Science & Health http://apr.org en If Dogs Feel Jealousy, It May Run Deeper In Us Than We'd Thought http://apr.org/post/if-dogs-feel-jealousy-it-may-run-deeper-us-wed-thought <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=If+Dogs+Feel+Jealousy%2C+It+May+Run+Deeper+In+Us+Than+We%27d+Thought&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwODU1OTg0MDEzNjAxMDAzNTk2NTIwYw004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 editor 56489 at http://apr.org Central, Southeast Alabama Abnormally Dry http://apr.org/post/central-southeast-alabama-abnormally-dry <p>Nearly 20 percent of <font color="red">Alabama</font> is experiencing abnormally dry weather, but the state remains drought-free.</p><p>The latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor says parts of central and southeastern <font color="red">Alabama</font> are drier than normal. Combined, the area makes up about 19 percent of the state.</p><p>That's worse than a year ago, when the entire state had sufficient rainfall. But federal statistics don't show any drought conditions in <font color="red">Alabama</font>, and most counties are at or above normal rainfall levels.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:57:55 +0000 Associated Press 56469 at http://apr.org Central, Southeast Alabama Abnormally Dry The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging http://apr.org/post/weird-underappreciated-world-plastic-packaging Like it or not, plastic packaging has become an ingrained part of the food system.<p>While it's clearly wasteful to buy salad, sandwiches and chips encased in plastic and then promptly throw that plastic away, we take for granted how it keeps so much of what we eat fresh and portable.<p>And behind many of those packages that allow us to eat on the go or savor perishable cookies or fish imported from the other side of the globe is a whole lot of science and innovation.<p>The plastic revolution in food packaging began in the 1960s, says Aaron Brody, a food packaging consultant and an adjunct pro Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:30:00 +0000 editor 56438 at http://apr.org The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada http://apr.org/post/zoo-argentina-says-sad-bear-too-old-go-canada Despite a public outcry that resulted in more than a half-million petition signatures and a personal appeal by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Arturo, Argentina's "sad bear," has been deemed too old to migrate to Canada.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/19/332775413/200-000-sign-petition-to-move-sad-bear-to-better-life-in-canada">As we reported on Saturday</a>, Arturo the polar bear, dubbed the "world's saddest animal," lost his enclosure mate two years ago and appears to have fallen into a deep depression. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56412 at http://apr.org Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada Globe-Trotting Virus Hides Inside People's Gut Bacteria http://apr.org/post/globe-trotting-virus-hides-inside-peoples-gut-bacteria <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DTrENdWvvM</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:51:57 +0000 editor 56408 at http://apr.org Globe-Trotting Virus Hides Inside People's Gut Bacteria As Millions Of People Fast For Ramadan, Does The Economy Suffer? http://apr.org/post/millions-people-fast-ramadan-does-economy-suffer <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=As+Millions+Of+People+Fast+For+Ramadan%2C+Does+The+Economy+Suffer%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxNzgwMzIyMDEyMTQ4NzkxNDM0OWYxYg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 56381 at http://apr.org Nuclear Plant May Be In Hot Water Over Its Cooling System http://apr.org/post/nuclear-plant-may-be-hot-water-over-its-cooling-system <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Nuclear+Plant+May+Be+In+Hot+Water+Over+Its+Cooling+System&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDI3MDk2MDEzMjA0NDE3NTExOWRjNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The water temperature of some canals in South Florida has been rising. And that's a problem when the canals are used to cool a nuclear plant. The situation at the Turkey Point plant near Miami has federal regulators concerned. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Greg Allen 56342 at http://apr.org Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw? http://apr.org/post/does-your-dog-feel-jealous-or-purely-human-flaw When you kiss your husband, does your dog try to get your attention? And does that mean that your dog feels jealous? Threatened? Or are we just imagining that?<p>Many if not all dog owners are sure that their pets have feelings. And we've known for a while that animals exhibit behaviors that look like jealousy, guilt and shame. But it's hard to find out what animals are really feeling. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:32:00 +0000 editor 56333 at http://apr.org Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw? This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World's Most Amazing Teen http://apr.org/post/aspiring-astronaut-might-be-worlds-most-amazing-teen At age 7, Gideon Gidori knew exactly what he wanted to be: a rocket ship pilot.