Bill Chappell

Bill Chappell is a producer who works with Morning Edition and NPR.org, coordinating with radio and digital media staff to create Web features that complement stories heard on-air. He also frequently writes original Web pieces.

Chappell's work at NPR has ranged from being the site's first full-time homepage editor to writing for its World Cup 2010 blog. Chappell's assignments have included being the lead Web producer on NPR's trip to Asia's Grand Trunk Road, as well as being the Web liaison and producer of the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps project.

Chappell was an integral part of the team that executed a comprehensive redesign of NPR's Web site in 2009. One year later, the site won its first Peabody and the National Press Foundation's Excellence in Online Journalism award, among others.

Drawing from his experience in improving NPR's storytelling ability, he trains both digital media and radio staff in using NPR's digital tools.

Other shows he has worked with include Fresh Air, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation and Piano Jazz with Marilyn McPartland.

Prior to joining NPR in 2003, Chappell worked on the Assignment Desk at CNN International, handling regions from Asia and Africa to Europe and Latin America.

During the intensive early months of the Iraq War, he coordinated packages and live shots out of Qatar, Israel and Australia. During the war, he set up live interviews and brought in packages to supply content to CNN's global networks.

From 2002-2003, Chappell served as Editor-in-Chief of the Trans-Atlantic Journal, a business and lifestyle monthly geared for expatriate Europeans working and living in the United States.

Chappell's prior work included producing Web pages and editing digital video for CNNSI.com, as well as editing and producing news and features at CNN.com. His entry to CNN came via the network's central library, where he often manned the reference desk.

Chappell's entry into national journalism came after years of writing about movies, restaurants and music for alternative weeklies. A holder of bachelor's degrees in English and History from the University of Georgia, he attended graduate school for English Literature at the University of South Carolina.

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11:23am

Tue June 30, 2015
The Two-Way

Asked To Divide Zero By Zero, Siri Waxes Philosophical (And Personal)

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 2:36 pm

Siri's answer to the brain-teaser question "What's zero divided by zero" generates a response that people find both funny and unnerving.
NPR

The Internet is abuzz about the latest Easter egg found in Apple's Siri, as the virtual assistant gives a philosophical — and, to some, a personal — response to the question "What is zero divided by zero?"

Siri's on-screen answer is straightforward. But her more elaborate verbal reply easily surpasses the simple "Does not compute" with which robots in old sci-fi movies used to announce a bout of cognitive dissonance. For one thing, her answer invokes Cookie Monster.

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4:21pm

Mon June 29, 2015
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Supreme Court Places A Stay On Abortion Law In Texas

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 5:28 pm

The Supreme Court has placed a stay on a lower court's ruling that upheld new abortion standards in Texas, to give opponents of a controversial 2013 law time to take their case to the nation's highest court.

The stay is temporary: If the Supreme Court refuses to hear the case, the stay will be lifted and the law will take effect. If the justices agree to hear the case, the stay would remain in effect until a ruling is issued.

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3:13pm

Mon June 29, 2015
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Solar-Powered Airplane Begins Long Journey From Japan To Hawaii

Pilot André Borschberg sent this photo of his flight over Japan; he's now over the Pacific Ocean, heading to Hawaii. He's not expected to land until Friday morning, Eastern time.
Solar Impulse

In the longest leg of its planned around-the-world flight, the Solar Impulse took off from Nagoya, Japan, and is now headed to Hawaii. The plane is powered solely by the sun's energy that's stored in batteries; the current trip is expected to last 120 hours — five days and five nights.

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10:58am

Mon June 29, 2015
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Supreme Court Backs Arizona's Redistricting Commission Targeting Gridlock

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 8:12 pm

U.S. states' efforts to counter extreme gerrymandering won a victory Monday, as the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a bipartisan Arizona panel that draws the state's districts. The court's vote was 5-4; Chief Justice John Roberts dissented, as did Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the opinion for the majority, in which her citations included James Madison writing in The Federalist Papers.

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2:27pm

Fri June 26, 2015
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From Ice Cream To Ian McKellen: Reactions To Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 4:53 pm

People celebrate inside the Stonewall Inn, an iconic gay bar recently granted historic landmark status, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states.
Yana Paskova Getty Images

There was jubilation among supporters of same-sex marriage Friday, after the Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is legal in all 50 states. We've rounded up some of the best reactions, below.

Ice cream makers Ben & Jerry's seemed to be poised for this moment, unveiling a new package for its popular Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor — which was renamed "I Dough, I Dough."

