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Why Do Humans Have Chins? A Scientist Explains The 'Enduring Puzzle'

James Pampush devoted five years and his Ph.D. dissertation to one question: Why do homo sapiens have chins, when all of our evolutionary relatives don't? He tells NPR's Robert Siegel about "the enduring puzzle of the human chin."<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>And now the question that has really …


The secret history of GM’s Chinese bailout

When US taxpayers footed a $50 billion bill for the bailout of General Motors in 2009, few could have guessed that the biggest of the Detroit “Big Three” (GM, Chrysler, Ford) would go on to import Chinese cars to the United States. Yet just seven years after its publicly-funded and …

Health Care

You can now Google your home to see if you should go solar

Google has put itself on the map by funding more than $2 billion in renewable energy projects.<p>Now the search giant wants to map the amount of …

The Pope's Climate Change Message Is Lost on Americans

Pope Francis released a 180-page indictment of capitalism and climate change that has fallen, for the most part, on deaf ears in the U.S.<p>Just 31 …


Physicists have stranger ideas than the most preposterous Old Testament preacher

But in The Universe in Your Hand, Christophe Galfard takes the reader by the hand to explain quarks, gluons, parallel universes and exploding suns in a friendly, avuncular-vicar manner<p>Physicists have a nerve. I know one (I’ll call him Mark) who berates every religious person he meets, yet honestly …


By 2100, Earth Will Have an Entirely Different Ocean

A complete guide to the hotter, higher, trashier, fish-free oceans of the near future.<p>The ocean is in the midst of a radical, manmade change. It can seem kind of crazy that one of the most immense properties on Earth—the ocean washes over 71 percent of the planet—could be completely transformed by …

Climate Change