Thu October 24, 2013
Your Health

Want To Cut Calories? Try Snacking On Calorie-Dense Almonds

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 5:57 pm

A new study has found that people who snack on almonds really do eat less throughout the day. It's the combination of fiber, protein and the fact that we don't absorb all the calories we eat since we don't chew them very well. Another reason? They don't have carbs, which stimulate our appetites.


Thu October 24, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

A Life In Science: From Housewife To Amazon Trailblazer

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 3:44 pm

Aotus lemurinus, a type of owl monkey also referred to as the gray-bellied night monkey, seen here at the Santa Fe Zoo, in Medellin, Colombia.
Raul Arboleda AFP/Getty Images

It all started in 1968 at a pet shop called Fish 'N' Cheeps in New York's Greenwich Village. On the way to a Jimi Hendrix concert, Patricia Wright and her husband dashed into the shop to escape heavy rain. There, a two-pound ball of fur from the Amazon captured their attention. A few weeks and $40 later, this owl monkey became their pet; later on they acquired a female as well.

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Thu October 24, 2013
The Salt

Report: Meat Producers Ignore Pleas For Health, Environmental Reform

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 10:41 am

Chickens in a mechanized hatchery in Monroe County, Ala.
Buyenlarge/Getty Images

Five years ago, a landmark report excoriated the animal agriculture industry's practices and laid out a road map for how it could do better. But in the years since, the problems are just as bad — and maybe even worse.

That's the conclusion of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. This week, the center scolded the industry again with a review of how it has fared in the years since the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production released its original report.

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Wed October 23, 2013

Delegates To Debate Watered-Down Plan For Antarctic Marine Preserve

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 7:57 pm

A lone emperor penguin makes his rounds, at the edge of an iceberg drift in the Antarctic's Ross Sea in 2006.
John Weller AP

Less than 1 percent of the world's oceans are set aside as protected areas, but diplomats meeting now in Australia could substantially increase that figure.

Delegates from 24 nations and the European Union have convened to consider proposals to create vast new marine protected areas around Antarctica.

This same group met over the summer and didn't reach consensus, so it's now considering a scaled-back proposal.

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Wed October 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Netflix On The Moon? Broadband Makes It To Deep Space

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 8:20 pm

NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer probe, seen in this artist's rendering, is orbiting the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar surface.
Dana Berry NASA

Here's a funny quirk of the modern age: It takes just seconds to pull up a bad sci-fi movie about invaders from the moon and watch it in HD. But actual communications between the Earth and moon are just as static-filled as they were back in the 1960s.

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Wed October 23, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Space Is Not Our Friend

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:22 pm

If Gravity carries a clear message, it is that the universe is hostile to life.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

This weekend I finally caught up with the rest of America's moviegoers and went to see Gravity, the blockbuster directed by Mexico's Alfonso Cuarón, of Harry Potter and Y Tu Mamá También fame. The movie stars Sandra Bullock as a Ph.D. medical engineer on her first space mission and George Clooney as an unflappable veteran astronaut. Somehow, Bullock, the medical engineer, is sent on a mission to fix the Hubble Space Telescope. (Huh?)

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Wed October 23, 2013
Shots - Health News

FDA Asks Dog Owners For Help With Illnesses Linked To Jerky

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 12:11 pm

Jerky treats for dogs and cats have been linked to pet illnesses and deaths. But it's still unclear what is causing the problems.

The Food and Drug Administration has a mystery on its hands.

Thousands of dogs and at least 10 cats have become sick after eating various forms of jerky for pets over the past few years. Some 580 animals have died, the agency says. But it's not sure why.

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Wed October 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Norwegian Town's Bright Idea Is A Shining Example Of Ingenuity

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 2:22 pm

People gathered on a spot in front of the town hall of Rjukan, Norway, last week, where mirrors have focused sunlight.
AFP/Getty Images

Archimedes would be proud of the town of Rjukan, Norway. So would Sam Eyde.

Rjukan, home to about 3,500 residents and situated about 70 miles west of the capital, Oslo, has installed a trio of giant mountaintop mirrors to focus light into the valley town's square during the cold (and dark) winter months.

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Wed October 23, 2013
The Salt

When Edible Plants Turn Their Defenses On Us

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 12:39 pm

Rhubarb: delicious with strawberry pie, but steer clear of the leaves.
Rae Ellen Bichell NPR

Fruits and vegetables are unquestionably essential to a healthful diet.

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Tue October 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Company To Offer $75,000 Balloon Rides To 'Near Space'

If you can't afford a trip into orbit as a space tourist aboard a cramped Russian Soyuz capsule (about $35 million) or a reservation on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipOne (price tag: $250,000), World View Enterprises just might have the ticket: a leisurely high-altitude balloon ride for a less-than-stratospheric $75,000.

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