These days, French vintners are globally renowned for their fine wines. And now, thanks to some nifty molecular archaeology, we know they picked up those winemaking skills from some helpful ancient Italians as early as 425 B.C.
Starting in July, doctors and midwives in Mississippi will be required by law to collect samples of umbilical cord blood from babies born to some girls under the age of 16. Officials will analyze the samples and try to identify the fathers through matches in the state's DNA database.
Natural gas production in this country is booming. On a far smaller scale, so are some alternative energy industries. Please join us to discuss the growth prospects for wind, solar and nuclear power in the United States.
If you want to go paleo in your diet, invest in a lawn mower. An examination of fossilized teeth from early humans and their ancient forebears reveals our ancestors switched from an ape diet of fruits and leaves to eating grasses and sedges about 3.5 million years ago.
As with Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, nearly all deaths from hurricanes come from storm surge. The danger isn't well understood by the public, however, so the National Hurricane Center is retooling its forecast and warning systems to better track and alert vulnerable residents.
Uganda has lost one generation to a brutal, decades-long war. Now, a second generation is jeopardized by a strange disease known as nodding syndrome, which affects only children in parts of Africa and has no known cause.
A retired professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has developed a sensor that goes beyond the usual chemical monitor. This portable device checks the air for smog components that hurt human health.
The book club regulars gather to chat about the best-sellingA Walk in the Woods, writer Bill Bryson's 1998 account of a hiking trip along the Appalachian Trail. Plus, journalist Deborah Blum joins the club to talk about the best science books to stash in your beach bag (or backpack).
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