The fossilized remains of a whale that washed up on a shore in what's now Chile more than 5 million years ago.
Credit Vince Rossi / Smithsonian Institution
Adam Metallo, left, and Vince Rossi from the Smithsonian's Digitization Program use a high-resolution laser arm and medium-range laser scanners to document one of the most complete fossil whales at the site in Chile.
Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 9:16 am
Since construction workers discovered dozens of fossils along a highway in Chile in 2011, one question has preoccupied researchers:
What killed the whales, seals and other creatures that ended up there more than 5 million years ago?
Writing in Proceedings of The Royal Society B, scientists from the Smithsonian Institution and universities in the U.S. and Chile say the culprits were among the smallest possible killers: "Algal toxins."
Steve Scher talks with Daniel Post Senning about technology etiquette and his observations for people who are too attached to their electronic devices. He’s also the grandson of etiquette expert Emily Post.
From Seattle’s South Lake Union to larger areas like Bothell, biotechnology is a ubiquitous part of the local economy. But moving a drug from research to testing, to market, to patients is an arduous undertaking.
Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell about a proposal that would allow the Seattle Police Department to use facial recognition software to identify suspects from security footage.
Ross Reynolds talks with Maggie Reardon, senior writer for CNET News, about the Federal Communications Commission's decision to forgo an appeal of the court ruling that threw out net neutrality rules. The FCC has announced it will rewrite the existing rules instead.
Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 1:00 am
Right before a volcano erupts, molten rock, known as magma, is moving around underneath the surface. New research suggests this liquid magma is very rare. That’s an important finding for researchers trying to predict when a volcano may erupt.
Geologists from University of Califonia, Davis, and Oregon State University studied Mount Hood and have found that magma is often too cold to move around so much. And cold, here, is a relative term.
Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 7:44 am
(We put a new top on this story at 9:25 a.m. ET and added an update at 10:15 a.m. ET.)
As NPR's David Folkenflik pointed out earlier today, Comcast's proposed $45 billion purchase of fellow cable company Time Warner will receive some scrutiny from federal officials. Here's some more about that part of the story:
In the past 20 years, the Internet has significantly impacted what it means to grow up as a gay kid in this country.
Before the Web, many gay young people grew up in what seemed to be isolation, particularly those in small towns. But with the advent of online chat rooms and Websites dedicated to gay culture, communities formed, and that demographic began finding new support.
That change can be seen in the experiences of two women who grew up in the same town, two decades apart.