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
(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
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
Watering your lawn or washing your car may become a lot more expensive. State regulators have approved new fines aimed at water wasters, hoping the penalties will lead to a reduction in water use.
Activists are hoping local residents will do what state legislators haven’t done -- shut down the controversial oil production technique known as hydraulic fracturing.
Planetary scientist Alan Stern is counting down the days — just 365 of them now. He's spent the past 8 1/2 years waiting for the New Horizons spacecraft to make a close encounter with Pluto. Next year, on July 14, the spacecraft will reach its destination. "Not only did we choose ...Read More
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Stanford scientist Sue McConnell will receive $1 million over the next five years to sustain a program that teaches biology seniors to communicate science to the public through art.
In case you missed the buzz on Facebook, scientists recently determined that "beer goggles" do in fact exist, though not precisely in the way we thought. Consuming alcohol, it seems, tends to elevate desire and reduce inhibitions more than alter our actual perception of another person's attractiveness. But there's another ...Read More
Most of us have heard about good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. But it's not the cholesterol that causes harm, it's the particles that carry it. And routine blood tests don't measure them.
(Getty Images) New research from Stanford shows that physical activity — or lack thereof — may be a bigger driver of the obesity epidemic than diet is. The rate of Americans reporting inactivity has skyrocketed. The researchers looked at national survey results of people's health habits — including diet and exercise — from ...Read More
Polar ice sheets are shrinking, sea level is rising and 44% of the world's population lives within 90 miles of the sea in the coastal zone. Oceanographer John Englander's addressed these topics in a recent talk, "Melting Ice, Rising Seas, and Shifting Shorelines: the New Normal" at the Aquarium of the Bay.
Community-supported fisheries seek to reverse the trend of diminishing local seafood supplies.
Because of heavy logging in the 1800s and early 1900s, only about five percent of the old-growth redwoods remain, with much of that acreage in state and national parks. Now they face another threat: poachers.
Scientists may have identified the source of the Pacific Northwest's legendary rich waters, in a submarine canyon in the deep ocean. ...Read More
The Obama administration dropped the proverbial climate change bomb earlier this month when it announced a groundbreaking plan, without congressional approval, to significantly reduce the nation's carbon emissions over the next 15 years. Cartoon journalist Andy Warner explains what the new rules set out to do. View as slideshow Andy ...Read More
Bear, the narcoleptic dog who stole the heart of a Stanford specialist in the disease, has died.
Rising seas will likely lead to unprecedented flooding along parts of California's coast within 20-60 years, according to a new report.