Science

4:19pm

Wed July 16, 2014
Humans

Even Among Babies, Practice Makes Perfect

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

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And now news about language development.

(SOUNDBITE OF BABY TALKING)

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11:58am

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."
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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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11:51am

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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11:14am

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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3:27am

Wed July 16, 2014
Shots - Health News

Coping With A Co-Worker's Body Odor Takes Tact

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 1:14 pm

We can all work up a stinky sweat — welders, ballerinas and number-crunchers alike. Would you want to know?
emreogan/iStockphoto

It's summer. It's sweaty. And sometimes that means people are trailing some pungent body odors that their colleagues can't help but smell. But how do you tactfully inform co-workers that they stink and need to address it? As Cath Ludeman-Hall will tell you, it isn't easy.

She was just out of college and a newbie at a staffing firm when she was asked to gently talk to an older worker in a retail warehouse after his colleagues complained that he stank.

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6:24pm

Tue July 15, 2014
Shots - Health News

Stroke Rate May Be Declining In Older Adults

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 9:31 am

Film CT scans show these people have suffered strokes.
stockdevil/iStockphoto

Stroke is the fourth highest cause of death among adults in the U.S. But among people older than 65, stroke rates may be going down, a study published Tuesday suggests. And compared with 10 or 20 years ago, more of those hit with a stroke are surviving.

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5:08pm

Tue July 15, 2014
Shots - Health News

What's Going On In There? How Babies' Brains Practice Speech

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 8:08 am

The magnetoencephalograph can record electrical signals from a baby's brain without requiring the child to be perfectly still.
University of Washington

A baby's first words may seem spur of the moment, but really, the little ones have practiced their "Mamas" and "Dadas" for months in their minds.

Using what looks like a hair dryer from Mars, researchers from the University of Washington have taken the most precise peeks yet into the fireworks display of neural activity that occurs when infants listen to people speak.

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4:52pm

Tue July 15, 2014
The Salt

Captain Ahab's Revenge: Brewing Beer From An Ancient Whale Bone

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 5:54 pm

Jasper Akerboom of the Lost Rhino Brewing Co. in Ashburn, Va., tested a dozen yeasts before finding one that was perfect for making bone beer.
Ryan Kellman NPR

What happens when an amateur paleontologist with a love for beer teams up with a microbiologist? Bone beer, or beer made from yeast scraped from a 35-million-year-old whale fossil, to be precise.

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8:48am

Tue July 15, 2014
The Salt

Calorie Counting Machine May Make Dieting Easier In The Future

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 12:51 pm

A model of General Electric's automatic calorie counter, fitted over a plate of food.
Courtesy of GE

Part of losing weight boils down to making tweaks to the simple equation of calories in versus calories out.

Americans spend over $60 billion a year on diet and weight loss products, according to market research, but the weight often comes right back. That may be because it's such a hassle to count calories — tracking everything you order or cook at home.

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8:03am

Tue July 15, 2014
Research News

Why Smartphone Breaks At Work Aren't Such A Bad Idea

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 9:00 am

A little bit of this at work might make for more productive employees.
iStockphoto

In that cubicle by the water cooler you see him: your employee, on your dime, tilted back in that pricey Herman Miller chair, his personal smartphone in hand. Judging by the furrowed brow, you'd guess it's a hot game of Words With Friends.

Which do you do?

1. Chastise him.
2. Ignore him.
3. Give him a smile and a thumbs-up, and suggest he keep playing.

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