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July 3, 2020
The stomach contests of young great white sharks showed that they spend a lot of time patrolling the sea floor for meals.
July 1, 2020
Political scientists analyzed congressional tweets and observed how Republicans and Democrats responded differently to the virus. Christopher Intagliata reports.
July 1, 2020
The gross ecosystem product, or GEP, tries to take into account the contribution of nature to the economy.
June 30, 2020
Many species are known to have changed their migration routes in response to the changing climate, now including mule deer and Bewick's swans.
June 25, 2020
Here are some brief reports about science and technology from around the planet, including one about a 70-million-year-old mollusk fossil that reveals years back then had a few more days than we have now.
June 20, 2020
By hardening the nation's streets and highways, trucks would use less fuel, and spare the planet carbon emissions. Christopher Intagliata reports.
June 19, 2020
Narwhals, recognizable by their large single tusk, make distinct sounds that are now being analyzed in depth by researchers.
June 17, 2020
A study of our closest evolutionary relatives finds that the chimp behavior known as lip smacking occurs in the same timing range as human mouths during speech.
June 16, 2020
Three-dimensional printed coral-like structures were able to support the algae that live in real corals, which could help restore reefs and grow algae for bioenergy production.
June 12, 2020
Scientists are studying the delicate mucus houses built by creatures called larvaceans to better understand how they live. Christopher Intagliata reports. 
June 10, 2020
The psychological state of children may need special attention during COVID-19 impacts and isolation.
June 9, 2020
By sequencing DNA from the dust of dead sea scrolls, scientists were able to glean new clues about the ancient manuscripts. Christopher Intagliata reports.
June 8, 2020
Right whales, other whales and turtles get caught in lobster trap lines, but fewer lines can maintain the same lobster catch levels.
June 7, 2020
An expert on climate denial offers tips for inoculating against coronavirus conspiracy notions.
June 3, 2020
Prey animals flash biochemically produced light to confuse elephant seals hunting in the dark, but at least one seal turned the tables.
June 2, 2020
Analyzing keywords on Twitter can offer a loose measure of the subject well-being of a community, as long as you don't count three words: good, love and LOL.
June 1, 2020
The Silent Cities project is collecting audio from cities around the planet during the coronavirus pandemic to give researchers a database of natural sounds in areas usually filled with human-generated noise.
May 28, 2020
Here are some brief reports about science and technology from around the planet, including one about an incredibly well-preserved horned lark ( Eremophila alpestris ), like the one pictured, that lived 46,000 years ago.
May 28, 2020
Exposed to mildly warmer waters, some corals turn neon, instead of bleaching white. The dramatic colors may help coax symbiotic algae back. Christopher Intagliata reports.
May 23, 2020
A gene whose mutated form is associated with cancer in humans turns out to have a role in burning calories over a long evolutionary history.
May 22, 2020
Mosquitoes that like to bite at night are being thwarted by bednets, leading to the rise of populations that prefer to bite when the nets aren't up yet.
May 15, 2020
President Trump pointed out yesterday that if we didn't do any testing for the virus we would have very few cases, which forces us to confront the issues posed by testing in general.
May 15, 2020
Food sharing is mainly found in adult animals as a part of social bonding. But in a rarely observed behavior in birds, older barn owl chicks will share food with younger ones.
May 13, 2020
Dehydrated blood that could be kept at room temperature for years may be possible thanks to a sugar used to preserve donuts—and made by tardigrades and brine shrimp so they can dry out and spring back with water.
May 11, 2020
To entice female lemurs, ring-tailed males rub wrist secretions, which include compounds we use in perfumes, onto their tails and then wave the tails near the gals.
May 8, 2020
They don't just stand on one-leg around anybody, but often prefer certain members of the flock.
May 6, 2020
Horses picked out photographs of their current keepers, and even of former keepers whom they had not seen in months, at a rate much better than chance.
May 2, 2020
The large herbivores appear to prefer disturbed areas over more intact ones, and spread many more seeds in those places through their droppings.
May 1, 2020
Bees infected with a virus cut back on interactions within their hive but find it easier to get past sentries at neighboring hives.
April 30, 2020
Wild cats kill more animals than do domestics, but pet cats kill many more animals as do similarly-sized wild predators in a small area.
April 29, 2020
Here are a few brief reports about science and technology from around the planet, including one about what the eruption of Mount Vesuvius might have done to one ill-fated resident of Herculaneum.
April 22, 2020
Oxpeckers riding on rhinos feast on ticks, and their calls warn the nearsighted herbivores about approaching humans.
April 22, 2020
In a teleconference promoting her participation in Earth Day events on the National Geographic Channel, Goodall talked about what gives her hope during the pandemic and what she hopes we all learn from it.
April 20, 2020
Some "highlights" from the last 13.5 years of this podcast.
April 17, 2020
Introducing herds of large herbivores in the Arctic would disturb surface snow, allowing cold air to reach the ground and keep the permafrost frosty.
