Science

11:23am

Fri May 17, 2013
NPR Story

Researchers Report Cloning Advance For Producing Stem Cells

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY, I'm Ira Flatow. This week, scientists at the Oregon Health and Science University, OHSU, announced a breakthrough in cloning of a human embryo. They took adult cells, put the cells into specially prepared human eggs and created genetically identical embryos. It's something lots of stem cell researchers have been trying to do for years without success.

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11:23am

Fri May 17, 2013
NPR Story

Insects May Be The Taste Of The Next Generation, Report Says

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

What's on your plate? What do you like to eat? What are you eating for lunch, dinner at this point? As with many things, the answer to that might have a lot to do with what you're accustomed to do and, you know, what part of the world you live in. In some parts of the world, insects can be a delicious part of the diet. Well here not so much.

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11:23am

Fri May 17, 2013
NPR Story

Desktop Diaries: Daniel Kahneman

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Flora Lichtman is here with our video pick. Flora, you have the next installment in our Desktop Diaries series in which you get to know scientists by asking them about their desk trinkets.

FLORA LICHTMAN, BYLINE: That's right.

FLATOW: And who do we have today?

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11:23am

Fri May 17, 2013
NPR Story

When Great Scientists Got It Wrong

In Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein, astrophysicist Mario Livio explores the colossal errors committed by scientific greats, from chemist Linus Pauling's botched model of DNA, to Charles Darwin's failure to understand genetics--the very mechanism of natural selection.

10:45am

Fri May 17, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

The Mutable Meanings Of Music

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 4:23 pm

Drummer Roger Taylor and singer Freddie Mercury (1946 - 1991) of the British rock band Queen perform at the Playhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1st September 1976.
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10:13am

Fri May 17, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Giving It Away

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 5:23 pm

"If you have something to give, give it now." – Mark Bezos
TED

You can give away almost anything — your time, money, food, your ideas. In this hour, stories from TED speakers who are "giving it away" in new and surprising ways, and the things that happen in return.

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9:56am

Fri May 17, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

What Did I Do Last Summer? Oh, I Discovered How To Make Babies Without Sex. And You?

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 11:26 am

Robert Krulwich NPR

Ah, if only all summers could be like June, July and August 1740 — when three young guys (and a 6-year-old and a 3-year-old) did a science experiment that startled the world. In those days, you could do biology without a fancy diploma. More people could play.

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9:55am

Fri May 17, 2013
TED Radio Hour

When Is the Right Time To Give?

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 5:26 pm

Mark Bezos at TED University in 2011.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Giving It Away.

About Mark Bezos' TEDTalk

Volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos tells a story of an act of heroism that didn't go quite as expected — but that taught him a big lesson: Don't wait to be a hero. Give now.

About Mark Bezos

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9:55am

Fri May 17, 2013
TED Radio Hour

How Can You Give A Community Better Health?

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 9:37 am

Ron Finley, renegade gardener, says food is both the problem and the solution.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Giving It Away.

About Ron Finley's TEDTalk

Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where "the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys."

About Ron Finley

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4:14pm

Thu May 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

A Small Shock To The System May Help Brain With Math

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 10:59 am

Ever get stuck on these?
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Stimulating the brain with a very small electrical current through the forehead could boost a student's ability to learn and remember basic mathematics, a provocative experiment suggests.

The work, published online Thursday by the journal Current Biology, could help those who struggle with mental arithmetic. But the study was small and the long-term effect wasn't profound.

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