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The Origin of Monogamy

Where does the idea of marriage — monogamous marriage specifically — come from? Anthropologist Laura Fortunato has some answers.

From Siberia to the Tropics with a Thermometer

Marine biologist Steve Katz has tapped a Russian family’s multigenerational measurements of the temperature of a Siberian lake to explain how climate there is part of climate everywhere.

The Next Epidemic — How Society Aids Disease

Are we at greater risk now from massive disease outbreaks? It’s a vital question after a wave of deadly E. coli infections in Germany has put hundreds in the hospital and killed more than 20. Disease ecologist Sadie Ryan explains how societal changes are aiding the bugs.

Can Threatened Species Evolve Their Way Out of Trouble?

Ecologist Andrew Gonzalez explains that experiments on yeast suggest that threatened species may be able to evolve fast enough — under the right conditions — to survive.

Climate Change, Agricultural Production and Africa’s Poor

With climate change set to wreck agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa, what will happen to the world’s poorest people?

Doggy DNA: Few Genes Separate Chihuahua from Great Dane

Geneticist Adam Boyko walks us through the DNA maze that produces dogs of all shapes and sizes from a very few genes.

Year After BP Oil Spill: Where Are We?

Biogeochemist Molly Redmond discusses the state of the Gulf of Mexico a year after the deadly Deepwater Horizon oil spill, looking at what’s still unknown and how some lucky breaks kept damage from being even worse.

Nuclear Power’s History in the US: Miracle to Demon

Over its short lifetime, nuclear power has migrated from being the miracle of America’s energy future to an at times unruly nuclear demon, says historian Patrick McCray.

The Dilemma and Future of Nuclear Power

In this last of a three-part podcast, Dr. Theo Theofanous talks about the health impacts of radiation leaking from the crippled Japanese nuclear power plant and about the future of nuclear power.

Japanese Nuclear Crisis: How Does This End?

In the second of three parts, engineering professor and nuclear risk expert Theo Theofanous discusses the options Japan has to avert even greater catastrophe at the badly damaged Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant.

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To Make Friends, Autistic Kids Need Advice—and Space

Kids with autism need help when it comes to making friends—but they also need their independence.

Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

Registering for your wedding? Keep your must-have items away from the average price of your registry—they’re unlikely to be purchased.

Smokey Can’t Save Us: Wildfires Are Out of Control

New research shows how rapidly fire dangers are rising in the American West. The results could help governments plan ahead for the flames.

Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America's favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won't anybody help them?

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014