Science

1:53pm

Sat October 20, 2012
The Salt

This Candy Is From Heaven (But Don't Eat It)

Originally published on Sat October 20, 2012 2:15 pm

Mark Mauthner Heritage Auctions

Pop quiz: What is this thing?

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12:04pm

Sat October 20, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

A Saturday's Worth Of Books

I thought it might be good to share books we are reading with the 13.7 community so here are a few of things on my shelf now. Some of these may end up as longer blogs someday.

1) Fundamental Forces of Nature: The Story of Gauge Fields by Kerson Huang

2) Mind and Cosmos by Thomas Nagel

3) The Brain Supremacy by Katheleen Taylor

4) The Particle at the End of the Universe by Sean Carroll

So much great stuff to read!

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1:20pm

Fri October 19, 2012
Research News

Learning From the Things That Annoy Us

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:55 pm

A professor spends his off-time tracking the little things in life that bother us. Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, tells us what poor parking, long waits in the doctor's office, and the controversial brussel sprout tell us about science.

1:03pm

Fri October 19, 2012
Health

When Infections "Spillover"

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:55 pm

In his new book Spillover writer David Quammen traces the evolution of Ebola, HIV and other diseases that moved from animals to humans. Quammen describes how scientists look for the reservoirs of the infectious agents, and what might be done to prevent the next pandemic.

12:12pm

Fri October 19, 2012
NPR Story

Scientists In The Dark Over Birth Of The Moon

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:55 pm

Transcript

FLORA LICHTMAN, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY, I'm Flora Lichtman, filling in for Ira Flatow today. The moon, it's our nearest neighbor, but we don't know much about where our companion came from. In the 1800s, Charles Darwin's son, Sir George Darwin, proposed that maybe the moon just popped off from the Earth when the Earth was spinning much faster than it is today.

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12:12pm

Fri October 19, 2012
NPR Story

Spacecraft Records 'Chorus' of Space Sounds

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:55 pm

A NASA spacecraft captured the clearest recording yet of what space sounds like inside Earth's radiation belts. Craig Kletzing, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Iowa, explains what causes these eerie chirping noises, and what we can learn from them.

12:12pm

Fri October 19, 2012
NPR Story

How One Guy Raised $1.3 Million for a Tesla Museum

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:55 pm

Matthew Inman, creator of the humor site "The Oatmeal," led an online drive that raised over $1 million for a new museum to honor the inventor Nikola Tesla. Inman discusses how to build a successful crowdfunding campaign, and why Tesla is the greatest geek who ever lived.

12:12pm

Fri October 19, 2012
NPR Story

Winter Weather Predictions

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:55 pm

Science Or Folklore? — The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts winter weather months in advance. Is that even scientifically possible? Meteorologist Jason Samenow, of The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang, talks about the science and art of seasonal forecasting, and why even the pros at NOAA sometimes get it wrong.

12:12pm

Fri October 19, 2012
NPR Story

Making Sense Of Presidential Polls

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:55 pm

In less than a month, the 2012 presidential election turned from an almost certain victory for President Obama to a neck-and-neck race. New York Times blogger and statistician Nate Silver and Princeton neuroscientist Sam Wang talk about making sense of the polls--and why not all votes are created equal.

12:12pm

Fri October 19, 2012
NPR Story

New Program Spurs Solar Development on Public Land

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:55 pm

The government recently announced a new plan to facilitate the development of solar energy projects on public land in six Western states. Lawrence Susskind, a professor of urban and environmental planning at MIT, explains what it means for the future of renewable energy.

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