Science

5:25pm

Mon April 22, 2013
Code Switch

What Does Modern Prejudice Look Like?

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 10:08 am

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Harvard psychologist Mahzarin Banaji was once approached by a reporter for an interview. When Banaji heard the name of the magazine the reporter was writing for, she declined the interview: She didn't think much of the magazine and believed it portrayed research in psychology inaccurately.

But then the reporter said something that made her reconsider, Banaji recalled: "She said, 'You know, I used to be a student at Yale when you were there, and even though I didn't take a course with you, I do remember hearing about your work.' "

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5:11pm

Mon April 22, 2013
The Two-Way

This One-Way Trip To Mars Is Brought To You By ...

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 5:59 am

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope took this close-up of the red planet Mars when it was just 55 million miles away in 2007.
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In New York on Monday, a group of scientists and entrepreneurs launched a quixotic program that could allow you (yes you!) to make a trip to Mars. But you can't come back.

The Mars One nonprofit organization announced that it is now open to applicants interested in making a commercially sponsored one-way mission to Mars.

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3:56pm

Mon April 22, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Fewer Backflips, More Lentils: A Recipe For VegWeek 2013

Cashews: changing minds about meat, one nut at a time?
Picture Post Getty Images

Monday kicks off US VegWeek 2013, a campaign by Compassion Over Killing that invites people to go vegetarian for a week "to explore a wide variety of meat-free foods and discover the many benefits of vegetarian eating—for our health, the planet, and animals."

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2:09pm

Mon April 22, 2013
Environment

Earth Day: The Significance 43 Years Later

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 2:51 pm

Now in its 43rd year, Earth Day has become an international day dedicated to promoting environmental awareness and action. Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute, explains what's changed, as concern about climate change and green energy have come to the forefront of the movement.

2:04pm

Mon April 22, 2013
Author Interviews

'Zoobiquity': What Humans Can Learn From Animal Illness

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 11:05 am

Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, a cardiologist at the UCLA Medical Center, coined the term "zoobiquity" to describe the idea of looking to animals and the doctors who care for them to better understand human health. Veterinary medicine had not been on her radar at all until about 10 years ago. That's when she was asked to join the medical advisory board for the Los Angeles Zoo and she began hearing about "congestive heart failure in a gorilla or leukemia in a rhinoceros or breast cancer in a tiger or a lion."

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11:44am

Mon April 22, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Henry David Thoreau Comes To The Aid Of Climate Science

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 4:38 pm

Henry David Thoreau, circa 1850
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On Earth Day 2013, I'd like to draw your notice to a fantastic essay by Andrea Wulf in The New York Times Book Review. Wulf explains how information recorded by Henry David Thoreau in his journals is now informing modern climate-change research.

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8:45am

Mon April 22, 2013
Environment

This Scientist Aims High To Save The World's Coral Reefs

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 9:52 pm

Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution for Science takes a water sample during his experiment on part of the Great Barrier Reef. The water is slightly pink because his team is using a dye to trace an acid-neutralizing chemical as it flows across the reef.
Richard Harris NPR

Most scientists find a topic that interests them and keep digging deeper and deeper into the details. But Ken Caldeira takes the opposite approach in search for solutions to climate change. He goes after the big questions, and leaves the details to others.

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5:13pm

Sun April 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Antares Rocket Launch Is A Success, In Test Of Orbital Supply Vehicle

Originally published on Sun April 21, 2013 6:04 pm

The Antares rocket lifts off from the launchpad at the NASA facility on Wallops Island Va., Sunday, beginning a test mission that has now been deemed a success. The Orbital Sciences Corp. rocket will eventually deliver supplies to the International Space Station.
Steve Helber AP

The Antares rocket launch is back on for 5 p.m. ET Sunday afternoon, as engineers and spectators look for the rocket to lift off from a launch pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. A check of all systems at 10 minutes before its launch was positive.

Update at 5:20 p.m. ET. Mission Called A Success:

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8:03am

Sun April 21, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

A Wet Towel In Space Is Not Like A Wet Towel On Earth

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 10:20 am

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You just don't know (because who's going to tell you?) that when you leave Earth, travel outside its gravitational reach, hundreds and hundreds of everyday things — stuff you've never had to think about — will change. Like ... oh, how about a wet washcloth?

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5:12am

Sun April 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Sunday Night Forecast: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meteors

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 11:49 am

Another meteor shower, the Geminid, sparkled over the Spanish canary island of Tenerife on Dec. 13, 2012.
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Keep your eye on the sky Sunday evening; the Lyrid meteor shower is expected to peak. It's the first meteor shower of the spring season.

The Lyrid shower is caused by Earth passing through the orbit of a comet known as Thatcher, though the comet itself hasn't been seen since 1861. Dust particles from the comet will be seen as flashes of light as they burn up in our atmosphere.

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