Science

9:45am

Fri November 14, 2014
TED Radio Hour

Why Do We Create Stereotypes?

"We're built with a strong bias to differentiate the world between us and them" — Paul Bloom
courtesy of TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Playing With Perceptions.

About Paul Bloom's TED Talk

Psychologist Paul Bloom explains why prejudice is natural, rational and even moral — the key is to understand why we depend on it, and recognize when it leads us astray.

About Paul Bloom

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5:09am

Fri November 14, 2014
The Salt

With Drought The New Normal, Calif. Farmers Find They Have To Change

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 11:37 am

California sheep rancher Dan Macon had to sell almost half of his herd because the drought left him without enough feed.
Kirk Siegler/NPR

Ask Northern California sheep rancher Dan Macon what this drought is doing to his pocketbook and he'll break it down for you real quick.

"It's like if you woke up one morning and lost 40 percent of the equity in your house," he says. "Our primary investment in our ranch is in these sheep and we just sold 40 percent of our stock."

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3:27am

Fri November 14, 2014
Space

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Separates Fact From Fiction In 'Interstellar'

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 9:42 am

Matthew McConaughey plays an astronaut explorer in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar.
Paramount Pictures Melinda Sue Gordon

As you may be aware, there's a hot new space movie now in theaters — Interstellar. Here's the premise: It's just a little bit in the future, conditions have become pretty horrible on Earth and some astronauts head out in search of a new planet for humans to inhabit.

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6:11pm

Thu November 13, 2014
The Salt

Why The 'Invasivores' Haven't Pounced On Bear Meat

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 12:43 pm

Slow-cooked New York bear meat has been described as like beef stew, but with "a little stronger texture and a little gamier flavor."
David Sommerstein North Country Public Radio

The fight against nuisance critters is increasingly being fought at the dinner table. We've reported on so-called invasivores eating everything from Asian carp (battered and fried!) to wild pigs (Russian boar carpaccio, anyone?) as a means of reducing pesky populations.

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4:30pm

Thu November 13, 2014
Animals

Feds List Gunnison Sage Grouse As Threatened Species

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 10:31 am

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4:30pm

Thu November 13, 2014
Space

After Bouncy Landing, Philae Lander At Rest On Comet

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 10:31 am

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4:12pm

Thu November 13, 2014
Shots - Health News

Hurricane Sandy Stranded Dialysis Patients. Lessons Learned?

A nurse adjusts the position of a patient's arm during dialysis treatment. The treatment requires trained staff that weren't readily available in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Michael Donne Science Source

When Hurricane Sandy hit New York City in October 2012, millions were affected by blackouts, empty gas stations and damaged homes. And, in addition to those losses, patients who require regular medical maintenance, like those who need frequent dialysis, were left in a bind.

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11:07am

Thu November 13, 2014
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

The Science Of 'Interstellar'

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 8:06 pm

Actor Matthew McConaughey poses with a model spacecraft at the premiere of the film Interstellar in October.
Joel Ryan AP

Every child must leave home one day — but rarely because he has destroyed his home.

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6:54pm

Wed November 12, 2014
The Salt

40 Percent Of The World's Cropland Is In Or Near Cities

These farmers grow maize, onions and other vegetables in a city in Ghana. They use groundwater to irrigate their crops.
Nana Kofi Acquah IWMI

Urban agriculture is clearly taking off around the world — in backyards, on rooftops and on local farms.

But just how much of the world's cropland can we really call urban? That's been a big mystery.

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4:42pm

Wed November 12, 2014
Science

What Exactly Are 'Monster Storms' And 'Bomb Cyclones'?

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