Chris Mursu

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Starbucks should stick to coffee and leave guns alone

Tuesday's letter from the Starbucks CEO asking gun owners to leave their guns at home is political and horribly misguided<p>We all mourn the events at Washington's Navy Yard on Monday that left 13 people dead, but knee-jerk reactions like that of Starbucks are not effective.<br>After three years of …

30 minutes of exercise better for weight loss than longer workouts

A short daily workout of just 30 minutes a day can help dieters lose more weight than exercising for an hour, scientists have found.<p>For anyone wanting to lose weight, you may need to exercise less than you thought.<p>A new study has found that people who exercised for just half an hour a day lost a …

My Chupacabra

At the young age of 10, my father felt like I was ready for my first deer hunt after years of observing wildlife as they moved about the ranch. Armadillos digging in the sand, opossums maneuvering through fallen leaves, deer quietly and gracefully making their way to the watering hole, as well as …

Cryptozoology

Sarah Colwill Speaks Out About Foreign Accent Syndrome In BBC Documentary 'The Woman Who Woke Up Chinese'

When Sarah Colwill, 38, was hospitalized for an intense migraine in 2010, she awoke to an astounding sound—her voice.<p>Her familiar English accent had been replaced by what sounded like a poor impression of a Chinese person, leaving doctors scratching their heads.<p>Her predicament was a side effect of …

Man who released 1,000 crickets in his garden receives police warning

A plant scientist who released 1,000 foreign crickets into his garden because he liked the sound they made has been given a warning by police for endangering native wildlife.<p>Daniel Emlyn-Jones, 40, bought the insects online and set them loose in his suburban Oxford back yard in July so their gentle …

Wildfires Consume Funds Flagged for Prevention

This year, the U.S. Forest Service has spent hundreds of millions of dollars fighting wildfires, cutting into funds originally set aside to prevent them. Fire historian Steve Pyne compares the way we manage fires today to how we manage health—focused on emergencies, and not prevention.<p>Transcript<p>IRA …

Do Your Gut Bacteria Influence Your Metabolism?

In a new study, researchers were able to make mice lean or obese by altering their gut bacteria. Jeffrey Gordon, an author of the study, discusses how the interaction between diet and the microbial community in our gut influences our health.<p>Transcript<p>IRA FLATOW, HOST:<p>This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I am …

City mouse vs. country mouse: Study finds urban animals develop larger brains

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Teen suffers apparent wolf attack at north central Minn. campsite

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Scientists Put A 'Sixth Sense' For Numbers On Brain Map

One of the most famous scenes in the movie <i>Rain Man</i> unfolds when a waitress drops a box of toothpicks on the floor. Dustin Hoffman's character, Ray, takes a look and says, "82, 82, 82." He quickly sums the numbers, declaring, "Of course, 246 total."<p>It was almost if Ray had a sense about how many …

New Giant Volcano Below Sea Is Largest in the World

Tamu Massif in the northwest Pacific challenges traditional views of ocean science.<p><b>A volcano the size of New Mexico or the British Isles has been identified under the Pacific Ocean, about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) east of Japan, making it the biggest volcano on Earth and one of the biggest in</b> …

New Cosmic Mystery: Butterfly Nebulae Align

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>This mosaic shows a selection of stunning images of butterfly-shaped planetary nebulae taken by Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; NGC 6302: NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team; NGC 6881: ESA/Hubble & NASA; NGC 5189: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team …

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A GPS-Tracked Prairie Chicken Has Wandered 1,180 Miles Since April

The winding journeys of prairie chicken No. 112 make your Fitbit step count look like chump change.<p>A female prairie chicken is putting all other summer road trips to shame. Her circular jaunts around Iowa and Missouri added up to 1,180 miles between April and August--more than 200 miles a …

Idaho faces risk of 'explosive fire growth' as 34 wildfires rage nationwide

Near historic droughts have led to dozens of wildfire breakouts in Western states, leaving firefighters struggling to battle flames threatening homes and inching closer to populated areas from Alaska down to Arizona.<p>The National Weather Service warned early Friday that gusting winds and “very low” …