Science

12:15pm

Mon November 5, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Are You Responsible For The Outcome Of The Election?

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 11:44 am

A voter fills out a ballot Sunday in Jersey City, New Jersey. Gov. Chris Christie ordered early-voting stations to stay open through the weekend.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

We've all heard arguments that go something like this: it's not rational to vote, because the probability that your vote will make a difference is vanishingly small. This idea is formalized as "the paradox of not voting," and follows from a simple application of rational-choice theory.

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11:58am

Sun November 4, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Is It Safe For Pre-Teen Girls To Run Long Distances Competitively?

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 12:22 pm

The two sisters, Kaytlynn and Heather Welsch, have competed in over 70 endurance events, including rugged 13-mile trail runs, triathlons, and half-marathons. They are earning national attention, even more for their youth than their impressive athletic performances: They are 12 and 10 years old.

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9:58am

Sun November 4, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Weather On Other Planets

Originally published on Sun November 4, 2012 10:24 am

Sometimes it's good to see how other folks (or other planets) do it. Here are some websites that explain what the weather is like on other worlds in our solar system.

From hurricanes the size of a moon to the methane rains of Titan things can get pretty hairy out there.

JPL low level description

NASA site at a bit higher level.

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5:06am

Sun November 4, 2012
Superstorm Sandy: Before, During And Beyond

Levee Rebuilding Questioned After Sandy Breach

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 3:19 pm

A man crosses a flooded street in the wake of Superstorm Sandy on Thursday in Little Ferry, N.J. Surprise coastal surge floods caused by the storm battered Little Ferry, Moonachie and some other towns along the Hackensack River in Bergen County, all areas unaccustomed to flooding.
Mike Groll AP

Every time a storm brings flooding to a large metropolitan area, there are calls to improve the levee systems that are designed to prevent flooding.

But there's a major problem with doing that. "We don't know where all of our levees are," says Samantha Medlock with the Association of State Floodplain Managers.

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6:20pm

Fri November 2, 2012
The Picture Show

Interactive: Slide To See Before And After Sandy

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 3:50 pm

Interactive images show the New Jersey coast before and after Hurricane Sandy.
NOAA

There's been no shortage of before-and-after imagery portraying the coast in Sandy's wake. One of the more impressive ways to see the storm's impact is by exploring this map assembled by NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

We took a few screen grabs of the destruction around Seaside Heights, N.J., to create these sliding previews — but you can see much more if you zoom in on NOAA's interactive map.

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1:45pm

Fri November 2, 2012
Environment

As Storm Recovery Continues, Looking To The Future

Communities along the East Coast are reeling from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, dealing with electric outages, flooded streets, damaged sewage plants and fractured transportation lines. Can cities rebuild stronger, more resilient infrastructure to weather the storms of the future?

1:12pm

Fri November 2, 2012
Environment

Seeing Sandy From Space

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 1:40 pm

Transcript

IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Next stop, our Sandy coverage continues with the Video Pick of the Week. Hi, Flora. Flora Lichtman's here.

FLORA LICHTMAN, BYLINE: Hi, Ira. Yeah, how could we resist?

FLATOW: And how can we add something no one has ever seen?

LICHTMAN: I think we might be able to this week.

FLATOW: Yeah, yeah.

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1:09pm

Fri November 2, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

After Sandy: What Do We Do Now?

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 6:26 pm

A condemned house in the Ocean Breeze area of New York City's Staten Island. Most homes in the seaside community were inundated by the ocean surge from superstorm Sandy.
John Moore Getty Images

Sandy is scary. And it's scary to think that there's more where she came from. This may be a turning point. Finally, it seems, fear wins.

The fear dynamic has been at the heart of the debate about climate change in the United States, or rather, at the heart of the lack of debate.

Americans are not climate-change deniers. Americans just haven't gotten the memo that they're supposed to be scared.

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1:03pm

Fri November 2, 2012
Research News

Genetic Clues May Help Unravel Cause of Crohn's

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 1:40 pm

Transcript

IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Up next, a look at what current research tells us about what causes inflammatory bowel disease and the potentially simple way to treat it.

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12:47pm

Fri November 2, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Sunflowers Seen Flying Through Empty Desert. Why?

Vincent Liota

I've been hearing strange wind stories all my life. The best ones are both wildly improbable but still true, like how the Empire State Building gets hit by wafts of barley flying in on jet streams from Iowa, or how tons of sand from the Saharan desert rain down every year onto Brazilian rainforests. You never know what the wind will bring. The wind decides.

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