Science & Environment

The Two-Way
3:10 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Nobel Laureate In Hot Water For 'Trouble With Girls' In Labs

Biochemist Tim Hunt, a 2001 Nobel laureate, has apologized – to an extent – for saying that women are a disruptive presence in scientific labs. He's seen here in 2012.
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Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 4:29 pm

In 2001, Tim Hunt won a share of a Nobel Prize. In 2006, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. But in 2015, he's being widely criticized for his recent remarks about women in science, including: "when you criticize them, they cry."

Hunt, a biochemist, made that and other comments during a speech this week at the World Conference of Science Journalists that's being held in South Korea this week. He was quoted in a tweet that's since been shared hundreds of times, asking the audience to "let me tell you about my trouble with girls."

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Shots - Health News
2:13 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

More Evidence That Parents' Ages Could Influence Autism Risk

Children born to older moms and dads tend to have higher rates of autism, but researchers aren't sure why.
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Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 12:04 pm

Lots of factors may affect a child's odds of ending up with autism. Researchers around the world have been striving to fully understand how biology, genetics and environment play roles.

A huge study that includes data from more than 5.7 million children in five countries might shed some light on how autism develops — but it also raises new questions.

Researchers looked at autism rates among children born between 1985 and 2004 in Denmark, Israel, Norway, Sweden and Australia.

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The Salt
1:39 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Like Us, Chimps Go Bananas For Booze

A juvenile chimpanzee uses a leaf sponge to drink palm wine in Bossou, Guinea.
Gaku Ohashi Chubu University, Japan, and Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University, Japan

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 2:18 pm

Chimpanzees are smart. They can master sign language, swimming and even cooking. Now, evidence shows they are using their smarts to sip wine.

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Research News
5:12 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Retailers Use Time To Their Advantage; More Impulse Products Sold

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 8:01 am

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5:03 am
Wed June 10, 2015

EPA, Farmers Divided Over Proposed Ethanol Standards

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 8:01 am

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Around the Nation
5:03 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Federal Fire Managers Forecast Above Average Wildfire Season

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 8:01 am

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Shots - Health News
5:43 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Costs Of Slipshod Research Methods May Be In The Billions

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Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 3:10 pm

Laboratory research seeking new medical treatments and cures is fraught with pitfalls: Researchers can inadvertently use bad ingredients, design the experiment poorly, or conduct inadequate data analysis. Scientists working on ways to reduce these sorts of problems have put a staggering price tag on research that isn't easy to reproduce: $28 billion a year.

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Shots - Health News
12:19 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

To Beat Insomnia, Try Therapy For The Underlying Cause Instead Of Pills

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 2:47 pm

Lots of people say they have trouble sleeping. And 1 in 10 Americans has chronic insomnia.

Most often, sleep disorders are treated with medication. Between 6 and 10 percent of adults in the U.S. use sleeping pills.

But a review of the medical evidence has found that therapy might help people with chronic sleep troubles just as much — or even more — than pills.

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Research News
5:09 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Smoking Pot Interferes With Math Skills, Study Finds

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 8:08 am

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Around the Nation
3:40 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Texas Cattle Ranchers Whipsawed Between Drought And Deluge

Cattle stand in floodwaters at 44 Farms in Cameron, Texas. The water demolished fences and ruined crops planted as feed.
Katlin Mazzocco 44 Farms

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 8:08 am

The drought finally broke for Texas ranchers late last year. The range and pasturelands on which cattle graze began to recover. Then came the spring. In Cameron, about 140 miles northwest of Houston, the rain began falling at the start of May — and didn't stop all month.

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