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Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping...07/09/14
Laurence Packer says humans need to appreciate both domestic bees and the some 20,000 species of wild bees. His book Keeping The Bees explores all types, including some that feed on tears.
Breeding Battle Threatens Key Source Of California Strawberries
The University of California, Davis, is the source of most commercial strawberries. Now, the university's strawberry breeders are going into business for themselves, and farmers are worried.
IBM's Watson Is Out With Its Own Barbecue Sauce
The supercomputer first showed off its intellectual prowess on Jeopardy. Now after analyzing a massive number of recipes, Watson has come up with its own sauce.
NASA Explores A New World: Crowdsourcing Ideas
NASA is asking the public to help it develop new ways to bring their technology to the commercial market. Daniel Lockney of NASA tells us more about this crowdsourcing, profit-sharing initiative.
As Yosemite Park Turns 150, Charms And Challenges Endure
In 1864, Abraham Lincoln set aside the nation's first federally-protected wilderness areas. Visitors have enjoyed Yosemite's wonders ever since — sometimes to the point of endangering them.
A Shocking Fish Tale Surprises Evolutionary Biologists
Unrelated lineages of electric fish all use the same small set of genes to create their voltage, a genetic search shows. Maybe the same genes could one day power pacemakers, bioengineers suggest.
How To Sell Green Products To The Self-Regarding Consumer
Research shows narcissists can be induced to make environmentally positive purchases when those purchases are linked to the things narcissists value — prestige, status and image.
Scientists Observe Springtime Changes In Titan's Northern Seas
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been monitoring Saturn's moon Titan for 10 years. Cornell researchers spotted some bright spots that might be the first sign of seasons on Titan's lakes.
How Did The Meter Get Its Length?
The U.S. doesn't routinely use the metric system. The U.S. government definition of a foot is .3048 meters. But if the length of a foot is based on the meter, what's the length of the meter based on?
Can You Learn To Spot A Liar?
We're surrounded by deception: in politics and pop culture, in the workplace and on social media. Pamela Meyer points out manners and cues that can help us suss out a lie.
Where's The Line Between Cheating A Little and Cheating A Lot?
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explains the hidden reasons we think it's okay to cheat or steal. He says we're predictably irrational — and can be influenced in ways we don't even realize.
Does Technology Make Us More Honest?
Who hasn't sent a text message saying "I'm on my way" when it wasn't true? But some technology might actually force us to be more honest, says psychologist Jeff Hancock.
6 Decades Of Research Examines Prisoners Of War
The release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prompted a firestorm of debate. We step away from that debate to look at what's been learned about the psychological effects of being captured in wartime
Plastics Don't Disappear, But They Do End Up In Sea Birds' Bellies
When bottles and bags are cast out to sea, the debris never truly goes away — it just gets smaller. And these plastic particles, called microplastics, are ready meals for fish and birds.
Doughnut Day Downer: Palm Oil In Pastries Drives Deforestation
An environmental group is blasting Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme for buying palm oil from suppliers who destroy rain forest and peatlands. The group says sustainable palm oil should be used instead.
Can The Sun Fuel A Flight Around The World?
Explorer Bertrand Piccard explains why he's aiming to carry out an unprecedented mission: to circle the planet in a solar-powered airplane.
How Does Henry Ford's Great-Grandson Envision The Future?
Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford describes how we can create a green future of smart roads and smart cars.
If We Want to Live In Cities, Will We Have To Share Cars?
Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase makes the case for car-sharing as the solution to global gridlock.
How Do You Make New York's Mean Streets A Little Nicer?
Former New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan says cities can tackle the challenges of tomorrow by completely re-imagining our streets today.
Is Space Tourism Finally About To Take Off?
Entrepreneur Richard Branson shares his vision for private, commercial space travel.
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