Science

10:17am

Sat September 7, 2013
The Two-Way

NASA Lunar Orbiter Solves Snag After Successful Launch

Originally published on Sat September 7, 2013 1:59 pm

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden speaks before Friday night's launch of the LADEE moon orbiter. The craft has run into a small technical issue, NASA says, which it will fix before it arrives at the moon next month.
Carla Cioffi NASA

7:23am

Sat September 7, 2013
Environment

Captured Sounds From Ausable Marsh

Originally published on Sat September 7, 2013 1:01 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Before summer slips away, North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann decided to take a day off from work for one last hot weather canoe trip in upstate New York. With his wife Susan, Brian paddled and trekked through the Ausable Marshes in the Champlain Valley. He sent back this audio postcard.

(SOUNDBITE OF WATER SPLASHING)

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7:23am

Sat September 7, 2013
Research News

Industrial Soot May Have Melted Europe's Glaciers

Originally published on Sat September 7, 2013 1:01 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Glaciers in the European Alps pose a scientific mystery. Now, they started melting rapidly back in the 1860s, and in the span of about 50 years, some of the biggest glaciers retreated more than half a mile. Nobody could explain why. Now, a new study suggests the glaciers melted because they were covered with soot from the Industrial Revolution. NPR's Richard Harris reports.

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5:36am

Sat September 7, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Unraveled Ravel Is A Revelation

Originally published on Sat September 7, 2013 7:05 am

A visitor takes in Anri Sala's Ravel Ravel Unravel installation in the French pavilion of the 55th Venice Biennale.
Gabriel Bouys AFP/Getty Images

2:26pm

Fri September 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Deep In The Pacific, Scientists Discover Biggest Volcano On Earth

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 1:10 pm

Tamu Massif 3D map
William Sager University of Houston

The world's largest volcano has until now been lurking undiscovered in the depths of the Pacific Ocean, according to a team of scientists who identified the massive object and reported their findings in the latest issue of Nature Geoscience.

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2:23pm

Fri September 6, 2013
Television

Radio Rewind: Monty Hall

In 1993, Monty Hall, host of the game show Let's Make a Deal, joined us on the program to discuss how contestants used risk and probability to win big prizes.

1:53pm

Fri September 6, 2013
Shots - Health News

Turns Out Your Kids Really Did Love That Music You Played

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 10:17 am

Mom loved him. You love him. Prince performing in 1985.
Ron Wolfson Landov

Way back in the 1980s, were you the one playing "When Doves Cry" over and over? Well, don't be surprised if your kids wind up doing the same thing.

Young adults have strong positive memories of the music their parents loved when they were the same age, a study finds. That flies in the face of the cultural stereotype that children reject their parents' taste in music.

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12:03pm

Fri September 6, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

What We Can Never, Ever Know: Does Science Have Limits?

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 1:10 pm

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I got two books in the mail that, if they could have, would've poked, scratched and ripped each others' pages out. I don't know if Martin Gardner and Patricia Churchland ever met, but their books show that there are radically, even ferociously, different ways to think about science. Gardner died last year. He was a science writer whose monthly "Mathematical Games" column in Scientific American was wildly popular. Patricia Churchland is a philosopher who teaches at U.C. San Diego.

The issue between them is: How much can we know about the universe?

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12:00pm

Fri September 6, 2013
Space

NASA Craft to Sniff Moondust, Test Laser Broadband

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 5:20 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. Back in 1972, during Apollo's final mission to the moon, Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan spotted a strange phenomenon, a glow along the horizon of the moon just before sunrise, followed by mysterious streamers of light, sort of like, you know, the rays of sunlight you see peaking through a cloud. Well, he made a sketch describing it, and since then, scientists have been trying to figure out what the heck he saw.

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12:00pm

Fri September 6, 2013
Environment

Wildfires Consume Funds Flagged for Prevention

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 5:20 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Next up: wildfires. California's Rim Fire is not 80 percent contained, with some 4,000 firefighters still on the job. All that emergency response, of course, costs money, which federal government budgets for each year. But it doesn't seem to be enough, because three weeks ago, the head of the U.S. Forest Service announced that the Forest Service had burned through its firefighting budget, and would have to drain money earmarked for other things, like fire prevention.

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