Science

8:11am

Mon October 22, 2012
Science

Research Highlights Strengths Of Adolescent Brain

Adolescent brains have gotten a bad rap, according to neuroscientists. It's true that teenage brains can be impulsive, scientists reported at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans. But adolescent brains are also vulnerable, dynamic and highly responsive to positive feedback.

8:11am

Mon October 22, 2012
Science

Amateur 'Planet Hunters' Find One With Four Suns

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now is the moment in the program when I admit that I am a total Star Wars nut. Those of you with me, you might recall that Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine enjoyed the warmth of not one but two suns. That dramatic scene, you remember Luke at dusk gazing at the weird peaceful sunset.

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6:32am

Sun October 21, 2012
The Salt

Despite Protest, College Plans To Slaughter, Serve Farm's Beloved Oxen

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 8:03 am

After a leg injury didn't heal well earlier this year, Lou has difficulty walking. He and his partner, Bill, will be slaughtered at the end of the month, and their meat will be used to feed students at Green Mountain College in Vermont.
Nina Keck Vermont Public Radio

If the thought of eating horse meat makes you queasy, what about strong, sturdy oxen? A small Vermont college that emphasizes sustainable living will soon slaughter two beloved campus residents: Bill and Lou, a pair of oxen. Green Mountain College plans to serve the meat from the oxen in its dining hall, but the plan has drawn international outcry and a massive Facebook petition to save the oxen.

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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.

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