Science

2:18pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Science

The Remarkable Biodiversity Of Belly Buttons

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 10:42 am

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2:09pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Environment

Why Farms Plan To Plant So Much Corn This Year

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 2:48 pm

U.S. farmers anticipate planting the most corn since 1936, a total of 97.3 million acres. Farmers are hoping to rebuild their corn supplies after last year's drought. Chad Hart, economics professor at Iowa State University, explains why farmers intend to plant high amount of corn this season.

12:26pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

Administration Hits Pause On Health Exchanges For Small Businesses

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 2:58 pm

Shops and other small firms may be open, but health insurance exchanges will take a little longer before they're ready to offer a full range of health plans for small business customers.
iStockphoto.com

The Obama administration is delaying the start of a key piece of the Affordable Care Act. Workers in small businesses will have to wait an additional year to be able to choose from more than one plan in the marketplaces that start next January.

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11:21am

Wed April 3, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

Daring, Dangerous DIY: Pants With Benefits?

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 6:34 pm

Vimeo

They are pants. Or maybe we should call them Pants with Benefits. Some of you — especially parents of young teens — will find them totally inappropriate. The folks at Instructables.com find them totally silly, which is why they invented them.

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7:32pm

Tue April 2, 2013
Shots - Health News

Obama's Plan To Explore The Brain: A 'Most Audacious' Project

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 2:35 pm

A colored 3-D MRI scan of the brain's white matter pathways traces connections between cells in the cerebrum and the brainstem.
Tom Barrick, Chris Clark, SGHMS Science Source

President Obama has announced an ambitious plan to explore the mysteries of the human brain.

In a speech Tuesday, Obama said he will ask Congress for $100 million in 2014 to "better understand how we think and how we learn and how we remember." Other goals include finding new treatments for Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy and traumatic brain injury.

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5:45pm

Tue April 2, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

How Close Is Doomsday?

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 3:40 pm

Mindaugas Kulbis AP

How close are we to the end? How close are we to being among the last humans to ever live? Depending on who you are — your religion, politics, relative degree of pessimism or optimism — that question is bound to bring up images of some particular kind of cataclysm. It could be an all-out nuclear exchange or a climate change-driven mass extinction. But what if there was a way of answering the doomsday question in the most generic way possible.

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5:03pm

Tue April 2, 2013
Research News

Brain Mapping Project Could Help Find Cures For Alzheimer's, Epilepsy

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 2:28 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

Today, President Obama announced a new $100 million initiative to map the human brain. NPR's Mara Liasson reports the White House is predicting the project could eventually help find cures for diseases like epilepsy and Alzheimer's.

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4:04pm

Tue April 2, 2013
The Two-Way

In The Name Of Science, Head-Bobbing Sea Lion Keeps The Beat

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 4:30 pm

Ronan, a 3-year-old female sea lion, has learned to keep a beat, something researchers previously thought was tied to vocal mimicry.
Screengrab via YouTube

While rhythm can often be hard enough to find among humans, finding it in the animal kingdom has been even more rare.

But thanks to a 3-year-old sea lion named Ronan who knows how to keep the beat, previous notions of rhythmic ability among animals are now being challenged.

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3:55pm

Tue April 2, 2013
Shots - Health News

Could Wind Turbines Be Toxic To The Ear?

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 11:18 am

A maintenance worker looks out over an off-shore wind farm in Liverpool, England in 2008. Some people are concerned about the potential health effects of noise from wind turbines.
Christopher Furlong Getty Images

The U.S. is embracing wind energy, with wind turbines making up half of the new electricity added to the power grid last year. But a smattering of people who live near the turbines say they're a nuisance — and making them ill.

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2:41pm

Tue April 2, 2013
The Two-Way

DNA-Mapped Furniture Really Ties The Room Together — With You

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 3:53 pm

The Darwin Table is created from a person's unique DNA profile.
Tjep. via Wired Magazine

Furnishing a new apartment or house can be tough; sometimes you just can't find that end table or couch that is uniquely "you."

Well, as Wired reports, a Dutch design studio is trying to change that.

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