Science & Health

Shots - Health News
10:24 am
Tue November 25, 2014

How Can Vultures Eat Rotten Roadkill And Survive?

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 2:31 pm

You might wonder why 48 million Americans get food poisoning every year, yet there are some animals that seem to be immune from even the nastiest germs.

We're talking here about vultures, which feast on rotting flesh that is chockablock with bacteria that would be deadly to human beings. In fact, vultures have a strong preference for that kind of food.

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NPR Story
4:20 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New Bird Species Sings Sweetly In Sulawesi

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 7:02 am

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Goats and Soda
2:51 am
Tue November 25, 2014

As Ebola Pingpongs In Liberia, Cases Disappear Into The Jungle

A hand-drawn map on the wall of a rural clinic shows health workers where a woman with Ebola may be hiding.
Kelly McEvers NPR

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 7:59 am

There's a new phase of Ebola in Liberia. Epidemiologists call it pingponging.

Back in March, the disease was found in the rural areas. Then as people came to the capital to seek care, it started growing exponentially there. Now, some sick people are going back to their villages, and the disease has pingponged to the rural areas again.

So that's where we're headed — into the hot, thick jungle of Liberia to investigate a new Ebola hotspot.

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Science
4:46 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

'Queen Of Carbon' Among Medal Of Freedom Honorees

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 9:15 am

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And we're going to meet one of the other recipients of this year's Medal of Freedom. She's known in science circles as the Queen of Carbon, but she's a little more modest.

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Science & Health
12:05 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

U.A. Student Attending Climate Conference in Peru

Catherine King
Matthew Wood, University of Alabama

A University of Alabama student is heading to Lima, Peru next month for a United Nations conference on climate change.  Catherine King is a chemical engineering major with a focus on green chemistry.  She’s one of 8 students across the country the American Chemical Society selected to attend the conference.  King says the issue of climate change has become too politicized.

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Science
4:11 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Could Magnets Help Lessen The Impact Of Concussions In Football?

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 5:23 pm

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Humans
6:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Why People Take Risks To Help Others: Altruism's Roots In The Brain

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 12:26 pm

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When someone does something utterly selfless, you might think, oh, they're just a generous kind of soul. But new research suggests altruism may be hardwired in the brain. Reporter Michelle Trudeau has more.

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Goats and Soda
6:03 am
Sun November 23, 2014

A Bus Isn't The Only Thing That Can Be Powered By Poop

Mango trees would be grateful for the nutrients in human poop.
Noah Seelam AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 4:20 pm

What can you do with human waste? Besides flushing it?

That's a question that came to mind when we read about the United Kingdom's first-ever "Bio-bus." It's a tour bus that runs between the cities of Bristol and Bath. The tank is filled with biomethane gas generated from food waste and human excrement.

And it turns out that the bus isn't the only example of poo power.

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Shots - Health News
4:52 am
Sun November 23, 2014

What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?

Even cleaning a bathroom daily didn't much affect the make-up of the community of microbes living there, scientists say.
Claire Eggers NPR

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 1:56 pm

The invisible world of the bathroom isn't pretty — unless you're a microbe. After scanning the microbial zoo of four public restrooms recently, a team of researchers found a diverse swarm of characters that persisted for months despite regular cleaning of the facilities.

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Environment
6:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Starfish Illness Harms Other Sea Creatures

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 10:21 am

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Bentley-Ebola
4:52 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Fearing Ebola, Gov. Bentley Asks Colleges About Travel

The governor asked that schools provide the names of anyone planning travel to West Africa, their contact information and return dates.
Credit The Associated Press

Gov. Robert Bentley wants Alabama colleges to identify students or instructors returning from Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa.

Bentley wrote in a letter to college officials that students and instructors from West Africa may return home for the holidays to visit family and friends.

The governor asked that schools provide the names of anyone planning travel to West Africa, their contact information and return dates. The Decatur Daily reports state public health officials should be notified when travelers return to Alabama.

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Environment
3:23 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Shrinking Glaciers Could Squeeze Washington's Water Supply

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 5:36 pm

Washington state is home to more glaciers than any other state in the lower 48, and they're receding faster than ever before. That's a problem for the Pacific Northwest, where glaciers are crucial for drinking water, hydropower generation and salmon survival.

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TED Radio Hour
8:21 am
Fri November 21, 2014

How Can We Find More Time To Be Still?

"In an age of constant movement, nothing is so urgent as sitting still." -Pico Iyer
Ryan Lash TED

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 10:50 am

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode Quiet

About Pico Iyer's TED Talk

Pico Iyer says sitting still and reflecting is hard work. But we bring so much more to our experiences, and relationships when we make time to think.

About Pico Iyer

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TED Radio Hour
8:21 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Why Would Someone Choose Silence For 17 Years?

"I began to learn at least what other people felt and what they wanted to say before cutting them off with my own diatribe. I used to do that." - John Francis
Andrew Heavens TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Quiet

About John Francis' TED Talk

For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental respect. For 17 of those years he didn't speak a word.

About John Francis

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TED Radio Hour
8:21 am
Fri November 21, 2014

How Do Years Of Silence Change Someone?

Environmentalist John Francis speaks about the 17 years of his life during which he never spoke a word.
Andrew Heavens Courtesy of TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Quiet. Listen to second part of this story here.

About John Francis's TED Talk

For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental respect and responsibility. For 17 of those years he didn't speak a word.

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