Science

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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2:29pm

Tue April 2, 2013
The Salt

Fruit, Not Fries: Lunchroom Makeovers Nudge Kids Toward Better Choices

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 4:49 pm

Students select blueberries and rolls from the food line at Lincoln Elementary in Olympia, Wash., in 2004.
John Froschauer AP

Gone are the days of serving up tater tots and French toast sticks to students. Here are the days of carrot sticks and quinoa.

New nutritional guidelines, announced in 2012, require public school lunchrooms to offer more whole grains, low-fat milk and fewer starchy sides like french fries. But short of stationing grandmothers in every cafeteria, how do you ensure that students actually eat the fruits and veggies they're being offered?

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2:03pm

Tue April 2, 2013
Science

The Buzz On Bees: Why Many Colonies Are Collapsing

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 2:57 pm

Bees have been dying off in increasing numbers over the past few years. Experts say that habitat loss and disease are the biggest culprits, and some believe that pesticides are to blame. NPR science correspondent Dan Charles explains the possible causes and what is being done to stop this trend.

1:58pm

Tue April 2, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

Sing, Fly, Mate, Die — Here Come The Cicadas!

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 12:33 pm

Joel Anderson Copyright 2013 Anderson Design Group

If you live in Missouri, they've already gone.

But back East, cicadas are about to climb out of their little holes in the ground, wriggle out of their skins, like this ...

... so after 17 years of getting ready, they can now do the thing they hope, hope, hope to do — which is, if at all possible, make a baby.

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1:32pm

Tue April 2, 2013
The Salt

From Pets To Plates: Why More People Are Eating Guinea Pigs

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 2:00 pm

Guinea pigs on the grill
Courtesy of Curtiss Calleo

You may best know the guinea pig as a nervous little pet that lives in a cage and eats alfalfa pellets.

Now, the rodents are increasingly showing up on plates in the United States.

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7:38am

Tue April 2, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Should All Women Heed Author's Advice To 'Lean In'?

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 12:04 pm

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, speaks at a luncheon for the American Society of News Editors in San Diego.
Gregory Bull AP

Sheryl Sandberg's controversial new book on women and leadership, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, currently tops Amazon's best-seller list in "Business Management and Leadership" alongside Decisive (Chip Heath and Dan Heath),

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12:06pm

Mon April 1, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

Trapped By The Web — But For How Long? Take the Kelberman Challenge

I'm Google Dina Kilberman

You sit down, turn on the computer, up comes an image, could be anything, a cloud, a koala bear, a video. On the right side of the screen there are more images like it, or almost like it, so you click on one of those, just because ... because what? Because it's there? Because it's waiting? Because, for no conceivable reason, you suddenly have a yearning for balloon pictures? You don't plan this, you have no plan, but you keep going, gently pulled by the lure of "next."

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3:23am

Mon April 1, 2013
Business

EPA's Push For More Ethanol Could Be Too Little, Too Late

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 8:50 am

A decal advertising E85 ethanol is displayed on a pump at a gas station in Johnston, Iowa.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could soon issue a final ruling that aims to force oil companies to replace E10, gasoline mixed with 10 percent ethanol, with E15.

This move could come just as widespread support for ethanol, which is made from corn, appears to be eroding.

Mike Mitchell was once a true believer in ethanol as a homegrown solution to foreign oil imports. He owns gas stations, and he went further than most, installing expensive blender pumps that let customers choose E15, E20 and all the way up to E85.

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3:16am

Mon April 1, 2013
Research News

Why Not Apologizing Makes You Feel Better

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 8:50 am

Illustration by NPR

To err is human.

So is refusing to apologize for those errors.

From toddlers and talk show hosts to preteens and presidents, we all know people who have done stupid, silly and evil things, then squared their jaws and told the world they've done nothing wrong.

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