Science

11:32am

Sun February 9, 2014
Energy

Oil, Gas Drilling Seems To Make The Earth Slip And Go Boom

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 5:21 pm

Infrastructure used for oil and gas may be making more earthquakes. In Texas, there 10 times the number of earthquakes now than a few years ago.
Mark Rogers AP

There's been a surge in earthquakes in the U.S. over the last few years. In Texas, there are 10 times the number of earthquakes now than just a few years ago.

Scientists say it's likely linked to the boom in oil and gas activity, meaning that people who never felt the ground shake are starting to.

Here's how Pat Jones of Snyder, Texas, describes the earthquake that struck her town in 2010: "It just sounded like some car hit the back of our house. We got up and checked around and we didn't see anything or hear anything else."

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10:52am

Sun February 9, 2014
The Two-Way

Is It Enough Rain For Drought-Stricken California?

Originally published on Sun February 9, 2014 12:04 pm

The cracked-dry bed of the Almaden Reservoir is seen on Friday, in San Jose, Calif.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

California, which has been experiencing its worst drought on record, is welcoming some heavy rainfall this weekend, but it's still too early to say if it signals a wholesale quenching of dried up streams and farm fields.

NBC News says:

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8:00am

Sun February 9, 2014
Strange News

Why Confounding Coincidences Happen Every Day

Originally published on Sun February 9, 2014 11:44 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Coincidences confound us. Miracles amaze us. And the chance that the same person could be hit by lightning three different times, well, that just defies explanation. Or does it? David Hand is an emeritus professor of mathematics at Imperial College in London. And he has written a book called "The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles and Rare Events Happen Every Day." He joins us from the BBC studios in London. Thanks so much for being with us.

DAVID HAND: Thank you very much for inviting me.

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5:46am

Sun February 9, 2014
Animals

Learning About Love From Prairie Vole Bonding

Originally published on Sun February 9, 2014 11:44 am

Most mammals have "love 'em and leave 'em" relationships, but not the prairie vole. They mate for life, sharing nest-building duties and an equal role in raising their young.

It looks a lot like a relationship many of us would like to have. Prairie voles have long been of interest to scientists looking at the neurobiology of bonding and monogamy.

Larry Young from the primate research center at Emory University in Atlanta tells NPR's Rachel Martin there's a ritual that happens when a male prairie vole spots an eligible female.

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5:42pm

Sat February 8, 2014
Digital Life

Dr. Wikipedia: The 'Double-Edged Sword' Of Crowdsourced Medicine

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 1:17 pm

giulia.forsythe Flickr

Wikipedia has become a go-to source for definitions, celebrity facts, and now, medical information. A study by the IMS Health Institute published in January names Wikipedia as the "single leading source" of health care information for both patients and health care professionals.

Unfortunately, some of that information is wrong.

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12:48pm

Fri February 7, 2014
The Two-Way

Oldest 'Out Of Africa' Human Footprints Found On British Coast

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 2:09 pm

The Happisburgh site in Norfolk, Britain, where the earliest evidence of human footprints outside Africa has been found on the Norfolk Coast.
Martin Bates/British Museum EPA/Landov

The oldest human ancestors to have walked on the British Isles left nothing except footprints. But they've made quite an impression on the world of science.

Researchers say 50 or so prints found on a beach near the village of Happisburg in Norfolk are the oldest known human footprints outside Africa. They were discovered last spring by a team of experts from the British Museum, the Natural History Museum and Queen Mary University of London.

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11:50am

Fri February 7, 2014
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Should We Expect A Theory Of Everything?

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 4:19 pm

Could North Korea be behind commentator Alva Noë's car problems? Not likely. Just as it's not likely a theory of everything will ever explain human behavior.
Ed Jones AFP/Getty Images

Last week my car broke down on the way to my early morning tai chi class. I sat in the middle of the road in the pre-dawn pondering why my car stopped running.

Among possible explanations for the malfunction, here are two that I did not consider. I did not consider the possibility that North Korean spies had sabotaged my vehicle in the night. Or the possibility that divine spirits disabled the car to protect me from dangers up ahead.

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7:37am

Fri February 7, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

The Right Way To Hug A Lion

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 8:16 pm

Courtesy of Connie Sun

There are different ways to think about animals. One way is to imagine them totally separate, not attaching to us, ever. "They are not brethren," wrote the great naturalist Henry Beston, "they are not underlings. They are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time." Animals and people, Beston thought, live in their own worlds while sharing the same streets, meadows, skies, homes. We mingle, but the gap between us is not crossable.

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5:57pm

Thu February 6, 2014
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

17 Days In Sochi: The Olympics And Social Justice

Andreas Wellinger of Germany during ski jump practice in Sochi.
Streeter Lecka Getty Images

The Winter Olympics have begun in Sochi, Russia. Along with millions of others, I'll devote hours to watching the games over the next 17 days. (And when I'm away from the TV, I'll follow the happenings in Sochi via The Edge and On The Road!)

Ever since I was a child, watching alongside my parents, I've been enthralled by the stories of individual Olympic athletes, with their incredible drive, discipline and determination. I love watching them compete.

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4:26pm

Thu February 6, 2014
The Two-Way

Who 'Won' The Creation Vs. Evolution Debate?

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 7:07 pm

Bill Nye (left) and Ken Ham debated whether creation is a viable model of origins in the modern scientific era during a lengthy debate Tuesday. The points they raised have fueled an online conversation that continues.
YouTube

Days after a wide-ranging debate on creationism and evolution between Bill Nye and Ken Ham, the event is driving an online conversation. Themes of belief and literalism, logic and faith — and, for some, relevance — are being aired and disputed. And some wonder what the debate accomplished.

The video of the more than two-hour debate, in which Nye and Ham presented their views on how the Earth and its surroundings were created, has been viewed more than 830,000 times on YouTube. At one point, the live event drew more than 500,000 viewers.

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