<p>The only thing was, he was living in a tiny Tanzanian village where schools only went through grade six and books about space (or, for that matter, any books) were scarce.<p>But that didn't stop him. Now 15, <a href="http://gideongidori.tumblr.com/">Gidori</a> is determined to become Tanzania's very first astronaut.<p>Gidori has always been fascinated with stars and spent his boyhood nights staring at the clear skies above his hometown. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:30:00 +0000 editor 56334 at http://apr.org This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World's Most Amazing Teen An Animal Makes A $10,000 Deposit, But Not At The Bank http://apr.org/post/animal-makes-10000-deposit-not-bank It's a highly specialized category to be sure: "Longest." But that's what the auctioneer is selling. According to the catalog of <a href="http://www.chait.com/asp/fullCatalogue.asp?salelot=NH1407+++340+">I.M. Chait Gallery</a>, in Beverly Hills, "This truly spectacular specimen is possibly the longest example of coprolite ever to be offered at auction."<p>Coprolite is fossilized fecal matter. This specimen is roughly 20 million years old. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:03:00 +0000 Robert Krulwich 56324 at http://apr.org An Animal Makes A $10,000 Deposit, But Not At The Bank NRC Names New Resident Inspector at Farley Nuclear http://apr.org/post/nrc-names-new-resident-inspector-farley-nuclear <p>The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has named a new resident inspector at the Farley Nuclear Plant in southeast <font color="red">Alabama</font>.</p><p></p><p>Kenneth Miller is taking over the job at the Southern Nuclear Operating plant near Columbia. Miller previously worked as an inspector at TVA's Watts Bar plant in Tennessee.</p><p>Each U.S. nuclear plant has at least two resident inspectors, and Miller joins another senior resident inspector at Farley.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:35:28 +0000 Associated Press 56315 at http://apr.org NRC Names New Resident Inspector at Farley Nuclear Contractor Chosen for Alabama Watershed Management http://apr.org/post/contractor-chosen-alabama-watershed-management <p>The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program has picked a company to develop a management plan for the Fowl River Watershed.</p><p></p><p>Officials said in a statement Tuesday that Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood Inc. has been chosen to develop the Fowl River watershed management plan. The company specializes in architecture, engineering, environmental planning, landscaping and surveying. Officials say the company employs more than 300 people and has offices in Mobile and throughout the Southeast.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:31:26 +0000 Associated Press 56314 at http://apr.org Contractor Chosen for Alabama Watershed Management Many Kids Who Are Obese Or Overweight Don't Know It http://apr.org/post/many-kids-who-are-obese-and-overweight-dont-know-it Kids can be cruel, especially about weight. So you might think overweight or obese children know all too well that they're heavy — thanks to playground politics. But that's not necessarily so, according to government data covering about 6,100 kids and teens ages 8-15.<p>About 30 percent "misperceived" their weight status (underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese), according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:29:00 +0000 Katherine Hobson 56316 at http://apr.org Many Kids Who Are Obese Or Overweight Don't Know It Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? http://apr.org/post/pop-quiz-20-percent-chance-rain-do-you-need-umbrella This week, <em>All Things Considered</em> is exploring <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/333708682/risk-and-reason" target="_blank">how people interpret probability</a>. What does it mean to us, for example, when a doctor says an operation has a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/21/332074963/what-the-odds-fail-to-capture-when-a-health-crisis-hits" target="_blank">70 percent chance of success?</a><p>One of the most common encounters with percent probabilities has to do with weather. Take a moment to consider the question below. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:08:00 +0000 editor 56277 at http://apr.org Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? Thousands Of Migrating Birds Take Their Layover In A Texas Parking Lot http://apr.org/post/thousands-migrating-birds-take-their-layover-texas-parking-lot Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Every summer migrating birds fly across the country - across the world without much fanfare. You might spot a flock of geese overhead but for the most part birds stay out of sight. For one species the exact opposite is true, their summer ritual happens in a very public place. From Austin, Texas, Luke Quinton reports from a place that isn't typical for bird watching. It is the parking lot of an abandoned shopping mall.<p>LUKE QUINTON, BYLINE: It's a hot summer night just before sunset and the lot should be empty but there are dozens of people here. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 editor 56262 at http://apr.org