Science

1:52pm

Fri March 8, 2013
Brain Candy

Behold the Mighty Water Bear

Water bears, a.k.a. tardigrades, can withstand boiling, freezing and the vacuum of space. Biologist Bob Goldstein, of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, studies these millimeter-long creatures to try to understand how organisms develop.

1:03pm

Fri March 8, 2013
Food

Can the Anti-Aging Secret Be Found in...Red Wine?

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 3:04 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY, I'm Ira Flatow. Here's some news to raise a glass to: the idea that red wine may help us live longer and healthier lives. Well, it got a new boost this week. According to a team of researchers, a compound found in the skin of grapes could be an antidote to aging by slowing down the process and even fending off disease and inflammation associated with getting old. It's the topic of a new study published this week in the journal Science.

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1:03pm

Fri March 8, 2013
Research News

Getting the Springtime Buzz on Bees

Transcript

IRA FLATOW, HOST:

You're listening to SCIENCE FRIDAY, I'm Ira Flatow. You may not tell by looking outside your window if you're in the Midwest, or snow has been dumped on you in the last week or so, but spring is really just around the corner, and with that comes blooming plants and buzzing bees. And what can we expect this spring from nature's great pollinators?

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1:01pm

Fri March 8, 2013
All Tech Considered

In Open Source Rocket Competition, Collaboration Takes Off

A screenshot shows how a team would track changes to its rocket project on a Sunglass platform.
Sunglass

Here's the challenge: Build a rocket engine. Don't worry, you don't need much.

At the SXSW festival in Austin on Saturday, startup companies DIYRockets and Sunglass are launching a competition to create 3-D-printed rocket engines with open source (read: free) technology.

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12:46pm

Fri March 8, 2013
Shots - Health News

Could A 'Brain Pacemaker' Someday Treat Severe Anorexia?

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 10:23 am

Kim Rollins of Ontario, Canada, struggled with anorexia for more than 20 years. After starting deep brain stimulation 14 months ago, the 36-year-old says she's in recovery.
Courtesy of Krembil Neuroscience Centre

Many people who get anorexia recover after therapy and counseling. But in about 20 to 30 percent of cases, the disease becomes a chronic condition that gets tougher and tougher to treat.

Right now, doctors have few options for helping these patients, mostly women, whose disease can be crippling or fatal.

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12:05pm

Fri March 8, 2013
The Salt

We Like 'Em Big And Juicy: How Our Table Grapes Got So Fat

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 5:37 pm

Left to their own devices, many seedless grapes would be puny and soft. But these Thompson seedless got pleasingly plump after a little girdling and hormone treatment.
Daniel M.N. Turner NPR

It's no secret that many Americans have a fetish for big food. Whether it's a triple-decker cheeseburger or a 128-ounce Big Gulp, some portions in the U.S. have gotten freakishly large.

But not all of our supersizing is unhealthy.

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11:16am

Fri March 8, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

What Happened When Humans Met An Alien Intelligence? Sex Happened

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 2:50 pm

Courtesy of the Neanderthal Museum

10:06am

Fri March 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Coroner: Zoo Intern May Have Been Killed After Lion Lifted Cage Handle

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 12:19 pm

An undated photo of Dianna Hanson provided by her brother, Paul Hanson.
Paul Hanson Associated Press

A woman killed by a 550-pound male lion at a conservancy near Fresno, Calif., earlier this week may have been caught by surprise after the animal escaped its cage, investigators say.

According to a preliminary autopsy, Dianna Hanson, a 24-year-old intern for Cat Haven, was killed Wednesday when the lion snapped her neck.

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10:00am

Fri March 8, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Are We Alone In The Universe?

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 10:24 am

"We should search because it tells us how to collaborate our place in the cosmos." — Jill Tarter
TED / James Duncan Davidson

About Jill Tarter's TED Talk

The SETI Institute's Jill Tarter wants to accelerate our search for cosmic company. Using a growing array of radio telescopes, she and her team listen for patterns that may be a sign of intelligence elsewhere in the universe.

About Jill Tarter

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10:00am

Fri March 8, 2013
TED Radio Hour

How Can We Defend Earth From Asteroids?

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 10:24 am

Phil Plait knows the secrets to avoiding a big asteroid catastrophe.
Courtesy of TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Peering Into Space.

About Phil Plait's TED Talk

What's six miles wide and can end civilization in an instant? An asteroid — and there are lots of them out there. With humor and great visuals, Phil Plait enthralls the TEDxBoulder audience with all the ways asteroids can kill, and what we must do to avoid them.

About Phil Plait

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