Science

1:15pm

Mon March 16, 2015
Shots - Health News

Vaccination Gaps Helped Fuel Disneyland Measles Spread

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 9:56 am

Disneyland and California Adventure Park seen in late December, soon after measles was contracted by some visitors to Disneyland.
George Frey Landov

California has been dealing with a big measles outbreak since December, when cases emerged among visitors to Disneyland in Orange County.

Measles spread quickly afterward. As of Friday, the state had confirmed 133 measles cases among residents since December.

Of the people who got sick and for whom the state could determine vaccination status, 57 people hadn't been vaccinated against measles and 20 people had had at least one shot of the vaccine.

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3:08am

Mon March 16, 2015
Shots - Health News

A Man's Incomplete Brain Reveals Cerebellum's Role In Thought And Emotion

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 4:27 pm

Jonathan Keleher is one of a handful of people who have lived their entire lives without a cerebellum.
Ellen Webber for NPR

Since his birth 33 years ago, Jonathan Keleher has been living without a cerebellum, a structure that usually contains about half the brain's neurons.

This exceedingly rare condition has left Jonathan with a distinctive way of speaking and a walk that is slightly awkward. He also lacks the balance to ride a bicycle.

But all that hasn't kept him from living on his own, holding down an office job and charming pretty much every person he meets.

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7:03am

Sun March 15, 2015
Goats and Soda

How Far Has The Health Of Moms Come Since 1995?

A mother feeds her new baby at the Yida refugee camp in South Sudan, which has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. About 1 in 7 women in South Sudan die from causes related to pregnancy.
Paula Bronstein Getty Images

Officials and activists from around the world gathered in New York this week to mark the 20th anniversary of the landmark 1995 World Conference on Women.

Although there were a lot of depressing statistics discussed at the current meeting, there was one piece of good news that many kept citing as reason for hope: Since 1995 the rate of women worldwide who die in childbirth has dropped by more than 40 percent.

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5:24am

Sun March 15, 2015
The Salt

The Fate Of The World's Chocolate Depends On This Spot In Rural England

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 1:49 pm

Rows of potted cocoa plants from around the world. Before a cocoa variety from one country can be planted in another, it first makes a pit stop here, at a quarantine center in rural England.
Courtesy of Dr. Andrew J. Daymond

Walk into a row of greenhouses in rural Britain, and a late English-winter day transforms to a swampy, humid tropical afternoon. You could be in Latin America or sub-Saharan Africa, which is exactly how cocoa plants like it.

"It's all right this time of year. It gets a bit hot later on in the summer," says greenhouse technician Heather Lake as she fiddles with a tray of seedlings — a platter of delicate, spindly, baby cocoa plants.

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9:28am

Sat March 14, 2015
The Salt

Pi Day Isn't Just Magical, It's Mathematics. And There's Pie!

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 10:04 am

iStockphoto

We bring you this story in case you want to get baking.

That's because Saturday is Pi Day — but it's not just any pi day.

It's March 14* of the year '15, or 3-14-15 — the first five digits of the number pi. It's a confluence that won't happen again for a hundred years. Math geeks are excited.

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7:48am

Sat March 14, 2015
Music Reviews

Ooze, Fog And Climate Change Threaten Mummies

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 5:20 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Northern Chile is home to some 7,000-year-old mummies, some of the oldest mummies in the world. But scientists say the mummies are in danger. NPR's Jasmine Garsd has this story about mummies, strange oozing substances and a mysterious fog.

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7:48am

Sat March 14, 2015
Environment

Guardian Editor Pledges To Bolster Coverage Of Climate Change

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 5:20 pm

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7:48am

Sat March 14, 2015
Strange News

The 'Math Guy' Presents 5 Facts About 3.14

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 11:35 pm

Paul Almasy Getty Images

People across the world are eating pies and celebrating the circle this Saturday — and this year's Pi Day is particularly special. The full date, 3/14/15, is pi to the first four places. At 9:26 a.m. and 53 seconds, you can even celebrate pi to nine places: 3.141592653.

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11:40am

Fri March 13, 2015
The Salt

Making Pies For Pi Day: Think Inside The Circle

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 6:03 pm

Claire O'Neill/NPR

Editor's note: A version of this story was published in March 2011.

Get ready to roll out some dough, because it's almost Pi Day.

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7:03am

Fri March 13, 2015
The Salt

Behold! The Cosmos Created From The Contents Of A Kitchen

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 12:13 pm

Planet: bottom of a glass containing half and half, water, food coloring. Moons: bottom of a glass containing coconut milk, water, food coloring. Stars: salt, cinnamon, baking powder, Tums.
Navid Baraty

Surely, you've heard of making food in space. Astronauts have to eat, right?

But perhaps you hadn't considered making space out of food. Navid Baraty, a freelance photographer in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, arranges common pantry items to create strikingly accurate-looking photos of an imaginary cosmos.

"I'm a really big space geek," Baraty tells The Salt. "I'll look at NASA images or Hubble images to see how things were placed in the sky, and I try to make things as realistic as possible."

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