Science

5:24am

Mon July 13, 2015
Shots - Health News

Should More Women Give Birth Outside The Hospital?

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 12:48 pm

Katherine Streeter for NPR

A recent recommendation from doctors in the United Kingdom raised eyebrows in the United States: The British National Health Service says healthy women with straightforward pregnancies are better off staying out of the hospital to deliver their babies.

That's heresy, obstetrician Dr. Neel Shah first thought. In the United States, 99 percent of babies are born in hospitals.

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8:11am

Sat July 11, 2015
Shots - Health News

Trying To Remember Multiple Things May Be The Best Way To Forget Them

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 2:35 pm

Leigh Wells Ikon Images/Getty Images

Our days are full of things to remember, and they don't always arrive in an orderly fashion. Perhaps you begin your commute home and remember that you need to pick up milk. But then immediately, another to-do springs to mind: You never called back your friend last week. You may try to hold both in your head, but in the end the milk, the phone call or both still sometimes fall away, forgotten.

A new scientific model of forgetting is taking shape, which suggests keeping multiple memories or tasks in mind simultaneously can actually erode them.

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7:45am

Sat July 11, 2015
Animals

For This Tarantula-Killing Wasp, Dinner's A Meal Best Served Living

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 10:38 am

Meal time for one species probably means sleepless nights for others.
Debbie Hall Flickr

It's been wet in Texas this year — exceptionally wet, as a matter of fact. With record amounts of rain, Texas is more than a little hot, green and rife with happy insects.

Take the tarantula hawk, for example. In case you've never heard of it, it's a wasp that's so big, and so nasty, that it attacks tarantulas — who happen to be quite big and nasty themselves.

So, what does a happy tarantula hawk look like? Ben Hutchins, an invertebrate biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, takes NPR's Wade Goodwyn through all the gruesome wasp-on-tarantula details.

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7:45am

Sat July 11, 2015
Music

Classical Composers' Feathered Influences

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 10:38 am

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

Transcript

WADE GOODWYN, HOST:

Time now for some "Talkin' Birds."

(SOUNDBITE OF RADIO SHOW, "TALKIN' BIRDS")

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: It's a bird show. I like that. I love birds.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds.

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7:01pm

Fri July 10, 2015
Goats and Soda

Cholera Vaccine Protects Whole Community, Even Unvaccinated

A family receives treatment for cholera at a clinic run by Doctors Without Borders in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in October 2011, a year after the overwhelming outbreak began.
Ramon Espinosa AP

It's about the size of an "energy shot." You take it just like a shot of whiskey — bottoms up.

But this little ounce-and-a-half of liquid is more potent than caffeine or alcohol.

It's a cheap, oral vaccine against cholera. It could prevent deadly outbreaks, like the current one in Haiti that has killed nearly 10,000 people.

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5:48pm

Thu July 9, 2015
The Salt

Buzz Kill For Bumblebees: Climate Change Is Shrinking Their Range

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 2:54 pm

A bumblebee collects pollen from a flower. New evidence suggests climate change has left bumblebees with a shrinking range of places to live.
Yuri Kadobnovy AFP/Getty Images

There's new evidence that wild bees, some of nature's most industrious pollinators of wildflowers and crops, are getting squeezed by our planet's changing climate.

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5:11pm

Thu July 9, 2015
Science

Study Finds Most Ants In A Colony Are Slackers

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 6:26 pm

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

4:31pm

Thu July 9, 2015
Pop Culture

Tom Selleck Accused Of Stealing Water For California Ranch

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 3:03 pm

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

Transcript

KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

Now we bring you the story of an investigation. Cue the "Magnum, P.I." music...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MAGNUM, P.I. THEME")

MCEVERS: ...Because yes, this involves the famously mustachioed star of the '80s series, Tom Selleck.

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4:23pm

Thu July 9, 2015
Goats and Soda

From Pygmy Hunting Songs To Taylor Swift, What Makes Music Universal

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 9:57 am

Even if you don't speak their language, you can likely communicate with these musicians through song and dance: Men from Papua New Guinea; Wiz Khalifa at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards; and Japanese dancers at the Daihanya Festival in Kagoshima City.
Ness Kerton/AFP/Getty Images; Ethan Miller/AFP/Getty Images; iStockphoto

10:18am

Thu July 9, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

'Skyfaring': The Poetry And Science Of Air Travel

Storms over the Bay of Bengal.
Courtesy of Mark Vanhoenacker

In an episode of the Netflix program Sense8, the character Capheus suddenly finds himself an aircraft passenger alongside Riley, another "sensate" to whom he is mysteriously connected emotionally. Flying from London to Reykjavik, Riley is bored, her eyes dulled even as spectacular white clouds drift past her window. Capheus, who lives in Nairobi and has never before traveled by air, is thunderstruck by Riley's refusal to grasp how lucky she is to be dwelling in these skies.

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