Science & Health

The Salt
4:27 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

When Danish Cows See Fresh Spring Pasture, They Jump For Joy

Near the Danish city of Ikast, some 1,500 spectators gathered on April 19 to celebrate what has become something of a national holiday at organic dairy farms around Denmark.
Courtesy of Organic Denmark

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 1:21 pm

"They're running a little late," chides an elderly gentleman, tapping his watch at 12:02 p.m. He's come to this farm near the Danish city of Ikast, along with about 1,500 others, to celebrate what has become something of a national holiday in Denmark. It's the Sunday in mid-April when thousands of organic dairy cows at 75 farms across the country are released into the green fields of spring. At exactly noon. Eh hem.

Ah, but here they come!

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Shots - Health News
2:09 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Doctors Don't Always Ask About Pet-Related Health Risks

Reptiles like leopard geckos can bring Salmonella along with them.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 10:07 am

If you're being treated for cancer, an iguana might not be the pet for you.

Ditto if you're pregnant, elderly or have small children at home.

Pets can transmit dozens of diseases to humans, but doctors aren't always as good as they should be in asking about pets in the home and humans' health issues, a study finds.

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Shots - Health News
10:46 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Humans' Use Of Pain-Relief Creams Proves Fatal To Felines

Contact between cats and their owners may have exposed the animals to toxic levels of medication.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 3:02 pm

Veterinarians have long warned that pain medications like ibuprofen are toxic to pets. And it now looks like merely using a pain relief cream can put cats at risk.

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Research News
4:24 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Why Handsome Men May Be At A Disadvantage When It Comes To Hiring

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 6:49 am

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All Tech Considered
3:30 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Social Media Can Help Track Tornadoes, But Was That Tweet Real?

Purdue University students are testing new software that may track and warn about tornadoes, such as this one which struck Rochelle, Ill., in early April.
Walker Ashley AP

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 6:49 am

Last week, as a big storm bore down on Rockford, Ill., students in a Purdue University classroom prepared to track its effects using Twitter.

Using software jointly developed by Purdue, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Weather Service, they huddled around laptops to analyze a tiny sample of the tweets from the storm's immediate vicinity. They were looking for keywords like "damage" or "tornado" and for pictures of funnel clouds.

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The Two-Way
3:31 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Congo Monkey Spotted Decades After Species' Alleged Demise

Mother and infant Bouvier's red colobus monkeys in a first-ever photograph of the primate taken in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The species was thought to have gone extinct in the 1970s.
Lieven Devreese and Gaël Elie Gnondo Gobolo Ntokou-Pikounda National Park, DRC

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 3:49 pm

Welcome back, Bouvier's red colobus monkey. It's been a while.

The African primate hasn't been seen since the 1970s and was assumed to have become extinct.

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Animals
8:16 am
Sun April 19, 2015

LA's Mountain Lion Is A Solitary Cat With A Knack For Travel

P-22 is believed to have the smallest home range of any adult male mountain lion ever studied. This map shows P-22's tiny home range in Griffith Park compared to other adult male mountain lions studied by the National Park Service.
Courtesy of the National Park Service

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 1:52 pm

A mountain lion was holed up under a house in Los Angeles for a little while last week, making headlines across the country.

But the puma, known as P-22, was already pretty famous. He's got his own Facebook fan page with more than 2,000 likes, plus a couple of Twitter accounts.

His range is the 8 square miles of LA's Griffith Park, on the eastern edge of the Santa Monica Mountains, surrounded on all sides by development.

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Goats and Soda
6:03 am
Sun April 19, 2015

See Priya Cook: Gender Bias Pervades Textbooks Worldwide

A student reads inside her home in Srinagar, India, as her sister points to a sketch resembling a male police officer in a first-grade textbook
Mukhtar Khan AP

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 10:07 am

"If aliens beamed onto Earth and read our school textbooks, they wouldn't have a clue about what women contribute to our society," says Rae Blumberg, a sociologist at the University of Virginia.

Blumberg has spent years looking at textbooks from all over the world. In almost every country she has studied, women are either completely written out of texts — or they're portrayed in stereotypical, often subservient roles.

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The Salt
4:20 am
Sun April 19, 2015

This Robot Chef Has Mastered Crab Bisque

These robotic arms are part of a modular kitchen that's been set up so that the robot chef can find exactly what it needs.
Moley Robotics

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 10:00 am

Step aside, home chefs! The kitchen of the future draws near.

No, there's no hydrator from Marty McFly's kitchen in Back to the Future II. Right now, the chef of the future looks like a pair of robotic arms that descend from the ceiling of a very organized kitchen. And it makes a mean crab bisque.

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Science
5:25 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Gazing Into Those Puppy-Dog Eyes May Actually Be Good For You

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Science
5:25 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Setting The Record Straight On The Phrase 'Gateway Drug'

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 6:08 pm

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: A new victim is being lured into the trap of addiction. High - high, as a kite - the marijuana has done its job well. She can be led now, ready to go along. Casually, he introduces the idea of something stronger, real kicks.

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Environment
6:43 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Why Water Markets Might Work In California

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 9:59 am

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The Salt
5:38 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

How The Food Industry Relies On Scientists With Big Tobacco Ties

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 3:20 pm

This story is excerpted from an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization.

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The Two-Way
2:25 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

WATCH: Chimps In Uganda Look Both Ways Before Crossing

A troop of chimpanzees in Uganda has learned to look both ways before crossing a busy highway.
New Scientist

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 5:32 pm

Call it Darwinian evolution in action: A troop of wild chimpanzees in Uganda has learned a valuable survival skill — to look before crossing.

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TED Radio Hour
8:13 am
Fri April 17, 2015

What Makes A Life Worth Living?

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says we can achieve one of our most elusive needs, self-actualization, by seeking moments of "flow."
Asa Mathat TED

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode Maslow's Human Needs

About Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's TED Talk

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says we can achieve one of the most elusive needs — self-actualization — by finding a state of "flow" in our work or our hobbies.

About Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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