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Birds Learn Safety from Other Kinds of Birds

Birds become good at avoiding danger by eavesdropping on the alarm calls of other birds—and the learning occurs without even seeing their peers or predators. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

August 2, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Out with the Bad Science

NPR science journalist Richard Harris talks about his book, Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope and Wastes Billions.

August 2, 2018 — Steve Mirsky

Microbes Share Your Morning Metro Commute


An analysis of the Hong Kong metro found microbes, including some with antibiotic resistance genes, freshly disperse throughout the system each day. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

August 1, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Mouth Sets Healing Standard

Certain proteins that coordinate the healing response are present at higher levels in oral tissue—meaning wounds in the mouth fix faster. Christopher Intagliata reports.

July 29, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Ancient Tooth Tartar Traps Clues to Iron Age Diet

By analyzing the proteins in ancient dental plaque, archaeologists determined that British menus almost three millennia ago featured milk, oats and peas. Christopher Intagliata reports.

July 24, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Why Nature Prefers Couples, Even for Yeast

Some species have the equivalent of many more than two sexes, but most do not. A new model suggests the reason depends on how often they mate

July 20, 2018 — Jordana Cepelewicz and Quanta Magazine

Astronomy Tool Helps ID Sharks

Shark researchers used a system for recognizing patterns in star field photographs to identify whale sharks, which have individual spot patterns.

July 19, 2018 — Annie Sneed

Moths Evade Bats with Slight of Wing

Some moth species have evolved long wing tails that flutter and twist as the moth flies, which distract hungry bats. Christopher Intagliata reports.

July 16, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata