Science

  • 1:49pm Feb 01, 2013
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    Preserving Science News In An Online World

    How can journalists and bloggers avoid some of the pitfalls of communicating science in an online world? Should a website's comments section be moderated, or removed altogether? How has social media changed the blogosphere? A panel of experts joins Ira Flatow to discuss.
  • 1:03pm Feb 01, 2013
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    How Owls Turn Heads

    A mystery of the animal kingdom: how do owls turn their heads 270 degrees without damaging their blood vessels? At last an answer, published this week in Science. Fabian de Kok-Mercado and Philippe Gailloud dissected and x-rayed owls to discover how the birds do the twist.
  • 1:03pm Feb 01, 2013
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    Dung Beetles Use Cosmic GPS to Find Their Way

    When the sun goes down, dung beetles rely on a galactic source--light from the Milky Way--to navigate, according to a recent report in Current Biology. Study co-author Eric Warrant, of Lund University in Sweden, explains how dung beetles see the starry night sky.
  • The eye of Hurricane Earl in the Atlantic Ocean, seen from a NASA research aircraft on Aug. 30, 2010. This flight through the eyewall caught Earl just as it was intensifying from a Category 2 to a Category 4 hurricane. Researchers collected air samples on
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    8:36am Jan 29, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    Bird, Plane, Bacteria? Microbes Thrive In Storm Clouds

    Microbes can thrive in extreme environments, from inside fiery volcanoes to down on the bottom of the ocean. Now scientists have found a surprising number of them living in storm clouds tens of thousands of feet above the Earth. And those airborne microbes could play a role in global climate.
  • 1:08pm Jan 25, 2013
    Science Science Books

    The Book Club Catches 'The Andromeda Strain'

    This month, the book club discusses Michael Crichton's 1969 best-selling science fiction thriller The Andromeda Strain. Writer Richard Preston joins the club to talk about Crichton's writing style, and what it was like to work on Crichton's unfinished final manuscript, Micro.
  • 1:03pm Jan 25, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    Cold Snap Shakes Up Winter Weather Outlook

    Unusual activity in the atmosphere over the Arctic Circle is triggering snow and frigid temperatures across Canada, the U.S. and parts of Europe. Climatologist Jeff Weber, of the University Corporation of Atmospheric Research, explains why this winter could pack a punch.
  • 1:03pm Jan 25, 2013
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    Canine Mystery: How Dogs Became Man's Best Friend

    Dogs were the first animals to be domesticated, but scientists have long debated precisely how--and when--it happened. With archaeological records and genetic research leading to different hypotheses, are we any closer to understanding how dogs became man's best friend?
  • 1:00pm Jan 25, 2013
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    Shakespeare's Sonnets, Encoded In DNA

    Reporting in Nature, researchers write of encoding a variety of files--jpg, mp3, txt and pdf--in strands of DNA. Lead author Nick Goldman says DNA is extraordinarily long-lasting, compared to today's hard drives and magnetic tapes. And if all the world's information were written in DNA, he says, it would fit in the back of a station wagon.
  • Health workers in Nepal culled chickens and destroyed eggs following an outbreak of bird flu in Kathmandu in October 2012.
    Prakash Mathema / AFP/Getty Images
    8:53pm Jan 23, 2013
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    Scientists Put An End To Moratorium On Bird Flu Research

    After researchers created versions of the bird flu virus that could spread more easily, critics began to worry that the work could spawn a pandemic if a virus escaped from the lab. After halting their work for more than a year, scientists now say the benefits outweigh the risks, and they are set to restart their experiments.