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10:39am

Fri June 26, 2015
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Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 4:49 pm

Same-sex marriage supporters rejoice outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Friday after the U.S Supreme Court handed down a ruling regarding same-sex marriage. The high court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states.
Alex Wong Getty Images

States cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions, the Supreme Court says in a ruling that for months has been the focus of speculation. The decision was 5-4.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen as a pivotal swing vote in the case, wrote the majority opinion. All four justices who voted against the ruling wrote their own dissenting opinions: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

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7:08am

Fri June 26, 2015
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Man Beheaded In Terrorist Attack On French Factory

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 9:40 am

French police secure the entrance of the Air Products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near Lyon. A decapitated body was found outside the factory.
Philippe Desmazes AFP/Getty Images

One person has been killed and at least 12 others injured in an attack on a gas factory in a small town in southeastern France. Officials say it was a terrorist attack: A flag of the self-declared Islamic State was reportedly found at the factory southeast of Lyon.

One suspect has been arrested over the attack, which also included an explosion at the facility operated by Air Products, an American company whose headquarters are in Pennsylvania. It's not yet certain whether he was acting alone.

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2:27pm

Thu June 25, 2015
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Amy Poehler Asks A Critic Of Women's Sports, 'Really!?!'

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 3:15 pm

Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers took turns responding to a tweet that dismissed women's sports as "not worth watching."
YouTube

Many people took notice when a Sports Illustrated analyst dismissed women's sports as "not worth watching" earlier this week. Unfortunately for SI's Andy Benoit, two of those who noticed were Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers.

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12:26pm

Thu June 25, 2015
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In Fair Housing Act Case, Supreme Court Backs 'Disparate Impact' Claims

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 12:06 pm

The Supreme Court handed a victory to the Obama administration and civil rights groups on Thursday when, by a 5-4 decision, it upheld a key tool used for more than four decades to fight housing discrimination.
Eric Gay AP

Civil rights groups won a victory Thursday, as the Supreme Court ruled that claims of racial discrimination in housing cases shouldn't be limited by questions of intent.

The court affirmed a Court of Appeals decision in a case in which a nonprofit group, the Inclusive Communities Project, said that the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs had contributed to "segregated housing patterns by allocating too many tax credits to housing in predominantly black inner-city areas and too few in predominantly white suburban neighborhoods."

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8:30am

Thu June 25, 2015
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Funerals Begin For Those Slain At Emanuel AME Church

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 11:44 am

The casket holding Ethel Lance, who was killed during the shooting at Emanuel AME Church, is on view before her funeral at the Royal Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston, S.C., on Thursday.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Mourners will gather in South Carolina on Thursday for the funerals of the Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton and Ethel Lance, two of the nine people who were killed during a Bible study meeting in Charleston last week.

Both Coleman-Singleton, 45, and Lance, 70, were integral members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where police say a white gunman attacked last week with the stated intention of killing black people. The case is being investigated as a hate crime.

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7:03am

Thu June 25, 2015
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Thousands Of Cabdrivers Clog France's Roads To Protest Uber

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 4:29 pm

An UberPop vehicle was overturned by French taxi drivers, who also clashed with riot police, during Thursday's protest of the app-based ride-hailing company.
Ian Langsdon EPA/Landov

Taxi drivers in France formed virtual blockades around airports and key train stations Thursday, causing chaos in Paris and other French cities as part of a wide protest against the Uber ride-booking service, known in France as UberPOP.

Government and transportation officials urged travelers to take trains to many airports, as the roads around them were completely blocked.

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2:37pm

Wed June 24, 2015
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U.S. Slips In World Well-Being Rankings; Panama Is No. 1

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 3:17 pm

Panama was found to have the most people with high well-being, and Afghanistan the least, in a new Gallup world index.
Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index, 2014

As a region, the Americas fare quite well in Gallup's new global index of personal well-being, but the U.S. fell from No. 12 to No. 23 worldwide. The top 10 includes Costa Rica, Belize, and Mexico.

Panama took the top spot for the second straight year in the Gallup-Healthways Country Well-Being report, with Costa Rica second. Switzerland was the top European country, in fourth. At No. 23, the U.S. is one spot behind Israel and one ahead of Canada.

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12:45pm

Wed June 24, 2015
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U.S. Clarifies Hostage Policy, Saying It Won't Prosecute Families Over Ransom

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 2:54 pm

Better communication with the families of kidnapped Americans — and a pledge that those relatives won't face criminal charges if they pay ransoms — are at the heart of an update to the U.S. federal hostage policy, released Wednesday.

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11:40am

Wed June 24, 2015
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Yoink! Dad Nabs Foul Ball While Holding Baby At Cubs Game

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 2:49 pm

A father who snagged a foul ball at a Chicago Cubs game Tuesday is getting praise — even though the play was overturned.
MLB

It could have been a routine out in foul territory. Instead, a pop-up at a Chicago Cubs game was caught by a dad who was also holding a baby — and the crowd went wild. It didn't hurt that the fan momentarily robbed the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers of an out.

