Mon December 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

Novice Neurosurgeons Train On Brains Printed In 3-D

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 9:58 am

A simulated patient at the University of Malaya makes use of different materials to mimic the look and feel of human tissue.
Courtesy of Vicknes Waran

There's no such thing as too much practice when it comes to brain surgery.

But it's hard for beginner neurosurgeons to get real hands-on experience. Most residents learn by watching and assisting experienced surgeons.

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Mon December 16, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Global Warming Explained, In About A Minute

Jean-Pierre Clatot AFP/Getty Images


Mon December 16, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

What's That Clinging To The Towering Wall And Why Doesn't It Fall Off?


Maybe you've seen this, (it's gotten around), but I'm still gobsmacked. Totally amazed. We're in northern Italy looking at the face of the Cingino Dam, and here and there on the vertical stone wall, you'll see a few dark specks.

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Sat December 14, 2013
The New And The Next

Science Becomes 'Sexy' With Fast Cars And Gangsta Physics

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 6:19 pm

Todd Rosenberg Getty Images

The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest discoveries.

This week, Ozy co-founder Carlos Watson tells NPR's Arun Rath about a gangster-turned-astrophysicist and a race car driver working to making science "sexy" again. Plus, a look at the changing landscape of African art — no tribal masks allowed.

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Fri December 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Catch The Geminid Meteor Shower Tonight

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 5:30 pm

A Geminid meteor streaks across the sky early Friday near Scotland, Md.
Morgan Walker NPR

Stargazers are in for a treat if they're willing to wake up really early Saturday morning.

The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight, potentially serving up more than a hundred shooting stars per hour. The meteors will appear to emanate from the constellation Gemini (thus the name), but that's just an optical illusion. The meteors are actually remains of an asteroid whose fragments burn up in Earth's atmosphere as our planet passes through the field of debris.

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Fri December 13, 2013

Science Book Picks for 2013

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 2:58 pm



This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow and you are invited to join our annual holiday club of the air. This week we'll be talking about some of the best science reads from 2013. I'm going to throw in my favorite one right at the beginning before Deborah and Maria get a chance to put a word in edgewise.

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Fri December 13, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Do Men And Women Have Different Brains?


A sharp and well-reasoned letter in The Guardian a few days ago by University of Cambridge philosophers Rae Langton and John Dupre makes a much needed observation: If there are behavioral or cognitive or mental differences between men and women, you would expect these to reveal themselves in neural differences.

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Fri December 13, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Congratulations, Tania Lombrozo!

Kudos to our fellow blogger Tania Lombrozo! Her Boston Review article on science and religion has been selected, by that publication, as one of its best for 2013.

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Fri December 13, 2013
The Salt

How Plastic In The Ocean Is Contaminating Your Seafood

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 10:38 am

"A lot of people are eating seafood all the time, and fish are eating plastic all the time, so I think that's a problem," says a marine toxicologist.

We've long known that the fish we eat are exposed to toxic chemicals in the rivers, bays and oceans they inhabit. The substance that's gotten the most attention — because it has shown up at disturbingly high levels in some fish — is mercury.

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Fri December 13, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Does Body Language Shape Who You Are?

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 9:23 am

James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Spoken And Unspoken.

About Amy Cuddy's TEDTalk

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" can affect our brains, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

About Amy Cuddy

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