Science

3:09pm

Tue February 12, 2013
All Tech Considered

This App Uses The Power Of You To Report The Weather

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 1:19 pm

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This map shows data reported by users of the mPING app during Friday's blizzard in the Northeast.
The PING Project

If you love to talk about the weather — or want to help collect information about it — a new smartphone app may be for you.

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1:52pm

Tue February 12, 2013
The Salt

Most Americans Eager To Buy Seafood That's 'Sustainable'

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 2:31 pm

Swordfish from Canada are marked with a label from the Marine Stewardship Council at a Whole Foods in Washington, D.C. The MSC says its label means the fish were caught by a sustainable fishery, but critics says it's not always so clear.
Margot Williams NPR

This week, our colleagues Daniel Zwerdling and Margot Williams with NPR's investigations unit have a terrific three-part series on the Marine Stewardship Council. As they report, the MSC's labels tell consumers which seafood is supposed to be good or bad for the environment.

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1:47pm

Tue February 12, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

A Valentine From An Atheist To A Religious Scholar

Karen Armstrong
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Sometimes the debate between atheism and religion can be enlightening, showing us how both of these different approaches dive deeply into the currents of human experience. Sometimes, however, it can be deeply depressing, devolving into hard lines and acrimony. As an atheist, I often find myself exasperated with what I call "strident atheism."

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11:11am

Tue February 12, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

What Is It About Emily?

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 3:46 pm

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7:35pm

Mon February 11, 2013
Under The Label: Sustainable Seafood

For A Florida Fishery, 'Sustainable' Success After Complex Process

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 1:19 pm

Dennis Roseman, left, and Jamie Manganello pull in a swordfish off the coast of Florida. The Day Boat Seafood company went through a complicated process to become certified as a sustainable fishery by the Marine Stewardship Council.
Chip Litherland for NPR

Part three of a three-part series by Daniel Zwerdling and Margot Williams.

The long, clunky-looking fishing boat pulls up to Day Boat Seafood's dock near Fort Pierce, Fla., after 10 days out in the Atlantic. The crew lowers a thick rope into the hold, and begins hoisting 300-pound swordfish off their bed of ice and onto a slippery metal scale.

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6:42pm

Mon February 11, 2013
Under The Label: Sustainable Seafood

Conditions Allow For More Sustainable-Labeled Seafood

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 1:24 pm

A sockeye salmon that was caught from the research vessel Miss Delta off the coast of Vancouver is examined. The MSC has certified the fish as "sustainable" even though there is concern from scientists and environmentalists.
Brett Beadle for NPR

Part two of a three-part series by Daniel Zwerdling and Margot Williams.

Next time you walk up to the seafood counter, look for products labeled with a blue fish, a check mark, and the words "Certified Sustainable Seafood MSC." Then ask yourself, "What does this label mean?"

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6:21pm

Mon February 11, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

All This Week: Minds That Make Us Swoon

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 2:04 pm

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In honor of Valentine's Day, we're going to spend this week on 13.7 publishing love letters (really, chaste appreciations) to some of our biggest intellectual crushes.

These are the people our bloggers think you should know about, people who have had a significant influence on their lives and their thinking. As they're published, I'll keep a running list of the posts right here:

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6:20pm

Mon February 11, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Of Rats And Men: Edward C. Tolman

A lab rat stuck in a maze
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You've probably never heard of Edward C. Tolman, unless you're an experimental psychologist. If you're a Berkeley alumnus, you might be familiar with Tolman Hall, home to my office and lab. It's an unappealing and outdated homage to a man who was neither.

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6:19pm

Mon February 11, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

A Mind And A Man Worthy Of Adulation: Conrad H. Waddington

A zygote begins its journey to expression in the form of a human being.
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In the pantheon of scientists I have known and most admired, I hold high Conrad H. Waddington. His intellectual courage changed the shape of biology.

Waddington fundamentally extended the neo-Darwinian synthesis. Post-Newton, Charles Darwin is, to my mind, the mind that most altered the Western world view. His explanation of evolution through heritable variation and natural selection shifted everything.

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4:30pm

Mon February 11, 2013
The Salt

Pig Manure Reveals More Reason To Worry About Antibiotics

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 2:52 pm

Pigs at a farm in Beijing peer out at visitors. Half of all the pigs in the world live in China.
Ng Han Guan AP

There's a global campaign to force meat producers to rein in their use of antibiotics on pigs, chickens and cattle. European countries, especially Denmark and the Netherlands, have taken the lead. The U.S. is moving, haltingly, toward similar restrictions.

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