Science + Technology http://wcbe.org en Nuclear Plant May Be In Hot Water Over Its Cooling System http://wcbe.org/post/nuclear-plant-may-be-hot-water-over-its-cooling-system <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Nuclear+Plant+May+Be+In+Hot+Water+Over+Its+Cooling+System&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDI3MDk2MDEzMjA0NDE3NTExOWRjNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The water temperature of some canals in South Florida has been rising. And that's a problem when the canals are used to cool a nuclear plant. The situation at the Turkey Point plant near Miami has federal regulators concerned. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:12:57 +0000 Greg Allen 60084 at http://wcbe.org Who Is Most To Blame For Climate Change? http://wcbe.org/post/who-most-blame-climate-change Here in southeastern Virginia, our biggest city, Norfolk, is saddled with an unwanted claim to fame. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:09:33 +0000 Barbara J. King 60083 at http://wcbe.org Who Is Most To Blame For Climate Change? Don't Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes http://wcbe.org/post/dont-pop-bubble-wrap-scientists-turn-trash-test-tubes Hate to burst your bubble, glass lab gear. But plastic bubble wrap also works pretty well at running science experiments.<p>Scientists at Harvard University have figured out a way to use these petite pouches as an inexpensive alternate to glass test tubes and culture dishes. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:31:00 +0000 editor 59942 at http://wcbe.org Don't Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes Rosetta Spacecraft Readies For Rendezvous With Comet http://wcbe.org/post/rosetta-spacecraft-readies-rendezvous-comet Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Next month, the European Space Agency's Rosetta space probe will catch up with a comet, which it has been chasing across the solar system for a decade. Once there, the Rosetta probe will take pictures, make measurements and drop a probe down to the comet's surface. Last January, NPR science correspondent Joe Palca reported that for more than two years the spacecraft had shut off most of its instruments, including the radio for communicating with Earth, in order to save energy. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Joe Palca 59907 at http://wcbe.org Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? http://wcbe.org/post/net-neutrality-shall-i-compare-thee-highway-showerhead <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCUg5A-ZAw0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou9S3wrHg8c</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:33:00 +0000 NPR Staff 59894 at http://wcbe.org Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? 1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter? http://wcbe.org/post/1-million-net-neutrality-comments-filed-will-they-matter The Federal Communications Commission received more than 1 million public comments on the issue of net neutrality during a five-month commenting period that ended Friday.<p>It's the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/07/15/331798176/fcc-extending-net-neutrality-commenting-time-after-site-buckles">biggest public response</a> the FCC has ever gotten on a policy matter in such a short period, and the second most commented-upon FCC issue, period. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Elise Hu 59884 at http://wcbe.org 1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter? Sixth-Grader's Science Project Catches Ecologists' Attention http://wcbe.org/post/sixth-graders-science-fair-finding-shocks-ecologists <em>(July 24, 2014: See the editor's note at the bottom of this page for an explanation of the story's new headline.)</em><p>When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad.<p>Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away professional ecologists. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 NPR Staff 59828 at http://wcbe.org Sixth-Grader's Science Project Catches Ecologists' Attention Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us' http://wcbe.org/post/astronaut-who-walked-moon-it-was-science-fiction-us In November of 1969, astronaut Alan Bean became the fourth man to walk on the moon. His mission, Apollo 12, arrived at the moon a few months after Apollo 11 made the first moon landing. That historic event celebrates its 45th anniversary Sunday.<p>Apollo 12 got off to a dramatic start: A storm rolled in as the rocket was scheduled to launch. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:20:00 +0000 NPR Staff 59856 at http://wcbe.org Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us' 45 Years Ago, Armstrong Took His 'One Small Step' http://wcbe.org/post/45-years-ago-armstrong-took-his-one-small-step Forty-five years ago today, in arguably the greatest technological feat of the 20th Century, two Americans stepped off the ladder of their small landing craft and walked on the surface of the moon.<p>The first of them, Neil Armstrong, 38, of Wapakoneta, Ohio, pronounced his accomplishment "one small step for [a] man; one giant leap for mankind." The second, 39-year-old New Jersey native Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr., described what he saw as "magnificent desolation."<p>As the pair bounded across the lunar landscape, planting an American flag, setting up experiments, and collecting soil and rocks, a Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:40:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 59823 at http://wcbe.org 45 Years Ago, Armstrong Took His 'One Small Step' Recognizing The Illusion Of 'Homo Economicus' http://wcbe.org/post/recognizing-illusion-homo-economicus <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economics#Theory">Standard economic theory</a> assumes that humans behave rationally and are able to objectively calculate the value (or cost) of the different choices they are presented with. In fact, we pride ourselves on our rationality. Different from the animals, we humans have the unique capacity for logical thought and rational decision making. Or do we?<p>According to behavioral economist <a href="https://twitter.com/danariely">Dan Ariely</a>, we should be less proud of ourselves. