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The Tail's The Tell: Dog Wags Can Mean Friend Or Foe

Is that a left wag or a right wag? Scientists have previously shown that dogs tend to wag their tails to their right side when they see something friendly, like their owners. But a new study shows that other dogs can actually pick up on these emotional cues.

Are Farm Veterinarians Pushing Too Many Antibiotics?

When it comes to antibiotics on the farm, it's not always a win-win. And when there's a fight, veterinarians are right in the middle of it, pushed back and forth by conflicting loyalties.

Heat, Drought Draw Farmers Back To Sorghum, The 'Camel Of Crops'

Consumers in search of novelty are turning to once-obscure grains like quinoa, spelt and sorghum. But sorghum's great virtue for farmers is the fact that it can thrive with so little water.
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Boldly Going In Search Of... The USS Enterprise

One of the most iconic spacecraft in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is tucked away in a basement gift shop.

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This Week On Metro Connection: Wild Cards

From the environment to school lunches to a local campaign designed to get us dancing in our underwear, we'll bring you an eclectic array of stories on this week's "Wild Cards" show.


AIDS Scientists Encouraged By Antibodies That Hit Monkey Virus

A monkey virus that's a stand-in for HIV plummeted to undetectable levels when animals got potent antibodies of a type recently discovered in some humans. A single antibody injection was enough to do the job.

A Scientific Tour Of The Mysterious 'Dark Universe'

Just in time for Halloween, David Greene talks to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson about the mysterious "Dark Universe" that surrounds us.

Why Are Kids Who Get Less Candy Happier On Halloween?

In a psychology study using Halloween candy, kids who got a candy bar and a piece of bubble gum were less satisfied than kids who got just a candy bar. The study shows that when we think about experiences, we are significantly biased by how the experience ends.

Burn, Bury Or Scorch? Why Destroying Syria's Chemical Weapons Is Hard

The ingredients used to make chemical weapons aren't environmentally friendly, and until recently the process of disposing of those weapons wasn't either. New rules make disposal safer, but are also a major stumbling block to the dismantling of Syria's stockpiles.

In Sandy's Wake, Flood Zones And Insurance Rates Re-Examined

It's been a year since Hurricane Sandy knocked the mid-Atlantic states for a loop. Scientists say that as sea level rises, such storms are likely to occur more often. But the new, more realistic flood maps could boost flood insurance rates. Will politics trump science?