Science

  • 7:41pm Mar 09, 2013
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    Scientists Make Plans To Blast Threatening Asteroids

    The recent meteor blast in Russia has brought renewed attention to the risk posed by meteors on a collision course with Earth. NASA and the European Space Agency are working on a plan to develop a rocket that could collide with an asteroid and knock it off course. Dr. Andrew Cheng of the John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, who is leading the initiative, talks about it with host Jacki Lyden.
  • These drawings by Santiago Ramon y Cajal, published in 1899, show cortex neurons.
    Santiago Ramon y Cajal / Wikimedia Commons
    6:13pm Mar 07, 2013
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    To Make Mice Smarter, Add A Few Human Brain Cells

    For more than a century, neurons have been the superstars of the brain. Now researchers say that when they placed human versions of another type of brain cell into mice brains, the mice grew up to be faster learners. This supports the hypothesis that these glial cells — and not just better-known neurons — play an important role in learning.
  • 12:50pm Mar 07, 2013
    National National Science

    BP Bows Out Of Solar, But Industry Outlook Still Sunny

    The energy giant says it has "thrown in the towel on solar." The industry has evolved since BP entered the ring, currently emphasizing cheap production rather than research and development. BP says it just wasn't making money, though it will continue investing in other renewable resources.
  • Rats share information via brain implants, say researchers.
    NPR
    3:31pm Mar 01, 2013
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    Researchers Connect Rats' Minds Via Internet

    An experiment that used rats to create a "brain-to-brain interface" shows that instructions can be transferred between animals via cortical implants, according to scientists. The research could help create "novel types of social interaction and for biological computing devices," says Miguel Nicolelis of Duke University.
  • 1:03pm Mar 01, 2013
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    Robert Langer, Father Of Invention

    Biotech pioneer Robert Langer has over 800 patents to his name and has launched two dozen companies, which develop everything from tumor-fighting nanoparticles to anti-frizz hair products. Yet Langer says his proudest accomplishment is teaching some 500 students and post-docs, now professors and start-up leaders themselves.
  • 1:03pm Mar 01, 2013
    National National Science Politics & Government Health & Safety

    Mapping The Effects Of The Sequester On Science

    On Friday March 1, automatic cuts known as the 'sequester' go into effect across the federal budget. Michael Lubell of the American Physical Society discusses what scientific programs will likely be affected, in fields from medical research to renewable energy development.
  • 1:03pm Mar 01, 2013
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    A Natural Particle Accelerator, Far Above The Planet

    In 1958, James Van Allen described two belts of radiation that surround Earth. Daniel Baker says that when a satellite was launched to study the belts in 2012, it saw a third belt form, which lasted for about a month before being blasted away by an interplanetary shock wave.