Tue February 26, 2013

Investigator: BP Wasn't Prepared For Disasters At Deepwater Oil Wells

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 7:05 pm

Tuesday marked the second day of a civil trial connected to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in New Orleans. With opening statements over, plaintiffs began calling witnesses. Melissa Block talks to Jeff Brady.


Tue February 26, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Why Beyoncé Would Make An Excellent Scientist (Really)

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 3:09 pm

Vision, drive and a commitment to excellence: Beyoncé performs at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.
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Tue February 26, 2013
The Salt

To Build An Empire, Hold The Anchovies

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 12:47 pm

Located north of Lima, Peru, the Caral-Supe settlement was the ancient home of the Norte Chico people, a civilization almost as old as the Egyptians.
Courtesy of Chris Kleihege

Megalomaniacs, consider yourselves warned. Anchovies will not help you build your empire. To rule long and prosper, serve corn.

That's the word from archaeologists who say they've solved a mystery that has been puzzling their colleagues for the past 40 years: How did some of the earliest Peruvians manage to build a robust civilization without corn — the crop that fueled other great civilizations of the Americas, like the Maya?

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Tue February 26, 2013


Tue February 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Scientists Trace Origin Of Destructive Russia Meteor

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 10:52 am

A circular hole in the ice of Chebarkul Lake, where the Chelyabinsk meteor reportedly struck on Feb. 15.
Uncredited Associated Press

Scientists from Colombia believe they have pinpointed the origin of the giant meteor that smashed into a remote region of Russia earlier this month, injuring more than 1,000 people.

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Mon February 25, 2013

Increased Humidity From Climate Change Could Make It Harder To Tolerate Summers

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 7:23 pm



Now, a story about heat, the sweaty, miserable kind. Heat plus humidity. Working outdoors or playing sports on a hot, muggy day can be dangerous, even deadly. And as the climate continues to warm, being outside will become even more challenging. Those are the findings of a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change.

NPR's Richard Harris tells us more.

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Mon February 25, 2013
Shots - Health News

To Spot Kids Who Will Overcome Poverty, Look At Babies

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 6:25 am

For some kids who grow up in poverty, the bond developed with Mom is especially important in dealing with stress.

Why do some children who grow up in poverty do well, while others struggle?

To understand more about this, a group of psychologists recently did a study.

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Mon February 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Scientists May Have Uncovered Ancient Microcontinent

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 4:53 pm

Rodinia. Mauritia is shoehorned between India and Madagascar.
United States Antarctic Program/Wikipedia Commons

The remains of a small continent have been hiding right under our noses for the past 85 million years or so.

That's according to a new study published Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience. Scientists looked at lava sands from beaches on Mauritius to determine when and where the material might have originated.

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Mon February 25, 2013
Shots - Health News

Spanish Test: Mediterranean Diet Shines In Clinical Study

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 5:36 pm

Don't hold back on the olive oil, a Spanish study concludes.

Pour on the olive oil in good conscience, and add some nuts while you're at it.

A careful test of the so-called Mediterranean diet involving more than 7,000 people at a high risk of having heart attacks and strokes found the diet reduced them when compared with a low-fat diet. A regular diet of Mediterranean cuisine also reduced the risk of dying.

The findings, published online by The New England Journal of Medicine, come from a study conducted right in the heart of Mediterranean country: Spain.

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Mon February 25, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Science: A Relationship You May Not Understand

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 9:43 am

Don't let your beautiful relationship with science run up on the rocks just because of the occasional contradiction or misunderstanding. Take a minute to try and see things from another perspective.
Pascal Guyot AFP/Getty Images

Eating more antioxidants can reduce your risk of stroke and dementia. Or maybe not. Moderate alcohol consumption has some health benefits. But also some risks. Women should take calcium supplements. Or maybe they shouldn't.

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