Science & Environment

Goats and Soda
2:33 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

How Salt + Car Battery = Clean Water

A woman in Yatta, Kenya, explains how to make clean water using a car battery and just the right mixture of salt and water.
Jane Mauser Courtesy of MSR

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 7:27 pm

It's easy to take clean, safe water for granted. It just flows out of taps continuously — even in drought-ridden California.

But for hundreds of millions of people around the world, clean water is a luxury. In many places, even patients in hospitals and kids at school don't have water that's safe to drink.

Now, an unlikely partnership of an outdoor equipment manufacturer and a global health NGO is trying to change that.

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The Two-Way
1:37 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Russian Rocket Poised For Crucial Supply Run To Space Station

On Friday, a Russian Soyuz rocket will send an unmanned cargo ship with more than 3 tons of food, water and fuel for astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
Russian Federal Space Agency

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:45 pm

The stakes are high for a routine cargo mission to the International Space Station, after a string of failures has left the orbiting outpost running somewhat low on supplies.

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Law
10:34 am
Thu July 2, 2015

BP Agrees To Fork Over Nearly $19B For Role In Gulf Oil Spill

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 5:31 pm

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Research News
5:08 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Not All Online Restaurant Reviews Are Created Equal

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 7:32 am

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Shots - Health News
4:39 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

How Your Brain Remembers Where You Parked The Car

The experiment used a fake photo of actor Clint Eastwood and Pisa's leaning tower to test how the brain links person and place.
Courtesy of Matias Ison/Neuron

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 2:48 pm

If you run into an old friend at the train station, your brain will probably form a memory of the experience. And that memory will forever link the person you saw with the place where you saw him.

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The Salt
1:56 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

The Scallop Scoop: Survey Forecasts A Banner Year In Atlantic

NOAA scientists estimate they saw about 10 billion sea scallops off Delaware and southern New Jersey this spring as part of an annual survey.
Andrew Martinez Science Source

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 7:08 pm

Scallop fishermen off the East Coast could soon see one of their biggest bumper crops ever. A federal survey in waters off Delaware is predicting a boom in the next couple of years for the nation's most valuable fishery.

Every year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration looks for young sea scallops on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. This year, when they stuck their camera in the water, they got a huge shock, says Dvora Hart, a research analyst with NOAA's Fisheries Service.

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Shots - Health News
5:07 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Benefits Of Sports To A Child's Mind And Heart All Part Of The Game

Ten-year-old Jake Herrera and his Los Angeles team run around the diamond as a warmup for baseball practice.
Benjamin B. Morris for NPR

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 5:24 pm

Amy Roegler and her husband, Octavio Herrera, live with their young kids, Jake and Alyssa, in Los Angeles. When it comes to pro baseball, they're all Dodgers fans. And Jake loved balls even as a baby, Octavio says.

"We have a picture of him as a 3-month-old with a little Dodger jersey and a glove," Octavio says. "So he was definitely going to be introduced to sports early, and he took to it right away." Today 10-year-old Jake is on his baseball league's All-Star team.

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Science
4:15 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

To Keep Up With Earth's Rotation, Clocks Will Tick An Extra Second Tonight

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 3:40 pm

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All Tech Considered
3:31 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Flood Maps Can Get Much Sharper With A Little Supercomputing Oomph

This is a calculated flood map for the city of St. Louis. Water depth goes from deep (dark blue) to shallow (white, light blue). Floodwater can come from the Illinois, Upper Mississippi and Missouri rivers, as well as from heavy local precipitation.
Courtesy of Dag Lohmann/Katrisk

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 12:42 am

A small company in California is hoping to make a big splash by providing detailed flood maps to homeowners and insurance companies. And to do that, the company is using one of the fastest supercomputers in the world.

The company is called Katrisk, based in Berkeley, Calif. Hydrologist and computer modeler Dag Lohmann is one of the company's founders. He says the flood maps the Federal Emergency Management Agency already produces will tell you how prone a particular area is to flooding.

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The Two-Way
3:16 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Venus And Jupiter Set For A Close Encounter Tuesday Night

A NASA projection shows the path of Venus and Jupiter; the two planets will converge in the Earth's sky Tuesday night.
YouTube

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 4:31 pm

It's not as if two worlds will collide tonight — Venus and Jupiter are only converging into a small area of the Earth's sky. NASA says the two bright planets will be "a jaw-dropping one-third of a degree apart."

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