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An intrepid bird called the red knot migrates from the southern tip of South America to the Arctic and back every year. But changes in climate along its route are putting this ultramarathoner at risk. The federal government has proposed to list the red knot as threatened on the ...Read More
In late July and August, something remarkable happens in the air above Lake Murray in South Carolina. Around sunset, hundreds of thousands of purple martins come streaming toward the center of the lake from every direction, swirling together in a massive flock that darkens the sky. After an hour ...Read More
A story that ran last Sunday on All Things Considered about a sixth-grader's science fair project has elicited not just criticism but controversy. Since the student's project built on the work of scientists, she's been accused this week of being a "plagiarist" who "ripped off" earlier work. We ...Read More
Underwater mountain sides in the Verde Island Passage highlight the dive sites' diverse landscapes. (Photo courtesy of Cal Academy of Sciences)By Tara Golshan For seven weeks earlier this year, a group of scientists from the California Academy of Sciences were in the Philippines on a mission to see what ...Read More
Astronomers have a mystery on their hands. Two large radio telescopes, on opposite sides of the planet, have detected very brief, very powerful bursts of radio waves. Right now, astronomers have no idea what's causing these bursts or where they're coming from. And nothing has been ruled out at the moment ...Read More
OR-7 has at least three pups that he and a mate are raising in the Cascade Range of southern Oregon.
KQED and the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University have partnered to demystify the topic of energy in a new two-part iBooks Textbook series and iTunes U course.
The Richmond City Council is considering Chevron's plans for a $1 billion project at its refinery there. If it's approved, this is one of the last steps before construction on the project would actually begin.
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This screen shot from Blitzortung.org shows lightning strikes in North America. Click on the image to go to the site. The Oakland A's ballpark, already afflicted by intermittent sewage problems, was cursed early this morning by lightning, which brought down power lines and caused a brief power outage. PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian ...Read More
This week, All Things Considered is exploring how people interpret probability. What does it mean to us, for example, when a doctor says an operation has a 70 percent chance of success? One of the most common encounters with percent probabilities has to do with weather. Take ...Read More
What happens to the river ecosystem when tons of coal ash gets mixed into the layer of sediment on the river bottom? Photo credit: Pete Harrison, Waterkeeper Alliance. QUEST North Carolina's Daniel Lane contributed to this article. On a Sunday in February in Eden, North Carolina, a sinkhole formed in the ...Read More
(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) by Seth Borenstein AP WASHINGTON (AP) — The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month's average global temperature was 61.2 degrees, which is ...Read More
Weather experts say the next couple of weeks could be some of the worst in state history for wildfires caused by lightning strikes.
(Getty Images) By David Gorn, California Healthline State officials on Friday said they have not determined whether or not to offer applied behavior analysis (ABA therapy) as a Medi-Cal benefit to children with autism. Federal officials earlier this month issued guidance on the subject, saying it is covered for ...Read More
When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad. Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away ...Read More
In November of 1969, astronaut Alan Bean became the fourth man to walk on the moon. His mission, Apollo 12, arrived at the moon a few months after Apollo 11 made the first moon landing. That historic event celebrates its 45th anniversary Sunday. Apollo 12 got off to a dramatic start: ...Read More
An audacious quest to reconnect with a vintage NASA spacecraft has suffered a serious setback and is now pretty much over. The satellite launched in 1978 and has been in a long, looping orbit around the sun for about three decades. Earlier this year, NPR told you about an effort to ...Read More
More than 80% of California is now in severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. (Courtesy of U.S. Drought Monitor) A day after the U.S. Drought Monitor reported that more than 80% of the state is now experiencing extreme drought, the federal government is giving the state $9.7 million. ...Read More
Brace yourselves. There is a serious problem taking shape in the Sierra Nevada (but on occasion, it's seriously cute, too.) Nevada Department of Wildlife Conservation Aid Cooper Munson holds two of three black bear cubs captured and safely released on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of NDOWDrought bear cubs. On Wednesday, Nevada Department of ...Read More