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Giant Prehistoric Penguins Once Swam Off The Coast Of New Zealand
12/12/2017 10:24 PM
Scientists have uncovered the fossil of an ancestral penguin off the east coast of New Zealand. It was one of the earliest known species of penguin and also one of the largest.
Astronomers Want To Know: Does This Interstellar Visitor Have A Message For Us?
12/12/2017 10:08 PM
'Oumuamua is the first of its kind: an object from outside our solar system, observed by astronomers. Now, a group of researchers is trying to find out if it is transmitting any signs of life.
How Scientists Are Growing Mini Brains In Petri Dishes For Experiments
12/12/2017 9:33 PM
All week, All Things Considered is offering Highly Specific Superlatives in honor of the year that was. On Tuesday, we look at the weirdest leap forward in brain science. Researchers can now grow mini brains in a petri dish and then experiment on them.
An Asteroid Gets Its Close-Up As Geminids Light Up The Sky
12/12/2017 9:26 PM
The Earth's encounter with asteroid 3200 Phaethon on Saturday will be its closest since 1974 ? and the closest it will be until 2093. The flyby means good gazing for amateur astronomers.
Firefighters Struggle To Contain Southern California's Thomas Fire
12/12/2017 9:03 PM
Firefighters made some progress controlling the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, which is the fifth-largest in the state's history. Other fires in the area are mostly contained.
Waste Not, Want Not: Drink Beer To Feed Fish And Help Save The Planet
12/12/2017 7:41 PM
Industry trailblazers are trying to lessen the energy and resource costs of aquaculture. Possible solutions include using brewery waste, algae, insects or even carbon dioxide to feed the fish we eat.
Arctic's Temperature Continues To Run Hot, Latest 'Report Card' Shows
12/12/2017 4:09 PM
The extreme warming trend continues, and scientists fear that floating sea ice will be gone by mid-century. That will have extraordinary effects closer to home.
Amber-Trapped Tick Suggests Ancient Bloodsuckers Feasted On Feathered Dinosaurs
12/12/2017 4:01 PM
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.
Lack Of Genetic Diversity May Have Doomed Tasmanian Tiger, Scientists Say
12/12/2017 12:39 PM
Although humans are blamed for the extinction of the dog-like Australian marsupial some 80 years ago, researchers say its problems may have started more than 70,000 years ago.
Macron Awards U.S. Climate Scientists Grants To 'Make Our Planet Great Again'
12/12/2017 1:57 AM
A day before an international summit on the climate, the French president offers some researchers an opportunity to make France a "second homeland."
How Labels Can Affect People's Personalities And Potential
12/11/2017 9:38 PM
What is it that makes you...you? How much of a person's personality and potential are based on the expectations of others? NPR's Shankar Vedantam explores new research that suggests the labels we use to categorize people affect not just who they are now, but who they'll become in the future.
President Trump Is Sending NASA Back To The Moon
12/11/2017 8:19 PM
"Space Policy Directive 1," which Trump signed Monday, sees Mars as the ultimate destination. But analysts wonder whether money will follow to support the plan.
How The Food Industry Uses Cavitation, The Ocean's Most Powerful Punch
12/11/2017 7:46 PM
Cavitation produces a bubble that rapidly collapses and becomes hotter than the sun's surface. The mantis shrimp uses it, and now so do food and drink firms, to improve flavors ? from yogurt to beer.
Science's Journey From Data To Truth
12/11/2017 6:09 PM
There's more to the scientific method than what you learn in high school: Scientists argue with each other, too, and the participation of nature, whose say is absolute, is key, says Adam Frank.
Evaluating Personality Tests
12/11/2017 10:16 AM
A drive to better understand ourselves and the people around us has led to the creation of a thriving industry built around personality testing.





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