Science

3:07pm

Wed April 30, 2014
The Salt

Smiting The Mite To Save The Bees (And The Crops They Pollinate)

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 5:05 pm

Wild bees, such as this Andrena bee visiting highbush blueberry flowers, play a key role in boosting crop yields.
Left photo by Rufus Isaac/AAAS; Right photo courtesy of Daniel M.N. Turner

How do you like them apples, apricots, blueberries, almonds and peaches? They all depend on bees for pollination.

But over the last several years, a massive number of bee colonies have died, putting beekeepers, farmers and scientists in a bit of a panic.

They've come up with a lot of reasons why colonies are collapsing and dwindling.

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2:25pm

Wed April 30, 2014
The Two-Way

A Whale Of A Problem: Town Faces Threat Of Exploding Carcass

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 10:04 am

A blue whale carcass washed up last week in Trout River, Newfoundland, Canada.
Don Bradshaw Courtesy of Don Bradshaw/NTV News

People of the small Canadian town of Trout River, Newfoundland, have a big problem that just might blow up in their faces: what to do with a giant blue whale carcass that washed up on the beach and that some say threatens to spontaneously combust.

The 80-foot-long whale appeared on the beach in the town of about 600 people a week ago. Since then, the mass of rotting blubber has become bloated with combustible methane gas and, to put it delicately, is "emitting a powerful stench."

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12:10pm

Wed April 30, 2014
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

One Universe, One Life: A Conjecture

An artist's impression of a trio of super-Earths discovered with the ESO's 3.6-m telescope at La Silla, Chile.
Illustration ESO

Opening Disclaimer 1: Although there may be more than one universe, as per the hypothetical multiverse, we will humbly submit to our own bubble of information, the sphere with a radius equal to the distance light has traveled since the beginning of time some 13.8 billion years ago. Factoring in the expansion of the universe, this radius is about 46 billion light years.

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12:08pm

Wed April 30, 2014
Shots - Health News

To Get Help From A Little Kid, Ask The Right Way

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 7:31 am

Need a hand with those dishes?
iStockphoto

Motivating children to stop playing and help out with chores isn't exactly an easy sell, as most parents and teachers will attest. But how you ask can make all the difference, psychologists say.

If you say something like, "Please help me," the kids are more likely to keep playing with their Legos. But ask them, "Please be a helper," and they'll be more responsive, researchers report Wednesday in the journal Child Development.

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7:45am

Wed April 30, 2014
Environment

Concerns Raised Over Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 8:22 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And the U.S. may soon be a big exporter of natural gas. Some say that would boost America's economy and its strength on the world stage. But there are also worries that environmental risks presented by this new industry are not being taken seriously enough. NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports.

ELIZABETH SHOGREN, BYLINE: Right now the U.S. doesn't export natural gas overseas but companies are eager to convert existing import terminals to export instead in places like Lusby, Maryland, where Sue and Dale Allison live.

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7:19am

Wed April 30, 2014
All Tech Considered

Innovation: A Gadget That Scrambles The Egg Inside The Shell

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 5:08 pm

The Golden Goose will retail for around $24.
Courtesy Y Line Product Design

In our "Weekly Innovation" blog series, we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Submit with this form.

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5:14pm

Tue April 29, 2014
Shots - Health News

Mom's Diet Right Before Pregnancy Can Alter Baby's Genes

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 9:59 am

Even before you were a twinkle in your mom's eye, what she ate — and didn't eat enough of — may have helped shape you.
George Marks Getty Images

Pregnant women have heard it time and time again: What you eat during those nine months can have long-term effects on your child's health.

Heck, one study even found that when pregnant women eat a diverse diet, the resulting babies are less picky in the foods they choose.

So what about mom's eating habits before she even knows she's pregnant?

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4:24pm

Tue April 29, 2014
Law

High Court Ruling Revives Law Against Out-Of-State Pollution

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 12:07 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. Some communities are unlucky recipients of air pollution that blows in from other states and today, those areas got good news by way of a Supreme Court ruling. It revives a major air pollution rule that was knocked down by a lower court. NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports it's another big victory for the Environmental Protection Agency.

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4:24pm

Tue April 29, 2014
Around the Nation

Farmers And Frackers Wrangle For Water In Shadow Of Calif. Drought

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 7:40 pm

California's drought has developed an interesting relationship between farmers and oilers: California oil wells produce more water than oil, and Chevron filters that water and sells it to a local water district. Interest in the technology is growing in the Central Valley, but high costs and uneasy relations between oil and agriculture might get in the way.

2:33pm

Tue April 29, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

Plants Talk. Plants Listen. Here's How

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 10:06 am

Robert Krulwich NPR

They don't have eyes. Or ears. Or what we would call a nervous system. But plants can talk. And they listen. Let me show you how.

First, we'll need a plant eater. This one's perfect: It's an aphid, a hungry little critter who loves to munch on fresh, green leaves ...

Next, we arrange lunch. We choose a bunch of young, healthy bean plants with lots of broad, green leaves ...

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