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05/23/2017 06:02 PM
How The Biggest Animal On Earth Got So Big
Whales might be the largest animals on the planet, but they haven't always been so huge. Researchers say the ocean giants only became enormous fairly recently, and over a short period of time.

05/23/2017 05:17 PM
3.3 Million-Year-Old Fossil Sheds Light On How The Spine Evolved
It's hard evidence that the type of spinal segmentation and numbering found in modern humans emerged 3.3 million years ago, the scientists say. The remarkable fossil was discovered in Ethiopia.

05/22/2017 08:01 PM
Me, Myself, and IKEA: What Our Love For Swedish Furniture Says About Narcissism
In general, people show a subtle bias toward the self. This is why we love the IKEA furniture we've built, and gravitate toward others with the same name. But there are much larger implications, too.

05/22/2017 03:35 PM
International Eel Smuggling Scheme Centers On Maine
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Bill Trotter, a fishery and environmental reporter for the Bangor Daily News, about the illegal eel fishing scheme in Maine.

05/22/2017 02:50 PM
At 94, Lithium-Ion Pioneer Eyes A New Longer-Lasting Battery
In 1980, John Goodenough's work led to the lithium-ion battery, now found in everything from phones to electric cars. He and fellow researchers say they've come up with a faster-charging alternative.

05/21/2017 11:02 PM
Pediatricians Advise No Fruit Juice Until Kids Are 1
Older kids should limit the amount of juice they drink too. Whole fruit is better than juice because it contains fiber, which slows the absorption of sugar and fills you up the way juice doesn't.

05/21/2017 06:00 AM
Cloud Eggs: The Latest Instagram Food Fad Is Actually Centuries Old
The fanciful dish was meant to impress nearly 400 years ago, so don't roll your eyes at photos of these pretty edibles: They're actually a time-honored tradition tinged with a bit of kitchen science.

05/21/2017 04:00 AM
Why Brain Scientists Are Still Obsessed With The Curious Case Of Phineas Gage
In 1848, a railroad worker survived an accident that drove a 13-pound iron bar through his head. The injury changed his personality, and our understanding of the brain.

05/20/2017 08:00 AM
Scientists Sneak A Peek At How Ladybugs Fold Their Wings
Ladybugs are famous for their spotted wing cases. But researchers in Japan were interested in what was happening under that colorful exterior: How delicate wings were folding origami-like into place.

05/20/2017 06:00 AM
We Have Always Been Bored — 'Yawn' Wonders Why
Mary Mann's new book digs into a phenomenon as old as humanity: boredom. Why do we get bored? Is there a cure? Yawn is a thoughtful read, but its mix of autobiography and scholarship doesn't jell.

05/20/2017 05:00 AM
Scientists One Step Closer To 3-D-Printed Ovaries To Treat Infertility
Researchers printed gelatin scaffolds into which they placed ovarian tissue, and then implanted the new organs in mice. Three out of seven female mice produced healthy offspring using the technology.

05/19/2017 03:38 AM
Public To EPA On Cutting Regulations: 'No!'
The Environmental Protection Agency asked for public input on "job-killing regulations" and has received more than 28,000 comments, many of which urge the agency not to roll back protections.

05/18/2017 05:32 PM
Energy Companies Urge Trump To Remain In Paris Climate Agreement
Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says he wants the U.S. to remain in the 2015 Paris climate accord. Energy companies like Exxon Mobil and BP have also urged President Trump to continue supporting the deal.

05/18/2017 02:28 PM
Scientists Glued Fake Caterpillars On Plants Worldwide. Here's What Happened
Predators that attacked the clay caterpillars left telltale bite marks, which were later analyzed to help figure the critter's risk of getting eaten. That analysis revealed a striking pattern.

05/18/2017 09:06 AM
Stormy Weather: Are We Well Prepared For The Next Disaster?
Is the country well prepared for a summer of record heat, flash floods and extreme weather?