Science

5:01am

Mon December 15, 2014
Environment

Nations Agree To Deal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 7:16 am

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3:25am

Mon December 15, 2014
The Salt

Congress To Nutritionists: Don't Talk About The Environment

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 2:34 pm

A government-appointed group of top nutrition experts, assigned to lay the scientific groundwork for a new version of the nation's dietary guidelines, decided earlier this year to collect data on the environmental implication of different food choices.

Congress now has slapped them down.

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3:24am

Mon December 15, 2014
Shots - Health News

To Stop Teen Drinking Parties, Fine The Parents

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 4:53 pm

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

When it comes to teenage drinking, the typical venue is a party — where some teens play drinking games and binge. It may surprise you to learn that the majority of parents are aware that alcohol is flowing at these events.

On any given weekend, some teenagers receive three to four text messages about parties, says Bettina Friese, a public health researcher at the Prevention Research Center in Oakland, Calif.

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5:39pm

Sun December 14, 2014
Animals

More Than Just Cute, Sea Otters Are Superheroes Of The Marsh

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 11:28 am

This sea otter, about to eat a crab in the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, is cute, sure. But more importantly, it's indirectly combating some harmful effects of agricultural runoff and protecting the underwater ecosystem.
Rob Eby AP

On the roof of the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, Calif., in a large plastic tank, a sea otter mother named Abby floats with her adopted pup, known as 671.

For up to nine months, Abby will raise her little adoptee, and when 671 is ready, she will be released into a protected inland salt marsh called Elkhorn Slough, just off Monterey Bay.

That's where 671 will set to work to preserve the estuary, says Tim Tinker, who tracks otters for the U.S. Geological Survey.

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11:24am

Sun December 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Geminid Meteor Showers Light Up Both Hemispheres

The Geminid meteor shower above Skopje, Macedonia, on Saturday.
Robert AtanasovskiI AFP/Getty Images

The annual Geminid meteor shower dazzled Earthlings around the world late Saturday and early Sunday.

Pieces of gravel and dust from a "rock comet" called 3200 Phaethon shot across the sky and lit up discussion boards from NASA.gov to Twitter — for those who could tear their eyes away long enough to type.

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8:16am

Sun December 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Nations Salvage Deal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 3:07 pm

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal (center), Peru's environment minister, applauds on Saturday after delegates to the Lima climate conference agreed on a deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Kyodo /Landov

Updated at 11:00 a.m. ET

Representatives from around the world have reached the first-ever deal committing all nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but rejected a rigorous overview to monitor compliance.

The United Nations agreement was salvaged from talks that went into overtime and wrapped up 30 hours behind schedule, as negotiators from 196 countries struggled with determining who needed to cut and by how much.

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5:39am

Sun December 14, 2014
Goats and Soda

How Can You Tell If Your Goat Is Happy? Now We Know!

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 2:28 pm

A goat peeks its head through a wall in Dakar, Senegal.
Claire Harbage for NPR

Goats are having a moment, and we're not just saying that because our blog is called Goats and Soda.

There are nearly 900 million goats in the world today, up from 600 million in 1990. The reason for this goat spurt is the growing popularity of goat cheese, goat milk and goat meat.

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8:12am

Sat December 13, 2014
Animals

Electric Eels Jolt Their Prey By Remote Control

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 2:21 pm

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8:12am

Sat December 13, 2014
Humans

Scents Of The Season Speak Directly To Our Emotions

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 2:21 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The holidays can be hurried, harried and emotional, but hey - don't they smell great? Cinnamon, nutmeg and cocoa. Bayberry, holly and spruce.

We asked a few random people around town what they think the holidays smell like.

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8:12am

Sat December 13, 2014
Space

Geminids Promise A Light Show In The Night Sky

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 12:52 pm

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