April 16, 2020
In mice, a test for lung cancer involves nanoprobes that recognize tumors and send reporter molecules into the urine for simple analysis.
April 15, 2020
As he endorsed Joe Biden today, former President Obama touched upon some environmental, economic and science matters.
April 14, 2020
Researchers studying yellow warbler responses to the parasitic cowbird realized that red-winged blackbirds were eavesdropping and reacting too.
April 10, 2020
Well, it's probably there because the odds on it being so have gone way up in the last 40 years. But it's still much more of a health problem for whales and dolphins than for us.
April 9, 2020
Although the tusk can be a weapon, the variation in tusk size among animals of similar body size points to it being primarily a mating status signal.
April 8, 2020
Pulitzer-winning Laurie Garrett, author of The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance, talks about the dangers of politicians offering coronavirus misinformation.
April 7, 2020
Tigers and lions at the Bronx Zoo have tested positive for the virus, and studies show that house cats--but apparently not dogs--can become infected.
April 3, 2020
Humboldt squid can rapidly change the pigmentation and luminescence patterns on their skin by contracting and relaxing their muscles, possibly to communicate.
April 2, 2020
Dating back 67 million years, this representative of the group of modern birds has been dubbed the Wonderchicken (which is not an April Fools’ Day joke).
April 1, 2020
To make it in urban areas, birds tend to be either large-brained that produce few offspring or small-brained and extremely fertile. In natural habitats, most birds brains are of average size.
March 31, 2020
The diets of coyotes varied widely depending on whether they were living in rural, suburban or urban environments--but pretty much anything is fair game.
March 30, 2020
The bilateral organism crawled on the seafloor, taking in organic matter at one end and dumping the remains out the other some 555 million years ago.
March 29, 2020
Here are a few brief reports about science and technology from around the planet, including one about the discovery of an intact chicken egg dating to Roman Britain.
March 27, 2020
By entering your health status, even if you're feeling fine, at COVIDNearYou.org, you can help researchers develop a nationwide look at where hotspots of coronavirus are occurring.
March 26, 2020
When vampire bats feel sick they'll still engage in prosocial acts like sharing food with non-relatives, but they cut back on grooming anyone other than their closest kin.
March 25, 2020
Listen in as I use two calculators to track the difference in numbers of infections over a short period of time, depending on how many people each infected individual infects on average.
March 22, 2020
They're not born pregnant like tribbles, but swamp wallabies routinely get pregnant while pregnant.  
March 20, 2020
Ocean plastic gets covered with algae and other marine organisms, making it smell delicious to sea turtles--with potentially deadly results.  
March 17, 2020
The growth layers in a 70-million-year-old clam shell indicate that a year back then had more than 370 days, with each day being only about 23.5 hours.
March 12, 2020
As oceans heat up, the ubiquitous noise of snapping shrimp should increase, posing issues for other species and human seagoing ventures.
March 11, 2020
In an example of how sea noise can harm species, exposed shore crabs changed camouflaging color sluggishly and were slower to flee from simulated predators.
March 4, 2020
Studies on very old vegetation in the Amazon basin show active management hundreds of years ago on species such as Brazil nut and cocoa trees.
March 3, 2020
By breaking 900 classical piano compositions into musical chunks, researchers could track Ludwig van Beethoven’s influence on the composers who followed him. Christopher Intagliata reports.
March 2, 2020
Here are a few brief reports about science and technology from around the world, including one from off the California coast about the first heart rate measurement done on a blue whale.
March 2, 2020
Life's Little Mysteries is the newest Audioboom original podcast and co-production with Live Science. This podcast is for everyone and anyone who loves science and wants to know more about everything around us. Join hosts Mindy Weisberger and Jeanna Bryner of Live Science every Monday as they give you the low-down on all things big and small that truly make you wonder. Life's Little Mysteries has new episodes every Monday. Subscribe to Life's Little Mysteries on Apple Podcasts:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lifes-little-mysteries/id1496044775. 
February 26, 2020
Increasing or decreasing the altitude of aircraft a few thousand feet to avoid thin layers of humidity could make a deep cut to contrails' contribution to climate change.
February 25, 2020
Inbreeding in Thoroughbreds has increased significantly in the last 45 years, with the greatest rise in the last 15 or so years.
February 20, 2020
Hippos that escaped from drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's private zoo are reproducing in the wild, and with increasing numbers could threaten ecosystems.
February 20, 2020
Art created by Australian Aboriginal people used organic carbon-free pigments, but wasp nests above or below the art can be used for radiocarbon dating that supplies boundaries for the age of artworks.
February 18, 2020
Ice cores from a Tibetan glacier reveal the first deposits of industrial revolution pollution, starting in layers dated to about 1780.
February 15, 2020
A new study in mice concludes stress can cause gray hair—and credits overactive nerves with the change in hue. Karen Hopkin reports.
