Science

The Salt
8:28 am
Thu October 30, 2014

VIDEO: You Don't Know Jack-O'-Lanterns

Adam Cole/NPR

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 9:54 am

Decorative gourd season has arrived, and we decided to celebrate by investigating the science and history of pumpkins.

Do you know what happens when you feed ostriches pumpkin seeds? Or when the first pumpkin beer was brewed? Or what to call a zucchini-pumpkin hybrid? Watch our new video to find out.

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Space
5:24 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

18 Student Science Experiments Lost In Rocket Explosion

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 6:16 pm

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The Salt
4:40 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Monsanto Hired This Guy To Help It Win Over Millennials

The headquarters of Monsanto, near St. Louis, Mo. Monsanto is the world's largest seed supplier.
Juliette Michel AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 6:45 pm

As I scrolled through tweets about a panel on agricultural entrepreneurs at the SXSW Eco conference earlier this month, one caught my eye. The sender was Vance Crowe, Monsanto's director of millennial engagement.

Corporate America is currently caught up in a torrid infatuation with millennials, who befuddle and torment the companies who want their dollars.

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Space
4:30 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Rocket Explosion Comes At A Tough Time For NASA

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 6:16 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Shots - Health News
3:42 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Scientists Implicate More Than 100 Genes In Causing Autism

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The hunt to find genes that cause autism has been a long slog, one hampered by a lack of technology and families willing to be tested.

But those efforts are starting to pay off. On Tuesday, researchers at more than 50 laboratories said they had identified more than 100 genes that are mutated in children with autism, dozens more than were known before.

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