Science

  • 10:42am Apr 04, 2013
    Science Science

    The Remarkable Biodiversity Of Belly Buttons

    Scientists at the Belly Button Biodiversity Project wanted to engage the public. They started to culture the bacteria in people's navels as a way to remind them about the life living on their bodies. In the process, they discovered diverse organisms, some of them completely new to science.
  • Astronauts work to install the alpha magnetic spectrometer on the International Space Station on May 26, 2011.
    NASA
    8:50pm Apr 03, 2013
    Science Science

    Sensor On Space Station May Have Seen Hints Of Elusive Dark Matter

    The finding could be a milestone in the decades-long search for the universe's missing material. But some scientists urge caution, saying it's possible the particles seen by the sensor on the International Space Station could have come from somewhere else.
  • 2:57pm Apr 02, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    The Buzz On Bees: Why Many Colonies Are Collapsing

    Bees have been dying off in increasing numbers over the past few years. Experts say that habitat loss and disease are the biggest culprits, and some believe that pesticides are to blame. NPR science correspondent Dan Charles explains the possible causes and what is being done to stop this trend.
  • A worker stands on top of a storage bin on July 27, 2011, at a drilling operation in Claysville, Pa. The dust is from powder mixed with water for hydraulic fracturing.
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    1:50pm Apr 01, 2013
    Science Science Health & Safety

    Sand From Fracking Could Pose Lung Disease Risk To Workers

    The sand is pumped underground along with water and other chemicals to extract oil and natural gas trapped deep in rock. But researchers found that air samples taken at some drilling sites contained high enough levels of very fine silica particles to be dangerous to workers.
  • More than 100 years ago, Golgi staining on nerve cells opened the gates to modern neuroscience. Scientists recently developed the Technicolor version of Golgi staining, Brainbow, allowing more detailed reconstructions of brain circuits.
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    9:55pm Mar 31, 2013
    Science Science

    Somewhere Over The Brainbow: The Journey To Map the Human Brain

    The government-funded plan could cost $3 billion, take 10 years and involve hundreds of scientists. The hope is the project can unlock the secrets of conditions such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease. But progress will likely be slow, and in the end, will it be worth the cost?
  • 9:26am Mar 30, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    The Secret Life Of the Sonoran Desert

    The Sonoran Desert, which spans some 100,000 square miles in southwestern North America, is one of the most diverse desert ecosystems in the world. Host Ira Flatow and guests discuss some lesser known desert creatures, and explore the secret life of that American southwest icon, the saguaro cactus.
  • 9:21am Mar 30, 2013
    Science Science

    How Cosmic Collisions Have Shaped Our Solar System

    From the rocky fragments in Saturn's rings to Earth's own moon, our solar system bears signs of an ancient demolition derby. Planetary scientist Erik Asphaug describes the role of impacts in our planetary neighborhood, and looks ahead to a possible comet collision on Mars.
  • 9:19am Mar 30, 2013
    Science Science Arts

    Gripping Science Tales Need Not Be Science Fiction

    When does a story about science become science fiction? Cosmologist Lawrence Krauss and theoretical physicist Brian Greene discuss how to spin a yarn about string theory or the Big Bang, without hyping the science. And novelist Ian McEwan, whose books touch on neurosurgery and quantum field theory, talks about what science offers to fiction.
  • 9:11am Mar 30, 2013
    Science Science

    Studying Rocks Found On Earth For Clues About Space

    With samples from over 1,800 separate meteorite falls around the world, ASU's Center for Meteorite Studies claims the world's largest university-based meteorite collection. Meenakshi Wadhwa explains how meteorites can teach researchers about the history of the solar system.
  • Wind turbines at the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm in Whitewater, Calif., in 2012.
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    9:55pm Mar 27, 2013
    Science Science

    Is The Sky The Limit For Wind Power?

    Building huge turbine farms too close together might significantly reduce their power, some atmospheric scientists say. The problem is "wind shadow" — the turbulence created by one big cluster of turbines that steals wind from another cluster down the road.
  • 9:30am Mar 27, 2013
    Sports Sports National Science

    Good Luck With That 'Perfect' March Madness Bracket. You'll Need It

    Millions of basketball fans will fill out NCAA tournament brackets this week and try to correctly predict the outcomes of every game. The chances of succeeding are about 1 in 150 quintillion. A group of computer scientists are trying to beat those odds by writing programs that learn to pick winners.