Science

12:18pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Shots - Health News

What David Lynch And Tylenol Can Tell You About The Brain

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 1:41 pm

Researchers used a clip from the David Lynch film Rabbits to make volunteers uneasy. Afterward some people got Tylenol, which appeared to help them cope.
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Even for a hardcore David Lynch fan, the idea that a film of his would be used to weird people out in a psychology experiment is a tad weird.

But it gets much stranger than that — fast.

Imagine the experiment involved testing whether Tylenol could help people overcome the angst triggered by a four-minute dose of Lynch. A related experiment tested Tylenol's effect on people asked to write about what happens to their bodies after they die.

At the University of British Columbia, psychologists went both places.

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9:25am

Fri April 19, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

Trees On Top Of Skyscrapers? Yes! Yes, Say I. No! No, Says Tim

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 9:35 am

Boeri Studio

This isn't finished. But it will be. Two residential towers, dense with trees, will have their official opening later this year in downtown Milan, Italy, near the Porta Garibaldi railroad station. (The image is not a photograph, but an architect's rendering. The towers are built and the trees are going in right now.) I love this. I think these towers are gorgeous. Milan is a very polluted town; these trees will cleanse the air, pumping out oxygen and greening the cityscape.

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5:55pm

Thu April 18, 2013
Space

Tracking 'Killer Electrons' Help Predict Risks To Satellites

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 10:26 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

We're accustomed to hearing about local weather conditions like high pressure zones or the jet stream. But just outside of the atmosphere, the conditions are a little stranger.

(SOUNDBITE OF ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES)

BLOCK: That's a recording made by two new NASA satellites launched to study space weather.

As Lauren Sommer reports from member station KQED, the satellites could be in for some extreme conditions this year.

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4:24pm

Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

NASA Discovers New Earth-Like Planets Around Distant Stars

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 11:59 am

The Kepler-69 system as it compares to our own.
NASA

NASA's Kepler spacecraft has discovered three new "habitable zone" planets that are close to Earth's size, even if they're not all that close to Earth.

NPR's Joe Palca reports, the trio of worlds is about 1,200 light years away and are thought to lie in the so-called "Goldilocks zone" — where it's not too hot and not too cold for liquid water.

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3:14pm

Thu April 18, 2013
Space

Kepler Telescope Spots 3 New Planets In The 'Goldilocks Zone'

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 10:26 pm

The small squares superimposed on this image of the Milky Way galaxy show where in the sky the Kepler telescope is hunting for Earth-like planets. Kepler, which launched in 2009, has identified more than 100 planets.
NASA

Astronomers have found three planets orbiting far-off stars that are close to Earth-sized and in the "habitable zone": a distance from their suns that makes the planets' surfaces neither too hot nor too cold, but just right.

One of the three planets orbits a star with the prosaic name Kepler-69.

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2:18pm

Thu April 18, 2013
Shots - Health News

Bacteria On Dog Lovers' Skin Reveal Their Affection

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 1:43 pm

Should we say Germ-an shepherd? Mango Doucleff, of Washington, shows off the bacteria living on her tongue, which also flourish on her owner's skin.
Michaeleen Doucleff NPR

Well, it looks like there really is such as thing as a dog person.

Humans who share their homes with canines also share the similar bacterial houseguests on their skin, ecologists reported Tuesday in the journal eLIFE.

In fact, two dog owners who don't even know each other have about as many of the skin bacteria in common as a married couple living together.

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11:39am

Thu April 18, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

What 15,000 Years Of Cooking Fish Tells Us About Humanity

Pots like this 15,000-year-old vessel from Japan are among the world's earliest cookware.
Tokamachi City Museum

Research published last week in the journal Nature shows that hunter-gatherer people living in Japan 15,000 ago cooked food in ceramic pots. Chemical analysis of the charred remains in the pots demonstrates that the food items were both marine and freshwater in origin, and almost certainly fish rather than mollusks.

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6:03am

Thu April 18, 2013
Environment

Can Acid Neutralizers Help Coral Reefs Bounce Back?

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 8:35 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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4:25pm

Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Scientists Sequence Genome Of 'Living Fossil' Fish

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 5:17 pm

Workers at the National Museum of Kenya show a coelacanth caught by Kenyan fishermen in 2001.
Simon Maina AFP/Getty Images

Scientists have unraveled the genome of the coelacanth, a rare and primitive fish once thought to be extinct, shedding light on how closely it's related to the first creatures to emerge from the sea.

The coelacanth, a fish that can reach up to 5 feet long and lives in deep ocean caves, had only been seen in fossils and was thought to have gone extinct some 70 million years ago. That was until 1938, when fishermen from the Comoros islands off the coast of Africa captured one in a net. A second coelacanth species was discovered off the Indonesian island of Sulewesi in 1997.

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1:13pm

Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Updated: Glitch Delays Antares Rocket Launch

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 9:06 pm

Antares ready for liftoff.
NASA Wallops Flight Facility NASA

Update at 6:21 p.m. ET. Launch Delayed:

Space.com reports that the Antares rocket launch has been delayed for two days, "after an unexpected glitch."

Space.com reports:

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