Science

5:35pm

Fri June 20, 2014
The Two-Way

Dust Clouds Big Bang Signal

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:25 pm

The BICEP2 telescope in Antarctica was looking for ripples from the Big Bang.
Robert Schwarz, University of Minnesota

In March, a team of physicists announced it had found a signal from the very first moments after the Big Bang. But in a paper published Thursday, the researchers expressed considerably more caution and conceded that they could have actually been detecting little more than interstellar dust.

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12:19pm

Fri June 20, 2014
The Salt

Going Against The Grain: FDA Threatens Brewers' Feed For Farmers

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:57 pm

Although the FDA seems to have backed off, farmers and brewers are still nervous about the FDA's rule, which will be proposed again at the end of summer.
Shelly Pope/KQED

Want to infuriate the entire brewing industry? Start poking around its trash.

That's what the Food and Drug Administration discovered when it threatened to dramatically affect how breweries use their spent grain.

Last fall, the FDA proposed a new rule: Facilities producing feed for animals should be subject to regulations similar to those in food manufacturing. Any facility producing animal feed would be required to produce a written plan to identify and minimize contamination.

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11:31am

Fri June 20, 2014
The Two-Way

Stephanie Kwolek, Chemist Who Created Kevlar, Dies At 90

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 2:34 pm

Stephanie Kwolek prepares a polymerization experiment at DuPont's Pioneering Research Lab in 1967. Kwolek, who died Wednesday, made the breakthrough discovery that led to the invention of Kevlar.
DuPont

Stephanie Kwolek, a DuPont chemist who invented the synthetic fibers used in Kevlar body armor, has died at the age of 90, her colleagues said Friday.

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10:33am

Fri June 20, 2014
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Do Aliens Play Ball?

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 11:43 am

iStockphoto

Now that the World Cup has started, it's hard, at least for this Brazilian-born scientist, not to think about soccer. But since this is 13.7, let's consider the prospect of soccer on the galactic level by asking: Do ETs play ball?

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9:46am

Fri June 20, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

Wrong! Deconstructing 5 Famous History Stories

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 10:46 am

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8:55am

Fri June 20, 2014
TED Radio Hour

Does Technology Make Us More Honest?

Jeff Hancock explains why technology might actually keep us honest.
Jeremy Hiebert Courtesy of TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Why We Lie.

About Jeff Hancock's TEDTalk

Who hasn't sent a text message saying "I'm on my way" when it wasn't true? But some technology might actually force us to be more honest, says psychologist Jeff Hancock.

About Jeff Hancock

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8:49am

Fri June 20, 2014
TED Radio Hour

Can You Learn To Spot A Liar?

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:50 am

Pamela Meyer explains how to spot a liar.
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Why We Lie.

About Pamela Meyer's TEDTalk

We're surrounded by deception: in politics and pop culture, in the workplace and on social media. Pamela Meyer points out manners and cues that can help us suss out a lie.

About Pamela Meyer

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8:49am

Fri June 20, 2014
TED Radio Hour

Where's The Line Between Cheating A Little and Cheating A Lot?

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:50 am

Behavorial economist Dan Ariely speaks at TED.
Asa Mathat Courtesy of TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Why We Lie.

About Dan Ariely's TEDTalk

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explains the hidden reasons we think it's okay to cheat or steal. He says we're predictably irrational — and can be influenced in ways we don't even realize.

About Dan Ariely

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7:00am

Fri June 20, 2014
Research News

6 Decades Of Research Examines Prisoners Of War

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 7:29 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

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3:38am

Fri June 20, 2014
The Two-Way

Scientists Keep A Careful Eye On The World Cup Ball

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:45 am

A close up of the Brazuca ball in NASA's Ames Fluid Mechanics Laboratory. Smoke highlighted by lasers visualizes air flow around the ball.
NASA's Ames Research Center

While many millions are enjoying the drama of the World Cup, a handful of scientists are keeping their eyes very closely on the ball.

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