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Smarty Pants: Testing the Quality of Textiles

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Confidence in how well our garments suit us shouldn't be taken for granted—we owe much to textile quality assurance.

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Fashioning the Future

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A scientist and a designer imagine fashion’s high-tech future.

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App Chat: Plugging In to the Outdoors

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Reporter Bob Parks guides us through his favorite outdoor and camping apps.

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Pacemaker Researchers Swap Batteries for Biology

Thursday, July 17, 2014

With gene therapy, scientists reprogram pig heart cells to improve heartbeat.

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Scientists Call Whales the ‘Engineers’ of the Ocean Ecosystem

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Whales stabilize the ocean ecosystem through a mechanism scientists call the “whale pump,” or fecal plumes.

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Frozen in Time, a Giant Virus

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A virus large enough to be seen through a light microscope was recovered from the Siberian permafrost.

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As California Dries Up, Locals Hope for El Niño

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A third of California is now clenched by exceptional drought, and this week the state announced $500 fines for water-wasters. But many residents continue to hope for rain.

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The ABCs of 3D

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Makerbot’s Bre Pettis explains what you need to know to try your own 3D printing.

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Concerns Rise Over Pesticide Use, Birds, and Bees

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Neonicotinoid pesticides have been banned in the E.U. but are still approved for use in the U.S. while the EPA reviews them.

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Could Inducing Hypothermia Help Revive Trauma Patients?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In a procedure called “Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation,” doctors would replace the blood of patients with cold saline to help buy valuable operating time.

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The Surprisingly Predictable Patterns of Random Choice

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In his new book, Rock Breaks Scissors, author William Poundstone decodes the patterns in big data, sports, and human behaviors.

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Keeping an Eye on Wayward Studies

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ivan Oransky, co-founder of the Retraction Watch blog, discusses what happens when scientific studies go bad.

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What’s So Bad About Being Alone With Your Thoughts?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A study finds that many people would rather shock themselves than be alone with their thoughts.

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Celebrating Nature’s Summer Light Show, Fireflies

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The flashing of lightning bugs is a favorite part of a lazy summer evening, but there’s a lot of hidden nighttime drama.

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Meet the Mohawk Behind NASA’s Curiosity Mission

Thursday, July 03, 2014

NASA’s “Mohawk Man,” Bobak Ferdowsi, talks public and private space exploration, plans for Europa, and whether or not we’ll be putting a human on Mars.

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How New Rules and Smart Tech Are Reinventing the Grid

Thursday, July 03, 2014

After Superstorm Sandy, there was a lot of talk of a more distributed smart grid—a more resilient system. But how far have we come?

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Ben Franklin: Sonic Explorer

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Ben Franklin’s sonic experiments included inventing a new musical instrument and testing the limits of the human voice.

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Do Your Patriotic Duty: Learn Math

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Mathematician Edward Frenkel says a well-educated public is essential to democracy—and that includes being knowledgeable about math.

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A Web of Doubt

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Author Charles Seife spots the falsehoods and fakes that make their way onto the information super highway.

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Dr. Arnold Relman, Health System Critic, Dead at 91

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Relman called the American health care system a "new medical-industrial complex." We remember him here with two archival clips.

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