Science

5:14pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

Want To Read Others' Thoughts? Try Reading Literary Fiction

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 9:33 am

Would time spent with Anton Chekov, famed for his subtle, flawed characters, make you a better judge of human nature?
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Your ability to "read" the thoughts and feelings of others could be affected by the kind of fiction you read.

That's the conclusion of a study in the journal Science that gave tests of social perception to people who were randomly assigned to read excerpts from literary fiction, popular fiction or nonfiction.

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3:40pm

Fri October 4, 2013
The Salt

Of Goats And Gardens: Making Sense Of Urban Agriculture In LA

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 10:12 am

A garden in Santa Monica, Calif.
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Until recently, if you wanted to find out the rules for raising goats in Hollywood, bees in Bel Air or squash in a community garden in South Central Los Angeles, it would have been pretty tough — like standing in various lines at the DMV.

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1:43pm

Fri October 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Giant Hornets Kill Dozens In China; Warm Temps Might Be Cause

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 2:32 pm

The Asian Giant Hornet. Attacks on humans in central China have claimed more than 40 lives in recent months.
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Asian Giant Hornets have killed more than 40 people and injured 1,600 in central China in recent months, forcing the government there to mobilize a special medical response team.

Xinhua News Agency reports that the attacks have occurred in Shaanxi province. In the city of Ankang, 19 people have died, with 22 others killed in attacks in two adjacent cities.

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1:07pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Science

Radio Rewind: Leon Lederman

Twenty years ago, physicist and Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman discussed the "malignancy" of the Standard Model of particle physics and how supercolliders could help refine the theory.

1:05pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Science

DIY Halloween Hacks

Trying to liven up your ghosts and goblins this Halloween? Windell Oskay, cofounder of Mad Evil Scientist, shares homemade hack ideas for a festive fright fest, from LED jack-o'-lanterns, to 3D printed candy, to spooky specimen jars.

12:56pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

Comparing Sperm Whales To Sperm: A Swimming Contest

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 3:40 pm

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If you're a big, big whale with a gigantic tail swimming through water, nothing gets in your way, not the water, not the other fish, not nothin'. You are so much bigger than the water molecules around you, you move through the sea the way humans move through the air on a calm day — you just go. Whales, I imagine, don't think much about water.

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12:37pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Humans

'Countdown' Explores the Effects of Our Overpopulated Planet

Originally published on Sun October 6, 2013 9:08 am

Transcript

IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. According to the population institute, it took only 14 years, from 1999 to today, for the global population to increase by one billion people, just 14 years. Every four and a half days we add another million people. That's adding a city the size of Dallas. Is this sustainable? Can the population of the Earth continue to grow and still supply the people on it with the raw essentials they need, like food, housing, shelter?

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12:28pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Technology

Cracking Open Encryption Standards

Recent revelations about the extent of NSA surveillance have put even the standards by which encryption systems are designed into question. Encryption experts Matthew Green, Phillip Zimmerman, and Martin Hellman discuss what makes a code secure and the limits of privacy in the modern age.

12:18pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Space

Sifting Martian Soil and Dreaming of Future Expeditions

Soil collected last year by the Mars rover Curiosity may contain two percent water, researchers report. Laurie Leshin of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute describes what else the rover is finding in the soil, and what that information might mean for future expeditions to Mars.

11:48am

Fri October 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

Despite Many Warnings, Antibiotics Are Still Overprescribed

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 4:25 pm

Unless it's strep throat, antibiotics are unlikely to help you get over a sore throat.
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We've known for years that antibiotics don't help in most cases of bronchitis or sore throat. And for decades, public health officials have tried to stop doctors from overprescribing antibiotics.

None of that seems to have made a difference, though: Antibiotics are still being prescribed when they don't help — and could hurt, a study says.

Primary care and emergency room doctors are prescribing antibiotics for a sore throat about 60 percent of the time, according to national health surveys between 1997 and 2010.

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