Science

6:32pm

Fri February 14, 2014
Science

Illegal, Remote Pot Farms In California Poisoning Rare Wildlife

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 7:58 pm

Fishers are among the small carnivores threatened by rat poisons used to guard plants at illegal marijuana farms.
John Jacobson U.S Fish & Wildlife Service

People who grow marijuana illegally in the backwoods of Northern California use large amounts of rat bait to protect their plants — and these chemicals are killing several species of wild animals, including rare ones, biologists say.

Here's what happens: The growers plant their marijuana in remote locations, hoping to elude detection. They irrigate their plants — with water from streams — which lures animals looking for water. Rodents chew the flourishing plants to get moisture, which kills the plants. Researchers believe that's the prime reason growers use the poisons.

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6:32pm

Fri February 14, 2014
Joe's Big Idea

NASA's On Alert For Big Scary Asteroids. What About Smaller Ones?

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 7:58 pm

1:26pm

Fri February 14, 2014
Shots - Health News

Here's One More Reason To Play Video Games: Beating Dyslexia

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 2:38 pm

Video games with lots of action might be useful for helping people with dyslexia train the brain's attention system.
iStockphoto

Most parents prefer that their children pick up a book rather than a game controller. But for kids with dyslexia, action video games may be just what the doctor ordered.

Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disabilities, affecting an estimated 5 to 10 percent of the world's population. Many approaches to help struggling readers focus on words and phonetics, but researchers at Oxford University say dyslexia is more of an attention issue.

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1:11pm

Fri February 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Make It A Grande: Mammoth Tusk Find Likely Seattle's Largest

Plumber apprentice Joe Wells touching what Burke Museum officials believe is the largest, most intact mammoth tusk, ever found in the region.
Uncredited AP

The tusk from a mammoth that lived 16,000 years ago in the Seattle area unearthed earlier this week appears to be the largest, most intact ever found in the region.

It's thought to be from a Columbian mammoth, a subgroup of woolly mammoths, and is considered to be a pretty rare find. Construction workers stumbled on it as they were digging the foundation for an apartment complex in the city's South Lake Union neighborhood.

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11:29am

Fri February 14, 2014
The Salt

Sexually Transmitted Food Poisoning? A Fish Toxin Could Be To Blame

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 4:33 pm

Beware of the big guys: Red snappers from tropical waters sometimes accumulate high levels of the toxin that causes ciguatera. Go for the smaller fish to avoid it.
Kamel Adjenef iStockphoto

Twenty-five years ago, two pals went out for a seafood dinner while vacationing in the Bahamas. What could be better than some fresh grouper steaks and a night on the town without the wives?

Um, plenty.

A few hours after dinner, the men started having stomach pains and diarrhea. Their legs began to tingle and burn. And their sense of temperature went haywire: Ice felt hot while fire felt cool.

All the while, their wives were completely fine — until they had sex with their hubbies.

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10:56am

Fri February 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Shiny And New: World's Largest Solar Plant Opens In California

Originally published on Mon February 17, 2014 2:41 pm

NRG celebrates the future of solar energy at the grand opening of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System on Thursday in Nipton, Calif.
Jeff Bottari Invision for NRG

The world's largest solar power plant, made up of thousands of mirrors focusing the sun's energy, has officially started operations in the Mojave Desert, just inside southeastern California near the border with Nevada.

The $2.2 billion, 400-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, which covers 5 square miles and has three 40-story towers where the light is focused, is a joint project by NRG Energy, Google and BrightSource Energy. The project received a $1.6 billion federal loan guarantee.

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10:32am

Fri February 14, 2014
TED Radio Hour

How Does Misfortune Affect Long-Term Happiness?

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 5:17 pm

Psychologist Dan Gilbert speaking at TED.
Asa Mathat TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Simply Happy.

About Dan Gilbert's TEDTalk

We're doomed to be miserable if we don't get what we want — right? Not quite, says psychologist Dan Gilbert. He says our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don't go as planned.

About Dan Gilbert

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10:32am

Fri February 14, 2014
TED Radio Hour

Are We Happier When We Stay In The Moment?

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 5:16 pm

Matt Killingsworth speaking at TEDxCambridge in 2011.
Justin Ide TEDxCambridge

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Simply Happy.

About Matt Killingsworth's TEDTalk

When are humans most happy? To answer this question, researcher Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the results: We're often happiest when we're lost in the moment.

About Matt Killingsworth

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9:01am

Fri February 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Massive Volcanic Eruption In Indonesia Blankets Region In Ash

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 2:06 pm

A residential area is covered with ash from the Mount Kelud volcano, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on Friday.
Bimo Satrio EPA/Landov

The second major volcanic eruption in as many weeks in Indonesia has killed at least three people and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands on the island of Java, as Mount Kelud spewed ash and debris 12 miles into the sky.

Thursday night's eruption of the volcano, located 50 miles southwest of the country's second-largest city of Surabaya, could be heard up to 125 miles away, Indonesia's disaster agency says, according to The Associated Press.

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6:49pm

Thu February 13, 2014
The Two-Way

Fossil Shows Triassic-Era Sea Creature Gave Birth On Land

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 6:05 pm

Fossil of Chaohusaurus reveals a baby inside its mother (orange) and another stuck in her pelvis (yellow).
Ryosuke Motani UC-Davis

An extraordinary find of a fossil of 250-million-year-old air-breathing sea creature shows that it must have given birth on land, not in the sea as long assumed.

The fossil is of a mother chaohusaurus, which is believed to be a genus of ichthyosaur, who died giving birth. It shows the baby birthing headfirst.

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