Science

1:17pm

Sun February 16, 2014
Shots - Health News

Research Shows New Flu Viruses Often Arise In Domestic Animals

New research finds a close connection between the flu that devastated the horse population in North America in the 1870s and the avian flu of that period.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

As flu-watchers like to say, you can always count on influenza virus to surprise.

The latest revelation is that scientists have apparently been wrong about where new flu viruses come from. The dogma is that they always incubate in wild migratory birds, then get into domestic poultry, and then jump into mammals — especially pigs and humans.

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11:41am

Sun February 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Kerry Warns Indonesia: Climate Change Threatens 'Entire Way Of Life'

Originally published on Sun February 16, 2014 12:11 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry gestures while speaking about climate change in Jakarta on Sunday.
POOL Reuters/Landov

Secretary of State John Kerry is continuing a push to move climate change to the top of the global agenda, telling an audience in the archipelago nation of Indonesia that rising global temperatures and sea levels could threaten their "entire way of life."

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10:12am

Sun February 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Warming Arctic May Be Causing Jet Stream To Lose Its Way

Originally published on Sun February 16, 2014 12:17 pm

The jet stream that circles Earth's north pole travels west to east. But when the jet stream interacts with a Rossby wave, as shown here, the winds can wander far north and south, bringing frigid air to normally mild southern states.
NASA/GSFC

Mark Twain once said: "If you don't like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes."

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8:10am

Sun February 16, 2014
Humans

Floods or Family Conflict? Bad Dreams Differ By Gender

Originally published on Sun February 16, 2014 11:44 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I think it's safe to say most of us do not enjoy nightmares - that cold sweat, sitting up straight in bed, our pulse racing. But when Antonio Zadra, professor at the University of Montreal, began working on a study about nightmares he found that the narrative animating those bad dreams tended to be very different between men and women. He is coauthor of a new study that has a lot to say about the differences in the way we dream. He joins us now from Montreal. Welcome to the program.

ANTONIO ZADRA: Thank you for having me.

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8:10am

Sun February 16, 2014
Space

Scientists Discover Universe's Oldest Star

Originally published on Sun February 16, 2014 11:44 am

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF THEME MUSIC, "STAR TREK")

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Scientists have discovered the oldest star in the galaxy. And it's really old, 13.6 billion years. Now to be clear, they had known about this star before but hadn't yet figured out its age. This star is four billion years older than any other star found to date.

Here to more to talk about what this star can tell us about the great beyond is Timothy Beers, of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucson, Arizona. Thanks so much for being with us.

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2:51pm

Sat February 15, 2014
The Two-Way

No Rest For The Snow-Weary: Northeast Braces For Round 2

Originally published on Sat February 15, 2014 4:17 pm

But wait, there's more: New England is still digging out from the massive snowstorm earlier this week.
Jim Cole AP

The Northeast is in for another winter punch, with the National Weather Service calling for more than a foot of accumulation in many areas through early Sunday. The double-whammy comes even as many areas are still digging out from the last assault a mere two days ago.

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1:16pm

Sat February 15, 2014
The Two-Way

Mars 'Jelly Doughnut' Mystery Solved: It's Just A Rock, NASA Says

Originally published on Sat February 15, 2014 4:21 pm

This composite image provided by NASA shows before-and-after images taken by the Opportunity rover on Mars of a patch of ground taken on Dec. 26, 2013, showing the "Pinnacle Island" rock.
AP

It appeared out of the red, like something dropped by a Martian Homer Simpson. But now NASA has an explanation for the "jelly doughnut" object photographed by the Opportunity rover in December.

First, here's what it isn't: It is not a fungus-like Martian organism, nor is it ejecta shot into the air by a nearby (and unseen) meteor impact.

Instead, it's geologic roadkill. Basically.

"We drove over it," Opportunity's Deputy Principal Investigator Ray Arvidson said in a statement on Friday.

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11:05am

Sat February 15, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

'O Wind A-Blowing!'

Robert Loebel Vimeo

9:54am

Sat February 15, 2014
Food

Performance Drinks Pour Liquid Fuel Into Olympic Athletes

Originally published on Sat February 15, 2014 1:13 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

You know, athletes burn a tremendous number of calories in competition and training and with the Olympics underway we got to wondering just what they consume to recover from a workout and fortify themselves for upcoming events. So we're reached nutritionist Nanna Meyer in Sochi. She teaches at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and she is the U.S. Olympic speedskating team sport dietician there are the games.

Thanks very much for being with us.

NANNA MEYER: Thanks very much for having me.

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7:18am

Sat February 15, 2014
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Can Love Be Measured?

Originally published on Sat February 15, 2014 11:12 pm

The face of true love?
iStockphoto

Today I want to offer two observations about the non-human, love, and home.

Yesterday I watched a boy walk his dog. The boy must have been about eleven, and the dog roughly two. The human, and the dog, seemed very much in love, a thought that would have occurred to me, I think, even if it had not been Valentines' Day. But because it was the holiday of love, the thought lingered longer than it otherwise might have.

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