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Stories by Cynthia Graber

Fire Cooked Up Early Human Culture

An anthropologist studying current hunter–gatherers finds that nighttime around the fire is when conversation turns from business to bonding. Cynthia Graber reports

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September 24, 2014 — Cynthia Graber

I Got Rhythm, I Got Reading

Kids who could keep a beat had superior skills related to reading and language than did those whose rhythm strayed. Cynthia Graber reports

 

September 23, 2014 — Cynthia Graber

Sack Sulfates to Preserve Sewers

Sulfates used in water treatment become sulfuric acid in our sewers, eating away at the concrete infrastructure. Cynthia Graber reports.  

 

August 21, 2014 — Cynthia Graber

Environment Has Beef with Beef

Raising beef uses 28 times more land, 11 times more water and six times more fertilizer than the average expenditures for other livestock. Cynthia Graber reports 

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August 1, 2014 — Cynthia Graber

Supercooled Organs Could Stretch Time to Transplant

Liver transplant time from human donor to patient is limited to 12 hours, but rats that got livers specially stored for three days were going strong three months later. Cynthia Graber reports 

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July 9, 2014 — Cynthia Graber

Neandertal Diners Had Side of Veggies

By analyzing what came out of Neandertals, researchers have verified that at least some of them mixed vegetation into their meaty diet. Cynthia Graber reports 

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June 27, 2014 — Cynthia Graber

European Invasion Changed Peru's Coastline

Sections of Peru's coastline were stabilized by the activities of indigenous people, the demise of whom following the Spanish invasion led to an alteration of the geography. Cynthia Graber reports

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May 27, 2014 — Cynthia Graber

Healthy Lung Microbes Keep Mice Breathing Easy

Like humans, mice start life with sterile lungs that soon get colonized by microbes, which appear to protect the lung tissue from an asthmalike reaction in the presence of dust mites. Cynthia Graber reports

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May 14, 2014 — Cynthia Graber

Lasers ID Insects by Wing Beats

Using laser sensing of insect wing beats, plus location and time of day, researchers report 99 percent accuracy identifying individuals in a group of six insect species. A future surveillance system would be of interest to farmers and insect-borne disease monitors...

May 7, 2014 — Cynthia Graber

Thieving Bird Apes Its Victims

The fork-tailed drongo can mimic the alarm calls of dozens of other species of animals, including nonbirds, to drive them off and steal their food. Cynthia Graber reports

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May 5, 2014 — Cynthia Graber

Bumper Corn Looks Dicey in Drought

Corn plants bred to be planted very close together thrive in good weather but appear to be particularly vulnerable to the droughts predicted in the coming decades. Cynthia Graber reports



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May 5, 2014 — Cynthia Graber

Snot Clouds Achieve Unexpected Buoyancy

Sneeze and cough particles form a cloud whose turbulence pulls in surrounding air, which allows the goop to maintain buoyancy and move farther than expected. Cynthia Graber reports

April 29, 2014 — Cynthia Graber
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