Science

4:42pm

Sat February 16, 2013
Author Interviews

'Noble Savages': A Journey To Break The Mold Of Anthropology

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 10:44 am

Cover of Noble Savages

When Napoleon Chagnon first saw the isolated Yanomamo Indian tribes of the Amazon in 1964, it changed his life forever. A young anthropologist from the University of Michigan, he was starting on a journey that would last a lifetime, and take him from one of the most remote places on earth to an international controversy.

That controversy would divide his profession and impugn his reputation. Eventually he would come to redefine the nature of what it is to be human.

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5:23pm

Fri February 15, 2013
Shots - Health News

What Nuclear Bombs Tell Us About Our Tendons

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 8:57 am

Nuclear bomb tests like this one, conducted at the Nevada Test Site in 1957, are helping scientists understand how the human body works.
Photo courtesy of National Nuclear Security Administration / Nevada Site Office

You really don't want to mess with your Achilles tendons. Trust us, injury to these tendons can take months to heal, and even then recovery is often not complete.

A big reason the Achilles is such a foot-dragger at getting better is that the tendon tissue we have as adults is basically the same as we had when we were teenagers.

That finding was published earlier this week in The FASEB Journal.

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4:21pm

Fri February 15, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Investigations Of Experience

The Berlin-Potsdam Railway (1847) by Adolph Menzel
Joerg P. Anders bpk Berlin/Alte Nationalgalerie/Art Resource

The painter Adolph Menzel (1815-1905) is not well-known, even in his native Germany. He was tiny and ugly and never married; he wrote in his will that "there is a lack of any kind of self-made bond between me and the outside world." Perhaps this lack of bond is what made it possible for him to devote himself so totally to the task of making pictures.

Menzel drew constantly. He drew everything. He drew with his left hand and with his right. He drew on napkins and on the backs of menus. No social event was so formal, or so intimate, it seems, as to quiet his active hands.

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4:18pm

Fri February 15, 2013
Superstorm Sandy: Before, During And Beyond

After Sandy, Not All Sand Dunes Are Created Equal

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 5:04 pm

Daniel Riscoe, Jenna Hart, Anthony Chau and Caroline Lloyd (all students from the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J.) carry donated Christmas trees across Island Beach.
Adam Cole NPR

When Superstorm Sandy hit Island Beach State Park — one of the last remnants of New Jersey's barrier island ecosystem — it flattened the dunes, pushing all that sand hundreds of feet inland.

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4:18pm

Fri February 15, 2013
Science

Highly Anticipated Asteroid Upstaged, By A Meteor

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 7:13 pm

The much-anticipated close flyby of a large asteroid was upstaged Friday when a meteor unexpectedly streaked across the sky over Russia. The ensuing explosion sent window shards flying and injured hundreds of people.

2:42pm

Fri February 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Is Russia Marked For Meteors?

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 8:53 am

A hole in the ice of Chebarkul Lake where a meteor reportedly struck the lake near Chelyabinsk, about 930 miles east of Moscow
AP

Russians might be forgiven for thinking they have a big, fat celestial bull's-eye painted on their heads.

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1:27pm

Fri February 15, 2013
Shots - Health News

Don't Count On Extra Weight To Help You In Old Age

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 9:47 am

Extra weight is no defense against aging, says a demographer who argues that the apparent benefits from being overweight are a mirage.
iStockphoto.com

Wouldn't it be great, considering how many of us are overweight, if carrying a few extra pounds meant we'd live longer?

A recent analysis of nearly 100 published studies involving almost 3 million people found, surprisingly, that being a little overweight was associated with a lower risk of death than having a normal weight or being obese.

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1:03pm

Fri February 15, 2013
Theater

A New View Of Newton In 'Isaac's Eye'

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 7:14 am

Transcript

IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. Anyone who's taken a high school science class knows the name Isaac Newton. You remember this tale: He's sitting under a tree, an apple falls on his head, he figures out gravity, or so the story goes. Not really true.

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1:03pm

Fri February 15, 2013
Art & Design

Art Meets Geek at Toni Dove's Studio

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 7:14 am

Transcript

IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Flora Lichtman's here, switched hats again.

FLORA LICHTMAN, BYLINE: Switching gears.

FLATOW: Switching gears, and our gear is our Video Pick of the Week, and it's a real - as always, a real cool one.

LICHTMAN: This one, yeah, very cool. We're to the earthly pleasures now - part - segment of the show. It's about art. We went and visited the studio of artist Toni Dove, and she makes the art - the kind of art that's just my style. It satisfies my craving for fantasy, and also my real nerdy, geeky side.

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1:03pm

Fri February 15, 2013
Space

Tracking A Space Rock's Streak Past Earth

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 7:14 am

Transcript

IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY, I'm Ira Flatow. Early this morning...

(SOUNDBITE OF EXPLOSION)

FLATOW: You heard it, a meteor exploded over Central Russia. It rattled buildings, shattered glass over a wide area, causing hundreds of injuries estimated at 900 or more at this hour. And at this very moment another asteroid, half the size of a football field, is speeding towards our planet. But there's no need to panic. This one is not raining space rocks, say scientists.

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