Tue July 7, 2015
Around the Nation

Budget Cuts Force Colorado National Forest To Rely On Volunteer Labor

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 6:32 pm

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Tue July 7, 2015
The Salt

Why Sit-Down Meals May Be Just As Unhealthful As Fast Food

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 2:10 pm

Eating at a full-service restaurant doesn't necessarily mean a more healthful meal than dining at the drive-through joint.

Even if you're not counting your calories, date night at that restaurant down the street is still a more healthful choice than McDonald's, right?

Don't count on it.

Dining out at a sit-down restaurant can mean far more sodium in your diet-- and nearly as much saturated fat — as eating at a fast-food joint, according to a recent study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. What's more, people consumed more calories when they sat down for their meal at a full-service place rather than taking it to go, the study found.

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Tue July 7, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

How Long Would It Take To Drive To Pluto?

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 12:22 pm


We don't make very good judges of distance, not on cosmic scales at least. Using our own wanderings on Earth as the judge of all things, evolution has left us poorly prepared for the epic scales of all things astronomical.

This week, as a box of electronics called New Horizons prepares to complete a nearly 10-year journey to Pluto, it's a good moment to reflect on just how far away even the objects in our astronomical backyard are from us.

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Mon July 6, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

What You Really Know About Bicycles

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 3:27 pm

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About 94 percent of Americans know how to ride a bike. For some, it's a primary form of transport, for others an occasional diversion.

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Mon July 6, 2015
The Two-Way

Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Nears Its Quarry

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 7:58 am

NASA's New Horizons mission will be the first ever to visit Pluto and its moons. This artist's conception shows the probe as it passes the dwarf planet.

It has taken nearly a decade and 3 billion miles to get there, but scientists are about to get their first look at Pluto.

The New Horizons spacecraft is closing fast on the tiny world once thought to be at the edge of our solar system. On Tuesday the probe will begin an intensive nine-day scientific study of Pluto and its moons.

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Mon July 6, 2015

After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 8:48 pm

It has been called the "Super Bowl of the ocean."

Shark Week is a ratings bonanza for the Discovery Channel with more than 40 million people tuning in last year. Shark Week kicked off this weekend with the most hours of programming ever in its 28-year history But many scientists think the huge audiences — and the hype — have come at the expense of real science.

A generation of shark scientists cut their teeth on Shark Week.

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Sun July 5, 2015
The Two-Way

Russian Supply Capsule Successfully Docks With Space Station

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 1:18 pm

The Soyuz-U space launch vehicle rocket carrying the Russian cargo ship Progress M-28M launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Friday. The Progress resupply capsule successfully docked with the International Space Station on Sunday.
Sergai Savostyanov ITAR-TASS/Landov

The International Space Station has just received a much-needed delivery, including some groceries, aboard a Russian capsule that successfully docked after three previous attempts to resupply the orbiting laboratory had failed.

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Sun July 5, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

The Awkward Synthesis That Is 'Inside Out'

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 8:03 am

Lewis Black, who voices "Anger," attends the Los Angeles premiere of "Inside Out" at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles.
Dan Steinberg AP

The new Pixar animation Inside Out, directed by Pete Docter (Monster's Inc., Up), is the playful and ambitious story of the emotional life of a young girl, Riley, who is uprooted when her parents move to a new city so that her father can take up a job. Like a lot of science fiction, however, the fiction drags because the science never really makes any sense.

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Sun July 5, 2015
Around the Nation

Don't Blame The Sharks For 'Perfect Storm' Of Attacks In North Carolina

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 2:58 pm

The recent spate of attacks — seven since June in North Carolina alone — has little to do with the shark population off American coastlines. Shark attack, George Burgess says, "is driven by the number of humans in the water more than the number of sharks."
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Those who spend much time on the Carolina beaches know that many shark species, and even whales, are frequent visitors during the summer. And, though it's extremely rare, those sharks have been known to attack humans.

But this year, there have already been seven shark attacks off the North Carolina coast since June. It's a number that has surprised even the most seasoned of shark-watchers.

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Sat July 4, 2015
Strange News

Millions Of Mummified Dogs Found In Ancient Egyptian Catacombs

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 6:57 pm

Researchers discovered ancient animal mummies piled up in heaps inside a catacomb. Many of the mummies were in poor condition.
Courtesy of Paul Nicholson

In catacombs south of Cairo, researchers have discovered burial sites filled with huge numbers of mummified animals — nearly 8 million of them, mostly dogs.

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