Science

11:17am

Fri July 26, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Is It Fair For Baseball To Reject Drugs But Embrace Surgery?

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 1:05 pm

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers has been suspended for the rest of the 2013 season after violating Major League Baseball's drug policy.
Mike McGinnis Getty Images

Doping in sports is back in the news and you don't need to be a sports fan to have heard about it. The PBS Newshour devoted a segment to the recent disclosure that Tyson Gay, America's top sprinter and self-declared Mr. Clean, had failed a drug test.

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9:42am

Fri July 26, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Why Row Across The Oceans?

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 1:39 pm

James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode To The Edge.

About Roz Savage's TEDTalk

Roz Savage hated her high-powered London job. So she made the obvious next move: She quit to become an ocean rower. Now she's crossed the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans — solo.

About Roz Savage

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9:42am

Fri July 26, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Are Earth's Deepest Caves The Last Frontier?

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 1:39 pm

Robert Leslie TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode To The Edge.

About Bill Stone's TEDTalk

Bill Stone is a maverick cave explorer who has plumbed Earth's deepest abysses. In this talk, he explains what it's like to descend into the deepest caves in complete darkness for days on end — and why he keeps doing it.

About Bill Stone

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9:42am

Fri July 26, 2013
TED Radio Hour

What's It Take To Become A Polar Explorer?

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 1:39 pm

frogdesignmind

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode To The Edge.

About Ben Saunders' TEDTalk

Explorer Ben Saunders wants you to go outside. Not because it's always pleasant and happy, but because that's where the meat of life is, "the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days." In 2004, Saunders skied solo to the North Pole. Saunders' next outdoor excursion? To try to be the first in the world to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.

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9:41am

Fri July 26, 2013
TED Radio Hour

To The Edge

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 10:02 am

What motivates explorers to venture into the unknown?
TED

"Certainly to enter a world of terror, you should not be pushed by someone. You should be called. You should be curious. You should have the heart of an explorer." — Philippe Petit, high-wire artist

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2:58am

Fri July 26, 2013
Shots - Health News

Don't Blame Your Lousy Night's Sleep On The Moon — Yet

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 3:10 pm

Anton-Marlot iStockphoto.com

From madness to seizures, to crime and lack of sleep, people have long blamed the full moon for a range of problems. Research, on the other hand, has found little evidence over the years to support these anecdotal accounts of the moon's powers over the human body and brain.

But scientists in Switzerland decided to look again at one of those putative effects — disturbed sleep — and were surprised to see there might be something to the claim after all.

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5:52pm

Thu July 25, 2013
Shots - Health News

Why Mosquitoes Love Me, And Other Mysteries Revealed

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 1:44 pm

The mosquitoes that feed on people are attracted to over 300 gases and other compounds emitted by human skin.
CDC Public Health Image Library

Come summertime, some of us here at Shots are reminded, as we lounge on decks and venture into overgrown gardens, that we are irresistible to mosquitoes. As we gripe about our itchy, pocked limbs, we can't help but wonder just why they unfailingly devour us and pass over our friends and loved ones. And when it comes to repellent, it's hard to tell just what works best.

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5:43pm

Thu July 25, 2013
Science

If You Want A Doughnut Hole, Don't Ask A Mathematician

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 11:27 am

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

A program such as ours is timed to the exact second, and occasionally, there are small holes when our mix of news and features doesn't quite fill up our two-hour slot.

So NPR's Joe Palca offered to come to our rescue with some short math and sciencey hole-filling stories, stories about what else - holes.

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11:48am

Thu July 25, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

Look What You've Done, North America!

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 4:25 pm

Robert Krulwich NPR

This is the story of two continents doing battle, North America versus South America. It is also a biological mystery.

For a very long time, North America and South America were separate land masses. The Pacific Ocean slipped between them, flowing into the Caribbean. The Isthmus of Panama was there, but it was underwater. The two continents didn't touch.

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11:16am

Thu July 25, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Is Cancer A Gift?

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 4:02 pm

Cagri Ozgur iStockphoto.com

There's a gift in cancer. It says so right on page 203 of Greg Anderson's book Cancer: 50 Essential Things to Do (2013 edition; first published 1993). Anderson quotes the singer Olivia Newton-John as saying this about her "journey through breast cancer": "I see it [cancer] as a gift. I know it sounds strange. But I don't think I would have grown in the areas I did without this experience."

Then Anderson urges his readers to "Seek the gift in cancer. It's there."

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