Wildlife Tourism Could Be "Domesticating" Wild...10/09/15
Human tourismno matter how well-intentionedmight desensitize wild animals to poachers and predators, affecting their odds of survival. Christopher Intagliata reports
Babies Just Want To Be Smiled At
By studying the interactions of babies and their mothers, researchers determined that babies smile in hopes others will smile at them. Erika Beras reports.
2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
The 2015 Nobel Prize in chemistry goes to Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich, Aziz Sancar for mechanistic studies of DNA repair.
2015 Nobel Prize in Physics
The 2015 Nobel Prize in physics goes to Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald for the discovery that one kind of neutrino can change into another, which shows that neutrinos have mass.
2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
The 2015 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine goes jointly to William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura for their studies leading to novel therapies against infections caused by roundworm parasites and to Youyou Tu for her work developing a novel therapy...
Cheap Goods From China Have High Carbon Cost
Because China relies on coal for much of its power, goods produced there can have a dirtier carbon footprint than those produced elsewhere. Christopher Intagliata reports.
MacArthur Genius Grant Winner Probes the Pruning Brain
Harvard neuroscientist Beth Stevens wins a MacArthur Fellowship for studies of how microglia cells prune away excess neuronal synapses during brain development and how that necessary function might go awry in neurodegenerative diseases.
MacArthur Genius Grant Winner Makes Waste a Resource
Environmental engineer Kartik Chandran of Columbia University won a MacArthur Fellowship for his work on extracting nutrients and energy from wastewater and sewage.
Ancient Human Ancestors Heard Differently
Early human species may have had sharper hearing in certain frequencies than we enjoy, to facilitate short-range communication in an open environment. Cynthia Graber reports.
Sitting Not the New Smoking For Fidgeters
Sitting for more than seven hours a day is linked to a 30 percent higher risk of death, but that association disappears among the in-place movers and shakers. Christopher Intagliata reports.
We Emit Clouds Of Microbes Wherever We Go
Humans shed a million particles an hour, and those microbe-laced clouds are sometimes unique enough to identify the person producing them. Christopher Intagliata reports.
House Dust Organisms Reveal Location and Residents
The particular fungi found in house dust can tell investigators where you live, and the bacteria in the dust can give away who and what you live with.
Biosciences Get Defense Secretary's Attention
At the recent DARPA Wait What? conference, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said lifesaving technologies are a priority for his department.
Teenage Clockmaker Upholds Long Scientific Tradition
As Daniel Boorstin, former director of the National Museum of History and Technology of the Smithsonian Institution, once put it, clockmakers were the pioneer scientific-instrument makers.
California Mountain Snowpack Is Flaking Out
With the Sierra Nevada snowpack at historic lows, should policymakers focus on capturing future rain instead of relying on the snow bank? Christopher Intagliata reports.
Domesticated Pigs Kept Oinking With Wild (and Crazy) Boars
Domesticated pigs had many dalliances with wild boars that added new genes to the pig population well after they settled had down on the farm.
Sperm Whales Congregate In Click-Based Cliques
The whales appear to prefer the company of 'like-minded' individuals, based on common vocal clicking behavioran example of culture, researchers say. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Humans Predation Unsustainably Takes Healthy Adult Prey
While most predators kill the young or infirm, humans claim a disproportionate number of mature healthy adults of reproductive age.
Better Road Signs Could Save Bicycle Riders
Signs that say Share the Road with bicycles may have far less influence over motor vehicle driver behavior than would signs saying Bicycles May Use Full Lane.
Self-Healing Spaceship Shielding Could Keep Astronauts...
A new lightweight material that heals itself when punctured could help spacecraft survive run-ins with debris. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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