The play was eventually ruled to be fan interference, as Cubs fan Keith Hartley was found to have reached over into the field to nab the ball before it could land in the glove of the Dodgers' first baseman, Adrian Gonzalez.

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10:00am

Wed June 24, 2015
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Autopsy Attributes Freddie Gray's Death To 'High-Energy Injury,' Report Says

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 2:46 pm

A mural memorializing Baltimore resident Freddie Gray adorns a wall near the place where he was tackled and arrested by police. The Baltimore Sun says it has acquired a copy of the unreleased government autopsy report in the case.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Updated at 12:45 p.m. ET

The death of Baltimore man Freddie Gray was the result of a "high-energy injury" to his spine and was ruled a homicide due to "acts of omission" by police, according to The Baltimore Sun. The newspaper cites a copy of the unreleased autopsy report from the state medical examiner's office.

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8:53am

Wed June 24, 2015
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Over-Aged: Chinese Authorities Seize Decades-Old Meat

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 12:36 pm

China's customs agents have seized thousands of tons of frozen chicken wings, beef and pork that were smuggled by gangs. Weighing more than 100,000 tons, the meat has an estimated value of more than $480 million — but it also poses serious health risks, officials said.

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7:43am

Wed June 24, 2015
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French Are Fuming Over Report That NSA Spied On 3 Presidents

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 1:01 pm

French President Francois Hollande leads a meeting about new WikiLeaks allegations of U.S. spying on French presidents.
Charles Platiau/Pool EPA/Landov

The U.S. ambassador to France has been summoned to the French Foreign Ministry to answer new claims that the NSA monitored the communications of three sitting French presidents and their top staff.

Those said to be targeted include President Francois Hollande, who is holding an emergency meeting today with top French lawmakers.

From Paris, NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports:

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5:04pm

Tue June 23, 2015
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Female Shortstop, 16, Could Be Signed By MLB Teams In July

In what Major League Baseball says is a first, French baseball player Melissa Mayeux has had her name added to the list of international prospects who could be signed by clubs on July 2.

At age 16, Mayeux plays shortstop for two of France's national teams: the U-18 junior squad and the senior softball team. She's known as a smooth fielder who can also handle a bat.

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1:31pm

Tue June 23, 2015
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Solar-Powered Plane's Japan-Hawaii Flight Is Postponed

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 3:07 pm

Pilot Andre Borschberg of Switzerland sits aboard the Solar Impulse as a ground crew pushes the plane at the airport in Nagoya, Japan, prior to taking off for Hawaii.
Toshifumi Kitamura AFP/Getty Images

The Solar Impulse, an aircraft that generates power solely from the sun's energy, is set to embark on the longest leg of its planned round-the-world journey: a trip of some 115 hours between Nagoya, Japan, and Hawaii. But weather concerns have forced another delay.

The Solar Impulse 2 had initially been slated to take off from Japan around 1:30 p.m. ET.

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12:44pm

Tue June 23, 2015
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NASA Flummoxed By Dwarf Planet's Bright Spots, 'Pyramid-Shaped Peak'

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 1:01 pm

A "cluster of mysterious bright spots" can be seen on the dwarf planet Ceres, NASA says. The image was taken by the Dawn spacecraft, in orbit of Ceres.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

New images of Ceres are the clearest ever taken, but NASA's scientists still haven't figured out the enigmatic dwarf planet. The agency's latest photos of Ceres show multiple bright spots — and a "pyramid-shaped peak towering over a relatively flat landscape."

That's according to an update posted by the space agency, saying that Ceres and its bright spots "continue to mystify."

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10:58am

Tue June 23, 2015
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James Horner, A Giant Among Movie Music Composers, Is Dead, Agents Say

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 11:38 pm

Composer James Horner, seen here at a movie premiere in 2012, is believed to have died in a plane crash.
Gareth Cattermole Getty Images

Update: 11:30 p.m. ET

In a statement Tuesday night, the talent agency that represented Horner mourned "the tragic passing of our dear colleague."

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3:50pm

Mon June 22, 2015
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Gov. Haley Announces New Push To Remove Confederate Flag In S.C.

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 12:31 pm

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley along with Sens. Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham (right, far right) and other lawmakers and activists call for the Confederate flag to be moved from state Capitol grounds.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

South Carolina's most prominent political leaders say it's time for their state to stop flying the Confederate battle flag on the grounds of its Statehouse. Gov. Nikki Haley made their position clear Monday afternoon, speaking alongside Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Tim Scott and others.

Calls for moving the Confederate battle flag have grown since the shooting of nine black church members in Charleston last week. After speaking about the efforts to cope with that tragedy, Haley said that she has seen "the heart and soul" of South Carolina.

