Science

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
Space

Geminids Promise A Light Show In The Night Sky

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

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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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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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6:25pm

Fri December 12, 2014
The Two-Way

Are Men Idiots Who Do Stupid Things? Study Says Yes

Charles Darwin, perhaps best known for his work on evolution, died at the age of 73 in 1882. He would not have been a candidate for the Darwin Awards.
AP

A new study shows what at least some of us might have suspected for a long time: Men are idiots and do stupid things.

That's the premise of the authors' Male Idiot Theory. The study, published in BMJ, the former British Medical Journal, looked at past winners of the Darwin Awards. The awards are given to those people who die in such an idiotic manner that "their action ensures the long-term survival of the species, by selectively allowing one less idiot to survive."

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10:46am

Fri December 12, 2014
The Two-Way

Chicago's Orphaned Otter 'Pup 681' Gets A Real Name

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 2:15 pm

"Pup 681" during a feeding at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.
Brenna Hernandez Shedd Aqarium

An orphaned southern sea otter pup that was rescued from the California coast and ended up at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium might well be over the moon about her new name: Luna.

The otter had been designated "Pup 681" by the aquarium, which held a contest to name her. More than 10,000 votes were cast, and the name Luna beat out Cali, Ellie, Poppy and Ana.

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9:27am

Fri December 12, 2014
The Two-Way

Climate Sticking Point: Who Cuts And By How Much?

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 2:37 pm

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a speech Thursday at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. A major sticking point remains over how to divide greenhouse emissions targets.
Rodrigo Abd AP

U.N. talks on global warming are wrapping up in Peru, but a divide between rich and poor countries and how to divvy up targets to reduce greenhouse gases is a key sticking point that has remained unresolved.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has acknowledged that the issue is "hard fought and ... complex," but he says it is crucial that the targets be agreed on before next year's summit in Paris. The talks in Peru end today.

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9:06am

Fri December 12, 2014
TED Radio Hour

What Does It Take To Bring Transparency To Medicine?

Leana Wen on stage at the TEDMED conference.
Sandy Huffaker for TEDMED TEDMED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Courage.

About Leana Wen's TED Talk

Doctors in the U.S. don't have to tell patients about conflicts of interest. When physician Leana Wen asked her fellow doctors to open up, the reaction she got was frightening.

About Leana Wen

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6:34am

Fri December 12, 2014
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Do People Like To Think?

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 5:37 pm

Visitors look at the restored statue The Thinker by Auguste Rodin at the Singer Laren museum in 2011.
Toussaint Kluiters AFP/Getty Images

When I was a kid, I used to lie in bed at night listening to Mets games on the transistor radio, or to the top 40. Sunday evenings were hard because there was no baseball and most of the music stations went to talk.

As I got older, I came to take comfort in the talk. I learned to love Father Bill Ayers' call-in show late on New York's WPLJ.

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