Science

RSS Feed
NPR

How Can Identical Twins Turn Out So Different?

Scientists used to think that identical twins turned out differently because they were treated differently by friends, teachers or their parents. A study of mice supports the idea that small changes in behavior can lead to larger ones and eventually even resculpt brains in different ways.
NPR

No Longer Experimental, Egg Freezing May Appeal To More Women

By age 38, Sarah Elizabeth Richards had spent $50,000 to freeze 70 of her own eggs. Richards, author of Motherhood Rescheduled, wrote in the Wall Street Journal that egg freezing put an end to the sadness she was feeling "at losing my chance" to have a child.
NPR

Using Bacteria To Swat Malaria Inside Mosquitoes

Infecting mosquitoes with a specific type of bacteria makes the insects resistant to malaria. Now scientists have figured out how to get the mosquitoes to pass the infections on to their offspring. If it can done reliably, it might help interrupt transmission of malaria to humans.
NPR

With Warming Climes, How Long Will A Bordeaux Be A Bordeaux?

Climate change is already creating new winners among Europe's winemaking regions. (Great bubbly from Britain — who knew?) But those changes have also put in doubt the rules and traditions that have defined the continent's top winemakers for centuries.
WAMU 88.5

Barton Seaver: Kitchen Table Environmentalism & Public Health

You may not be thinking lofty topics like public health and environmentalism when you grill fish in your backyard, but Barton Seaver says the path to understanding such complex topics in human terms goes right through our stomachs ...

NPR

Bee Deaths May Have Reached A Crisis Point For Crops

The number of honeybees has now dwindled to the point where there may not be enough to pollinate some major U.S. crops, including almonds, blueberries and apples. And this year brought farmers closer than ever to a true pollination crisis.
NPR

Are Those North Korean Long-Range Missiles For Real?

When North Korea put its missiles on parade last year, experts were surprised to see what looked to be new long-range missiles that might be powerful enough to reach the U.S. But a closer look at details in the photos suggests the missiles on display might have been a bluff.
NPR

Filling In The Gap On Climate Education In Classrooms

Science education standards, issued in April, recommend teaching climate change for the first time. But one nonprofit says kids aren't learning enough, soon enough, about how their world will change in the coming decades. The group aims to remedy this with presentations in schools nationwide.

Pages