Science

12:14pm

Wed April 8, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

What The 'God Of The Gaps' Teaches Us About Science

Scientist Isaac Newton on an engraving from the 1800s.
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"God of the Gaps": When God is invoked to fill in the blanks in scientific knowledge. An old-fashioned and doomed theological approach, but one that is nevertheless very much alive in the minds of many.

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5:08am

Wed April 8, 2015
Research News

Why Is Condom-Use Suddenly Dropping Among College Sophomores?

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 8:28 pm

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4:36am

Wed April 8, 2015
The Salt

Aspiring Craft Brewers Hit The Books To Pick Up Science Chops

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 12:20 pm

Here's how popular craft brewed beer is these days: On average, a new brewery opens its doors every single day in the the U.S.

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3:45am

Wed April 8, 2015
Shots - Health News

Doctors Test Tumor Paint In People

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 5:52 pm

Blaze Bioscience is commercially developing the "paint," which glows when exposed to near-infrared light.
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A promising technique for making brain tumors glow so they'll be easier for surgeons to remove is now being tested in cancer patients.

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5:47pm

Tue April 7, 2015
Shots - Health News

Many Obamacare Policyholders Face Tax Surprises This Year

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 7:54 pm

Depending on the amount taken in subsidies, or changes in reported income and family status, some Obamacare policyholders this year will get a bigger refund than expected and others will owe more in taxes.
Carolyn Kaster AP

The old saying goes, "Nothing is certain except death and taxes." But the Affordable Care Act has added a new wrinkle.

For many policyholders, the ACA has introduced a good deal of uncertainty about their tax bills. That has led to surprise refunds for some and higher-than-expected tax payments for others.

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4:43pm

Tue April 7, 2015
The Two-Way

Is It Time To Resurrect The Brontosaurus?

Originally published on Sun April 12, 2015 4:46 pm

A life-size replica of a Brontosaurus towers above park goers on Christmas day in 2006 in Manila, Philippines.
Pat Roque AP

The Brontosaurus may be back.

Not that it ever really went away, at least not in the minds of generations of people who grew up watching Fred Flintstone devour one of his beloved Brontosaurus burgers.

But if you're a scientist, you have to stick to the rules, and in 1903, the name Brontosaurus was struck from the record. That was when paleontologist Elmer Riggs deemed that the Brontosaurus was really just a different dinosaur, Apatosaurus.

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4:42pm

Tue April 7, 2015
The Salt

California Farmers Gulp Most Of State's Water, But Say They've Cut Back

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 7:54 pm

Fields of carrots are watered March 29, 2015, in Kern County, Calif. Subsidized water flowing in federal and state canals down from the wet north to the arid south helped turn the dry, flat plain of the San Joaquin Valley into one of the world's most important food-growing regions.
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When Gov. Jerry Brown announced the largest mandatory water restrictions in California history April 1 while standing in a snowless field in the Sierra Nevada, he gave hardly a mention to farms.

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10:52am

Tue April 7, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Why Doesn't Your Butt Fall Through The Chair?

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 12:06 pm

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Everyone knows that space is big and empty. To paraphrase Douglas Adams, author of Life, The Universe and Everything: "Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the pharmacy, but that's just peanuts to space."

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5:03am

Tue April 7, 2015
Shots - Health News

Breast Milk Sold Online Contaminated With Cow's Milk

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 7:54 pm

The number of women buying, selling and sharing breast milk is growing rapidly. But it can be a risky purchase, scientists say, because a mom can't tell by looking at the milk whether it's safe and nutritious for her baby.
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Selling breast milk is big business.

Each year tens of thousands of women post ads on websites, offering their extra milk for $1 to $3 an ounce: "My rich milk makes giants!" promises one seller. "Organic and Gluten Free Breastmilk," claims another. Then there's this one: "470 oz. of breastmilk must go!!!"

But some women online aren't delivering what they're advertising.

Scientists at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, analyzed 102 samples ordered from popular websites and found about 10 percent of them were "topped off" with cow's milk.

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5:14pm

Mon April 6, 2015
Environment

NASA Battles Rising Sea Levels To Protect Kennedy Space Center

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 7:48 pm

Sea level rise is beginning to affect the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A protective dune not too far from the launchpads has collapsed and waves have washed over railroad tracks built in the 1960s. Now NASA is taking steps to protect its launch infrastructure.

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