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:59:00 +0000 Wim Hordijk 59922 at http://wcbe.org Recognizing The Illusion Of 'Homo Economicus' With Malaysia Airlines Crash, A Loss For AIDS Research http://wcbe.org/post/malaysia-airlines-crash-loss-aids-research Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>Malaysia Airlines has released the manifest of passengers who were on that plane that crashed in Eastern Ukraine. We know that many of them were bound for the world's largest AIDS conference in Australia. At the opening of the conference yesterday there was a moment of silence to remember those who had died. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 editor 59804 at http://wcbe.org 400,000+ Sign Petition To Move 'Sad Bear' To Better Life In Canada http://wcbe.org/post/400000-sign-petition-move-sad-bear-better-life-canada <strong><em>Updated at 1:20 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>Social media has dubbed Arturo, a polar bear living in an Argentinian zoo, the "world's saddest animal," and more than 400,000 people have signed an online petition asking that he be moved to a "better life" in Canada.<p>Photos of Arturo, 29, looking distressed and lying flat out on his stomach that have circulated online prompted the petition. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:28:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 59792 at http://wcbe.org 400,000+ Sign Petition To Move 'Sad Bear' To Better Life In Canada People Share Moon Landing Memories On YouTube Channel http://wcbe.org/post/people-share-moon-landing-memories-youtube-channel Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Tomorrow is the 45th anniversary of man leaving Earth to land on the moon.<p>NEIL ARMSTRONG: That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.<p>SIMON: Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took the first steps on the surface of a world that used to be just a light in our sky.<p>BUZZ ALDRIN: Beautiful view.<p>ARMSTRONG: Isn't that something? Magnificent sight out here.<p>ALDRIN: Magnificent desolation.<p>SIMON: Magnificent desolation. That's the voice of Buzz Aldrin. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:11:00 +0000 editor 59783 at http://wcbe.org Better Culture Could Have Prevented Viral Comcast Call http://wcbe.org/post/better-culture-could-have-prevented-viral-comcast-call This week, one man's customer service <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/07/15/331681041/comcast-embarrassed-by-the-service-call-making-internet-rounds">call to Comcast</a> turned into a badgering — a simple request to cancel his service was repeatedly beaten back by the employee on the other end of the line. It was a familiar feeling for a lot of us, which perhaps explains why more than 4 million people have listened to it in less than a week.<p>"It was frustrating to listen to. It's almost a PTSD we have with bad customer service," said journalist Emily Yellin. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:37:00 +0000 Elise Hu 59711 at http://wcbe.org Better Culture Could Have Prevented Viral Comcast Call To Make A Spacecraft That Folds And Unfolds, Try Origami http://wcbe.org/post/make-spacecraft-folds-and-unfolds-try-origami Scientists and engineers at NASA are using <a href="http://www.origami-resource-center.com/">origami techniques</a> to help solve a fundamental dilemma facing spacecraft designers: How do you take a big object, pack it into a small container for rocket launch, and then unpack it again once it arrives in space — making sure nothing breaks in the process.<p>Brian Trease, an engineer at NASA's <a href="http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/">Jet Propulsion Laboratory</a>, says one way is to use something called the <a href="http://www.ijpam.eu/contents/2012-79-2/8/8.pdf">Miura fold</a>, named for its inventor, Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Joe Palca 59685 at http://wcbe.org Watch And Learn: Wave-Particle Quantum Weirdness http://wcbe.org/post/watch-and-learn-wave-particle-quantum-weirdness <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_h4IoPJXZw</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:22:27 +0000 Adam Frank 59648 at http://wcbe.org Watch And Learn: Wave-Particle Quantum Weirdness Ocean Waves As You Have Never Seen Them Before http://wcbe.org/post/ocean-waves-you-have-never-seen-them <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pXMObfeOcE</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:12:10 +0000 Barbara J. King 59647 at http://wcbe.org Ocean Waves As You Have Never Seen Them Before Physicists Crush Diamonds With Giant Laser http://wcbe.org/post/physicists-crush-diamonds-giant-laser Physicists have used the world's most powerful laser to zap diamonds. The results, they say, could tell us more about the cores of giant planets.<p>"Diamonds have very special properties, besides being very expensive and used for jewelrey etc.," says <a href="https://www-pls.llnl.gov/?url=about_pls-scientific_staff-smith_r">Raymond Smith</a>, a researcher at <a href="https://www.llnl.gov/">Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory</a> in California. "It's the hardest substance known to man."<p>And diamonds aren't just here on Earth. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:34:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 59628 at http://wcbe.org Physicists Crush Diamonds With Giant Laser Neil Whosis? What You Don't Know About The 1969 Moon Landing http://wcbe.org/post/neil-whosis-what-you-dont-know-about-1969-moon-landing Forty-five years ago, this week, 123 million of us watched Neil and Buzz step onto the moon. In 1969, we numbered about 200 million, so more than half of America was in the audience that day. Neil Armstrong instantly became a household name, an icon, a hero. And then — and this, I bet, you didn't know — just as quickly, he faded away.<p>"Whatever Happened to Neil Whosis?" asked the <em>Chicago Tribune</em><strong> </strong>in 1974.<strong> </strong><p>This is a missing chapter in the space exploration story. We like to think that after Apollo 11, the first duo on the moon became legendary. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:51:00 +0000 Robert Krulwich 59590 at http://wcbe.org Neil Whosis? What You Don't Know About The 1969 Moon Landing FCC Extending Net Neutrality Commenting Time After Site Buckles http://wcbe.org/post/fcc-extending-net-neutrality-commenting-time-after-site-buckles A flood of comments about net neutrality crashed the Federal Communications Commission's commenting site on Tuesday, the original deadline for public comments on the controversial Internet proposal. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:40:00 +0000 Elise Hu 59548 at http://wcbe.org FCC Extending Net Neutrality Commenting Time After Site Buckles