Mon March 9, 2015

How Do You Get People To Work Harder? Keep The Reward A Secret

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 8:20 am

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Sun March 8, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Who Was Mr. Spock?

Actor Leonard Nimoy in 2006.

Leonard Nimoy, who died on Feb. 27 at age 83, wrote two memoirs. One was called I Am Not Spock and the other was called I Am Spock.

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Sun March 8, 2015
Goats and Soda

Why China's Pollution Could Be Behind Our Cold, Snowy Winters

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 2:39 pm

A lot of the airborne particles in the Earth's atmosphere come from natural sources, such as desert dust (red-orange) and sea salt (blue). But there's also soot from fires (green and yellow) and sulfur emissions (white) from burning fossil fuel.
William Putman NASA/Goddard

It's March. It's freezing. And there's half a foot of snow on the ground. When is this winter going to end?

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Sat March 7, 2015
Shots - Health News

Supporting A Spouse With Alzheimer's: 'I Don't Get Angry Anymore'

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 8:45 pm

Greg and Mary Catherine O'Brien with their kids, at daughter Colleen's marriage to Matt Everett last August. Greg has early-onset Alzheimer's. From left, Brendan O'Brien, Greg O'Brien, Colleen O'Brien, Matt Everett, Mary Catherine O'Brien, and Conor O'Brien.
Courtesy of Greg O'Brien

This is part of NPR's series Inside Alzheimer's, about Greg O'Brien's experience of living with the illness. This time we hear from Greg's wife, Mary Catherine.

Greg and Mary Catherine O'Brien will celebrate their 38th wedding anniversary next month. She knows him better than anyone — his moods and sense of humor, his devotion to their three children and his love of Cape Cod.

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Sat March 7, 2015
The Two-Way

This Just (Flew) In: The Formerly 'Extinct' Jerdon's Babbler

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 1:14 pm

Birders and scientists who thought Jerdon's babbler had gone the way of the passenger pigeon now have something to crow about: it turns out that the sparrow-sized tan-colored bird is still among us, despite having been written out of the birding guides in 1941.

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Sat March 7, 2015

These Tunes Are Music To Your Cats' Furry Ears

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 12:18 pm

Could this cat be enjoying "Spook's Ditty"?

When you leave the house, do you ever turn on some music to keep your cat company?

What kind do you choose? Tom Jones crooning "What's New Pussycat?" A ballad by Cat Stevens? Perhaps Al Stewart's "The Year of the Cat"?

Nonsense. Cats don't to want to hear humans singing about them, says composer and University of Maryland music professor David Teie.

Researchers at U.Md. and the University of Wisconsin have teamed up with Teie to make music that was more feline friendly.

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Fri March 6, 2015
The Two-Way

FDA Approves First Of New Type Of Generic Drugs

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 4:40 pm

Swiss drugmaker Novartis' logo is seen behind scaffolding at the company's plant in the northern Swiss town of Stein, shown in January. The company's "biosimilar" drug Zarxio has received FDA approval.
Arnd Wiegmann Reuters/Landov

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first in a class of generic drugs that are made from living cells instead of chemical compounds.

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Fri March 6, 2015
TED Radio Hour

How Can Math Help You Imagine The Impossible?

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 4:50 pm

Writer Randall Munroe answers bizarre questions with math, like what would happen if a baseball pitcher threw a ball at 90 percent the speed of light?
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Solve For X

About Randall Munroe's TED Talk

Writer Randall Munroe doesn't love math, but has made a career out of solving equations. By answering outlandish hypotheticals, he uses numbers as a playground for the imagination.

About Randall Munroe

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Fri March 6, 2015
TED Radio Hour

Can Math Help You Fall in Love?

"I struggle to find anything in the world that you can't that you can't get an interesting perspective on by using maths." - Hannah Fry
Courtesy of TED

Part 7 of the TED Radio Hour episode Solve For X

About Hannah Fry's TED Talk

Mathematician Hannah Fry says math can help you find love. Using mathematical models, she explains how to find an ideal mate and the secret to maintaining a healthy relationship.

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Fri March 6, 2015
TED Radio Hour

Should We Be Wary of Algorithms?

"Decisions are made automatically by machines, increasingly without human supervision." - Kevin Slavin
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Solve For X

About Kevin Slavin's TED Talk

Netflix, Uber, and the stock market are governed by algorithms. Entrepreneur and artist Kevin Slavin shows how these formulas can reshape finance, culture, and physical environments, with potentially harmful consequences.

About Kevin Slavin

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