Science http://wvasfm.org en Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? http://wvasfm.org/post/pop-quiz-20-percent-chance-rain-do-you-need-umbrella This week, <em>All Things Considered</em> is exploring <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/333708682/risk-and-reason" target="_blank">how people interpret probability</a>. What does it mean to us, for example, when a doctor says an operation has a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/21/332074963/what-the-odds-fail-to-capture-when-a-health-crisis-hits" target="_blank">70 percent chance of success?</a><p>One of the most common encounters with percent probabilities has to do with weather. Take a moment to consider the question below. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:12:00 +0000 editor 51856 at http://wvasfm.org Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? Thousands Of Migrating Birds Take Their Layover In A Texas Parking Lot http://wvasfm.org/post/thousands-migrating-birds-take-their-layover-texas-parking-lot For one month every summer, hundreds of thousands of purple martins stop by an abandoned shopping mall parking lot in Austin, Texas, on their way to the Amazon Basin. Reporter Luke Quinton visited this year's roosting and offers a glimpse of the phenomenon. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 editor 51846 at http://wvasfm.org Don't Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes http://wvasfm.org/post/dont-pop-bubble-wrap-scientists-turn-trash-test-tubes Hate to burst your bubble, glass lab gear. But plastic bubble wrap also works pretty well at running science experiments.<p>Scientists at Harvard University have figured out a way to use these petite pouches as an inexpensive alternate to glass test tubes and culture dishes. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:31:00 +0000 editor 51838 at http://wvasfm.org Don't Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes What's Better Than A Total Eclipse Of The Sun? Check This http://wvasfm.org/post/whats-better-total-eclipse-sun-check <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyZoD7BRTtg</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:55:00 +0000 Robert Krulwich 51835 at http://wvasfm.org What's Better Than A Total Eclipse Of The Sun? Check This Rituals That Work And Why http://wvasfm.org/post/rituals-work-and-why <ul><p><li>Ancient Egyptians <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/05/02/the-surprisingly-simple-way-egyptians-moved-massive-pyramid-stones-without-modern-technology/">transport a large statue by sledge</a>, headed by a person who pours water from a vessel.</li><p><li>Before stepping onto the pitch, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/22/324480094/pre-game-rituals-give-world-cup-players-a-measure-of-control">a soccer player ties and reties his shoelaces</a> for good luck.</li><p><li>In Indonesia, a Kantu' farmer <a href="http://aeon.co/magazine/world-views/is-the-most Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:43:00 +0000 Tania Lombrozo 51826 at http://wvasfm.org Rituals That Work And Why Son's Mental Illness Prompts Billionaire's Big Donation To Psychiatric Research http://wvasfm.org/post/sons-mental-illness-prompts-billionaires-big-donation-psychiatric-research Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>A billionaire businessman today is making the largest ever donation toward psychiatric research. Ted Stanley is giving $650 million to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. The money will fund efforts to find and treat the genetic underpinnings of mental illness. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:25:00 +0000 editor 51802 at http://wvasfm.org Rosetta Spacecraft Readies For Rendezvous With Comet http://wvasfm.org/post/rosetta-spacecraft-readies-rendezvous-comet Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Next month, the European Space Agency's Rosetta space probe will catch up with a comet, which it has been chasing across the solar system for a decade. Once there, the Rosetta probe will take pictures, make measurements and drop a probe down to the comet's surface. Last January, NPR science correspondent Joe Palca reported that for more than two years the spacecraft had shut off most of its instruments, including the radio for communicating with Earth, in order to save energy. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Joe Palca 51801 at http://wvasfm.org Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists http://wvasfm.org/post/sixth-graders-science-fair-finding-shocks-ecologists When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad.<p>Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away professional ecologists. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 NPR Staff 51742 at http://wvasfm.org Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists 45 Years Ago, Armstrong Took His 'One Small Step' http://wvasfm.org/post/45-years-ago-armstrong-took-his-one-small-step Forty-five years ago today, in arguably the greatest technological feat of the 20th Century, two Americans stepped off the ladder of their small landing craft and walked on the surface of the moon.<p>The first of them, Neil Armstrong, 38, of Wapakoneta, Ohio, pronounced his accomplishment "one small step for [a] man; one giant leap for mankind." The second, 39-year-old New Jersey native Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr., described what he saw as "magnificent desolation."<p>As the pair bounded across the lunar landscape, planting an American flag, setting up experiments, and collecting soil and rocks, a Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:40:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 51739 at http://wvasfm.org 45 Years Ago, Armstrong Took His 'One Small Step' Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us' http://wvasfm.org/post/astronaut-who-walked-moon-it-was-science-fiction-us In November of 1969, astronaut Alan Bean became the fourth man to walk on the moon. His mission, Apollo 12, arrived at the moon a few months after Apollo 11 made the first moon landing. That historic event celebrates its 45th anniversary Sunday.<p>Apollo 12 got off to a dramatic start: A storm rolled in as the rocket was scheduled to launch. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:13:00 +0000 NPR Staff 51735 at http://wvasfm.org Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us'