February 14, 2020
A very fine grind can actually hamper espresso brewing, because particles may clump more than larger particles will.
February 11, 2020
Most feral dogs that did not run away from humans were able to respond to hand cues about the location of food, even without training.
February 8, 2020
Neandertals ate clams and then modified the hard shells into tools for cutting and scraping.  
February 7, 2020
Whiskies claimed to be from the 19th century are revealed to be made with much more recently grown barley thanks to the unique isotopic fingerprint of the nuclear testing era.
February 6, 2020
By outfitting 169 albatrosses with GPS data loggers, scientists were able to track fishing boats apparently trying to hide their location. Christopher Intagliata reports.
February 4, 2020
A few brief reports about international science and technology from around the world, including one from Congo about a toad that has evolved coloring that makes it look like a deadly snake's head.
February 2, 2020
Groundhogs are less accurate at weather forecasting than are coin flips, but they are nevertheless pretty interesting critters.
February 1, 2020
One hypothesis says the ability to vocalize arose in nocturnal animals—and a new evolutionary analysis suggests there may be some truth to it. Christopher Intagliata reports.
January 31, 2020
Well more than 100 distinct sign languages exist worldwide, with each having features that made it possible for researchers to create an evolutionary tree of their lineages.
January 27, 2020
Researchers dialed down the default number of opioids in two hospitals’ prescription systems—and doctors ended up prescribing fewer pills. Christopher Intagliata reports.
January 26, 2020
Some wolf pups will play fetch with a stranger, suggesting that an ability to playfully interact with people could have come before, and played a role in, dog domestication.
January 25, 2020
By listening to the sounds of the forest, biologists were able to identify an invasion of barred owls in spotted owl habitat. Christopher Intagliata reports.
January 24, 2020
The cat parasite Toxoplasma gondii boosts curiosity in mice—which makes them more likely to be caught by cats, thus continuing the parasite’s life cycle. Karen Hopkin reports.
January 17, 2020
The remora clings to other fish—and appears to use an unusual sense of touch to do so. Christopher Intagliata reports.
January 16, 2020
Mussels and crabs are two of the creatures most likely to invade Antarctica in the next 10 years, a panel of scientists say. Christopher Intagliata reports.
January 14, 2020
Soil bacteria may have taken residence in early algae species, gifting the algae with the ability to withstand drier conditions on land. Annie Sneed reports.
January 13, 2020
The Murchison meteorite, which screamed to Earth 50 years ago, carried with it stardust that's seven billion years old. Christopher Intagliata reports.
January 12, 2020
Hunted areas of Gabon have fewer large mammals and a thicker forest understory—but they also have fewer termites. Jason G. Goldman reports.
January 10, 2020
The starfish relatives can recognize patterns using photoreceptors on their arms—and their color-changing abilities could have something to do with it. Christopher Intagliata reports.
January 8, 2020
Scientists observed two Atlantic puffins using sticks to scratch themselves—the first known instance of seabirds using tools. Christopher Intagliata reports.
January 7, 2020
The 2019 New York Yankees’ record number of injuries led to a change in training staff that will almost certainly correlate with, but not necessarily cause, a lower injury rate this coming season.
January 6, 2020
A few brief reports about international science and technology from Indonesia to Spain, including one from Brazil about the highest-voltage electric eel ever discovered.
January 4, 2020
In South Africa archaeologists found the charred remains of a roasted root vegetable. Christopher Intagliata reports.
January 3, 2020
Getting around the sun last year was some trip.
December 27, 2019
By comparing how DNA gets altered over the lifetimes of people and dogs, researchers came up with a new way to compare canine years to human years.
December 27, 2019
Research suggests people value gifts more when they have to unwrap them. But how do we avoid all the wasted paper? Christopher Intagliata reports.
December 25, 2019
Human hair tested stronger than thicker fibers from elephants, boars and giraffes, providing clues to materials scientists hoping to make superstrong synthetic fibers.
December 21, 2019
Certain species of bacteria and fungi seem to proliferate on dandruff-ridden scalps. The reason is a little more mysterious. Christopher Intagliata reports.
December 19, 2019
Tiger moth species that contain bad tasting and toxic compounds are nonchalant in the presence of bats, while edible moth species evade their predators.
December 19, 2019
In shallow waters off the coast of Israel, archaeologists have found entire villages—including one with a sunken seawall. Christopher Intagliata reports.  
December 15, 2019
Here’s an argument that citizen scientists deserve co-authorship on scientific journal papers to which they contributed research.
December 14, 2019
While some hydropower facilities release almost no greenhouse gases, others can actually be worse than burning fossil fuels.
December 12, 2019
People in certain ZIP codes are more likely to purchase products that flop, buy homes that are poor investments, and pick political candidates who lose. Christopher Intagliata reports.
December 12, 2019
Residents of an overwintering station in Antarctica provided linguists with evidence of the first small changes in speech that may signal the development of a new accent.
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