Science

11:04am

Fri April 5, 2013
The Salt

Freezing Food Doesn't Kill E. Coli And Other Germs

The NPR Science Desk freezer: now we know we can't presume it's germ-free.
Daniel M.N. Turner NPR

Think that freezing food kills E. coli and other nasty microbes? Think again.

That's the lesson from the new E. coli outbreak caused by frozen chicken quesadillas and other snacks that has sickened 24 people in 15 states.

Freezing does slow down the microbes that cause food to spoil, but it's pretty much useless for killing dangerous bugs.

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9:27am

Fri April 5, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

Monty Python's John Cleese Almost Explains Our Brains

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 10:50 am

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4:31am

Fri April 5, 2013
Research News

Brain Scans Can Predict Who's Likely To Be A Repeat Offender

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 9:51 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Imagine using mind technology to arrest and convict people before a crime actually happens. Sounds like something out of the movie "Minority Report."

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "MINORITY REPORT")

TOM CRUISE: (as Chief John Anderton) I'm placing you under arrest for the future murder of Sarah Marks and Donald Dubin that was to take place today, April 22nd, at 0800 hours and four minutes.

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6:00pm

Thu April 4, 2013
Research News

Some Deep-Sea Microbes Are Hungry For Rocket Fuel

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 9:36 am

This bacterium-like microbe, Archaeoglobus fulgidus, seen here in a false-color image, can live in the high temperatures found near deep-sea vents. They can also survive by consuming perchlorate, a chemical used in rocket fuel.
Alfred Pasieka Science Source

It's life, but not as we know it. Researchers in the Netherlands have found that a microbe from deep beneath the ocean can breathe a major ingredient in rocket fuel. The discovery suggests that early life may have used many different kinds of chemicals besides oxygen to survive and thrive.

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5:51pm

Thu April 4, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Dear Netflix, We Can't Hear You! Signed, 50 Million Americans

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 3:35 pm

Netflix was ordered to close-caption all its films by next year.
Justin Lane EPA /Landov

Addicted, that's what we are: My husband and I are addicted to BBC television shows. We watch BBC series via Netflix streaming, the "instant" option available to Netflix customers.

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2:57pm

Thu April 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

Researchers Use Brain Scans To Reveal Hidden Dreamscape

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 2:57 pm

A window into dreams may now be opening.
Silver Screen Collection Getty Images

Scientists say they have found a way to get a glimpse of people's dreams.

"Our results show that we can predict what a person's seeing during dreams," says Yukiyasu Kamitani, a researcher at the ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan.

Philosophers, poets and psychologists have long shared a fascination with dreams. But Jack Gallant, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Berkeley says solving the mystery of our dreams is one tough problem.

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5:11am

Thu April 4, 2013
Research News

Study: Record Number Of People Are Cohabitating

More and more Americans are opting to live together before they get married. That's according to new federal data. And on average, cohabitations last about 22 months compared to 13 months in 1995.

3:21am

Thu April 4, 2013
Environment

Arkansas Oil Spill Sheds Light On Aging Pipeline System

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 10:45 am

A worker cleans up oil in Mayflower, Ark., on Monday, days after a pipeline ruptured and spewed oil over lawns and roadways.
Jeannie Nuss AP

Amber Bartlett was waiting last Friday for her kids to come home from school. One of them called from the entrance to the upscale subdivision near Little Rock, Ark., to tell her the community was being evacuated because of an oil spill. Bartlett was amazed by what she saw out her front door.

"I mean, just rolling oil. I mean, it was like a river," she says. "It had little waves in it."

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5:40pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Space

Sensor On Space Station May Have Seen Hints Of Elusive Dark Matter

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 8:50 pm

Astronauts work to install the alpha magnetic spectrometer on the International Space Station on May 26, 2011.
NASA

An international team of researchers announced in Switzerland on Wednesday that an experiment on the International Space Station may have seen hints of something called dark matter. The finding could be a milestone in the decades-long search for the universe's missing material.

Only a tiny sliver of stuff in the universe is visible to scientists; the rest is dark matter. Researchers don't know what it is, but they know it's there. Its gravity pulls on the things we can see.

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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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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

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