Science

4:04pm

Mon March 31, 2014
News

International Ruling Puts Stop To Japan's 'Scientific' Whaling

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 12:08 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Whale lovers scored a major victory today. For almost two decades, Japanese whalers have been killing whales in the Antarctic Ocean. The Japanese government claimed it was all for scientific, not commercial, purposes. NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports that today, an international court rejected that claim and said the whaling must stop.

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9:42am

Mon March 31, 2014
The Two-Way

Japan Must Halt Whaling Program In Antarctic, Court Says

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 1:04 pm

Packs of whale meat are seen in a specialty store in Tokyo last week. An international court ruled Monday that Japan must stop issuing permits to hunt whales in the Antarctic.
Shizuo Kambayashi AP

An international court has ordered Japan to revoke whaling permits in the Antarctic and stop granting new ones.

The country's government had argued that hunting whales was part of a research program, but the International Court of Justice ruled Monday that Japan hasn't generated enough scientific research to justify killing hundreds of whales. Critics said the hunts were instead a way to justify commercial hunting.

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6:52am

Mon March 31, 2014
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

'Mind Maps' Exhibit Hacked: A Case Of Guerrilla Curation?

An unexpected addition to the Mind Maps exhibit at London's Science Museum, the result of vandalism.
Courtesy of Phil Loring

Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology is a current exhibit at London's Science Museum. Co-sponsored by the British Psychological Society (BPS), it explores our understanding of the human mind through 250 years of mental health diagnosis and treatment.

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6:23am

Mon March 31, 2014
Environment

Researchers Detail How Climate Change Will Alter Our Lives

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 7:55 am

A United Nations panel has released a report from scientists who are getting a much better understanding of the effects of climate change.

5:09am

Sun March 30, 2014
The Salt

No-Kill Caviar Aims To Keep The Treat And Save The Sturgeon

This Vivace "no-kill" caviar was harvested from a Siberian sturgeon via a massage-based technique. The fish didn't die. But did the taste survive?
Alastair Bland for NPR

Caviar was once the food of kings and czars — and for a sturgeon, it meant death.

But a new technique of massaging the ripe eggs from a female sturgeon — without killing or even cutting the fish open— could make caviar more abundant, more affordable, and more accessible to all.

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8:03am

Sat March 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Earthquake Hits Area Near Los Angeles; Some Damage Reported

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:57 am

A man picks up fallen goods at a CVS store after an earthquake hit Friday near La Mirada, Calif. The magnitude-5.1 earthquake was widely felt in the Los Angeles area and surrounding counties.
Jae C. Hong AP

An earthquake shook part of Southern California Friday night, breaking water pipes and rattling nerves with aftershocks that went on into the night. The 5.1-magnitude quake hit at a shallow depth about 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

While the quake didn't inflict severe damage in the area around its epicenter, it caused many problems, from water main breaks to a rockslide. Thousands of people felt its effects; there haven't been reports of serious injuries.

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8:03am

Sat March 29, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

The Most Unusual Boy Band In The World

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 1:13 pm

Marie Read Science Source

5:41pm

Fri March 28, 2014
The Two-Way

In U.S., Mudslides Common, But Usually Few Deaths

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 3:31 am

Workers use heavy equipment to clear trees and other debris, near Darrington, Wash., on Thursday.
Ted S. Warren AP

Washington state, with its many steep slopes, streams and rivers and some of the heaviest annual rainfall in the country, is a mudslide waiting to happen. Add in soil erosion from logging, as was reportedly the case near the community of Oso before last week's tragedy, and the probability of such an event increases.

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6:25pm

Thu March 27, 2014
Shots - Health News

How Being Ignored Helped A Woman Discover The Breast Cancer Gene

Originally published on Sun March 30, 2014 9:17 am

Mary-Claire King says obscurity gave her the freedom to spend years looking for breast cancer genes.
Mary Levin/University of Washington

Back in the 1970s, a geneticist named Mary-Claire King decided she needed to figure out why women in some families were much more likely to get breast cancer.

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4:36pm

Thu March 27, 2014
Shots - Health News

Custom Chromo: First Yeast Chromosome Built From Scratch

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:03 pm

The research team used yeast chromosome No. 3 as the model for their biochemical stitchery. Pins and white diamonds in the illustration represent "designer changes" not found in the usual No. 3; yellow stretches represent deletions.
Lucy Reading-Ikkanda

Using the labor of dozens of undergraduate students, scientists have built a customized yeast chromosome from scratch.

It's a milestone in the rapidly growing field of synthetic biology, where organisms can be tailored for industrial use. In this case, the near-term goal is to understand the genetics of yeast, and eventually the genetics of us.

This was quite an undertaking. Yeast have about 6,000 genes packed in 16 tidy bundles called chromosomes. Each chromosome is an enormous molecule of DNA packed in proteins.

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