Science

4:23pm

Fri November 21, 2014
Environment

Shrinking Glaciers Could Squeeze Washington's Water Supply

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 6:36 pm

Washington state is home to more glaciers than any other state in the lower 48, and they're receding faster than ever before. That's a problem for the Pacific Northwest, where glaciers are crucial for drinking water, hydropower generation and salmon survival.

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3:54pm

Fri November 21, 2014
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Artificial Intelligence, Really, Is Pseudo-Intelligence

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 5:14 pm

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One reason I'm not worried about the possibility that we will soon make machines that are smarter than us, is that we haven't managed to make machines until now that are smart at all. Artificial intelligence isn't synthetic intelligence: It's pseudo-intelligence.

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9:21am

Fri November 21, 2014
TED Radio Hour

How Can We Find More Time To Be Still?

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 11:50 am

"In an age of constant movement, nothing is so urgent as sitting still." -Pico Iyer
Ryan Lash TED

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode Quiet

About Pico Iyer's TED Talk

Pico Iyer says sitting still and reflecting is hard work. But we bring so much more to our experiences, and relationships when we make time to think.

About Pico Iyer

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9:21am

Fri November 21, 2014
TED Radio Hour

Why Would Someone Choose Silence For 17 Years?

"I began to learn at least what other people felt and what they wanted to say before cutting them off with my own diatribe. I used to do that." - John Francis
Andrew Heavens TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Quiet

About John Francis' TED Talk

For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental respect. For 17 of those years he didn't speak a word.

About John Francis

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9:21am

Fri November 21, 2014
TED Radio Hour

How Do Years Of Silence Change Someone?

Environmentalist John Francis speaks about the 17 years of his life during which he never spoke a word.
Andrew Heavens Courtesy of TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Quiet. Listen to second part of this story here.

About John Francis's TED Talk

For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental respect and responsibility. For 17 of those years he didn't speak a word.

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9:21am

Fri November 21, 2014
TED Radio Hour

Why Do We Undervalue Introverts?

"What I'm saying is that culturally we need a much better balance. We need more of a yin and yang between [introverts and extroverts]." - Susan Cain
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Quiet.

About Susan Cain's TED Talk

In a culture where being social and outgoing are celebrated, it can be difficult to be an introvert. Susan Cain argues introverts bring extraordinary talents to the world, and should be celebrated.

About Susan Cain

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4:19am

Fri November 21, 2014
Shots - Health News

Blind From Birth, But Able To Use Sound To 'See' Faces

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 2:04 pm

A brain area that recognizes faces remains functional even in people who have been blind since birth, researchers say. The finding, presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting this week, suggests that facial recognition is so important that evolution has hardwired it into the human brain.

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1:13pm

Thu November 20, 2014
The Salt

Turkey Looks For Energy In An Abundant Resource: Pistachio Shells

Pistachios, a possible energy source for a Turkish city.
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What would you do with thousands of tons of leftover nutshells? It's a question that Turkey — the world's third-biggest producer of pistachios, behind Iran and the United States — has been asking itself for years.

Usually discarded pistachio shells end up in landfills, but nut-loving Turks think they've found a far better solution by turning it into biogas, an alternative fuel produced by the breakdown of organic matter.

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9:56am

Thu November 20, 2014
Shots - Health News

Sleep's Link To Learning And Memory Traced To Brain Chemistry

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 5:23 pm

Almost a century after the discovery that sleep helps us remember things, scientists are beginning to understand why.

During sleep, the brain produces chemicals that are important to memory and relives events we want to remember, scientists reported this week at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington D.C.

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6:27am

Thu November 20, 2014
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Can't Sleep? Maybe Thinking About Evolution Will Help

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If you're reading this after a night of inadequate sleep, or disrupted sleep, you have company. The National Sleep Foundation reports that over half the people in their survey experienced at least one symptom of insomnia "at least a few nights per week" over a year's period.

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