Science

8:37am

Sat February 1, 2014
The Two-Way

Scout Leaders Who Toppled Ancient Rock Formation Are Charged

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 10:49 am

A frame grab from a video taken by Dave Hall shows two men cheering after the Boy Scout leaders knocked over an ancient Utah desert rock formation at Goblin Valley State Park.
AP

A former Boy Scout leader who toppled an ancient rock formation in Utah's Goblin Valley State Park, and another Scout leader who videotaped the incident, are being charged with criminal mischief.

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5:46pm

Fri January 31, 2014
Energy

State Dept. Delivers Unwelcome News For Keystone Opponents

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 11:45 pm

A protest of the Keystone XL pipeline last March along its proposed route near Bradshaw, Nebraska.
NH AP

The U.S. Department of State says Canada's production of tar sands crude, which has a bigger greenhouse gas footprint than other types of oil, is unlikely to be affected by the controversial Keystone XL pipeline proposal.

That assessment came Friday as part of a massive environmental review by the State Department — the analysis fills 11 volumes.

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3:44pm

Fri January 31, 2014
The Two-Way

U.S. Issues Keystone XL Pipeline Environmental Review

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 5:11 pm

Pipefitters work on construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline's southern portion outside Tulsa, Okla., last January.
PR Newswire

The State Department says that production of Canadian tar-sand crude, which has a bigger greenhouse gas footprint than other types of oil, is unlikely to be increased if the Keystone XL pipeline goes ahead — and therefore would do little to contribute to climate change.

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11:15am

Fri January 31, 2014
The Two-Way

Australia OKs Dumping Dredged Mud In Great Barrier Reef Park

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 2:44 pm

A tasseled wobbegong shark (top) lies on the seafloor with the head of a brown-banded bamboo shark in its mouth on the fringing reef of Great Keppel Island on Australia's Great Barrier Reef in August 2011.
Reuters/Landov

Australian authorities have approved a controversial plan to dump dredged sediment in the Great Barrier Reef marine park, potentially upsetting one of the world's most fragile ecosystems.

The massive dredging operation would make way for deep-draft ships to enter the Abbot Point coal port in northern Queensland. About 106 million cubic feet of dredged mud will be dumped within the marine park under the plan, according to The Associated Press.

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10:57am

Fri January 31, 2014
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

How To Be A Fan

Detached admiration for sporting achievement? Not on your life. It's all about allegiance and, even, love.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

My son didn't weep when his beloved 49ers lost to the Seahawks in the NFC championship. His team may have been vanquished, but at least there was ground for hope that the Broncos would stop the enemy from winning the Super Bowl.

Ah, the ways of love and hate in the world of the fan!

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9:34am

Fri January 31, 2014
TED Radio Hour

Is Too Much Privacy Bad For Your Health?

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 12:02 pm

"People like to share, if you give them the opportunity and the choice." — John Wilbanks
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The End Of Privacy.

What are your thoughts on privacy? Tell us at huff.to/yourprivacy a special collaboration with TED, NPR and The Huffington Post.

About John Wilbanks' TEDTalk

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8:07am

Fri January 31, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

A Hunk Of Planet Dissolves Before Our Eyes

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5:04am

Fri January 31, 2014
Research News

What's The Problem With Feeling On Top Of The World?

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 7:58 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now let's turn to a thought experiment. Imagine you're riding one of those glass elevators that takes you to the top of a skyscraper. You go higher and higher. The view gets better. The cars on the ground, the people down there look puny like ants. Researchers say if you imagine this, it can make you feel unaccountably better about yourself. It briefly raises your self esteem. But researchers also say this feeling can be bad for you.

NPR's social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam is here to explain why. Hi, Shankar.

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5:04am

Fri January 31, 2014
Research News

Scientists Come Close To Finding True Magnetic Monopole

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 10:55 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Scientists may have filled in a gap in one the fundamental theories of physics. We've always been told that magnets have two poles, north and south. But theory suggests there should be something called a magnetic monopole, a magnet that has either a north pole or a south pole but not both of them. So far no one has found this elusive magnetic monopole.

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7:19pm

Thu January 30, 2014
Environment

Changing Climate In Argentina Is Killing Penguin Chicks

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 8:00 pm

A penguin nestling sounds off at the Punta Tombo reserve. Young birds that haven't yet traded a down coat for juvenile plumage "aren't waterproof — at all," says biologist Dee Boersma.
Maxi Jonas Reuters /Landov

There's a patch of seashore along the coast of Argentina where hundreds of thousands of penguins make their home. It's called Punta Tombo. Dee Boersma, a conservation biologist at the University of Washington, has been going there for 30 years, and she's discovered that a changing climate is killing those penguins.

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