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.
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.
Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 4:11 pm
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.
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.
Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 6:28 pm
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.
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.