This Thanksgiving, Struggling To Skip The Instagram Obsession

"What's the point of taking photos if you can't post them on social media?" "When is it OK to pull out your phone at the table?" and other questions for modern family get-togethers.

NASA Probe Prepares For Its Final Pass Around Ceres

The dwarf planet most recently is famous for the two mysterious, bright spots on its surface.

Thanksgiving Buzz: What Would Pilgrims Say About The Plight Of Bees?

When you sit down for your holiday dinner, you may want to give thanks to bees and other pollinators. Their health is tied to your food. What's behind the bee declines? Watch our video investigation.

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Plunging Oil Prices Force Producers To Lay Off Skilled Workers

Gasoline prices have been plunging this fall, which is great for consumers. But it has been very hard on oil producers, who have been laying off legions of skilled workers. To hang on to their key employees, some companies are offering unpaid sabbaticals or trimming pay across the board to reduce labor costs without layoffs. But for many employers, times are so hard that they have no choice but to keep cutting employee ranks.

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Climate Activists Scale Back Plans For U.N. Summit In Wake Of Paris Attacks

Environmental groups hoping to put pressure on delegates by staging rallies in the run up to and during the climate summit are rethinking plans after the recent attacks in Paris.

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Explaining Einstein's Theory Of General Relativity On Its 100th Birthday

Einstein's theory of general relativity turns 100 Wednesday. Astrophysicist Adam Frank tells us what this meant for science.

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Ecuador's Oil Bust Draws Parallels To 1990s Financial Crisis

Ecuador's economy is faltering thanks to a year of record low oil prices and fears of a "godzilla" El Niño forming in the Pacific Ocean. The situation is drawing bizarre parallels to the last major financial crisis to hit the small South American country in the late 1990s.

Busted: EPA Discovers Dow Weedkiller Claim, Wants It Off The Market

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to withdraw approval of a controversial herbicide made by Dow AgroSciences. The firm made conflicting claims to EPA and the Patent Office about the product.

Some Ancient Farmers Grew Fava Beans Before They Grew Grains

The fava bean is a key staple in much of the world. Researchers say they've found fava beans in the Galilee region of Israel dating over 10,000 years ago — before grains had been domesticated there.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

Stand Up. Right Now.

November 27, 2015
Josh Baldonado, an administrative assistant at Brown & Brown Insurance, works at a treadmill desk in the firms offices in Carmel, Ind., Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. (AP)

The end of sitting at work. A new call to get up off our chairs. To stand and move! We’ll look at how that works.

The Importance Of Friends And The Difficulty Keeping Them

November 26, 2015
Pinky swear (Pixabay)

A researcher who studies friendship explains its importance in human development and how it changes over time.

Slow And Steady Won The Long-Distance Race, And Fed Our Ancestors

November 26, 2015
Runner (Jim Larson/Flickr)

Humans can’t compare to other species when it comes to strength or speed, but our bodies are equipped for long-distance running.

Feasting On Fuel

November 26, 2015
Chard grows in vertical racks under LEDs at the Bright Agrotech warehouse in Laramie. (Stephanie Joyce/Wyoming Public Radio)

Up to a fifth of total U.S. energy use goes into growing, transporting, processing and eventually preparing our food.

Jewel: Still Singing Strong, Still ‘Never Broken’

November 26, 2015
Jewel performs in the On Point Studio on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. (Liz Gillis / WBUR)

Singer-songwriter Jewel asked “who will save your soul”? Now she’s talking about saving her own. We’ll talk to Jewel.

The Lunar Effect: Fact Or Fiction?

November 25, 2015
Full moon (Pixabay)

Tonight is a full moon, and it just might make you crazy. At least that’s what people have believed for millennia.

U.S. Government To Retire Its Research Chimps

November 19, 2015
Two-month-old chimpanzee Liwali is carried by her mother Lisa while inspecting Christmas gift-wrapped food treats and other tasty decorations left inside the exhibit in Sydney on December 9, 2014. The chimpanzees were quick to pounce on the festive-themed enrichment items prepared by keepers, showing off their natural foraging skills to uncover the food inside while some seemed just as happy playing with the cardboard box packaging. (William West/AFP/Getty Images)

All of the remaining research chimpanzees at will be moved to a sanctuary as soon as space can be found.

Miami's Boom (And Climate Doom?)

November 19, 2015
Beachgoers enjoy a day at Haulover Beach, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Climate change and Miami. We’ll look at the city’s booming real estate market and its future in a time of rising seas.

HIV, Sex And The Charlie Sheen Story

November 19, 2015
Actor Charlie Sheen appears during an interview, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 on NBC's "Today" in New York. In the interview, the 50-year-old Sheen said he tested positive four years ago for the virus that causes AIDS. (Peter Kramer/NBC via AP)

Actor Charlie Sheen announced he is HIV positive. So are nearly 40 million other people around the world. We’ll look at sex, new therapies, and HIV.

Testing Positive: Sobering Truths About Living With HIV

November 18, 2015
Michael Caron McGuill: "Young people with their lives ahead of them are acquiring HIV at unprecedented rates. They deserve to know the facts." Pictured: 
An unidentified medical clinician, left, performs an HIV blood test on a patient at a Planned Parenthood location in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

Young people with their lives ahead of them are acquiring HIV at unprecedented rates. They deserve to know the facts.

Folk Medicine’s Role In The Modern World

November 13, 2015
Lizard's tail, pictured here at Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, is a common wetland plant with anti-inflammatory properties. (nelag/Flickr)

Scientists are investigating whether any of the plants used in Cajun and Creole folk medicines might be helpful for treating diabetes.

Russia's Doping Scandal Has Global Sporting Consequences

November 12, 2015
Rusty Olympic rings decorate a fence outside the Russian Olympic committee building in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Russian track and field athletes could be banned from next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after a devastatingly critical report accused the country's government of complicity in widespread doping and cover-ups. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Russia gets called out on the global stage for doping its athletes. Widespread, big-time. It could get Russia banned from the Rio Olympics.

MIT Scientists Discover New Exoplanet

November 11, 2015
This artist'’s conception made by Dana Berry of SkyWorks and provided by NASA shows GJ 1132b, foreground, a rocky planet similar to the Earth in size and mass, orbiting a red dwarf star. (Dana Berry/SkyWorks/NASA via AP)

MIT researcher Zachory Berta-Thompson says this discovery is special because this exoplanet is one of the closest to Earth — only 39 light years away.

How Gene Editing Could Break The Rules Of Evolution

November 9, 2015
In this file photo from 2008, a researcher holds a test tube filled with stem cells. Editing of human embryo is raises ethical and legal questions in the United States. The U.S. government does not fund research on human embryonic stem cells.
(AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Human gene-editing is in the spotlight. We talk with young, superstar scientist Kevin Esvelt about the future of edited evolution.

Recreating Dinosaur Sounds With A Musical Twist

November 6, 2015
Courtney Brown plays "Rawr," the dinosaur skull she created as a way to replicate the sound of the Corythosaurus. (Photo courtesy of Sharif Razzaque)

Scientists have recreated dinosaur noises based on CT scans of fossils. That gave Courtney Brown an idea for a musical instrument.

Are Cityscapes Making Us Depressed?

November 5, 2015
A view of New York City. (basheertome/Flickr)

Environmental psychologist Colin Ellard says that boring cityscapes can contribute to stress, addiction and depression.

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