Helene Marcantonio

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Are Science And Truth At Odds?

Last week, <i>New York Times</i> science writer George Johnson wrote a very disturbing piece concerning the apparent loss of credibility science is now facing with the public at large.<p>Creationism, the anti-vaccine movement, resistance to genetically modified crops, cellphone radio waves, fluoridation, the …

It Took A Musician's Ear To Decode The Complex Song In Whale Calls

<i>Humpback whales don't just sing songs — they compose</i> <i>with the whales around them, singing a song that evolves over time. Scientists didn't know that until they started recording whale sounds in the 1960s and spent years listening. The evolution of this "culture of listening" among researchers is the</i> …

Flute

Pictures: The World's Tigers—There Are Only 3,200 Left in the Wild

Pictures to commemorate International Tiger Day showcase Asia's most iconic cat—which is perilously at risk of extinction.

Making contact with alien worlds could make us care more about our own

Stephen Hawking launches $100m search for alien life beyond solar system<p>Read more<p>The scientific search for extraterrestrial civilisations has languished for more than a decade, as the hunt for habitable planets and simpler forms of life has thrived. Nasa’s stunningly successful Kepler mission has …

Universe

A Common Hospital Infection May be Coming To Us From Food

One of the most common and troubling infections that occur in healthcare may come from an unexpected source, according to a new paper: from food. Yet because it is not one of the bacteria that we think of as disease-causing foodborne organisms, the size of the threat it poses, and the way it …

Public Health

Dumbledores and Bumblebees

Wildlife<p>It may interest you to know that one of this generation’s most iconic characters, Dumbledore, takes his name from an Old English term for the bumblebee. It’s easy to see why J.K. Rowling could be so inspired, bumblebees never seem incessantly busy like their honey-crazed counterparts and …

Ecology

Reduce, Reuse, Remove The Cellophane: Recycling Demystified

It's easy to think we're being virtuous when we fill up the blue recycling bin and put it on the curb. But it's clear we have embraced some magical thinking when it comes to what can be recycled.<p><i>Morning Edition</i> asked its social media followers to share what puzzles them the most about the recycling …

Sustainability

One by One, Food Companies Pledge to Quit Animal Testing

Executives at pasta giant Barilla recently made a surprising announcement: The company will ban animal testing throughout its operations immediately, and plans to require members of its supply chain to do the same.<p>“We believe, big time, that this is the right commitment,” says Luca Virginio, chief …

Agriculture

'Go Set A Watchman' Is A Revelation On Race, Not A Disappointment

<i>Editor's note: spoilers ahead.</i><p>I don't remember how old I was when I read <i>To Kill A Mockingbird</i> for the first time. But I do know that I loved it — which is why I was thrilled in February at the news that another manuscript penned by Harper Lee, previously unknown to the larger public, existed and …

Two for the price of one: The unique binary system of Pluto and Charon

NASA’s New Horizons is described as a mission to Pluto, but one of the reasons the dwarf planet is so fascinating to scientists is that it’s part of the only known binary system in our solar system.<p>In a binary system, both members of the pair orbit around a common center of gravity. Earth is about …

Pluto: What have we learned so far?

<b>Now that the New Horizons probe has successfully flown past Pluto and confirmed to Nasa that it is all in one piece, researchers can look forward to a "waterfall" of images and data from the strange, distant world over the next 16 months. But even though just a couple of pictures from the dwarf</b> …

Pluto New Horizons mission: what happens next?

When did the mission begin?<p>New Horizons blasted off in January 19 2006, and was the fastest launch recorded, reaching speeds of over 36,000 miles per hour. The spacecraft passed the Moon after just nine hours, around eight times quicker than the Apollo programme, and reached Jupiter the following …

Solar System

Starlings on Prozac: How pharmaceuticals may affect wildlife

A study recently published in the peer-reviewed journal, <i>Current Biology,</i> revealed that some psychiatric pharmaceuticals commonly used to treat depression and Parkinson’s disease significantly alter human behaviour (doi:10.1016/j.cub.2015.05.021). In that report, the authors found that just one dose …

Neuroscience

21 IKEA Nightstand Hacks Your Bedroom Needs

Has anyone solved the mystery of why nightstands are so expensive? Yes, we need them for keeping all our lotions, books and chargers neatly stored away, but when you have to buy two of them you don’t want to spend an exorbitant amount. IKEA comes to the rescue with their simple and universally …

Home Decorating

Making Connections at Machu Picchu

You’ve probably seen this before.<p>It’s what everyone pictures when they think of <b>Machu Picchu</b>—the verdant network of stone terraces, temples, and open-walled houses; the soaring peaks of Huayna Picchu framing the dramatic scene.<p>When I arrived at Peru’s “lost” Inca citadel in the clouds, I was …

Travel Photography