Science & Health

Education
4:25 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

To 'Immunize' Kids Against Illiteracy, Break Out A Book In Infancy

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 4:24 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish. Read to your children. This isn't the first time you've heard that advice. But now parents with infants will start hearing it officially from pediatricians starting from birth. The American Academy of Pediatrics announced new guidance today for parents to quote, "immunize their children against illiteracy."

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Women's Clinic-Closing
4:15 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

North Ala. Clinic That Provides Abortions To Close

The only abortion clinic in north Alabama is expected to close by the end of the week.
Credit Alabama Women's Center

The only abortion clinic in north Alabama is expected to close by the end of the week.

Officials at the Alabama Women's Center said Tuesday that they'd rather close voluntarily than be faced with a state intervention.

The clinic was faced with a July 1 deadline to bring its facility up to code with a surgical treatment center.

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Veterans-Health Care-Alabama
3:56 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Roby Upset By Central Ala. VA Records Problem

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby called it "obviously egregious behavior," and she asked how anyone could think that falsifying more than 1,200 pulmonary records does not endanger patients.
Credit en.wikipedia.org

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby says the latest report on the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System is consistent with what she's been hearing about phony medical practices and the Veterans Administration inspectors not being aggressive about complaints.

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Science & Health
6:14 am
Tue June 24, 2014

SBA Disaster Loan Offices Closing in Alabama

Credit AP

The U.S. Small Business Administration is getting ready to close its disaster loan offices in Alabama.

The SBA says the offices will close at the end of the day Thursday due to a steady decrease in activity. They were opened to help victims of the severe storms and flooding that hit Alabama between April 28 and May 5.

The offices are located in the Fairhope Civic Center, the Elberta Town Hall, the Graysville Public Library, the Ripley W.O.W. Hall in Athens, and the old Navy and Marine Corps Reserve building in Mobile.

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The Two-Way
10:06 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Spineless, And Now Homeless: National Zoo Closes Animal Exhibit

A curious cuttlefish stares back at the camera from inside The Smithsonian's National Zoo Invertebrate Exhibit. The exhibit, home to dozens of small aquatic and terrestrial species without backbones, closed on Sunday.
Meghan Murphy Smithsonian's National Zoo

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 11:17 am

Invertebrates make up about 99 percent of all species. But they're no longer being featured at the National Zoo due to budget problems. The Invertebrate Exhibit was shut down Sunday, less than a week after the closure was publicly announced.

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Space
5:34 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Scientists Observe Springtime Changes On One Of Saturn's Moons

The Cassini spacecraft has been taking radar images of Titan for years now. This modified image of the Ligeia Mare, a sea on Titan's north pole, is a composite of some of those.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASI/Cornell

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 1:15 pm

With its large sand dunes, rivers, big lakes and seas, Saturn's biggest moon is one of the most Earth-like planetary bodies in the solar system. But Titan is no place to call home.

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Research News
5:25 am
Mon June 23, 2014

How Did The Meter Get Its Length?

One of 30 copies of the first protoype meter made by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) in Sevres, France. 1875-1889
NIST Museum Collection

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 9:45 am

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Shots - Health News
2:29 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Hospitals To Pay Big Fines For Infections, Avoidable Injuries

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 8:32 am

Medicare is preparing to penalize about 750 hospitals that have the highest rates of infections and patient injuries. The sanctions, estimated to total $330 million over a year, will kick in at a time when most infections and accidents in hospitals are on the decline, but still too common.

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Krulwich Wonders...
3:56 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Man Floats Free In Hotel Corridor

Storyboard P dance down a hall in London.
BD YouTube

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 12:09 pm

We live in a sea of air. It holds us, weighs on us, keeps us tethered. The earth, of course, holds us too, keeps us pinned. But not all of us. I want you to meet Storyboard P, a dancer who floats.

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Science & Health
4:46 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Viral Infection from Sheep Likely Killed Deer

White-tailed deer
Credit outdooralabama.com

Alabama's state veterinarian says a domesticated sheep is the likely source of a sickness that has killed more than 50 whitetail deer at a captive breeding facility near Boaz.

Dr. Tony Frazier tells Al.com that testing indicates that bovine herpes virus Type 2, a viral infection commonly called malignant catarrhal fever, is likely the primary cause of the deaths. Frazier says sheep commonly carry the virus but don't exhibit symptoms.

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The Two-Way
4:35 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Dust Clouds Big Bang Signal

The BICEP2 telescope in Antarctica was looking for ripples from the Big Bang.
Robert Schwarz, University of Minnesota

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 7:25 pm

In March, a team of physicists announced it had found a signal from the very first moments after the Big Bang. But in a paper published Thursday, the researchers expressed considerably more caution and conceded that they could have actually been detecting little more than interstellar dust.

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The Salt
11:19 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Going Against The Grain: FDA Threatens Brewers' Feed For Farmers

Although the FDA seems to have backed off, farmers and brewers are still nervous about the FDA's rule, which will be proposed again at the end of summer.
Shelly Pope/KQED

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:57 pm

Want to infuriate the entire brewing industry? Start poking around its trash.

That's what the Food and Drug Administration discovered when it threatened to dramatically affect how breweries use their spent grain.

Last fall, the FDA proposed a new rule: Facilities producing feed for animals should be subject to regulations similar to those in food manufacturing. Any facility producing animal feed would be required to produce a written plan to identify and minimize contamination.

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The Two-Way
10:31 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Stephanie Kwolek, Chemist Who Created Kevlar, Dies At 90

Stephanie Kwolek prepares a polymerization experiment at DuPont's Pioneering Research Lab in 1967. Kwolek, who died Wednesday, made the breakthrough discovery that led to the invention of Kevlar.
DuPont

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 1:34 pm

Stephanie Kwolek, a DuPont chemist who invented the synthetic fibers used in Kevlar body armor, has died at the age of 90, her colleagues said Friday.

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Krulwich Wonders...
8:46 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Wrong! Deconstructing 5 Famous History Stories

CGP Grey YouTube

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:46 am

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TED Radio Hour
7:55 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Does Technology Make Us More Honest?

Jeff Hancock explains why technology might actually keep us honest.
Jeremy Hiebert Courtesy of TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Why We Lie.

About Jeff Hancock's TEDTalk

Who hasn't sent a text message saying "I'm on my way" when it wasn't true? But some technology might actually force us to be more honest, says psychologist Jeff Hancock.

About Jeff Hancock

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