Science

7:04am

Wed February 5, 2014
Around the Nation

Science Guy Bill Nye Debates Creationist Ken Ham

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 7:19 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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7:31pm

Tue February 4, 2014
The Two-Way

Watch The Creationism Vs. Evolution Debate: Ken Ham And Bill Nye

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 5:13 pm

Bill Nye, left, and Ken Ham take the stage to debate evolution and creationism Tuesday in Kentucky.
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Does it damage children to teach them biblical creationism? What are the costs of denying evolution, one of biology's core tenets?

Those questions were asked Tuesday night, in a live debate between best-selling Christian author Ken Ham and Emmy Award-winning educator Bill Nye ("the Science Guy") at the Creation Museum of Petersburg, Ky.

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1:46pm

Tue February 4, 2014
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Eureka! First Life In The Universe

Are humans, and our fellow travelers on Earth, latecomers to the game of life?
Illustration iStockphoto

It's easy to know what creativity means in the arts. Tom Waits produces an album that sounds like someone banging on a steel pipe and manages to make it both sweet and haunting. Merce Cunningham takes ideas about pattern and chance and invents an entirely new language for dance. In the movie Nebraska, Bruce Dern so fully inhabits the character of an old codger that you forget he's acting the part.

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8:02am

Tue February 4, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

Even Dead, Really Nasty Pets Are Still ... Um ... Trouble

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 11:36 am

 

The Inmans had a parrot. Grump (that was his name) was horrible, angry, scheming and nasty. But he was their parrot so they couldn't shoot him. Instead he lived in their house, soiled their mail, stole their fried chicken and, every so often, bit. Then, finally, he died.

Sort of.

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3:40am

Tue February 4, 2014
The Salt

How American Food Companies Go GMO-Free In A GMO World

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 8:12 am

Allen Williams grows corn and soybeans for Clarkson Grain, which has been selling GMO-free grain to Japan for years.
Dan Charles/NPR

Quite possibly, you've noticed some new food labels out there, like "Not made with genetically modified ingredients" or "GMO-free." You might have seen them on boxes of Cheerios, or on chicken meat. If you've shopped at Whole Foods, that retailer says it now sells more than 3,000 products that have been certified as "non-GMO."

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4:52pm

Mon February 3, 2014
Law

Undermanned And Limited, Chemical Safety Board Confronts A Crisis

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 7:33 pm

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BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: I'm Brian Naylor in Washington.

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11:26am

Mon February 3, 2014
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

This Could Have Been Shorter

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In his Lettres Provinciales, the French philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal famously wrote:

I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.

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8:46am

Mon February 3, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

Can It Be? Pigeons, Geese And White-Tailed Deer Were Once Rare

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 4:47 pm

Robert Krulwich NPR

Go back 150 years and ask yourself, what was there a lot of?

We all know the answer ...

There were lots of buffalo, lots of passenger pigeons, lots of oysters. And then, poof! Hardly any. Or none ...

OK, let's flip the question: What were there precious few of 150 years ago, in a couple of cases almost to the point of extinction? The answer — believe it or not — is white-tailed deer, Canada geese and, arguably, ordinary pigeons.

I'm not kidding.

White Tailed Deer

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11:49am

Sun February 2, 2014
The Salt

Sap Discovery Could Turn Syrup-Making Upside Down

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 12:51 pm

Buckets collect sap on maple trees in Vermont. A new discovery means that sap doesn't have to be collected from mature trees out in the wild.
Toby Talbot AP

Last year researchers at the University of Vermont announced something that could change the way we think about Vermont — or at least how it produces its famous maple syrup.

The time-honored method calls for inserting a tap near the bottom of a tall, mature maple tree. At the end of February, the tree thaws, and voila: Sap starts flowing out the spigot at the bottom.

But in 2010, these researchers were testing ways to gather sap from mature trees when they noticed something unusual.

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11:24am

Sun February 2, 2014
The Two-Way

WATCH: Breathtaking New Video Of Felix Baumgartner's Record Jump

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 12:21 pm

Felix Baumgartner taking the plunge from 24 miles up in his record-breaking 2012 jump.
Felix Baumgartner

You might recall Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner's 2012 jump from a 24-mile-high balloon capsule, a height of 127,852 feet. He broke not only an altitude record, formerly set by a U.S. Air Force pilot, Col. Joe Kittinger, in 1960, but also a record for speed of descent, breaking the sound barrier on his plummet to the New Mexico desert.

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