Science

5:27pm

Wed September 4, 2013
Food

Fixing Stove Hoods To Keep Pollution Out Of The Kitchen

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 6:47 pm

Cooking on gas and electric stoves can create indoor air pollution. The best way to avoid it is to buy a good range hood that vents outside, experts say.
iStockphoto.com

Hot summer days often mean air pollution warnings in big cities. But the air inside your kitchen can sometimes be just as harmful. Cooking fumes from your stove are supposed to be captured by a hood over the range — but even some expensive models aren't that effective.

Jennifer Logue spends a lot of time thinking about what happens when she cooks. She's a research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, where she studies indoor air pollution.

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3:45pm

Wed September 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

The Inside Story On The Fear Of Holes

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 9:25 am

Beautiful or creepy? A recent survey found that an image of a lotus seed head makes about 15 percent of people uncomfortable or even repulsed.
tanakawho Flickr.com

Trypophobia may be moving out of the urban dictionary and into the scientific literature.

A recent study in the peer-review journal Psychological Science takes a first crack at explaining why some people may suffer from a fear of holes.

Trypophobia may be hard to find in textbooks and diagnostic manuals, but a brief Web search will show that plenty of people appear to have it.

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12:55pm

Wed September 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Lights Out In Venezuela; President Blames Opposition Saboteurs

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 5:57 pm

Fans wait for play to resume Tuesday at a FIBA World Cup qualifying basketball game in Caracas, Venezuela. A blackout left about 70 percent of the country without electricity.
Ariana Cubillos AP

Venezuela's President Nicholas Maduro said a massive power outage that plunged most of the country into darkness Tuesday, causing traffic chaos in the bustling capital of Caracas, was due to sabotage.

Officials said 70 percent of the country was without electricity, shutting down traffic lights and partially disrupting the underground transport system.

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12:37pm

Wed September 4, 2013
The Salt

A Greener Way To Cool Your Foods On The Way To The Grocery Store

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 5:13 pm

Your produce and frozen foods could soon arrive at grocery stores in trucks that release fewer emissions. Researchers are developing a clean technology to keep your food cool while it travels.

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7:48am

Wed September 4, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tailgaters Rejoice! This Cooler Keeps Beers Cold Without Ice

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 12:47 pm

The Case Coolie weighs 1.5 pounds and promises to keep beverages cold for 10 hours.
Courtesy of Case Coolie

In our "Weekly Innovation" blog series, we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Use this quick form. That's how we found this week's pick!

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7:44am

Wed September 4, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Old Sun, New Sun, Our Sun

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 1:49 pm

The Milky Way fills the night sky over Chile's Cerro Paranal, home to the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT).
Y.Beletsky ESO

Would you like to see yourself in the future? If you found a magic mirror capable of showing your image one, two or three decades away, would you look? I imagine opinions would be split on the wisdom of gazing into this special reflector.

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3:04am

Wed September 4, 2013
Science

Bald Eagles Are Back In A Big Way — And The Talons Are Out

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 8:48 pm

Bryan Watts, a conservation biologist at the College of William and Mary, and biology graduate student Courtney Turrin, survey eagle behavior along the James River in late-summer.
Elizabeth Shogren NPR

"It's a jungle if you're an eagle right now on the Chesapeake Bay," says Bryan Watts, a conservation biologist at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. "You have to watch your back."

Americans have long imagined their national symbol as a solitary, noble bird soaring on majestic wings. The birds are indeed gorgeous and still soar, but the notion that they are loners is outdated, Watts and other conservationists are finding.

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3:16pm

Tue September 3, 2013
The Salt

Now A Test Can Tell If Your Pricey Cup Of Cat Poop Coffee Is Fake

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 1:25 pm

A civet cat eats red coffee cherries at a farm in Bondowoso, Indonesia. Civets are actually more closely related to meerkats and mongooses than to cats.
Ulet Ifansasti Getty Images

From gross to gourmet. That pretty much sums up civet poop coffee.

The beans are literally harvested from the feces of the tree-dwelling civet cat in Indonesia. The idea is that a trip through the animal's digestive tract partially ferments the beans and imparts a much-sought-after flavor to the coffee.

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1:25pm

Tue September 3, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

How To Build Little Doors Inside Your Shell: The Secrets of Snail Carpentry

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 3:03 pm

Robert Krulwich NPR

"I am going to withdraw from the world," says a snail in Hans Christian Andersen's tale The Snail and the Rosebush. "Nothing that happens there is any concern of mine."

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12:02pm

Tue September 3, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. 'Space Fence' Radar System Goes Silent, After 50 Years

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 12:51 pm

A computer image generated by NASA shows objects orbiting Earth, including those in geosynchronous orbit at a high altitude. The objects are not to scale.
NASA

The Space Fence is down. That's the message we get from the SatWatch site, following up on our report last month that the U.S. Air Force was poised to shut down the radar system that tracks thousands of objects orbiting Earth. It had been in operation since 1961.

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