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2:32pm

Mon June 22, 2015
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'We Are Not Cured': Obama Discusses Racism In America With Marc Maron

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 3:24 pm

President Barack Obama participates in a podcast with Marc Maron in Los Angeles, on Friday.
Pete Souza The White House

President Obama talks about his own life, America's race relations and the trouble with politics during the much-anticipated new episode of the WTF with Marc Maron podcast, in an interview that is making headlines for its candid discussion of race.

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5:47pm

Fri June 19, 2015
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Confederate Flag 'Has To Come Down' In S.C., NAACP Leader Says

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 8:43 pm

A Confederate flag that's part of a Civil War memorial on the grounds of the South Carolina State House flies during a Martin Luther King Day rally in 2008. The state is under fire for continuing to fly the flag.
Chris Hondros Getty Images

Calling Wednesday's killing of nine black church members in Charleston, S.C., a hate crime, the head of the NAACP says it's not appropriate for South Carolina to keep flying the Confederate flag at its state house.

"The flag has to come down," NAACP President Cornell Brooks told a crowd gathered for a midday news conference Friday.

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12:59pm

Fri June 19, 2015
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Doctors, Nurses Among 243 Charged In Million-Dollar Medicare Schemes

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 2:59 pm

Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks about a federal crackdown on Medicare fraud. With her are HHS Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson (from left), HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, FBI Director James B. Comey and Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Leslie R. Caldwell.
T.J. Kirkpatrick Getty Images

Federal agents have arrested 243 people — including 46 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals — who are accused of running up more than $700 million in false Medicare billings. Charges range from fraud and money-laundering to aggravated identity theft and kickbacks.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch calls it "the largest criminal health care fraud takedown in the history of the Department of Justice."

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11:02am

Fri June 19, 2015
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'They Will Strafe You,' Bird Expert Says Of Seattle's Dive-Bombing Crows

A crow dives on a researcher during a trial. Crows recognize people who have scared them or wronged them for years afterward.
Courtesy of Keith Brust

It has become an annual process: Crows swoop down on unsuspecting Seattleites, who then call wildlife professor John Marzluff, who explains that it's simply the season for crows to dive-bomb people — and that they're mostly harmless.

The behavior, Marzluff tells member station KUOW, is tied to something many parents can understand: the empty nest.

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3:16pm

Thu June 18, 2015
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Kids' Art Show Takes Over 2 Billboards In Times Square

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 6:49 am

Who? by Sharon Yang, 10, a fifth-grader in Brooklyn. Of this work, she says: "I put a lot of effort in my artwork to make the texture on the tree and the feathers on the owl."
Isaak Liptzin WNYC

For the next few days, two large billboards in New York's Times Square are being given over to art created by the city's public school students. The project highlights students' work that's part of a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

"Art is my favorite subject. It lets me see new things," artist and fifth-grader Sharon Yang told a crowd Wednesday, according to member station WNYC.

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12:21pm

Thu June 18, 2015
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'Mother Emanuel' Church Suffers A New Loss In Charleston

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 8:47 pm

The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., has overcome fire, earthquakes and hurricanes in its nearly 200-year history.
Randall Hill Reuters /Landov

In the Holy City, it's called "Mother Emanuel." Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church has a long history in which its existence was threatened — or even banned outright. Every time, the church that was the scene of Wednesday's mass shooting has survived and rebuilt.

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6:03pm

Wed June 17, 2015
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Worms Know What's Up — And Now Scientists Know Why

Researchers say that inside the head of the worm C. elegans, an antenna-like structure at the tip of the AFD neuron (highlighted in green) is the first identified sensor for Earth's magnetic field.
Andrés Vidal-Gadea

In what researchers say is a first, they've discovered the neuron in worms that detects Earth's magnetic field. Animals have been known to sense the magnetic field; a new study identifies the microscopic, antenna-shaped sensor that helps worms orient themselves underground.

The sensory neuron that the worm C. elegans uses to migrate up or down through the soil could be similar to what many other animals use, according to the team of scientists and engineers at The University of Texas at Austin.

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11:34am

Wed June 17, 2015
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Boy Who Lost Stuffed Tiger At Airport Finds Tiger Stayed Very Busy

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 1:57 pm

Hobbes the tiger surveys the scene at Tampa International Airport, where he was briefly stranded.
Tampa International Airport

If a boy named Owen suspects his stuffed tiger named Hobbes has a secret life, the staff of Tampa International Airport won't disagree. Owen recently lost Hobbes at the airport — and when he reclaimed the tiger, he also received photos of Hobbes touring the facility.

Owen, 6, had flown from Florida to Texas. His mother, Amanda Lake, says that for much of the trip, Owen was preoccupied with whether his tiger was OK.

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