Christopher JoyceChristopher Joyce is a correspondent on the science desk at NPR. His stories can be heard on all of NPR's news programs, including NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.
When it comes to climate change, some look at the facts presented and see a coming catastrophe, others see a hoax. This difference in interpretation, social scientists say, has more to do with each individual's existing outlook than the facts.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, regarded as the world's top climate science institution, reported that Himalayan glaciers could completely melt by 2035. Two numbers were transposed — it should have said 2350. Climate science naysayers cite the error as evidence of bias.
An artist's Impression of "Inuk," a 4,000-year-old human whose remains were found in Greenland. Scientists have sequenced most of his DNA using tufts of his hair found in the 1980s.
The migrant moth Autographa gamma (Silver Y), one of the species of migratory insects that have evolved sophisticated flight behaviors to optimize their migratory routes
Workers ride past cooling towers at a coal-fired power plant on the outskirts of Beijing. Such power plants are at the center of a debate about the future of energy production in China and the U.S.
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The ring-tailed lemur is one of many pint-sized creatures on the island of Madagascar. Scientists have long noted that despite the great diversity of fauna on the island, there are few large beasts, like the lions and elephants found on mainland Africa.