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Kids' Perception Of Parents' Favoritism Counts More Than Reality

KPLU News - 2 hours 6 min ago
We all know which kid Mom and Dad liked best, and odds are you're thinking it's not you.

But does that really make a difference?

Want To Learn About The Scientific Method? Go Bake Some Cookies

KPLU News - 2 hours 6 min ago
Bethany Brookshire, aka @SciCurious, is a blogger at ScienceNews, where she covers the latest science research and develops creative science outreach projects.

She's recently started her own project, the deliciously named Cookie Science, which aims to illustrate the scientific method by creating what she hopes will be a tasty gluten-free cookie for a friend.

She tells

3.7 Million Comments Later, Here's Where Net Neutrality Stands

KPLU News - 2 hours 7 min ago
Now, we wait.

The window for the public to weigh in on how federal rule makers should treat Internet traffic is over, after a record 3.7 million comments arrived at the FCC.

With Jobless Rate Holding Steady, 2014 On Track To Be 'Best Statewide Since 2005'

KPLU News - 2 hours 26 min ago

Washington state’s unemployment rate held steady at 5.6 percent in August — a half-percentage point below the national point, according to a report released Wednesday by the state’s Employment Department.

State labor economist Paul Turek says improving economic conditions bode well for job seekers going into fall.

Who's Giving What: Nonprofits Step Up Anti-Ebola Efforts

KPLU News - 3 hours 34 min ago
"Charities and individual philanthropies have given generously and they can make a big difference," President Obama emphasized yesterday during his announcement of U.S. plans for addressing Ebola.

Indeed, one nonprofit has had a huge impact from the start of this outbreak.

Federal Grants To Help Preserve History Of WWII Japanese Internment Sites

KPLU News - 4 hours 10 min ago

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, U.S. government officials rounded up Japanese Americans and sent them to harsh, ill-equipped camps. Now, the National Park Service has announced $3 million in new grants to help preserve that important history.

Stacey Camp, an associate professor at the University of Idaho, is leading an effort to survey the Kooskia Internment site with help from federal Park Service grants.

Colorado Tries Hard To Convince Teens That Pot Is Bad For You

KPLU News - 4 hours 32 min ago
Colorado's new campaign to deter teen marijuana use tries to make the case that weed is bad for your brain.

One TV ad shows a group of teens lighting up inside a dark car as moody music plays in the background. The commercial cites a Duke University study that found a link between regular marijuana use and a lower IQ.

"Some dispute the study," the PSA admits.

'Breaking Bad' Fans Get Their Fix In Spanish

KPLU News - 4 hours 54 min ago


NFL Players Association Files Appeal Of Ray Rice Suspension

KPLU News - 4 hours 55 min ago
The NFL Players Association formally filed an appeal of the indefinite suspension of Ray Rice on Tuesday evening.

When The Power's Out, Solar Panels May Not Keep The Lights On

KPLU News - 4 hours 56 min ago
The cost of solar panels is falling rapidly in the United States. And as the panels become more affordable, they're popping up on rooftops around the country.

Meanwhile, the U.S. is trying to find better ways to back up its power system against blackouts. And while it may seem counterintuitive, more solar power does not mean fewer blackouts — at least not yet.

The tiny town of Del Norte, in southwestern Colorado, is a perfect example.

If We Create Life, Who Will Control It?

KPLU News - 4 hours 56 min ago
Perhaps I shouldn't have used a conditional on the title. After all, we are already creating life.

Recently, Craig Venter, from the J. Craig Venter Institute, announced the creation of a living, self-reproducing bacterial cell with a DNA sequence produced in the laboratory.

How Catholic Insurance Companies Outsource Contraceptive Coverage

KPLU News - 5 hours 1 min ago
Catholic and other religious hospitals and universities have been arguing in federal court for much of the past two years that they shouldn't have to offer or facilitate birth control as part of their employee health plans because it violates their religious beliefs.

But what happens when the insurance company is itself Catholic?

Growing Business — Show Us Your Desk Plant

KPLU News - 5 hours 6 min ago
Post a photo of the plant on your desk in the Comments section below.

That's right: The plant the boss wants you to take home ...

Now you can explain — with some research to back you up — that having greenery in your workspace makes you more productive. And how a ficus near the phone or a lily by the laptop helps grow business.

And maybe your supervisor will make like a plant — and leave.

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Mistura Food Fest Gives Peruvian Cuisine A Chance To Shine

KPLU News - 5 hours 7 min ago
Every September, Peruvian restaurants and famous chefs from around the world gather in Lima for a celebration of Peruvian cuisine. The word "mistura" means "mixture" in Portuguese.

Nighttime Flights Of Songbirds

KPLU News - 5 hours 34 min ago

  Some cloudless night in September, when the air is clear, you may see birds flying across the yellow face of the moon! September is peak migration time for millions of songbirds heading south from North America to more tropical latitudes. Nocturnal migrants of the same species, such as orioles, warblers, sparrows, and tanagers, call as they fly, enabling flock-mates to stick together. Many of these flight calls are distinctive, enabling those with an excellent ear to identify them as they pass.

Wok This Way — Not Nancy Leson's Way, Says Stein

KPLU News - 9 hours 34 min ago

Nancy Leson keeps a lot of stuff on hand to do what she characterizes as stir-frying. These techniques include first searing meat on the grill rather than in the wok. Tut-tut.

'Wait Wait' Host Peter Sagal Talks Comedy, News And Microsoft's Cartoon Paperclip

KPLU News - 9 hours 34 min ago

The popular NPR news quiz "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" is coming to Seattle's Paramount Theatre on Thursday. On the weekly game show, a panel of comedians and writers crack wise about the news. The show also features celebrity guests taking the  quiz — everyone from actors and comedians to Supreme Court justices. (This week, it's travel expert Rick Steves.) KPLU spoke with "Wait Wait..." host Peter Sagal about the news, comedy and even a famous incident involving that animated paperclip from Microsoft.

Suspected Enterovirus Outbreak Widens In Northwest

KPLU News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:30

Public health authorities in Washington and Idaho are now investigating at least 79 cases of a serious respiratory illness that affects children.

The widening disease outbreak is suspected — but not confirmed — to be enterovirus D68, a rare strain of the virus.

More Birthdays For Kids Under Five Around The World

KPLU News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:30
In 2013, 6.3 million children under the age of five died. That's a tragic statistic — yet it represents a 49 percent drop from 1990, according to data released today by the United Nations.