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Corn Variety Grabs Fertilizer from the Air

A variety of corn from Oaxaca, Mexico, has aerial roots that harbor nitrogen-fixing bacteria, allowing the corn to suck nitrogen straight from the air. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

August 7, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

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

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