Science

5:19pm

Sat January 10, 2015
Research News

DNA, It Turns Out, Is A Lot More Loopy

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 6:47 pm

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We may have mapped the human genome, but what we don't know about our own genetic code could fill libraries. For example, how do you fit a really long strand of DNA into a tiny cell nucleus?

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1:03pm

Sat January 10, 2015
Goats and Soda

Bill Gates Raises A Glass To (And Of) Water Made From Poop

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 12:04 pm

Bill Gates takes a sip of water that came out of the new Janicki Omniprocessor, which turns human waste into clean drinking water in minutes.
Courtesy of the Gates Foundation

In places where fresh water is hard to come by, how do you come up with clean drinking water? Easy — get the water from poop.

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12:58pm

Sat January 10, 2015
The Two-Way

SpaceX Launch Successful; Recovery Attempt 'Close, But No Cigar'

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 6:46 pm

The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Saturday.
John Raoux AP

SpaceX has successfully launched another resupply mission to the International Space Station months after a competitor in the private space-launch business suffered a catastrophic lift-off that resulted in the unmanned rocket's destruction.

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10:16am

Sat January 10, 2015
Movie Interviews

'Theory Of Everything' Probes Stephen Hawkings' Love, Not Theory

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 11:31 am

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7:50am

Sat January 10, 2015
Space

Rocket Landing At Sea Was 'Close But No Cigar'

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 11:31 am

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SpaceX's unmanned mission this morning both succeeded and struck out. It launched on schedule from Cape Canaveral at 4:47 a.m. on a mission to send cargo to the International Space Station.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

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4:36pm

Fri January 9, 2015
Energy

Future Of Keystone XL Pipeline Back In Obama's Hands

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 5:06 pm

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3:46pm

Fri January 9, 2015
Shots - Health News

Trapped In His Body For 12 Years, A Man Breaks Free

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 10:43 am

Martin Pistorius sometime between 1990 and 1994, when he was unable to communicate.
Courtesy of Martin Pistorius

What would you do if you were locked in your body, your brain intact but with no way to communicate? How do you survive emotionally when you are invisible to everyone you know and love?

That's the first question asked by NPR's new program on human behavior, Invisibilia.

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1:41pm

Fri January 9, 2015
Goats and Soda

Why Pygmies Aren't Scared By The 'Psycho' Theme

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 12:46 pm

Men play a struck beau while women and children sing behind them at an Mbenzele Pygymy village.
Nathalie Fernando University of Montreal

9:14am

Fri January 9, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

The Biased Eye

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Recent events give us occasion to think hard about racial stereotypes and the way they may bias even the unprejudiced mind.

Studies have shown that prejudice can operate in us covertly. Even people who openly reject racial prejudice, for example, may express prejudice in the way they react to situations. Prejudice can operate, in the language of social science, implicitly (or unconsciously).

Remarkably, this sort of implicit bias can affect even the way we see.

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9:02am

Fri January 9, 2015
TED Radio Hour

Why Should We Search For ET?

Will we find signals from intelligent life in the next few decades? SETI astronomer Seth Shostak says yes.
Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode In Search Of

About Seth Shostak's TED Talk

Will we find ET in the next 25 years? Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at SETI, says yes. He explains that new technologies and the laws of probability make the breakthrough likely.

About Seth Shostak

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