Science

RSS Feed
NPR

On A Rocky Maine Island, Puffins Making A Tenuous Comeback

The windswept island about 6 miles off the coast was a haven for a hugely diverse bird population until fishermen decimated the birds' ranks. Puffins have been successfully reintroduced to Eastern Egg Rock, but warming ocean waters may be threatening their ability to survive. (This piece initially aired August 21, 2013 on All Things Considered.)
NPR

Can The World Engineer A Cooler Climate?

A draft of the upcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report leaked this week, sparking a renewed interest in climate change. One of the debates is over geoengineering, large-scale manipulation of the climate by humans to reduce warming. Host Scott Simon talks with author Jeff Goodell about the future of and controversy surrounding geoengineering.
NPR

The 'Consensus' View: Kevin Trenberth's Take On Climate Change

Climate skeptics point to 15 years of no warming trend as a reason to doubt global warming. But Kevin Trenberth at the National Center for Atmospheric Research can explain a good bit of that temperature plateau — and he argues the Earth has continued to warm appreciably, even though our thin blanket of atmosphere hasn't.
NPR

To Reduce Prejudice, Try Sharing Passions And Cultures

Travelers can tell you that getting a glimpse into another person's culture can help erase ethnic prejudices. A laboratory experiment found that to be true, but only if people feel that they have a choice in the matter.
NPR

Hurricane Season A Bust? Don't Be So Sure

So far, the Atlantic has been hurricane-free, but one forecaster points out that similar years in the past have had very active second halves.
NPR

Another Study Of Preemies Blasted Over Ethical Concerns

The study randomly assigns preemies to one group that will get blood transfusions when their anemia is relatively mild or another that won't get them until the anemia is severe. Researchers want to see which approach is better at reducing deaths and brain damage. Critics say the doctors haven't leveled with parents about the risks.
NPR

Julia Child Was Wrong: Don't Wash Your Raw Chicken, Folks

The doyenne of TV chefs imparted much wisdom to American cooks, but one piece of Child's advice you should ignore is to wash your raw poultry before cooking. It spreads germs. Everywhere. Yet studies suggest 90 percent of Americans do it, so food safety researchers are launching a campaign to squash the habit.
NPR

Regulators Monitor 'Serious Leaks' At Japanese Nuclear Plant

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is back in the news — more than two years after an earthquake and tsunami triggered a series of meltdowns. New leaks found this week prompted regulators to consider raising the alert level.
NPR

Can Your Car Make You An Unethical Driver?

New research suggests the size of your car effects how you drive. If you have a big car, studies show you may be more likely to break the law. It has to do with posture and how powerful you feel.
NPR

Can A Big Earthquake Trigger Another One?

A new scientific report claims that a powerful quake can, in effect, be contagious. The finding could have important implications for hazard planning in earthquake zones.

Pages