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How Naturalist Sy Montgomery Is Getting Kids Excited About Great White Sharks

Montgomery’s children’s book debunks popular shark myths. While the average number of people killed by sharks annually worldwide is about 11, the number of sharks killed by people annually worldwide is 100 million.

An archival photo from 1898 of Thunder Cloud, Blackfeet, an Algonquian Native American. (Boston Public Library/Flickr)

The Lost Languages Of Massachusetts

New research indicates the region contained at least five Native American languages.

The MIT Hyperloop team's pod. (Alison Bruzek/WBUR)

MIT Hyperloop Team Reveals Award-Winning Design

Elon Musk envisioned the Hyperloop as an above-ground tube with pods that could travel at 700 miles per hour.

Thomas Manning gives a thumbs up after asked how he was feeling following the first penis transplant in the U.S. (Sam Riley/Mass General Hospital/AP)

First Penis Transplant In U.S. Performed at Mass. General Hospital

At Massachusetts General Hospital Monday, a team of doctors announced that they’ve performed the first penis transplant in the U.S.

A herd of African Elephants at Kruger National Park in South Africa. In his new book, Frans de Waal writes that African Elephants might be able to hear thunder and rainfall hundreds of miles away, and they can classify humans based on language, age and gender. (Vaughan Leiberum/Flickr)

Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are?

Chimpanzees have a sense of fairness, apes plan for the future, even crows can recognize human faces and hold grudges and octopuses might like to play.

A Bloomgberg News analysis of Amazon Prime's same-day delivery showed predominantly black neighborhoods across the country were being left out. (Paul Sakuma/AP)

How To Teach Ethics To Algorithms

What happens when we sacrifice the human touch for pure, machine efficiency?

Half Earth: E.O. Wilson On How To Save The Planet

Edward O. Wilson is professor emeritus at Harvard and one of the living giants in the natural sciences, but he doesn’t mind being called “the ant guy.”

Denny Alsop near the Charles River in Newton (Deborah Becker/WBUR)

Denny Alsop Draws Attention To Massachusetts Water In An Unusual Way

The 69-year-old has been paddling the rivers of Massachusetts for the past month.

Old pipes, like these from Galesburg, Ill. have lead to tainted water in Mass. (Seth Perlman/AP)

Mass. Water Systems Test Over Federal Limit For Lead

Thirty-three water systems in Massachusetts have tested over the federal lead standard at least once during the past three years.

NASA’s First Computers Were Women With Pencils

Nathalia Holt’s new book ‘Rise of the Rocket Girls’ tells the story of these pioneering, mathematical women.

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