Science

  • 7:14am Feb 21, 2013
    Science Science Arts

    Art Meets Geek at Toni Dove's Studio

    "This is geek central," says artist Toni Dove of her New York City studio. Dove employs an infrared motion-sensing interface, voice recognition software, 3-D mechanical projection screens, video puppets and lots of other tech to bring her mixed media productions to life. Science Friday stopped by for a sneak peak of her newest piece, "Lucid Possession."
  • 7:14am Feb 21, 2013
    Science Science

    Tracking A Space Rock's Streak Past Earth

    Asteroid 2012 DA14 is half the size of a football field, and whizzing towards the Earth at over 17,000 miles per hour. Don't worry, it won't hit us. But on Friday, February 15th it makes its closest approach, scraping by the Earth's surface closer than many satellites. Join Ira Flatow and Flora Lichtman for special live coverage of this near encounter, with first-hand reports from astronomers around the world.
  • 7:14am Feb 21, 2013
    Science Science Books Health & Safety

    Author Katherine Bouton Opens Up About Going Deaf

    After going deaf at the age of 30, writer Katherine Bouton's entire life changed. In her new book, "Shouting Won't Help," Bouton shares how she came to terms with hearing loss, and why more attention needs to be paid to a condition that affects nearly 50 million Americans.
  • Dr. J. William Hirzy, a chemistry professor at American Universiy, rests outside the rally route with a graph he uses to teach his students about the relationship between atmospheric carbon dioxide and global temperature.
    Daniel M.N. Turner / NPR
    4:33pm Feb 20, 2013
    National National Science Politics & Government Environment

    Protesters Call On Obama To Reject Keystone XL Pipeline

    Tens of thousands of protesters turned out on the National Mall Sunday to encourage President Obama to make good on his commitment to act on climate change. The pipeline would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to refineries on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Jim Gandy, chief meteorologist for WLTX, in Columbia, S.C.
    Brian Dressler / Courtesy of WLTX
    5:31pm Feb 19, 2013
    National National Science Environment

    Forecasting Climate With A Chance Of Backlash

    A surprising number of TV weather presenters are vocal deniers of climate change, while others fear audience backlash if they talk about such a polarizing topic. But one meteorologist in South Carolina is waging a climate education campaign, and says it's going over well.
  • Daniel Riscoe, Jenna Hart, Anthony Chau and Caroline Lloyd (all students from the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J.) carry donated Christmas trees across Island Beach.
    Adam Cole / NPR
    5:04pm Feb 15, 2013
    National National Science Environment

    After Sandy, Not All Sand Dunes Are Created Equal

    In New Jersey, thousands of discarded Christmas trees have dodged the wood chipper and hit the beach instead. They're being used to jump-start new dunes, but scientists warn that these man-made dunes could be less sturdy than dunes that form naturally.
  • 9:37am Feb 15, 2013
    Science Science

    Research Looks At Starchy Diet's Role In Dogs' Evolution

    Some dogs need to be on specialized diets for health reasons, but most eat just about anything. That wasn't always the case, however. The domestic dog's ancestor, the wolf, ate only meat. Research suggests for dogs to live with humans, they had to adapt to a starchy diet.
  • Perch exposed to the anxiety drug oxazepam were more daring and ate more quickly than fish that lived in drug-free water.
    Courtesy of Bent Christensen
    5:40pm Feb 14, 2013
    Science Science Health & Safety

    Traces Of Anxiety Drugs May Make Fish Act Funny

    Small amounts of the drugs that people take end up in wastewater and then in streams and rivers. It's usually not enough to harm the health of humans who swim in or drink the water. But there is growing evidence that pharmaceuticals in wastewater may affect wildlife.
  • The heart Paym Rajabi biked for his girlfriend, Clare
    Courtesy of Payam Rajabi
    1:47pm Feb 14, 2013
    Science Science

    Guy Pumps Out A Valentine — Literally

    Last year a guy in San Francisco jumped on a bicycle, clicked on his GPS, clicked on an app, snapped on his helmet, and 27 miles, 2 1/2 hours and many calories later, he'd etched a valentine message onto a street map of San Francisco. That was nice. Now, a year later, it's getting really interesting.
  • Capt. Art Gaeten holds a blue shark that was caught during a research trip in Nova Scotia. Scientists are studying the impact of swordfish fishing methods on the shark population.
    Dean Casavechia for NPR
    1:19pm Feb 13, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    Is Sustainable-Labeled Seafood Really Sustainable?

    Industry demand for the "sustainable seafood" label, issued by the Marine Stewardship Council, is increasing. But some environmentalists fear fisheries are being certified despite evidence showing that the fish population is in trouble — or when there's not enough information to know the impact on the oceans.