Reporting in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers write that complete strangers are capable of spotting individuals with a genetic predisposition to empathy and sociable behavior. Author Sarina Saturn discusses the study, and how sociability has evolved across cultures.
Seven solar companies have filed a trade complaint with the federal government, accusing China of dumping artificially cheap solar panels on the US market. But solar installers welcome the low prices. Ira Flatow and guests discuss what's best for the domestic solar industry--and US jobs--in the long run.
For years, a theory has held that Earth's large moon played a critical role in stabilizing the planet's tilt, damping down differences between the seasons. Now, astronomer Jason Barnes says that life on our planet would endure even without a moon, a finding that might increase the number of potentially habitable planets in our galaxy.
Originally published on Sun November 20, 2011 11:22 am
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg has spoken.
After more than a year of deliberations and an unprecedented public hearing in June, the agency has revoked approval of the biotech blockbuster Avastin, a medicine that chokes off the blood supply to various cancer cells, as a treatment for metastatic breast cancer.
Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 12:09 pm
"Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, who outlined an emergency plan two days ago, isn't wasting any time taking action" in tackling his city's financial crisis, our colleague Micki Maynard at the Changing Gears project reports. "Today, Bing said the city will lay off 1,000 employees, or about 9 percent of the city's payroll, by Feb. 25."
I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News.
In a few minutes, we will speak with Jack Marshall. He is a professional ethicist. We want to talk about the Penn State scandal and we wanted to ask even if some people adhere to the letter of the law, did they follow an ethical standard?
Abramoff earned millions making deals and trading favors on Capitol Hill before being imprisoned on corruption charges. He's been called 'scum' and a 'bloodsucking bogeyman.' He speaks with host Michel Martin about his new memoir Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America's Most Notorious Lobbyist.
The Barbershop guys weigh in on the Occupy Wall Street movement and the standoff between NBA players and owners. Host Michel Martin speaks with author Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney and author Arsalan Iftikhar, sports writer Kevin Blackistone and National Review writer Mario Loyola.
Tell Me More editor Ammad Omar and host Michel Martin comb through comments about a recent interview with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who defended his record and called recall efforts a power grab. Listeners also had lots to say about coverage of Mexican band Jarana Beat and the Wampanoag tribe's revival of their near-extinct language.
Critics say former Penn State coach Paterno may have met his legal obligations but failed an ethical test when going to university officials about child molestation allegations. Host Michel Martin discusses the issue with ethicist Jack Marshall. (Advisory: This segment contains language that may not be suitable for all audiences.)