Thu July 17, 2014
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Ocean Waves As You Have Never Seen Them Before

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 10:33 am

A large wave on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, sucks sand off of the seafloor and into the wave itself. This photo is the cover image of Clark Little's latest coffee table book, Shorebreak.
Clark Little

Clark Little photographs ocean waves.

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Thu July 17, 2014
The Two-Way

Physicists Crush Diamonds With Giant Laser

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 11:09 am

Physicists put diamonds at the center of this massive laser, to see what would happen.
Matt Swisher Matt Swisher/LLNL

Physicists have used the world's most powerful laser to zap diamonds. The results, they say, could tell us more about the cores of giant planets.

"Diamonds have very special properties, besides being very expensive and used for jewelrey etc.," says Raymond Smith, a researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. "It's the hardest substance known to man."

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Thu July 17, 2014
Shots - Health News

Skimping On Sleep Can Stress Body And Brain

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 8:58 am

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

"The lion and calf shall lie down together," Woody Allen once wrote, "but the calf won't get much sleep."

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Wed July 16, 2014
Goats and Soda

Dogs Carry Kissing Bug Disease In Texas And Latin America

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 11:47 am

Dogs throughout Latin America carry the Chagas parasite — and boost the risk of people catching it. And it's not just shelter dogs, like these in Mexico, who are at risk. Even family dogs get the deadly disease.
Jose Luis Gonzalez Reuters/Landov

We often think about people spreading diseases around the world. This spring, vacationers brought chikungunya from the Caribbean to the United States. Businessmen have likely spread Ebola across international borders in West Africa. And health care workers have carried a new virus from the Middle East to Asia and Europe.

But what about (wo)man's best friend?

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Wed July 16, 2014
The Salt

This Dirty Little Weed May Have Cleaned Up Ancient Teeth

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 5:35 pm

This young male, buried at a prehistoric site in Central Sudan, probably munched on the roots of a plant called purple nutsedge.
Donatella Usai Centro Studi Sudanesi and Sub-Sahariani

The menus of millennia past can be tough to crack, especially when it comes to fruits and vegetables. For archaeologists studying a prehistoric site in Sudan, dental plaque provided a hint.

"When you eat, you get this kind of film of dental plaque over your teeth," says Karen Hardy, an archaeologist with the Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

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Wed July 16, 2014
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

What The World Needs Now Is A New Enlightenment

Our planet is unique. When are we going to recognize and celebrate this fact? Above, the Southern United States as seen from the International Space Station.

Something quite extraordinary happened in Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries: the diversified intellectual explosion called the Enlightenment. Philosophers, natural scientists (the divide between the two wasn't that wide then), artists and political scientists created a revolution in thought based on equal rights for men the freedom to reason without constraint.

Admittedly, it was a relative equality, with some Enlightenment philosophers mistakenly placing white men at the apex of society.

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Wed July 16, 2014

Even Among Babies, Practice Makes Perfect

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 8:02 pm



And now news about language development.


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Wed July 16, 2014
The Two-Way

A Huge New Crater Is Found In Siberia, And The Theories Fly

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 12:46 pm

Aerial footage posted online shows a large crater in northern Siberia, in an area called "the end of the world."

The area of Russia is said to be called, ominously enough, the end of the world. And that's where researchers are headed this week, to investigate a large crater whose appearance reportedly caught scientists by surprise. The crater is estimated at 262 feet wide and is in the northern Siberian area of Yamal.

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Wed July 16, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

Neil Whosis? What You Don't Know About The 1969 Moon Landing

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 1:29 am

Robert Krulwich NPR

Forty-five years ago, this week, 123 million of us watched Neil and Buzz step onto the moon. In 1969, we numbered about 200 million, so more than half of America was in the audience that day. Neil Armstrong instantly became a household name, an icon, a hero. And then — and this, I bet, you didn't know — just as quickly, he faded away.

"Whatever Happened to Neil Whosis?" asked the Chicago Tribune in 1974.

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Wed July 16, 2014
Shots - Health News

Dialing Back Stress With A Bubble Bath, Beach Trip And Bees

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 8:58 am

Avi Ofer NPR

Standing in the middle of a swarm of bees might not be your idea of stress relief, but it works for Ray Von Culin. He's a beekeeper in Washington, D.C., and he says caring for bees is one of the most relaxing things in his life.

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