natural science http://nhpr.org en 7.14.14: TV Research And Delusions And An Undergarment Confession http://nhpr.org/post/71414-tv-research-and-delusions-and-undergarment-confession <p>Underwear, television and delusion. No, not a David Sedaris essay. These are some of the topics we are exploring on today’s Word of Mouth. Join us for an interview with psychiatrist Joe Gold about increasing prevalence of “Truman Show Delusions,” wherein people believe their life to be an elaborate reality show. Then, we talk to NY Times TV critic, Neil Gezlinger, about why television might not be the brain melting fluff we have been taught to think. Plus<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, producer Taylor&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Quimby</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;makes a startling confession about his undergarments. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also, birds are in our trees, on the beach and constantly in sight during the summer months, so we bring you two stories featuring these graceful creatures.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">Listen to the full show and&nbsp;</span><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; border-image: none; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">Read more</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">&nbsp;for individual segments.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:52:14 +0000 Word of Mouth 51893 at http://nhpr.org 7.14.14: TV Research And Delusions And An Undergarment Confession Decrease In Moose Population Has Scientists Puzzled http://nhpr.org/post/decrease-moose-population-has-scientists-puzzled <p>There are between 800,000 and 1.2 million moose in North America, but scientists are concerned that their numbers are shrinking – and fast. Moose populations from New Hampshire to Minnesota have been plummeting for years – as much as twenty-five percent each year in some cases – and while there are plenty of theories, nobody’s quite sure why.</p><p><strong>Jim Robbins </strong>is a freelance writer and regular contributor to the <em>New York Times</em>. He wrote about the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/15/science/earth/something-is-killing-off-the-moose.html?_r=0" target="_blank">moose die-off</a> for the Times’ environment section.</p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 18:09:04 +0000 Virginia Prescott 37644 at http://nhpr.org Decrease In Moose Population Has Scientists Puzzled The Neanderthal Mind http://nhpr.org/post/neanderthal-mind <p>To call someone a Neanderthal is to liken one to the heavy browed, ape-like troglodytes we see in history books or movies, but were they more sophisticated?</p><p>Sophisticated might be stretching it a bit, but a debate has surfaced in the scientific community about whether Neanderthals had a more complex culture than previous thought, and maybe even the cognitive powers equal to anatomically modern humans of the time.</p><p>Journalist <strong>Marek Kohn’s </strong>has been following the debate, his article “<a href="http://www.aeonmagazine.com/being-human/marek-kohn-neanderthals/" target="_blank">The Neanderthal Mind</a>” appeared in the latest issue of Aeon magazine. He says the story starts with a perforated shell some fifty thousand years ago.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:46:50 +0000 Virginia Prescott 29174 at http://nhpr.org The Neanderthal Mind New Zealand Cat Wars http://nhpr.org/post/new-zealand-cat-wars <p>New Zealand cat owners are reacting with outrage against a plan to drastically reduce the number of free-roaming cats proposed by renowned environmental activist Gareth Morgan.</p><p>The movement is rooted in a long-standing national concern about the dwindling native bird populations, including the kiwi, that are struggling against New Zealand’s cat population, which is the largest per-capita in the world. Here to discuss Kiwi’s cat war is ecologist <strong>Dr. James Russell</strong>, a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland.</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 13:12:12 +0000 Virginia Prescott 28401 at http://nhpr.org New Zealand Cat Wars The Cicadas Are Coming! http://nhpr.org/post/cicadas-are-coming <p>Drive south of the Massachusetts border this summer and you’re bound to hear the deafening buzz of the 17-year cicada.&nbsp; <a href="http://tmblr.co/ZboZKyiHwwiz" target="_blank">From the Carolinas to Connecticut</a>, residents can expect a full-on plague of these large, loud, winged creatures to emerge after nearly two decades of underground hibernation.&nbsp; We wanted to better understand these bizarre bugs – called “brood-two” cicadas - so we called biologist<strong> Joe Hanson,</strong> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/itsokaytobesmart" target="_blank">host and writer</a> of PBS digital studios’ <em><a href="http://www.itsokaytobesmart.com/" target="_blank">It’s Okay To Be Smart</a>.</em></p><p>And if you're interested in a cheap snack this summer, <a href="http://www.davidgeorgegordon.com/">David George Gordon</a> is author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Eat---Bug-Cookbook-Revised-Grasshoppers/dp/1607744368/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1366825973&amp;sr=1-3&amp;keywords=david+george+cookbook"><em>The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook</em></a>.&nbsp; We called him to ask, what does a Cicada taste like?</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 18:44:38 +0000 Virginia Prescott 25826 at http://nhpr.org The Cicadas Are Coming! Genetically Engineered … Mosquitoes? http://nhpr.org/post/genetically-engineered-mosquitoes <p></p><p><strong>EarthTalk&reg;<br /> E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p><p></p><p><strong><u>Dear EarthTalk</u></strong><strong>: I couldn&rsquo;t believe my ears: &ldquo;genetically engineered mosquitoes?&rdquo; Why on Earth would they be created? And I understand there are plans to release them into the wild?</strong>&nbsp;<em>-- Marissa Abingdon, Sumter, SC</em></p><p></p> Sun, 29 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 9972 at http://nhpr.org Genetically Engineered … Mosquitoes? Just How Big Are The Eyes Of A Giant Squid? http://nhpr.org/post/just-how-big-are-eyes-giant-squid Giant and colossal squids can be more than 40 feet long, if you measure all the way out to the tip of their two long feeding tentacles. But it's their eyes that are truly huge — the size of basketballs.<p>Now, scientists say these squids may have the biggest eyes in the animal kingdom because they need to detect a major predator, the sperm whale, as it moves toward them through the underwater darkness.<p>"It's always been a vexing question, of why they have such large eyes," says Roger Hanlon, a biologist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 21:08:00 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 2551 at http://nhpr.org Just How Big Are The Eyes Of A Giant Squid? To the Ends of the Earth for an Eel http://nhpr.org/post/ends-earth-eel <p>Richard Conniff, Guggenheim Fellow and Guest Columnist for the New York Times discusses his new book "The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life On Earth".</p> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 298 at http://nhpr.org To the Ends of the Earth for an Eel