Science

1:33pm

Fri June 7, 2013
Space

Comet Shines Light on Sun Dynamics

Transcript

IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Flora Lichtman is here with our Video Pick of the Week. Hi, Flora. What have you got for us today?

FLORA LICHTMAN, BYLINE: Ira, today we have the story of a comet that has a tale to tell.

FLATOW: Comets...

(LAUGHTER)

LICHTMAN: Get it?

FLATOW: I get it. Straight pun.

LICHTMAN: It's even better, Ira, because actually the part of - what the comet is telling us comes from its tail. OK, so let me...

FLATOW: Go for it.

(LAUGHTER)

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11:44am

Fri June 7, 2013
NPR Story

Whole Genome Scans Could Reveal Too Much

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 1:33 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY; I'm Ira Flatow. If you're thinking about getting married or having children or just contemplating your health care options, you or your doctor may decide to have your DNA analyzed, looking for genes that may indicate possible trouble ahead. Maybe there's a telltale mutation hiding there or a recognizable pattern of genes.

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11:44am

Fri June 7, 2013
NPR Story

Tracing The Origins Of French Winemaking

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 1:33 pm

Many people associate France today with the production of great wines. But winemaking isn't native to the French. Patrick McGovern, an archaeologist of fermented beverages, has dated the beginning of viniculture in France to around 500 B.C. and contact with the Etruscans.

11:44am

Fri June 7, 2013
NPR Story

How To Survive A Mass Extinction

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 1:33 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. Up next, surviving the big one, and I mean a really big one. As any fan of dinosaurs knows, extinction happens. The Earth isn't immune to assaults. You've got your asteroids, your volcanic eruptions, events that cause so much disruption to the environment that eventually life or most of life is wiped out.

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11:44am

Fri June 7, 2013
NPR Story

Strengthening Buildings In Tornado Alley

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 1:33 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY, I'm Ira Flatow. Powerful storms this spring: tornadoes like the ones in Oklahoma have caused damage estimated in the billions of dollars and dozens of deaths. But does the destruction have to be so devastating? What are the engineering challenges to designing and building stronger, more tornado-resistant structures and providing better protection for the people who live there?

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11:27am

Fri June 7, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Seeing Indifference To Art And Science At The 2013 Biennale

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 5:52 pm

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Two things jumped out at me when I visited the show "Encyclopedic Palace" at the Central Pavilion at this year's Venice Biennale.

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10:40am

Fri June 7, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

The Boomerang Graffito (Or Bad, Bad, Luther B!)

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 2:30 pm

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I was standing in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art the other day, where there's a full-sized Egyptian temple, called Dendur. It's housed under a glass roof ...

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6:32pm

Thu June 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Justin Bieber Destined For Outer Space

Singer Justin Bieber performs during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards on May 19.
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Singer Justin Bieber is the latest celebrity to score a booking on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, destined for its first suborbital test flight sometime this year.

The Bieb and manager Scooter Braun join the likes of Ashton Kutcher, Leonardo DiCaprio and Angelina Jolie on the elite passenger list of those willing and able to pay $250,000 for a seat on Richard Branson's commercial space-flight venture.

Sir Richard tweeted the news Thursday:

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4:15pm

Thu June 6, 2013
The Salt

When You Waste Food, You're Wasting Tons Of Water, Too

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 12:29 pm

A worker dumps a bucket of tomatoes into a trailer in Florida City, Fla. Much of the lost and wasted weight in fruits and vegetables is water, according to a report by the World Resources Institute.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Tossing out food is clearly a waste of money — and maybe even immoral, according to Pope Francis, who on Wednesday likened food waste to "stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry." And as we've reported, you also may be creating extra greenhouse gas emissions by sending food to

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4:10pm

Thu June 6, 2013
Around the Nation

Mysterious Blob Hovers Over Local Ala. Weather Radar

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 5:38 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

This past Tuesday, in Huntsville, Alabama, something unusual appeared on the local weather radar.

(SOUNDBITE OF NEWSCAST)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Well, it is the blob that ate Huntsville. On radar, at least.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: A giant angry-looking red spot. It caught the attention of all...

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