Amalie Aspinwall

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Why does Stephen Hawking think science has overtaken philosophy?

Stephen Hawking uses his new book, The Grand Design, to admonish philosophers for failing to keep up. My question is: is this really about keeping up? Hawking believes that since science has so far outstripped philosophy it is time for the thinkers to leave the field to the guys with the …

Nighttime Lights Reset Birds' Internal Clocks, Threatening Dawn's Chorus

Brighter nights shift hormones and other biological cues for mating, singing, and finding food.<p>Streetlights and the light from shopping centers, stadiums, and houses turn night into day, a "loss of night" that is shifting the internal clocks of birds worldwide. Now, scientists are trying to …

Blue whales of California are back to historical levels, study finds

Good news, whale lovers: A new analysis suggests that there are as many blue whales living off the coast of California as there were before humans started hunting them to near extinction 110 years ago.<p>Today, there are roughly 2,200 blue whales who range from Mexico in the south to Alaska in the …

The Science of Your Brain on Alcohol, Animated

In a sequel to their animated explanation of what marijuana does to your brain, the creative duo behind AsapSCIENCE — who have previously illuminated such enigmas as the science of lucid dreaming, how music enchants the brain, the neurobiology of orgasms, and the science of procrastination — …

At 60 Tons, This Dinosaur Feared Nothing

Researchers have dug up the skeleton of one of the largest animals to have ever walked the earth. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to Matt Lamanna, who was part of the research team that made the discovery.<p>Transcript<p>LYNN NEARY, HOST:<p>You might have heard this past week about a newly discovered dinosaur. …

FYI: Are People Born With A Tolerance For Spicy Food?

Or is it an acquired taste?<p>Spice tolerance: Is it nature or nurture? As with most things, it's a little bit of both.<p>To really understand how spice tolerance works, you have to know the basics of taste perception. "What people call taste is actually flavor," explains Dr. Bruce Bryant of the Monell …

Plastic Microparticles Found In Beers

Pollution shows up at the pub.<p>Beer lovers: there may be more to your brew than dazzling citrus overtones or a subtle chocolatey aroma.<p>The authors of a new study went to a local supermarket in Germany and picked up 24 brands of beer, including the 10 most popular in the country. In the lab, they …

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