Science

6:22am

Tue November 25, 2014
Animals

New Bird Species Sings Sweetly In Sulawesi

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 8:02 am

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3:51am

Tue November 25, 2014
Goats and Soda

As Ebola Pingpongs In Liberia, Cases Disappear Into The Jungle

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 8:59 am

A hand-drawn map on the wall of a rural clinic shows health workers where a woman with Ebola may be hiding.
Kelly McEvers NPR

There's a new phase of Ebola in Liberia. Epidemiologists call it pingponging.

Back in March, the disease was found in the rural areas. Then as people came to the capital to seek care, it started growing exponentially there. Now, some sick people are going back to their villages, and the disease has pingponged to the rural areas again.

So that's where we're headed — into the hot, thick jungle of Liberia to investigate a new Ebola hotspot.

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6:34pm

Mon November 24, 2014
Science

'Queen Of Carbon' Among Medal Of Freedom Honorees

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 10:15 am

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And we're going to meet one of the other recipients of this year's Medal of Freedom. She's known in science circles as the Queen of Carbon, but she's a little more modest.

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2:58pm

Mon November 24, 2014
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Is The Blogosphere Self-Correcting?

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 8:41 pm

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Here's a common image of science: Sometimes science gets things wrong, but the scientific process is self-correcting.

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5:11pm

Sun November 23, 2014
Science

Could Magnets Help Lessen The Impact Of Concussions In Football?

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 6:23 pm

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10:50am

Sun November 23, 2014
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Exploring The Religious Naturalist Option

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Adam recently wrote a nice piece on the "spiritual but not religious" distinction being made these days. He noted that "religious" is commonly used to connote being affiliated with a traditional religion and "spiritual" to connote some larger sense of awe and wonder.

I'm offering another take on these matters — one that incorporates the science-based understandings of nature that lie at the heart of 13.7 — by answering some questions here:

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7:21am

Sun November 23, 2014
Humans

Why People Take Risks To Help Others: Altruism's Roots In The Brain

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 1:26 pm

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When someone does something utterly selfless, you might think, oh, they're just a generous kind of soul. But new research suggests altruism may be hardwired in the brain. Reporter Michelle Trudeau has more.

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7:03am

Sun November 23, 2014
Goats and Soda

A Bus Isn't The Only Thing That Can Be Powered By Poop

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 5:20 pm

Mango trees would be grateful for the nutrients in human poop.
Noah Seelam AFP/Getty Images

What can you do with human waste? Besides flushing it?

That's a question that came to mind when we read about the United Kingdom's first-ever "Bio-bus." It's a tour bus that runs between the cities of Bristol and Bath. The tank is filled with biomethane gas generated from food waste and human excrement.

And it turns out that the bus isn't the only example of poo power.

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5:52am

Sun November 23, 2014
Shots - Health News

What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 2:56 pm

Even cleaning a bathroom daily didn't much affect the make-up of the community of microbes living there, scientists say.
Claire Eggers NPR

The invisible world of the bathroom isn't pretty — unless you're a microbe. After scanning the microbial zoo of four public restrooms recently, a team of researchers found a diverse swarm of characters that persisted for months despite regular cleaning of the facilities.

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7:55am

Sat November 22, 2014
Environment

Starfish Illness Harms Other Sea Creatures

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 11:21 am

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