Science

3:22pm

Fri March 14, 2014
The Salt

See More, Eat More: The Geography Of Fast Food

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 5:16 pm

The density of fast-food joints where we live, work and commute could be a problem for our waistlines.
David McNew Getty Images

When it comes to avoiding unhealthy food, it might be that out of sight means out of mind.

The more fast-food joints people encounter around their homes and workplaces, the likelier they are to be obese, according to a study published Thursday.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge found that the people who are most exposed to fast food were almost twice as likely to be obese as those who were least exposed.

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10:14am

Fri March 14, 2014
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

The Astronaut Who Went On Strike

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 5:20 pm

The three members of the Skylab 4 crew (left to right): Gerald P. Carr, commander; Edward G. Gibson, science pilot; and William R. Pogue, pilot.
NASA

On March 3, William R. Pogue died in Cocoa Beach, Fla., at the age of 84. An Air Force pilot and astronaut, Pogue was never a household name — but I think he deserved to be.

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8:08am

Fri March 14, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

Daring Cameraman In Ukraine Captures Secret 'Moscow' Summit

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 10:28 pm

Vitaliy Raskalov

5:53pm

Thu March 13, 2014
The Two-Way

Rare Diamond Points To Mass Quantities Of Water In Earth's Mantle

Impurities found in a pea-sized diamond that came from the (very) deep have bolstered evidence for a vast "wet zone" in the Earth's mantle, scientists publishing in the latest issue of Nature say.

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4:47pm

Thu March 13, 2014
Technology

With 3-D Printing, Affordable Prosthetics Are In Reach

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 12:37 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Next, we're going to meet a little girl in Huntsville, Alabama. She was born without fingers on one hand. And now, thanks to 3D printing technology, she has an affordable prosthetic.

As Dan Carsen of member station WBHM reports, her story is one example of life-altering changes on the horizon.

DAN CARSEN, BYLINE: Kate Berkholtz is a smiley, active two-year-old who's happy to have a new tool that helps her pick things up. Right now, she's trying very hard to hold still before a gymnastics class. Can you tell me your name?

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4:23pm

Thu March 13, 2014
Shots - Health News

Google's Flu Tracker Suffers From Sniffles

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 11:27 am

Adam Cole NPR

If you want to know what's up with the flu at the moment, you have a few choices: You can get the latest information at Google Flu Trends. Or you can get the official word from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is based on data that's by now a couple of weeks old.

But a report in the journal Science finds that quicker isn't necessarily better.

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3:12pm

Thu March 13, 2014
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

When Art Is Queer

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 4:48 pm

Sheila Pepe, Your Granny's Not Square, 2008, Crocheted shoelaces and yarn, 84 x 144 x 48 in.
Courtesy of the artist

On Tuesday I visited a small public space in New York City, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. I went there to see an exhibit called Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community and to seek an answer to a question I'd pondered ever since first hearing of the museum the week before:

Is there such a thing as gay and lesbian art?

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2:31pm

Thu March 13, 2014
Shots - Health News

HIV Can Spread Through Sexual Contact Between Women

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 3:17 pm

Lesbian couples have a lower risk of spreading HIV to each other than do heterosexual or gay couples.
iStockphoto

A woman in Texas likely infected her female partner with HIV through sexual contact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

The case offers the strongest evidence to date that HIV transmission between women, although rare, is possible.

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1:22pm

Thu March 13, 2014
The Salt

A Major In Coffee? UC Davis Might Be Brewing One Up

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 5:22 pm

The University of California, Davis, recently founded a Coffee Center dedicated to the study of the beloved brew.
iStockphoto

Many of us have those friends who insist that they're coffee connoisseurs and drink exclusively drip brews. But really, there aren't many academic programs that train people in the taste and science of coffee.

That might all change soon. The University of California, Davis, recently founded a Coffee Center dedicated to the study of the world of java. This week, the center held its first research conference.

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2:17pm

Wed March 12, 2014
The Salt

Water-To-Wine Machine Sound Too Good To Be True? It Is

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 4:01 pm

Philip James, Chairman of CustomVine, and Kevin Boyer, President and CEO of CustomVine, film a video to promote The Miracle Machine, which turns water into wine with the use of an app.
Courtesy of The Miracle Machine

Think a machine that can turn water into wine is too good to be true? Well, it turns out, it is.

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