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Russian Media Condemn Paris Attacks — But Question Who Was Behind Them

A tabloid and a TV channel have given play to theories asking if Americans plotted the attacks. Also, some religious figures have said <i>Charlie Hebdo</i> staff brought the violence on themselves.<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>The string of attacks in France has gotten a lot of attention in Russia. Those …

Dinosaur-Era Fossil Shows Birds' Feathers Evolved Before Flight

An ancient bird ancestor from the dinosaur era sported feathers, but couldn't fly.<p>A beautifully preserved fossil <i>Archaeopteryx</i>, a famed flightless bird from the age of the dinosaurs, adds to the evidence that feathers evolved well ahead of the ability to fly.<p>Long seen as one of the first birds,</i> …

Why Theories On Black Holes Are Full Of Holes

Research indicates that black holes are more common than astronomers previously thought. (This piece initially aired on August 7, 2013, on <i>All Things Considered</i>).<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>Scientists announced, earlier this week, they had discovered three supermassive black holes orbiting close …

Prehistoric bones found in Spain are ancestors of Neanderthals

In a cave in northern Spain a team of scientists has retrieved the remains of 28 prehistoric humans, members of an enigmatic species that could be described as a little bit Neanderthal.They had Neanderthal faces, with heavy brows and protruding noses. They had powerful mandibles and mouths that …

10 False Science Facts Everyone Knows

When spouting off hazy facts, there's no better retort to a skeptical audience than calmly explaining that it's not just true -- it's …

Science

Newly discovered space rock could explain booming life on Earth

Scientists think they've found a fragment of the asteroid destroyer that sparked a crucial meteor shower 470 million years ago<p>Researchers in Sweden have found a new class of meteorite. And according to <i>LiveScience</i>, that discovery — published in <i>Earth and Planetary Science Letters</i> — may be the missing …

This Squirrel Breaks Record For Tail Size... And May Eat Deer's Hearts

It usually eats fruits and seeds, but it has been said to have a taste for blood.<p>Behold the tufted ground squirrel, one of the strangest tree-dwelling rodents found on Earth. Native to Borneo, it is rarely seen--one camera trap study in a park on the island turned up only one of these squirrels, …

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The Surprisingly Strong Case for Colonizing Venus

Science fiction writers have come up with a plausible scenario for a floating city above the fiery planet.<p>Why worry about building a colony on Mars when instead you could float one high above the surface of Venus? Science fiction writer Charles Stross recently revived the idea of building a …

Homni: The new superorganism taking over Earth

Is our species evolving into something new? Gaia Vince makes the provocative argument that humanity is transforming, and it is already having a huge effect on life on our planet.<p>In Ancient Greek mythology, the Earth Goddess Gaia had nine titan sons, who attempted to control not just the Earth, but …

Newly discovered planet is the most Earth-like yet, scientists say

Astronomers from the University of New South Wales in Australia have discovered a new planet that could be the most similar to the Earth ever observed.<p>The planet, dubbed Gliese 832c, is about 16 lightyears away and about five times the size of Earth. Astronomers said the planet orbits a red giant …

Two Glorious Science Experiments: One About Sex, The Other About Lunch

Done right, a good science experiment is simple, clear and revealing. Done splendidly, it's a tale you don't forget. Let's do the sex one first. It took place in Italy, in the 1760s, when a Catholic priest and scholar, Lazzaro Spallanzani, was thinking about sperm — which is why he decided to dress …

'Highly tuned' people react strongly to happy faces - Futurity

How your brain responds to happy and sad faces could be an indicator of how innately empathic you are.

How Sketchy Research Got Us All Eating Low Fat

Selective research and skewed results<p>As journalist Paul John Scott (not to be confused with John Paul Scott, the only Alcatraz inmate to conclusively reached San Francisco during an escape attempt) writes in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota bears the blame for the wrong-headed low-fat diet …

Scatological science: oldest human poop fossils no laughing matter | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Don’t laugh, but the discovery of the oldest known human poop is offering valuable scientific insight into the life of Neanderthals who lived in Spain some 50,000 years ago.<p>The El Salt archeological site, a known site of Neanderthal occupation in southern Spain that dates …

Black hole trio holds promise for gravity wave hunt

The discovery of three closely orbiting supermassive black holes in a galaxy more than four billion light years away could help astronomers in the …

Freaky Higgs Physics Suggests The Universe Shouldn't Exist

The universe shouldn't exist — at least according to a new theory.<p>Modeling of conditions soon after the Big Bang suggests the universe should have collapsed just microseconds after its explosive birth, the new study suggests.<p>"During the early universe, we expected cosmic inflation — this is a rapid …

Neanderthal feces: Coprolite study shows early humans ate meat and vegetables.

Everybody poops. As modern humans, our inclination is to flush it away, but luckily for archeologists, there was no plumbing in the Paleolithic era. …

Humanoid robots join staff at Tokyo science museum

Robot guides with uncannily lifelike characteristics are put to work showing visitors around science museum in Tokyo<p>She has long brown hair, twitches her eyebrows, sways her heads from side to side and uses her hands for emphasis<p>But despite her realistic appearance, she is in fact a hi-tech robot – …

Vampire Bats Gain the Taste of Blood, Lose Their Taste of Bitter

Changing Planet<p>A common vampire bat poses for the camera. Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic Creative<p><b>In gaining their taste for blood, vampire bats may have nearly lost their ability to taste bitter.</b><p>A new study in <i>Proceedings of the Royal Academy B</i> reveals that vampire bats, unlike …

Puzzling X-rays in Perseus might point to dark matter

Astronomers have detected a mysterious X-ray anomaly that might be a signal of dark matter, the elusive, invisible stuff that makes up most of our …

The Tinkerbell Fairyfly, also known as Tinkerbella nana, is one of the Top 10 New Species of 2014. Photograph by Jennifer Read. To see the full list of species, visit science.time.com.

10 Books That Could Change the Way You Understand Modern Cities

We have just entered the Urban Age, when the majority of the world's population lives in cities. Most of us may live in the metropolis, but these …

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From Utah Beach to Kabul: How Army gear changed since D-Day

At a distance, the two soldiers look pretty much the same. But up close, the parallels fall away as what was new and cutting edge in 1944 looks almost impossibly simple by comparison in 2014.<p>Today is June 6, the 70th anniversary of D-Day, perhaps the most important day in the history of American …

Military

Vermeer's paintings might be 350 year-old color photographs

<b>Tim Jenison</b>, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the art world: 
How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …