth And Get Their Beaks? Study Offers Clues

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Modern birds are dinosaurs without toothy jaws, and with bigger brains. Newly published research fills in some of the missing links in their evolution.


Swarms Of Tiny Sea Creatures Are Powerful Enough To Mix Oceans, Study Finds

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Each night, the organisms gather in a "vertical stampede" to feed at the ocean's surface. Research suggests the columns of swimming animals can create large downward jets that help churn the waters.


EPA Takes Toxic Site Flooded By Harvey Off Special Cleanup List

Monday, April 16, 2018

The EPA says the San Jacinto Waste Pits near Houston no longer needs Scott Pruitt's personal attention due to progress on a remediation plan. But the site is still years away from being cleaned up.


After Raising Concerns About Scott Pruitt, A Number Of EPA Officials Were Demoted

Friday, April 06, 2018

A number of Environmental Protection Agency officials have been demoted or reassigned after raising concerns about the way EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is managing the agency, according to a report from The New York Times.


EPA Chief Pruitt Faces Mounting Scrutiny For Ethics Violations

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is fending off accusations that he misused taxpayer funds and maintained improper ties to companies regulated by the EPA.


Mother Bears Are Staying With Their Cubs Longer, Study Finds

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

In many parts of the world, it is illegal to shoot a brown bear with cubs. The restrictions have made mother bears more likely to spend an extra year with their cubs.


Former Coal Lobbyist On Tap For No. 2 Spot At EPA

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The man hoping to help lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, is a former lobbyist for coal and natural gas companies. As a young EPA lawyer, he worked on hazardous chemical rules.


After Decades Of Air Pollution, A Louisiana Town Rebels Against A Chemical Giant

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Neighborhoods around a Louisiana chemical plant have the highest cancer risk in the U.S. Residents felt powerless, until the Environmental Protection Agency released data on what they were breathing.


Report: Science On Gun Laws Is Lacking

Saturday, March 03, 2018

The RAND Corporation has published an unflattering report about U.S. gun policy. It identified only 62 studies testing the effectiveness of policies such as background checks and buying restrictions.


Lethal Pneumonia Outbreak Caused By Low Chlorine In Flint Water

Monday, February 05, 2018

Two new studies confirm that an outbreak of deadly Legionnaires' disease in Flint, Mich., was caused by the city's water crisis in 2014 and 2015.


Some Types Of Songs Are Universally Identifiable, Study Suggests

Thursday, January 25, 2018

To see if music really is a universal language, researchers gave people 14 second samples of songs from around the world and asked them to say what kind of song it is.


'Butterfly Tongues' Are More Ancient Than Flowers, Fossil Study Finds

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Scientists have discovered the proboscis butterflies use to suck nectar from flowers existed before flowers did. So: What were ancient butterflies using their long, tongue-like suckers for?


Amber-Trapped Tick Suggests Ancient Bloodsuckers Feasted On Feathered Dinosaurs

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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.


Climate Scientists Watch Their Words, Hoping To Stave Off Funding Cuts

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

After years of budget and political pressure, some climate scientists are changing the way they describe their research, and avoiding the term "climate change."