Wed December 12, 2012


Wed December 12, 2012
Around the Nation

Is California Up Next For An Oil And Gas Boom?



It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.


And I'm Renee Montagne.

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Wed December 12, 2012

Scientists Mourn Popular Wolf Shot By A Hunter

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 2:34 pm

The Lamar Canyon pack's alpha female (right) was shot and killed by a hunter on Dec. 6.
Courtesy of Doug McLaughlin

The most popular wolf in Yellowstone National Park was shot by a hunter last week, a big blow to scientists and many wildlife enthusiasts who loved following her story.

"She was very recognizable, and she was unique and everybody knew her," says biologist Douglas Smith.

The animal known as 832F had a beautiful gray coat and was the alpha female of the Lamar Canyon pack. Smith has followed this wolf for years but only got to put a tracking collar on her in February.

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Tue December 11, 2012
Intelligence Squared U.S.

Does Science Refute God?

Two teams face off over the motion "Science Refutes God" in an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
Samuel LaHoz
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Is belief in God rational? Or has science shown the existence of God to be so unlikely as to make belief irrational?

Two physicists, a skeptic and a scholar tried to answer those questions in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate. They faced off two against two (with one physicist on each side) on the motion "Science Refutes God."

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Tue December 11, 2012
The Salt

Seafood Sleuthing Reveals Pervasive Fish Fraud In New York City

Farmed Atlantic salmon was sometimes labeled at "wild salmon," researchers found when the tested seafood sold in New York City.

If you buy fish in New York City, particularly from a small market or restaurant, there's a pretty good chance it won't be the fish it claims to be.

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Tue December 11, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

A Pledge To Science? That's Something Congress Should Consider

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 2:21 pm

Can our nation afford political waffling on issues of scientific consensus?
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

It was a simple question and all it required was a simple answer.

How old is the Earth?

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Tue December 11, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Pigeon Interuptus — A Fish That Hunts Pigeons On Land

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 4:34 pm



Mon December 10, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

What Do Aliens, Climate Change And Princess Di Have In Common?

Professor Stephan Lewandowsky
Courtesy of Stephan Lewandowsky

HIV does not cause AIDS. Smoking does not cause lung cancer. And burning fossil fuels does not contribute to global warming.

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Mon December 10, 2012
Shots - Health News

What Porcupines Can Teach Engineers

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 8:04 am

The barbs on porcupine quills make it easier from them to penetrate the skin.
National Park Service

Pulling out a porcupine quill is painful and slow, as many a dog discovers to its dismay after tangling with the big rodent. But those tenacious quills are inspiring efforts to develop better medical devices, including less painful needles.

It turns out that no one had really picked apart why it's so hard to remove a porcupine quill. Barbs, sure. But the barbs not only stick like mad. They also make it much easier for the quill to pierce skin and flesh.

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Mon December 10, 2012
Shots - Health News

How A Superbug Traveled The World

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 8:06 am

Clostridium difficile bacteria produce a toxin that damages the intestine and causes severe diarrhea.
Courtesy of David Goudling/Nature Genetics.

Just as the name implies, Clostridium difficile is a difficult pathogen to beat. It causes a nasty infection in your gut, and it's often resistant to many antibiotics.

But C. difficile got even more troublesome about 10 years ago when a particularly virulent form of the bug cropped up in hospitals across the U.S and was no longer vulnerable to one of the most common classes of antibiotics.

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