Science

4:50pm

Tue August 14, 2012
Science

Think It's Hot? The Swiss Just Hit 5.5 Trillion Degrees

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 6:04 pm

In light of this summer's record high temperatures, we find perspective on really hot temperatures. In an experiment, scientists at Europe's CERN laboratory claim to have achieved the highest temperature ever produced by humans — about 5.5 trillion degrees. Audie Cornish and Melissa Block have more.

12:55pm

Tue August 14, 2012
Author Interviews

Climate 'Weirdness' Throws Ecosystems 'Out Of Kilter'

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 1:47 pm

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the past year through June 2012 has been the hottest year in the continental U.S. since modern record-keeping started in 1895. Above, New Yorkers flocked to Coney Island to try to beat the heat in early August.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Science journalist Michael Lemonick doesn't want to be a doomsday prophet, but he does want to be realistic about the threat of climate change. "Since I started writing about climate change all the way back in 1987, we've known what the cause is, we've known what the likely outcome is, and we've had time to act — and essentially we haven't acted," he tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies.

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10:52am

Tue August 14, 2012
The Picture Show

Interactive, 360 Degrees Of Mars!

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 4:11 pm

A screen grab of the interactive created by Andrew Bodrov.
Andrew Bodrov 360cities.net

On 360cities.net, Andrew Bodrov describes himself as a panographer, not a photographer. In fact, he didn't even take the photos in this panorama; the Mars rover Curiosity did. Bodrov stitched NASA's images together to create this amazing, 360-degree interactive image of the red planet.

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9:03am

Tue August 14, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Is War Inevitable? A View From The Stars

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 9:59 am

Are we doomed to war? It seems like one of humanity's oldest questions.

Everyone claims to hate war, its cruelty and its waste. Yet collectively we jump into armed conflicts at the drop of a hat, or the drop of an insult, or a threat, or the perception of riches. Some wars seem "good," with solid justification for the call to arms, while others clearly spring from baser motives. In either case, war seems to be something we are stuck with as a species.

But are we really stuck?

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3:32am

Tue August 14, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

How A Virus In Snakes Could Offer Clues To Ebola In Humans

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 1:55 pm

A newly discovered disease in boa constrictors could provide the missing link in the latent Ebola virus.
iStockphoto.com

11:46am

Mon August 13, 2012
Environment

Feds Conclude Probe Of Polar Bear Scientists

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 12:46 pm

A polar bear on fresh ice in the Hudson Bay in November 2007.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

A federal investigation into two researchers who wrote a famous report on drowned polar bears is finally over, according to their lawyer.

But the scientists still haven't been allowed to see a copy of the investigation report or its conclusions, says attorney Jeff Ruch of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

Critics have charged that the two-year investigation was a witch hunt into researchers whose work had political implications.

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10:36am

Mon August 13, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Dying, The Greatest Generation, Courage and Integrity

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 6:28 pm

Gary Cooper, in the saddle
Hulton Archive Getty Images

My wife of 45 years knows she is probably dying of a serious disease. She faces this with, of course, fear, but also with stunning generosity. I love and admire her humanity and integrity.

We are watching Ken Burns' powerful documentary The War together. It's about World War II. I was born in September 1939 and my first memories include the war and its aftermath. My older cousins, Norman and Bob Kauffman, flew B-29 bombers.

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3:31am

Mon August 13, 2012
Joe's Big Idea

Summer Science: What's A Meteor Shower?

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 4:23 am

In this photo released by SkyandTelescope.com, a Perseid meteor flashes across the constellation Andromeda on Aug. 12, 1997.
Rick Scott and Joe Orman AP

NPR science correspondent Joe Palca is on a mission this summer to answer the deep, burning questions of summertime. So far he's taught us how to build a campfire, explained the best way to roast a perfect marshmallow and explored the icy mystery of brain freeze.

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8:33am

Sun August 12, 2012
The Salt

On The Road To Olympic Gold, Kenyan Marathoners Fuel Up On Carbs

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 11:38 am

Every day at 9 a.m. sharp in Iten, Kenya, 200 or so runners train on the dirt roads surrounding the town.
John Burnett NPR

For a couple of days last month, I ate the same foods as some of the fastest people on the planet — the Kenyans.

I stayed at the same hotel and ate in the same dining room as the Kenya Olympic Marathon team while working on a radio story about how this impoverished nation produces some of the best endurance runners in the world.

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7:32pm

Sat August 11, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

William Shatner Does Rocket Man

William Shatner does Rocket Man.

Um... wow. Like, wow.

Enjoy. I think.

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