Science

4:37pm

Fri December 7, 2012
Energy

Conflicts, Errors Revealed In Positive Fracking Study

Originally published on Sat December 8, 2012 6:52 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

A University of Texas study that says hydraulic natural gas fracturing is safe has been withdrawn, and its author has retired and left the university. From Dallas, NPR's Wade Goodwyn has the story.

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3:50pm

Fri December 7, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Brain Scans Don't Catch The Brain In Action

A visitor to the Wellcome Collection's 2012 exhibition "Brains: The mind as matter" looks at a functional magnetic resonance image (fMRI) showing a human brain as it listens to Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" and Kant's third Critique.
Miguel Medina AFP/Getty Images

The backlash has begun! After years of overselling neuroscience and its results in the popular media, we are now finally beginning to hear public voices of dissent.

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12:07pm

Fri December 7, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

A View From Doha: The Time To Tackle Climate Change Is Now

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 12:20 pm

Climate activists at a rally in Doha on December 1, 2012.
Karim Jaafar AFP/Getty Images

The failure so far of a decades-long process to confront man-made climate change on a global level through a meaningful, effective and fair commitment to reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions poses a serious dilemma for the survival of human civilization on this planet.

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12:00pm

Fri December 7, 2012
NPR Story

Blue Whale Barrel Roll Caught On Camera

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FLORA LICHTMAN, BYLINE: We're ending this hour into the sea, Ira. Could you tell?

IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Ooh, yeah. I like it.

LICHTMAN: The noise you're hearing comes from a blue whale; that's an animal that can reach 90 feet in length, which is longer than a tennis court. Biologist...

JEREMY GOLDBOGEN: Hands down, these are largest animals of all time. And so one of the questions we're interested in is how do they sustain such an extreme body mass and why don't we see anything bigger than a blue whale?

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12:00pm

Fri December 7, 2012
NPR Story

Curiosity 2.0? NASA Announces New Mars Rover Plans

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 1:03 pm

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FLORA LICHTMAN, BYLINE: Up next, more spacey news.

IRA FLATOW, HOST:

All right.

All right. Can't get enough?

Mm-hmm.

LICHTMAN: Earlier this week, NASA announced plans to launch another rover to Mars in the year 2020. And there's some buzz, there's some speculation that this one could have a wheel up on Curiosity. Maybe it wouldn't just analyze samples there but could shift them back to Earth.

FLATOW: You know, I've heard that before.

LICHTMAN: Don't be downer, Ira.

(LAUGHTER)

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12:00pm

Fri December 7, 2012
NPR Story

'Escape Fire' Exposes Flaws Of American Healthcare

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 1:03 pm

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FLORA LICHTMAN, BYLINE: This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Flora Lichtman.

IRA FLATOW, HOST:

And I'm Ira Flatow. Last week on the show, we talked about the Affordable Care Act - you know, Obamacare - and how it gave millions more Americans access to health care.

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12:00pm

Fri December 7, 2012
NPR Story

Ask an Astronaut: NASA Spaceflyers Open Up

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 1:03 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Next up, who didn't, at one time or another, now think about it, who didn't want to be an astronaut when they were growing up, especially those of us, the children of the space-age space race? Well, for those of us whose lives are a bit more Earthbound, we've got a fun edition to our Ask an Expert series. How about Ask an Astronaut? Everything you wanted to ever ask an astronaut, Flora.

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12:00pm

Fri December 7, 2012
NPR Story

No Joke

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 1:03 pm

Why Even Tragedy Gets A Laugh — When comedian Tig Notaro found out she had breast cancer, she incorporated the grim news into her stand-up routine--and got quite a few laughs from the audience. Notaro and neuroscientist Robert Provine discuss the origins of laughter, what separates the amusing from the truly funny, and why even tragedy sometimes gets a laugh.

12:00pm

Fri December 7, 2012
NPR Story

(for scifri) Unlocking A Lake's Bacterial Secrets, Beneath 20 Meters Of Ice

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 1:03 pm

What does life truly need to survive? Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Alison Murray and colleagues describe a community of unusual bacteria that survive under 20 meters of ice in the dark, salty, sub-freezing waters of Lake Vida, Antarctica.

11:49am

Fri December 7, 2012
The Salt

When It Comes To Boxed Wine, The Cooler, The Better

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 1:22 pm

If you're picking a boxed wine for your party this season, be aware that temperature is everything.
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Bag-in-the-box wine doesn't have the classiest of reputations. It's usually cheap and in the past at least, has been aimed at less sophisticated consumers. But in recent years, boxed wine has tried to buck the stereotype, whether by gussying up the product packaging or simply putting higher-quality wine in the box.

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