Super-Morph: Botanist In The Produce Aisle As the temperature drops and the leaves turn brown and drop as well, it gets hard for a botanist in Montana to find anything interesting to study outside. At this time of year I go on field trips to the supermarket. In the produce section the leaves are still green, and you can always find some germinating alfalfa and mung beans. There’s a lot to be learned among the aisles, but there’s a distressing amount of misinformation as well.
Guides hand out knee-high rubber boots before leading visitors on hikes around Gorgona National Park, an island 21 miles off Colombia's Pacific coast. The boots provide traction in the mud — and protection from poisonous snakes. The presence of scary reptiles is just one reason why the park remains largely unexplored by outsiders. It doesn't help that it is better known for its days as a kind of Colombian Devil's Island, when it housed a penal colony for 1,200 hardened criminals, from the 1960s-80s. Also, when tourism started to take off in Colombia a few years ago, Marxist guerrillas raided the island. It's like a mini-Galápagos. - Jorge Ramírez, manager of Gorgona's only resort "Tourism on Gorgona has always been a challenge," Julia Miranda, director of Colombia's national park system, told NPR. But for adventure-seekers there's a lot to love about Gorgona. Fishing is prohibited so there are plenty of sharks, rays and other marine life to enthrall scuba divers. It's a prime spot for
On-air challenge: Every answer is a word, name or phrase in which the only consonants are B and L, repeated as often as necessary. All the other letters are vowels. Ex. Tell a secret -- BLAB 1. Holy book 2. Reason why you couldn't have committed the crime 3. Record company 4. "The Hobbit" hero ___ Baggins 5. Tower of ___ 6. Talk rapidly and foolishly 7. Move up and down, as a doll's head 8. Air-filled sphere sometimes made by soap 9. Legally obligated 10. Spanish explorer who discovered by Pacific in 1513 11. Woodcutter who foiled 40 thieves (two words) 12. Victim of written defamation 13. Singer Patti with the 1975 #1 hit "Lady Marmalade" 14. What you might get once a month for heating your home (two words) 15. Like the hours that a lawyer charges for Last week's challenge: This challenge came from listener Joe Krozel of Creve Coeur, Mo. Name something you find in a grocery. Two words. Three letters in the first, six letters in the second. Switch the third and seventh letters, and
In an unprecedented response to historically low numbers of Pacific cod, the federal cod fishery in the Gulf of Alaska is closing for the 2020 season. The decision, announced Friday, came as little surprise, but it's the first time the fishery has closed due to concerns over low stock. "We're on the knife's edge of this over-fished status," North Pacific Fishery Management Council member Nicole Kimball said during talks in Anchorage. It's not over-fishing to blame for the die-off, but rather, climate change. Warming ocean temperatures linked to climate change have wreaked havoc on a number of Alaska's fisheries in recent years, decimating stocks and jeopardizing the livelihoods of fishermen and locals alike who rely on the industry. A stock assessment this fall put Gulf cod populations at a historic low, with "next to no" new eggs, according to Steven Barbeaux, a research biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who authored the report. At their current
Bring in some soup. The unusual homework assignment at London's Eden Primary School was for a science week project cooked up by parent Jake Baum . He's a professor of cell biology and infectious diseases at Imperial College London, and his lab's job is to find new ways to combat malaria, which kills half a million children each year. Baum figured he could teach young students about the process of medical research through something both tasty and understandable: the go-to soup recipes their families use when someone gets sick. "What makes a good medicine versus hocus-pocus?" explains Baum, who regularly preps his own favorite home remedy, what he calls "Jewish grandmother's chicken soup." "It was not the plan to discover anything," he adds. Sixty students transported their soup submissions to school in 15 milliliter plastic tubes – that's about 1 tablespoon. The soup was frozen, thawed (standard practice for samples) and then (much to the children's delight) centrifuged – spun in a
