Science

  • 2:29pm Feb 04, 2013
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    Scientists Discover Dung Beetles Use The Milky Way For GPS

    A team of scientists has discovered that dung beetles climb on dung balls and dance around in circles before taking off. This dance is not one of joy, however — the insects are checking out the sky to get their bearings. Melissa Block and Audie Cornish have more.
  • The reactor room at Babcock & Wilcox's prototype reactor outside Lynchburg, Va. The reactor vessel is behind the orange curtain.
    Ben Bradford / WFAE
    12:15pm Feb 04, 2013
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    Are Mini-Reactors The Future Of Nuclear Power?

    The prefabricated nuclear reactors, which would be small enough to build in a factory and ship on trucks, would generate about one-tenth the power of a typical nuclear power plant. It's potentially a growth opportunity for American industry, but critics say the reactors carry a host of safety, security, environmental and economic concerns.
  • 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
    Jane Peterson / NASA
    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
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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?