science

War On Bugs
12:51 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Hunting For Alien Bug And Seed Invaders At Baltimore's Port

David Ng (right) and Amanda Furrow, Customs and Border Protection agricultural specialists, inspect wheat for insects and alien seeds at a port in Baltimore, Md.
Dan Charles NPR

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 6:33 am

Baltimore's seaport is a world of big, noisy steel machines: giant cargo ships, cranes and roaring trucks.

In the middle of this hubbub, David Ng, an agricultural specialist with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, tries to find things that are small and alive: snails, moths and weed seeds of all sorts.

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400 Miles Deep
12:27 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Deep Underground, Oceans Of Water May Be Trapped In A Crystal 'Sponge'

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 3:58 pm

Science teachers may have to add a whole new layer to the water cycle.

Scientists have discovered evidence of a vast reservoir of water hiding up to 400 miles beneath the surface.

The discovery could transform our understanding of how the planet was formed, suggesting that Earth's water may have come from within, rather than from collisions with large, icy comets.

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Education
6:03 am
Sun June 15, 2014

How Trauma Affects The Brain Of A Learner

Chronic stress can cause deficiencies in the pre-frontal cortex, which is essential for learning.
John M Flickr

Our public media colleagues over at KPCC, Southern California Public Radio, have a fascinating two-part report on the efforts of schools in the Los Angeles area to address the effects of "toxic stress" on student learning.

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Neuroscience
4:45 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

When 'Brain Science' Is A Tool For Credibility

Flickr Photo/Giulia Forsythe/Cathy N Davidson (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Marcie Sillman talks with cognitive scientist-turned-science-writer, Christian Jarrett, about brain science research and why consumers need to bring a skeptical eye to the neuroscience headlines.

Sensory Perception
3:17 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

How The Physical World Affects Our Behavior And Emotions

Credit Thalma Lobel's book "Sensation."

Marcie Sillman talks with psychologist Thalma Lobel about her new book, "Sensation: The New Science Of Physical Intelligence."

Relax!
11:31 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Researcher Defends Findings On Leisure Time

Researcher John Robinson's findings, that Americans have more leisure time these days, surprised many people who feel more stressed out than ever. (Phil and Pam/Flickr)

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 11:55 am

John Robinson is a leading researcher on the use of time. In fact, his colleagues at the University of Maryland call him Father Time. He recently published findings that Americans have more leisure time these days, which shocked many people who feel more stressed out.

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Science
6:34 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Submerged Wave Energy Generator On Track For Deployment Near Astoria

Computer rendition of the wave energy generator to be placed on the Clatsop County, Oregon, sea floor late this summer.

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 11:58 am

An engineering company based in Salem, Oregon, says it is close to deploying the first submerged wave power generator on the West Coast. M3 Wave Energy Systems plans a temporary deployment late this summer in shallow water off the northern Oregon Coast.

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Research
4:46 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Creativity, Dirty Eggs And Vocal Fry: The Week In Science

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 11:44 am

Science is always churning out weird, funny and fascinating findings. What did we miss this week? NPR's Rachel Martin checks in with science writer Rose Eveleth.

Alcohol Dependence
3:08 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Intervention For Chronic Alcoholics Doesn't Require Sobriety

Flickr Photo/MDMA

Steve Scher speaks with Susan Collins, a researcher in the University of Washington's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, about a new intervention which combines an anti-craving drug with goal-setting talk therapy to reduce the negative consequences experienced by chronically homeless and alcohol-dependent adults, without necessarily requiring sobriety.

Teenagers Lie!
9:45 am
Thu May 22, 2014

'Mischievous Responders' Confound Research On Teens

Not all kids lie on research surveys. But enough teenagers make up answers that it can significantly skew the results.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 10:30 am

Teenagers face some serious issues: drugs, bullying, sexual violence, depression, gangs. They don't always like to talk about these things with adults.

One way that researchers and educators can get around that is to give teens a survey — a simple, anonymous questionnaire they can fill out by themselves without any grown-ups hovering over them. Hundreds of thousands of students take such surveys every year. School districts use them to gather data; so do the federal government, states and independent researchers.

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Cascadia Fault Line
3:36 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

New Research Takes Us A Step Closer To Understanding Earthquakes

The Cadillac Hotel in Seattle suffered severe damage in the 2001 Nisqually Earthquake.
Credit Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives

Ross Reynolds talks to Dr. John Vidale, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, about new research on predicting earthquakes.

Bird Specialist
2:52 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Show Respect To Crows And They'll Forget You

Flickr Photo/Bari Bookout (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks to University of Washington professor John Marzluff as he explains the best practices for dealing with crows during the spring “hatching season.” The birds can be particularly protective while their babies are learning to leave the nest. 

EarthFix Reports
9:22 am
Tue May 13, 2014

New Study: Glacial Collapse In Antarctica 'Unstoppable'

Flickr Photo/goneforawander

New research from the University of Washington and other institutions provides detailed predictions for the collapse of an ice shelf in West Antarctica.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
8:53 am
Tue May 13, 2014

The Forgotten History Of Climate-Change Science

It has been a full century since the engine driving climate change was first discovered. It's been more than a half-century since the risks entered the realm of public policy.
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 7:01 am

It's a fine mess we've gotten ourselves into. Last week the National Climate Assessment report was released detailing the toll climate change is already taking on the United States in terms of droughts, floods, heat waves and changes in agriculture.

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Environment
5:59 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Climate Change Could Mean Good News, Bad News For Seattle-Area Gardeners

John Mullen gets his soil ready for spring at a Seattle P-Patch. Climate science experts say he shouldn't start planting pineapples anytime soon.
Ann Dornfeld KUOW

Washington farmers can expect longer growing seasons, drier summers and increased risk of disease and pest outbreaks, according to some of the predictions in the National Climate Assessment released Tuesday.

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