Science

1:04pm

Tue October 30, 2012
The Salt

More Tips For Feeding The Family, Hurricane Edition

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 2:38 pm

Sterno-type cooking in 1948. Many people still use these cooking tools today when disaster strikes.
AP

Our readers were buzzing with ideas after yesterday's post on keeping the family well-fed during Hurricane Sandy-related power outages. What topped their list of topics? Egg safety, coffee preparedness, and what to do with pantry goods.

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10:05am

Tue October 30, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Arguing The Nature Of Values

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 4:11 pm

Ice cream: just a treat, not a values statement.
Wayne Perry Getty Images

Thomas Nagel, in Mind and Cosmos, despairs of finding a place for values in the world as it is described by physical and biological science. This gives me today's theme.

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5:33am

Tue October 30, 2012
Around the Nation

New York, New Jersey Hit Hard By Sandy

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 1:20 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

MONTAGNE: Dawn will tell us more about the damage to the East Coast. But there's little doubt that it's massive. Water from Hurricane Sandy washed over parts of Manhattan last night like heavy seas coming over the deck of a ship.

BOB MCGEE: Essentially, Manhattan south of 39th Street is without power.

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5:33am

Tue October 30, 2012
Science

As Coasts Flood, Inland Areas See Blizzards

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 1:20 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

As Hurricane Sandy, or whether - at this point in time, it's Superstorm Sandy, when it did thunder ashore as a hurricane, Tamara Brownstein(ph) was assessing the damage. She was working for the Red Cross in Sea Bright, New Jersey.

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5:33am

Tue October 30, 2012
Science

NOAA Weighs In On The Latest On Superstorm

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 9:12 am

The National Weather Service is tracking where the superstorm Sandy goes next. Jennifer McNatt, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's national operations center, speaks with Steve Inskeep about what people should expect.

6:14pm

Mon October 29, 2012
All Tech Considered

Why Is This Supercomputer So Superfast?

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 4:46 pm

Cray employees put the finishing touches on Titan at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. The supercomputer may be the world's fastest. It's designed to do 20 petaflops — or 20,000 trillion calculations — each second. It consumes enough electricity to power a small city of 9,000 people.
Courtesy of Nvidia

The world's fastest supercomputers have come back to the U.S. In June, the title was claimed by a machine named Sequoia at Lawrence Livermore Labs. Monday, at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, what could be an even faster computer comes online. It's called Titan and it would not have been possible were it not for the massive market for video games.

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2:27pm

Mon October 29, 2012
The Salt

As U.S. States Look To Add Food Labels, Denmark Looks To Subtract Some

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 7:58 pm

Just some of the food labels a Danish government group is evaluating.
forbrug.dk

Wherever you look these days, it seems labels that strive to send a message about our food are on the table. In California, there's a vote coming up on whether genetically modified foods should be labeled. A few weeks ago, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission updated its guidelines for "green" labeling.

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1:51pm

Mon October 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Tracking Hurricane Sandy: Handy Maps And Apps

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 2:35 pm

NASA Earth Observatory

Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the East Coast of the U.S., bringing sustained wind, heavy rain, and flooding that's forcing roads, bridges and mass transit systems to close from New York City to Washington. We're following the storm's progress and its impacts here on The Two-Way .

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12:42pm

Mon October 29, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Is It Silly To Seek Purpose In The Natural World?

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 11:45 am

Does it have a purpose? Does it need a purpose?
Sean Gallup Getty Images

Science and religion alike grapple with some of our deepest questions: What is the purpose of life? Why is the natural world just so? Why does the biological world strike us as so exquisitely designed?

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12:01pm

Mon October 29, 2012
The Two-Way

The Science Of Why Sandy Is Such A Dangerous Storm

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 11:33 am

A Dare County utility worker checks on conditions along a flooded Ride Lane in Kitty Hawk, N.C., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.
Gerry Broome AP

Here are a few reasons government forecasters at the National Hurricane Center and emergency management officials are so concerned about Sandy:

1. Sandy is one of the largest hurricanes ever to strike the U.S. Sandy's winds cover an area of more than 1,000 miles in diameter. That's enormous by hurricane standards. So instead of affecting an area a couple of hundred miles across, Sandy will cut a huge swath. That means many millions of people are probably going to be exposed to high winds, heavy rains, and, for those on the coast, powerful storm surge.

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