Science

5:42pm

Thu July 30, 2015
The Salt

Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

Mineral supplements, ape-style: A female chimp called Kana eats clay in the Budongo Forest of Uganda.
A.Schel Budongo Conservation Field Station/Animal Ecology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Chimpanzees are like us in many ways. They can cook, they enjoy a good drink here and there, they share about 95 percent of our DNA.

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4:34pm

Thu July 30, 2015
Environment

AP Study Finds Viruses Linked To Raw Sewage In Rio De Janeiro Olympic Waters

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 6:05 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

4:33pm

Thu July 30, 2015
World

Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 5:27 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

4:31pm

Thu July 30, 2015
Energy

Shell Announces Plans To Eliminate 6,500 Jobs

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 5:59 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

3:16pm

Thu July 30, 2015
The Two-Way

Experts: Flight MH370 Debris Could Have Reached Western Indian Ocean

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 4:00 pm

Chart showing main ocean currents.
American Meteorological Society

An expert in ocean circulation tells NPR's Geoff Brumfiel that it is "highly likely" that currents in the Indian Ocean could have carried debris from the presumed crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 off Australia's west coast to Reunion Island near Madagascar.

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2:22pm

Thu July 30, 2015
The Two-Way

Scientists Urge Ban On Salamander Imports To U.S. To Keep Fungus At Bay

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 3:12 pm

The Ensatina salamander, a lungless species common along the U.S. West Coast, is one of hundreds of species of salamanders endemic to North America threatened by an emerging infectious pathogen.
Courtesy of Tiffany Yap

Scientists are calling for an immediate ban on live salamander imports in the U.S. to try to prevent the spread of a fungal disease that could potentially devastate wild North American salamanders.

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8:30am

Thu July 30, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Raising Voices For Cecil The Lion

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 2:09 pm

Cecil the lion's slaughter at the hands of trophy hunters in Zimbabwe has lit up the Internet and social media with protest and outrage in recent days.

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5:07am

Thu July 30, 2015
Shots - Health News

Close Listening: How Sound Reveals The Invisible

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 3:53 pm

Hanna Barczyk for NPR

Over the years, scientists have mostly interpreted the world through what they can see. But in the past few decades, a culture of listening has blossomed, especially among biologists who seek to understand how animals communicate. This week Morning Edition embarks on a weekly summer series called Close Listening: Decoding Nature Through Sound. We begin with an innovation that transformed medicine by searching sounds for clues to illness and health.

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5:50pm

Wed July 29, 2015
The Two-Way

SpaceShipTwo 'Pilot Was Thrown From The Vehicle' High In Atmosphere

A photo released by Virgin Galactic shows a badly injured SpaceShipTwo pilot Peter Siebold drifting under his parachute after last October's accident that destroyed the spacecraft during a test flight.
Mark Greenberg Virgin Galactic

The dramatic failure of a test flight by Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket last October cost the co-pilot his life and left the pilot severely injured. New data from investigators suggest that the pilot survived in part because the craft essentially came apart around him.

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5:12pm

Wed July 29, 2015
The Salt

Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 7:56 pm

Lake herring roe at the Dockside Fish Market in Grand Marais, Minn. Some workers at the market call it "Lake Superior Gold."
Derek Montgomery for NPR

Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world, by surface area, and it has something the other Great Lakes do not: stable populations of mostly native fish species.

But scientists say a key fish in Superior's food web is now in trouble because of mild winters and an appetite for caviar in Europe.

There wasn't much demand for lake herring 10 years ago. It used to be fed to mink and used as fertilizer, according to Craig Hoopman, a commercial fisherman in Wisconsin who fishes around Lake Superior's Apostle Islands.

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