There's a lot of enthusiasm for intermittent fasting — a term that can encompass everything from skipping a meal each day to fasting a few days a week . Or, how about this approach: Simply limit your daily eating window to 10 hours. This means that if you take your first bite of food at 8 a.m., you'd need to consume your last calorie of the day by 6 p.m. A new study published in Cell Metabolism offers some evidence that the approach can be beneficial. Researchers tracked a group of overweight participants who followed this approach for about three months. "Typically, people would go for an 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. eating window," explains Dr. Pam Taub , a cardiologist at the University of California, San Diego's School of Medicine, and an author of the study. During the fasting period, participants were encouraged to stay hydrated with water. Each day, they logged the timing of their meals and their sleep in an app. "We saw a 3% reduction in their weight and a 4% reduction in abdominal
This story was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. A privately funded, nonprofit organization is creating a 3.2 million-acre wildlife sanctuary — American Prairie Reserve — in northeastern Montana, an area long known as cattle country. But the reserve is facing fierce opposition from many locals because to build it, the organization is slowly purchasing ranches from willing sellers, phasing out the cows and replacing them with wild bison. Those private properties are then stitched together with vast tracts of neighboring public lands to create one giant, rewilded prairie. The organization has purchased close to 30 properties so far, but it needs at least 50 more. Loading... Don't see the graphic above? Click here "I see them coming in with big money, buying up ranches and walking over the top of the people who are already here," says ranch owner Conni French. "For them to be successful in their goals, we can't be here, and that's not OK with us." She isn't alone.
Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: There are a lot of words we could use to describe the impeachment hearings held so far by the House Intelligence Committee and the Judiciary Committee - tense, heated, personal. And that's not just a reference to the sparring between Democrats and Republicans. No, even the witnesses are feeling the heat and having their motives questioned. On Wednesday, Doug Collins, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, suggested that Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan was not acquainted with past testimony, which caused Karlan to respond this way. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) PAMELA KARLAN: I would not speak about these things without reviewing the facts, so I'm insulted by the suggestion that as a law professor, I don't care about those facts. MARTIN: Now, exchanges like this one have sparked a lot of commentary throughout these hearings, with some suggesting that gender dynamics might be at play or that it's just simply
Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Now to Pensacola, Fla., where a gunman killed three people and wounded eight others at the Naval Air Station yesterday. Just outside the gates of the base at the Olive Baptist Church, Air Force service member Nicole Ebani (ph) attended a prayer vigil. She was on base when the shooting happened yesterday and spent the rest of the day in lockdown inside her apartment. She said this was the first time she's been out, but felt she had to come. NICOLE EBANI: Just to pay our respects - that it could happen anywhere. And we're also service members, so it just felt right to be here. MARTIN: NPR's Greg Allen is in Pensacola, and he is with us now. Greg, thanks so much for joining us. GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: You're welcome. MARTIN: The authorities have said that the shooting was done by a Saudi national, a member of the Saudi air force at the base for training. Have they said any more than that? ALLEN: Well, very little, Michel. The big
Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: We're going to spend some time now talking about the 2020 presidential race. On Tuesday, California Senator Kamala Harris announced that she is dropping out of the Democratic primary, saying she didn't have the money to continue to be competitive. It was an abrupt end to a campaign that had been soaring early on. Harris, the third black or biracial woman ever to run for president, the victor in a number of successful campaigns in the largest state, had been considered a frontrunner after the first debate. Her campaign wasn't perfect. In recent weeks, her campaign was taking fire over staff turnover and the lack of a clear message on key policy issues, among other things. But the senator's exit has sparked almost as much commentary as her entrance, with a number of observers asking whether Harris's rough road is just another example of a double standard for women candidates, especially women of color, or whether the challenges
Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: We're going to begin this hour with the news that the American graduate student Xiyue Wang, who had been held in Iran for three years after being accused of being a spy, is now free as part of a prisoner swap brokered by the Swiss government. Wang was exchanged for Iranian scientist Masoud Soleimani, who'd been arrested in the U.S. last year for allegedly violating trade sanctions and was due in court next week. Negotiations over Wang's release began under Robert O'Brien, who served as the State Department's special envoy for hostage affairs. But in September, O'Brien became the new national security adviser, replacing John Bolton. Earlier today, Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep had a chance to speak with O'Brien about the prisoner exchange. And Steve Inskeep is with us now. Steve, thanks so much for joining us. STEVE INSKEEP, BYLINE: Hey there, Michel. MARTIN: So, you know, the national security adviser has previously been
Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012, is back in the news. Zimmerman was acquitted of homicide in connection with the killing, but he is now suing Martin's family, the family's attorney and a law enforcement agency for more than $100 million. The suit claims that Zimmerman was the victim of a conspiracy and malicious prosecution and that he has been defamed. Now, while the merits of the suit and the eye-catching demands have been widely reported, one detail has not been - Zimmerman's lawyer. He's being represented by Larry Klayman, who is known for prolific filing of lawsuits in support of long-debunked conspiracy theories. For example, he spent years denouncing President Obama as a closet Muslim who was not born in the United States. We wanted to learn more about Larry Klayman and his work, so we've called on Heidi Beirich. She leads the Southern Poverty Law Center's
Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: This next story is about a man who is either an unsung hero to his country or a snitch. He's been called both. He is from Sri Lanka, an island nation where suicide bombers killed more than 250 people at hotels and churches last Easter. This man knew the attackers and suspected what they were planning. But when he tried to intervene, he became a target. NPR's Lauren Frayer reports from a small town in central Sri Lanka. LAUREN FRAYER, BYLINE: As soon as Fatima Jannath welcomes me into her mud brick home, she bursts into tears... FATIMA JANNATH: (Speaking Tamil). FRAYER: ...And begins to tell me her husband's story. Sri Lanka's mostly Buddhist. Fatima's family is Muslim. And her husband, Mohammad Taslim, was on the town council. Last year, he was asked to investigate the vandalism of some Buddhist statues. He soon heard rumours about two brothers, Sadiq and Shaheed Abdul-Haq. Neighbors said they'd become radicalized and were
Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit PETER SAGAL, HOST: Coming up, it's Lightning Fill In The Blank. But first, it's the game where you have to listen for the rhyme. If you'd like to play on air, call or leave a message at 1-888-WAIT-WAIT that's 1-888-924-8924. Or click the contact us link on our website. That's waitwait.npr.org. There, you can find out about attending our weekly live shows right here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago. And if you want more WAIT WAIT in your week, check out the Wait Wait Quiz for your smart speaker. It's out every Wednesday with me and Bill asking you questions, all in the comfort of your home or wherever you have your smart speaker. It's just like this radio show, only now we can hear you. (LAUGHTER) SAGAL: Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME. MALENA KELSON: Hi. This is Malena Kelson from beautiful Skokie, Ill. SAGAL: Skokie, Ill... (CHEERING) SAGAL: It is beautiful. My wife is from Skokie. I love Skokie. What do you do there? KELSON: I'm
Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit PETER SAGAL, HOST: Now on to our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as they can. Each correct answer is now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores? BILL KURTIS: I can. Aida and Adam each have two. And guess who has three? Alonzo. SAGAL: All right, here we go. Aida, you're up first. Here we go. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank. On Tuesday, a federal appeals court in New York ruled that Deutsche Bank must hand over blank's financial records to Congress. AIDA RODRIGUEZ: Donald Trump. SAGAL: That's right. (SOUNDBITE OF BELL) SAGAL: This week, the House voted to rebuke blank for their treatment of millions of Uighur Muslims. RODRIGUEZ: No, no, no, no. SAGAL: Blurt something out, anything. RODRIGUEZ: China. SAGAL: There you go. (SOUNDBITE OF BELL) SAGAL: This week, the U.S. Justice Department announced