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An ice-age bison was discovered! Then soon eaten — once the foul taste was smothered
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Vanessa Romo | August 26, 2022
Gold miners discovered the mummified Steppe Bison now called "Blue Babe." Researchers believe it is more than 55,000 years old. Unfortunately, radiocarbon dating tools can't measure any further back that. University of Alaska Museum of the North In 1979, researchers unearthed the mummified body of a 55,000-year-old Steppe bison in ...
Drought threatens coal plant operations — and electricity — across the West
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Julia Simon | August 26, 2022
The Jim Bridger coal plant in Point of Rocks, Wyo., powers more than a million homes across six Western states. It consumes more water than any other coal plant in the West, according to the federal government. Julia Simon for NPR Driving through the Wyoming sagebrush west of Cheyenne, the ...
As Germany struggles in energy crisis, more turn to solar to help power homes
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Bobby Allyn | August 23, 2022
Karolina Attspodina, a Ukrainian-born tech entrepreneur who launched the startup We Do Solar in Berlin, with one of her company's solar panels. Attspodina's work is part of nationwide push to get Germans to use less energy and lessen dependence on Russian oil. Marlena Waldthausen for NPR There is no major ...
Spiders show signs of REM-like activity, raising the question: Do they dream?
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Kai McNamee | August 23, 2022
A recent study found jumping spiders exhibit REM sleep-like activity while resting. Daniela Roessler If you've ever seen a close-up photo of a jumping spider, you'll know they're the cute ones. Many fit on the tip of a finger and sport fuzzy, colorful bodies and big eyes. They're quite amazing, ...
What you should know about Rett syndrome, the condition that Richard Engel’s son had
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Matt Adams | August 23, 2022
Correspondent Richard Engel attends The 74th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street on May 31, 2015 in New York City. Jemal Countess | Getty Images Richard Engel, chief foreign correspondent for NBC News, announced on Thursday that his 6-year-old son Henry, diagnosed with Rett syndrome as an infant, ...
Seattle just had one of its hottest nights on record
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Ayana Archie | August 19, 2022
The sun shines near the Space Needle, Monday, June 28, 2021, in Seattle. Ted S. Warren | AP Seattle had one of it warmest nights on record, with Wednesday night into Thursday morning being 14 degrees hotter than average, according to the National Weather Service. The nightly temperature reached 71 ...
The Yangtze River is shrinking as drought disrupts the world’s No. 2 economy
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The Associated Press | August 19, 2022
Students carrying umbrellas stand on the dry riverbed of the Jialing River in southwestern China's Chongqing Municipality, Friday, Aug. 19, 2022. Mark Schiefelbein | AP CHONGQING, China — Ships crept down the middle of the Yangtze on Friday after China's driest summer in six decades left one of the mightiest ...
This city manager wants California to prepare for a megastorm before it’s too late
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Adam Bearne | August 19, 2022
A vehicle drives by an almond orchard in Firebaugh, Calif., last year. City manager Ben Gallegos told NPR he doesn't want small cities like his to be overlooked as California prepares for a potential megastorm, a weather event made more likely by climate change. Justin Sullivan | Getty Images Updated ...