Science

Humans
6:49 am
Sat May 17, 2014

The Dismissive, Exasperated, Sinister Sounds Of Teenagers

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 10:29 am

Teens can appear distant and moody, unless you speak their language. Linguist James Harbeck speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about his quest to crack the code. (This story first aired June 1, 2013.)

The Two-Way
4:35 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Ancient Skeleton In Mexico Sheds Light On Americas Settlement

In this June 2013 photo provided by National Geographic, diver Susan Bird, working at the bottom of Hoyo Negro, a large dome-shaped underwater cave in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, brushes the Naia skull found at the site.
Paul Nicklen AP

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 7:00 pm

The nearly complete skeleton of a teenage girl who died some 12,000 to 13,000 years ago in a cave in the Yucatan Peninsula, has yielded DNA clues linking her to Native Americans living today.

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Around the Nation
3:01 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

What's To Blame For California's Early Fire Season?

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 7:00 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

These fires herald what promises to be an especially busy and dangerous fire season in California. The entire state is in a condition of extreme drought. Couple that with high temperatures and strong Santa Ana winds and you wind up with what we're seeing now: spinning columns of fierce flame called firenados(ph). I'm joined now by California's secretary for natural resources, John Laird. Welcome to the program, Mr. Laird.

JOHN LAIRD: It's a pleasure to be with you.

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Krulwich Wonders...
11:25 am
Fri May 16, 2014

When Numbers Bleed, Freeze, Starve And Die On A Battlefield: The Dark Poetry Of Data

Roger Viollet Collection Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 3:43 pm

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The Two-Way
7:32 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Russian Rocket Fails After Launch, Breaking Up Over China

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 9:54 am

With an expensive communication satellite as its payload, a Russian Proton-M rocket broke apart during its third stage last night. The unmanned rocket failed at an altitude of 100 miles — video of the launch showed it flaring across the night sky.

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