Science

  • 3:04pm Mar 21, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    When The Earth Swallows

    Last week a Florida man was swallowed by the Earth as he slept, the victim of a sinkhole. In 1981, another Florida sinkhole ate a swimming pool and a Porsche repair shop. Randall Orndorff, a geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, discusses this mysterious phenomenon, and whether technology exists to predict when--and where--the surface might crumble.
  • 1:03pm Mar 15, 2013
    Science Science

    Curiosity Hits Paydirt: New Clues To Life On Mars

    Microbes may once have happily existed on the surface of Mars, according to chemical analysis of a sedimentary rock in the Red Planet's Gale crater. NASA geologist and exobiologist David Blake discusses evidence for an ancient freshwater lake in the crater, and describes the mineral-chomping microbes that may have thrived there.
  • 1:03pm Mar 15, 2013
    Science Science Health & Safety

    Improving Healthcare, One Search At A Time

    By combing through 100 million search queries on Bing, Yahoo and Google, Microsoft Research Lab co-director Eric Horvitz and his colleagues were able to discover a previously unknown interaction between two commonly prescribed drugs. Horvitz says the method might detect dangerous drug interactions earlier than the FDA's warning system.
  • 1:03pm Mar 15, 2013
    Science Science Books

    'Bones' Inspires A New Generation Of Crime Fighters

    Kathy Reichs, the writer and scientist behind the TV show Bones, is back with a new novel for young adults. Code: A Virals Novel stars Tory Brennan, great-niece of Reich's famed crime-solving heroine Tempe Brennan. Reichs discusses the book, co-written with Brendan Reichs.
  • Ethan Perlstein
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    11:44am Mar 15, 2013
    Science Science

    Scientist Gets Research Donations From Crowd Funding

    What do you do when you're a scientist and you have no job and no money for your research? If you're Ethan Perlstein, you try crowd funding. He raised $25,000 to investigate where the drug methamphetamine is stored in the brain.
  • Dunkin' Donuts plans to go green by committing to purchasing all of its palm oil from sustainable sources.
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    7:13pm Mar 12, 2013
    National National Science Environment

    Can Dunkin' Donuts Really Turn Its Palm Oil Green?

    Under pressure from the New York state comptroller — who oversees one of its largest shareholders — the doughnut chain has agreed to set a goal of using only 100 percent sustainable palm oil to make its doughnuts. Production of palm oil has caused serious deforestation in Indonesia.
  • Researchers found that exposure to uncivil comments can polarize opinion on news issues.
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    5:56pm Mar 12, 2013
    Science Science

    The 'Nasty Effect': How Comments Color Comprehension

    At its best, the Web is a place for unlimited exchange of ideas. But the uncivil discourse that unfolds in comments sections can be poisonous. A study in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication suggests that rude comments on articles can change the way we interpret the news.