Science

1:03pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Medical Treatments

Arming Fat Cells to Fight Brain Cancer

Harvesting stem cells from human fat may be an effective way to treat brain cancer, researchers report in the journal PLoS One. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, explains how fat cells can be used as Trojan horses to fight cancer.

1:03pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Science

Physicists Tie Water Into Knots

Reporting in the journal Nature Physics, William Irvine and Dustin Kleckner, physicists at the University of Chicago, have created a knotted fluid vortex in the lab โ€” a scientific first, they say. The knots resemble smoke rings โ€” except these are made of water, and they're shaped like pretzels, not donuts. Understanding knottiness has extra-large applications, like understanding dynamics of the sun.

11:41am

Fri March 15, 2013
NPR Story

And The Award For Best Picture Goes To....

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 1:03 pm

More than 450 photographers submitted a shot to SciFri's Winter Nature Photo Contest, and thousands of fans helped choose a winner. Contest judge Clay Bolt discusses the winning entry, and what makes for a prize-winning shot. Plus, tips for budding nature photographers.

11:41am

Fri March 15, 2013
NPR Story

Can Just One Concussion Change the Brain?

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 1:03 pm

Suffering a single concussion may cause lasting brain damage, researchers report in the journal Radiology. Steven Flanagan, co-director of the Concussion Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, discusses the findings, and why diagnosing a concussion is so difficult.

10:28am

Fri March 15, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Are We Plugged-In, Connected, But Alone?

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 8:36 am

Sherry Turkle is concerned about how our devices are changing us, as human beings.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Do We Need Humans?

About Sherry Turkle's TEDTalk

As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle looks at how devices and online personas are redefining human connection. She says we need to really think about the kinds of connections we want to have.

About Sherry Turkle

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10:11am

Fri March 15, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Is The Human Hand Our Best Technology?

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 11:58 am

"Only the hand can tell where it's tender, where the patient winces." รขย€ย” Abraham Verghese
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Do We Need Humans?

About Abraham Verghese's TEDTalk

Modern medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old-fashioned tool: human touch. Physician and writer Abraham Verghese describes our strange new world where patients are data points, and calls for a return to the traditional physical exam.

About Abraham Verghese

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10:01am

Fri March 15, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Are Droids Taking Our Jobs?

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 2:57 pm

Andrew McAfee speaking at TEDxBoston.
Sheryl Lanzel TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Do We Need Humans?

About Andrew McAfee's TEDTalk

Robots and algorithms can now build cars, write articles, and translate texts โ€” all work that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee looks at recent labor data to say: We ain't seen nothing yet.

About Andrew McAfee

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10:01am

Fri March 15, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Will Man's Best Friend Be A Robot?

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 8:36 am

Cynthia Breazeal speaking at TEDWomen conference.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Do We Need Humans?

About Cynthia Breazeal's TEDTalk

Why do we use robots on Mars, but not in our living rooms? Cynthia Breazeal realized the key was training robots to interact with people. Now she builds robots that teach, learn โ€” and play.

About Cynthia Breazeal

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10:00am

Fri March 15, 2013
NPR Story

Do We Need Humans?

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 2:46 pm

Can we improve technology and preserve human dignity?
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We've been promised a future where robots will be our friends. But are we ready for how those innovations will change us as humans? In this episode, TED speakers consider the promises and perils of our relationship with technology.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

5:27pm

Thu March 14, 2013
Science

'God Particle' Discovery Disappoints Some Physicists

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 6:49 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block.

Scientists in Switzerland have reinforced a huge discovery they announced last summer. They said today that they've almost certainly found the Higgs particle, the long-sought missing link that helps explain the basic nature of our universe. This firms up similar results they unveiled with great fanfare in July.

But NPR's Richard Harris reports, it's actually disappointing news for some scientists.

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