Science

5:10pm

Fri April 24, 2015
The Two-Way

Scientists Discover Massive New Magma Chamber Under Yellowstone

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 5:14 pm

The Grand Prismatic hot spring in Yellowstone National Park is among the park's myriad hydrothermal features created by the fact that Yellowstone is a supervolcano.
Robert B. Smith AP

There's more to Yellowstone National Park than meets the eye. Much more, as it turns out.

You might already know that a supervolcano dominates the famous park that is situated on land in Wyoming and Montana. A shallow subsurface magma chamber has long been known.

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5:02pm

Fri April 24, 2015
U.S.

What's That Smell? The Beautiful Tree That's Causing Quite A Stink

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 1:03 pm

Callery pear trees in Pittsburgh. The smell of the invasive trees has been compared to rotting fish and other stinky things.
Luke H. Gordon Flickr

It's springtime in Pittsburgh, and throughout the city, Callery pear trees are sprouting beautiful, white blossoms.

But that's just the problem. Simply put, these trees stink.

"This whole place smells like dead fish," says Sheila Titus. "I mean everywhere. Everywhere you see one of these trees with the white on them."

Titus has lived in her home in the now-hip neighborhood of Lawrenceville for 49 years. Two decades ago, her grandson and his 7th grade class planted a row of Callery pears across the street from her house.

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5:02pm

Fri April 24, 2015
Environment

California Cities Struggle To Meet Water Conservation Targets

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 6:55 pm

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2:58pm

Fri April 24, 2015
Shots - Health News

CDC Warns More HIV, Hepatitis C Outbreaks Likely Among Drug Users

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 6:55 pm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that the U.S. epidemic of opioid abuse could lead to more severe outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C nationally, much like the outbreak now seen in Indiana. A health advisory the agency released Friday outlines steps that state health departments and medical providers should take to minimize the risk of that happening.

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10:36am

Fri April 24, 2015
Shots - Health News

To Weather Criticism, It Helps To Think Of The Big Picture

Think back to the last time you got negative feedback — like when your doctor suggested you lay off the cigarettes or when your mother advised you to get rid of that ridiculous goatee.

Though we all understand the value of constructive criticism, we don't like hearing that we've done something wrong. And the knee-jerk reaction is to act defensive.

But if you focus on the big picture and future goals, you may be able to trick your mind into being a bit more receptive.

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9:49am

Fri April 24, 2015
TED Radio Hour

Why Don't Ants Need A Leader?

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 9:28 am

"We could learn a lot from ants about how effective a noisy, messy system could be." — Deborah Gordon
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Getting Organized

About Deborah Gordon's TED Talk

The world's largest ant colony stretches over 3,700 miles. It succeeds, biologist Deborah Gordon says, because no one is in charge. The ants communicate with algorithmic patterns to survive and thrive.

About Deborah Gordon

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9:11am

Fri April 24, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

A New Way To Think About 'God'

This Hubble Space Telescope image shows a star known as R Sculptoris, located 1,500 light-years from Earth, in the constellation of Sculptor. The black region at the centre of the image has been artificially masked.
ESA/NASA

Part Two Of Two (Read Part One here.)

There is no single meaning for the word "God." The idea of God and gods has been evolving and shape-shifting nonstop for millennia, and it's not over yet.

All traditional ideas of God are demonstrably inadequate to our time. They perpetuate conflict or fail to inspire us enough to rise to the existential challenges of our complex and dangerous world.

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3:56am

Fri April 24, 2015
Science

After 25 Years, The Hubble Space Telescope Still Wows Humanity

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 4:26 pm

(Left) This is one of two cameras that the telescope originally carried, and it has since been replaced with a more up-to-date version. (Right) Workers study Hubble's 8-foot main mirror. After launch the mirror was found to have a problem, which astronauts corrected in 1993.
SSPL/Getty Images; Hubblesite

Mike Massimino is one of the last people to ever see the Hubble Space Telescope in person.

From inside his orbiting space shuttle, the telescope first appeared on the horizon as a star, says Massimino, who was an astronaut on the final mission to service the space telescope in 2009.

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5:21pm

Thu April 23, 2015
Space

'That's What Hubble Can See': A Tribute To The Space Telescope

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 7:29 pm

NPR has this tribute to the Hubble Space Telescope — a parody of Iggy Azalea's "Trouble."

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5:21pm

Thu April 23, 2015
Commentary

Hubble Telescope Celebrates 25 Years In Space

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 7:03 pm

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It was 25 years ago tomorrow that NASA launched the Hubble Telescope. It gave us a new view of the universe, and NPR's Cosmos and Culture blogger Adam Frank tells us its remarkable work will endure for centuries.

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