Science & Health

The Two-Way
10:57 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Iran's Khamenei Signals Approval Of Nuclear Deal With 'Arrogant' U.S.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a sermon during morning prayers for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. He signaled his approval of the nuclear agreement with Western powers but reiterated that Tehran's policy toward the "arrogant" United States would not change.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 11:39 am

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, signaled his all-important approval of a historic nuclear deal forged with the West, but he portrayed the agreement as having been on Tehran's terms.

"Our policy toward the arrogant U.S. government won't change at all," Khamenei said in televised a speech in Tehran marking Eid, the end of Ramadan.

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Simon Says
5:10 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Photos Of Pluto Reveal A 'Toy Store' Of Surprises

A close-up of a region near Pluto's equator taken by the New Horizons spacecraft.
NASA

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 9:33 am

Pluto turns out to be pretty lively.

Not Las Vegas, perhaps, but more vivacious with geologic activity than we've ever known about, and for good reason: Pluto is currently almost 3 billion miles away from Earth, a dwarf planet spinning in the lonely last ring of our solar system.

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Goats and Soda
4:00 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

What Do A Chlorinator And A Condom Tied To A Catheter Have In Common?

Slum dwellers near Calcutta get their water from a municipal pipe. Water coming out of the tap on the left is for bathing and so is untreated. The blue Zimba chlorinator is hooked up to the tap on the right, which is used for drinking water.
Courtesy of Suprio Das/Zimba

This isn't your average top 30 list. No Taylor Swift song is on it, it doesn't involve sports and it's not a listicle of the Internet's best cat videos. But it does have a device that adds chlorine to water so it's safe to drink — and a condom tied to a catheter that can stop bleeding when a woman is having a baby.

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The Two-Way
3:20 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

WATCH: Magnus Effect Whisks Basketball Into The Spin Zone

Putting some spin on the ball.
Veritasium

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 3:59 pm

What happens when you drop a regulation Spalding basketball from a 415-foot-high dam? It depends.

For a group from the trick basketball team How Ridiculous who sank a basket from atop the Gordon Dam in Tasmania, it meant landing a spot in the Guinness World Records book.

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The Two-Way
2:10 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

NASA's New Pluto Images Point To Geologically Active World

In the center left of Pluto's vast heart-shaped feature – informally named "Tombaugh Regio" — lies a vast, craterless plain that appears to be no more than 100 million years old, and is possibly still being shaped by geologic processes.
NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 2:26 pm

Pluto looks to be a far cry from the dead body that many scientists had long presumed. As the New Horizons probe continues to report back from the fringes of the solar system, a word that Mr. Spock might have used sums up the reaction: fascinating.

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TED Radio Hour
8:30 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Will Our Demand For Food Threaten Our Supply of Water?

"We've under-priced water, we've over-exploited it, we don't regulate how people pump groundwater out of the ground.... we just use too much."--Jonathan Foley
Courtesy of TEDxTC

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Finite.

About Jon Foley's TED Talk

Ecologist Jon Foley says agriculture is the "most powerful force unleashed on this planet since the end of the ice age." He says we're using too much of it to irrigate, and we have to rethink how we farm.

About Jon Foley

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TED Radio Hour
8:30 am
Fri July 17, 2015

How Did A Medical Miracle Turn Into A Global Threat?

"What has happened in the last ten years, has been a remarkable increase in actual number of people who are dying or are not able to get better because they carry a resistant infection."--Ramanan Laxminarayan
Courtesy of TEDMED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Finite.

About Ramanan Laxminarayan's TED Talk

Antibiotics save lives, but we rely on them too much. Eventually, the drugs may stop working. Economist Ramanan Laxminarayan asks us to think twice before reaching for this double-edged resource.

About Ramanan Laxminarayan

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TED Radio Hour
8:30 am
Fri July 17, 2015

What's Disappearing From the Amazon — Even Faster Than Wildlife?

"There's a saying in Suriname that I dearly love: 'The rainforests hold answers to questions we have yet to ask.' But as you all know, it's rapidly disappearing."--Mark Plotkin
Ryan Lash TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Finite.

About Mark Plotkin's TED Talk

The isolated tribes of the Amazon are getting dispersed or dying out. Ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin describes what we'll lose if their culture and collective wisdom vanish with them.

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TED Radio Hour
8:30 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Can Limited Resources Lead To Better Innovation?

"When you put a limitation on resources, you remove the limitation on creativity because necessity is the mother of invention."--Navi Radjou
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 11:59 am

Part 5 of TED Radio Hour episode Finite.

About Navi Radjou's TED Talk

Navi Radjou has spent years studying "jugaad," also known as frugal innovation. While researching emerging markets, he realized that creativity might be the most precious renewable resource.

About Navi Radjou

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Movie Interviews
4:36 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Little Hero, Big Screen: The Entomology Of 'Ant-Man'

Visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison wanted Ant-Man's titular insects to be both accurate and relatable.
Marvel

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 10:56 pm

If superheroes are one of the ultimate expressions of individualism, what are we to make of Ant-Man, a Marvel Comics character based on one of the least individual, most collective creatures on the planet?

Ant-Man can shrink to the size of an ant — and, in the movie which opens this weekend, ants are his greatest allies. "The ants are loyal, brave and will be your partners on this job," explains the scientist who invented Ant-Man's supersuit.

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Science
4:36 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Science Confirms 2014 Was Hottest Yet Recorded, On Land And Sea

Floodwaters from rising sea levels have submerged and killed trees in Bedono village in Demak, Central Java, Indonesia. As oceans warm, they expand and erode the shore. Residents of Java's coastal villages have been hit hard by rising sea levels in recent years.
Ulet Ifansasti Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 9:14 am

For the past quarter-century, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been gathering data from more than 400 scientists around the world on climate trends.

The report on 2014 from these international researchers? On average, it was the hottest year ever — in the ocean, as well as on land.

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Shots - Health News
4:36 am
Fri July 17, 2015

'When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors' To Best Avoid Lightning's Pain

You don't have to be outdoors to be hurt or injured by a nearby lightning strike, like this one in New Mexico. The pain for survivors can be lifelong.
Marko Korosec Barcroft Media/Landov

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 9:19 am

Lightning strikes have killed at least 20 people in the U.S. so far this year, according to the National Weather Service. That's higher than the average for recent years, the service says.

Most people who are injured or killed by lightning, it turns out, are not struck directly — instead, the bolt lands nearby.

That's what happened to Steve Marshburn in 1969. He was working inside a bank and says lightning somehow made its way through an ungrounded speaker at the drive-through window to the stool where he was sitting.

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History
4:36 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Seven Decades Ago, A New, Enormous Kind Of Explosion

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 6:55 am

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Space
4:36 am
Fri July 17, 2015

On The Cold, Dead Fringes Of The Solar System, Pluto Looks Shockingly Lively

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 11:36 am

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Children's Health
4:38 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 11:41 am

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