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Sit Down, Plug In And Travel The World Through Sound

You can travel the world without opening your wallet — or your eyes. Sound Transit, a collaborative website, allows users to immerse themselves in the everyday sounds of faraway places.

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Ghost Cats And Musket Balls: Stories Told By Capitol Interns

Giving Capitol tours to constituents is a primary duty of Hill interns. They provide a great deal of information, but sometimes they're a little short on actual history.

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Uber, Airbnb Under Attack In Spain As Old And New Economies Clash

The taxi and hotel industries are pressuring Spain to crack down on popular "share economy" apps and websites. Airbnb was recently fined $40,000 for failing to list rentals with a local tourism board.

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This Albino Redwood Tree Isn't Dead — But It Came Close

An extremely rare, albino hermaphroditic redwood tree was in danger of being sent to the chipper because it was growing too close to the path of a new railroad line in Cotati, Calif. But thanks to local outcry from arborists and the community, the tree is getting a second chance at life.

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To Stop Cheating, Nuclear Officers Ditch The Grades

A switch to pass-fail grading is curbing the "perfection" culture among U.S. nuclear missile forces. Critics of the old way say striving to be perfect invited cheating by those who launch the nukes.

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With Men's Y Chromosome, Size Really May Not Matter

The string of genes that make a man a man used to be much bigger, and some geneticists say it may be wasting away. Back off, others say. Y has been stable — and crucial — for millennia.

Where The Birds Are Is Not Where You'd Think

Birds are everywhere, but the greatest concentration of different birds — the "bird mecca" of America — is not in our great parks, not in our forests, not where you'd suppose. Not at all.

How Protecting Wildlife Helps Stop Child Labor And Slavery

Food in supermarkets is increasingly connected to child labor and trafficking. Many laws aimed at ending these abuses overlook a key source of the problem: the rapid decline of fish and fauna.

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Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers

Central American coffee farmers are facing off against a deadly fungus that has wiped out thousands of acres of crops. Coffee companies like Starbucks are pooling money to support them in the fight.

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Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival

To withstand their 9,300-mile migration, red knots feast on eggs from horseshoe crabs each spring in Delaware Bay. Scientists worry many crabs are starting to lay eggs before the birds can get there.

A View From The Climate Changed Future

July 29, 2014
This April 28, 2010 file photo, shows the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal-fired power plant in Colstrip, Mont. Colstrip figures to be a target in recently released draft rules from the Environmental Protection Agency that call for reducing Montana emissions 21 percent from recent levels by 2030. (AP)

A new sci-fi history looks back on climate change from the year 2393.

‘Every Turtle Counts’: New Children’s Book Combines Autism Story With Cape Cod Science

July 25, 2014
Sara Hoagland Hunter says the book is not about autism, but celebrating differences. (Courtesy of Peter E. Randall Publisher)

A new children’s book by a Boston/Cape Cod author is part nature story, partly an insight into the minds of autistic children.

N.C. Town Reinvents Itself As Biotech Hub

July 25, 2014
Construction of the North Carolina Research Complex in Kannapolis, N.C. took place on the site of a demolished former Cannon Mills factory (Brad Spry/Flickr).

Even though Kannapolis saw the largest single layoff in North Carolina history, it didn’t go the way of Detroit or Camden. Here’s why.

What The Petunia Knows

July 24, 2014
Orchid (Galileo55/Flickr)

We’ll look at the new science of what plants feel, smell, see – and remember.

Brain Scientists Learn To Alter And Even Erase Memories

July 24, 2014
This optogenetic device uses light to activate specific brain cells. (Courtesy McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT)

Memories, it turns out, are malleable, and brain scientists are learning to alter and erase them, raising some hopes of possible treatments for memory disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.

Altering Genes In Wild Populations: Boon For Human Health? Or Darwinian Nightmare?

July 23, 2014
Researchers have proposed a way to alter the genes in wild populations. The applications include potential malaria eradication. (Centers for Disease Control)

Researchers want to alter the DNA of entire wild populations — but they’re opening the discussion to the public before they move forward.

Effects Of Child Abuse And Neglect On The Brain

July 23, 2014
Click to enlarge. (Source: Pat Levitt, 2009)

This is the final piece in a series of reports from WBUR called “Brain Matters: Reporting from the Front Lines of Neuroscience.”

Remains Of Clovis Boy Reburied In Montana

July 22, 2014
During a special ceremony, scientists and representatives of six tribes reburied a 12,600-year-old Clovis child in a patch of sagebrush on Saturday June, 28, 2014, close to the site where he was accidentally unearthed almost 50 years ago. (Shawn Raecke/Livingston Enterprise)

DNA from the boy buried 12,600 years ago shows his people were ancestors of many of today’s native peoples.

‘I'm Not Stupid, Just Dyslexic’

July 22, 2014
In every U.S.classroom, on average, one or two students has dyslexia. The brain-based learning disability often runs in families and can make reading painfully difficult. (Janine/Flickr)

This is the second of a series of reports this week from WBUR called “Brain Matters: Reporting from the Front Lines of Neuroscience.”

Are We Entering A Golden Age Of Neuroscience?

July 21, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks on April 2, 2013 to announce his Administration's BRAIN, Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, Initiative. The BRAIN Initiative ultimately aims to help researchers find new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

This is the first of a series of reports this week from WBUR called “Brain Matters: Reporting from the Front Lines of Neuroscience.”

Why Hot Cars Are So Deadly

July 21, 2014
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration officials demonstrate how hot it can get inside a parked car with a demonstration outside of the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, Georgia. (Adam Ragusea)

An average of 38 kids die in a hot car every year in the U.S. We look at the science of why cars get so hot so fast, and why children are more vulnerable.

Boston Research Finds Kids’ Brains Benefit From Playing Music

July 17, 2014
Kathleen Jara, co-director of the El Sistema program at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston, directs orchestra students during a rehearsal. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

New research shows that learning to play a musical instrument, especially at a young age, can benefit the brain.

Cool Or Creepy? Mass. Startup Developing ‘World’s First Family Robot’

July 17, 2014
Social robotics expert and Jibo CEO Cynthia Breazeal next to the company's robot-in-development. (Courtesy)

Robotics startup Jibo designs a home-based robot to be a trusted companion and family assistant.

Why We Lie

July 16, 2014
The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone---Especially Ourselves (cover photo)

Why we lie. Why we cheat. Psychology has a new theory of the case.

Light Pollution And 'The End Of Night'

July 16, 2014
(John M. Cropper/Flickr)

A walk on the dark side with Paul Bogard, passionate critic of artificial light and author of “The End of Night.”

Fossil Discovery May Reveal Largest Bird Ever To Fly

July 15, 2014
Line drawing of World’s Largest-Ever Flying Bird, Pelagornis sandersi, showing comparative wingspan. Shown left, a California Condor, shown right, a Royal Albatross. (Liz Bradford/WNPR)

The bird lived 25 million years ago and had a 24-foot wing span. Uncovered in the 1980s, the fossil went largely unnoticed until 2010.

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