Science

5:48am

Sat June 14, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

Unstealing Treasures: A Reverse Burglary

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 2:58 pm

MinutePhysics and RadioLab

I've got this friend, Craig. He's not exactly an outlaw, but if the world needs something moved that is not supposed to be moved, he will move it anyway. Only in the interest of justice. Like Batman.

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4:43pm

Fri June 13, 2014
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

The Turing Test Is Not What You Think It Is

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 10:53 am

iStockphoto

Whether or not you caught wind of the excited announcement that "Eugene Goostman," a computer program ("chatbot") devised by Vladimir Veselov, Eugene Demchenko and Sergey Ulasen, had passed the Turing Test this past week, there's a good chance you've noticed the widespread public denunciations of the claims.

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6:17pm

Thu June 12, 2014
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

To Fight Campus Rape, Culture Must Change

Dickinson College students protest against sexual assault on campus in 2011.
Christine Baker The Patriot-News/Landov

Inside Higher Ed reports this week on a California bill that would require college students to obtain "an affirmative, unambiguous, and conscious decision by each participant to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity."

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2:36pm

Thu June 12, 2014
Shots - Health News

Cool Kids Lose, Though It May Take A Few Years

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 8:07 am

As Lindsay Lohan's character (far left) learned in the movie Mean Girls, popularity comes at a price.
The Kobal Collection

Parents, teachers and cheesy after-school specials have long tried to convince kids that being cool and popular isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Now scientists are chiming in as well.

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2:03pm

Thu June 12, 2014
Science

Maybe Dinosaurs Were A Coldblooded, Warmblooded Mix

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 5:23 am

Being a bit coldblooded has its charms, scientists say. A mammal the size of a T. rex, for example, would have to eat constantly to feed its supercharged metabolism — and would probably starve.
Publiphoto Science Source

If you go to a zoo on a cold day and watch the snakes, you'll see what it means to be coldblooded. Not much action going on — most reptiles and other coldblooded creatures take on the temperature of their surroundings, so they tend to be most sluggish when the outside temperature is cool. The monkeys, however, act like they've had one too many cappuccinos.

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12:39pm

Thu June 12, 2014
The Salt

Has The FDA Brought On A Cheese Apocalypse? Probably Not

The Food and Drug Administration official who recently suggested that the wooden boards used to age cheese for centuries may be unsafe probably did not expect to start a cheese storm. But she did.

In a letter to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, FDA dairy safety chief Monica Metz wrote:

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3:09am

Thu June 12, 2014
The Salt

Fight Over Calif. Oyster Company Splits Chefs And Land Defenders

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 4:38 pm

The Drakes Bay Oyster Farm caters to local residents and restaurants. But unless its lease is renewed, its days are numbered.
Richard Gonzales NPR

Drive just an hour and a half north of San Francisco, and you're in Drakes Estero, named for the first English explorer to lay claim to California.

This near-pristine, wind-whipped marine wilderness is a federally protected home for large beds of eelgrass, the base of the marine food chain. The estuary hosts the largest colony of harbor seals on the West Coast, and tens of thousands of resident and migratory birds.

It's also home to the Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

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8:45pm

Wed June 11, 2014
Shots - Health News

Suicide Rate In U.S. And Europe Climbed During Great Recession

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 2:12 pm

When trying to tease out the painful effects of the Great Recession, economists often point to the unemployment rate. The global economic crisis, which first took hold in 2007, left thousands jobless and financially insecure.

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4:42pm

Wed June 11, 2014
The Salt

Can You Call Yourself An Environmentalist And Still Eat Meat?

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 4:28 pm

There's little consensus in the debate on how meat consumption fits into environmentalism.
Jit Lim iStockphoto

Earlier this week, we told you about a school backed by director James Cameron and his wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, that may become the first vegan school in the U.S.

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3:09pm

Wed June 11, 2014
Shots - Health News

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Gains Fans, But Remains Unproven

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 2:12 pm

Maria Sharapova returns the ball during the semifinals of the French Open on June 5. She used platelet-rich plasma to treat a shoulder injury.
Miguel Medina AFP/Getty Images

If you've Googled tennis elbow or plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendon pain you've almost certainly come across platelet-rich plasma, a treatment that uses a person's own blood to create an injection intended to speed healing.

You've also probably come across names like Kobe Bryant, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal and Alex Rodriguez, pro athletes who supposedly have availed themselves of the treatment.

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