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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episodeQuiet. 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.