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Failing Gym: One School Struggles to Meet State Standards

Friday, October 14, 2011

WNYC

A recent audit by the City Comptroller has revealed that elementary schools in the city are not complying with state requirements for physical education. The comptroller found that the Department of Education is not informing, mandating, or monitoring physical education in elementary schools. Even schools that are trying hard are finding it difficult to meet the requirements. Hear about how one city school trying to its students moving and share your own P.E. stories. Go to SchoolBook

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Asteroid deflection

Thursday, October 23, 2008

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The Mars rovers are limping, but still game for exploring a new crater

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

It's one small step for — no, scratch that. It's one giant step for the Mars rover Opportunity, which is about to set out on a two-year, seven-mile mission to the largest Martian crater ever investigated. Opportunity is wobbling along with some minor damage to its right front wheel and can only travel about 110 yards per day. Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory say the rover may never even make it to its destination. But there are enticing possibilities if it does.

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Large Hadron Collider to go offline as CERN investigates coolant leak

Monday, September 22, 2008

After its big debut two weeks ago, the atom-smashing Large Hadron Collider is offline and physics' Great Experiment is on hold.

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The 10 most beautiful physics experiments

Friday, September 12, 2008

The multibillion-dollar, 17-mile-long, particle-smashing Large Hadron Collider is being hailed as the greatest experiment ever. But ultimately, when you get beyond the Collider's 21st-century bells and whistles, the pursuit of scientific knowledge boils down to the individual mind wrestling with the unknown. The Takeaway looks back at this simpler side of science with Robert P. Crease, the author of "The Prism and the Pendulum: The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments in Science"

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Kate McAlpine writes Large Hadron Collider Rap

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Some people learn science from books, and physics from looking at traces of tiny particles... or, for the general public, you can just hook up your iPod. Kate McAlpine penned the "Large Hadron Rap" months ago, and it's gotten 1.6 million views since hitting Youtube. McAlpine talks physics with the Takeaway from Geneva, Switzerland.
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Protons begin circling as Large Hadron Collider switches on

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Large Hadron Collider was built to explain the mysteries of the universe — what everything is made of and how the universe is held together. On its first day of operation, scientists circulated a beam of protons around the collider's 27 km tunnel. Eventually, scientists will introduce another beam traveling in the opposite direction, both traveling close to the speed of light. What happens when the two beams collide? The Takeaway talks with BBC science correspondent Tom Feilden.

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The Big Bang, take two: Physicists gear up to flip the switch on the Large Hadron Collider

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Tomorrow, in an effort to recreate the conditions that followed the big bang, physicists will flip the switch on a gigantic particle accelerator--the Large Hadron Collider. Skeptics fear this will be the end of the earth, scientists say that planetary annihilation is unlikely. For a reality check we turn to the rock star of all things physics, Brian Greene.

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Real-life invisibility cloak shows the promise of "nanomanufacturing"

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

This week, the media reported on scientists developing materials they say could create a kind of invisibility cloak. The research was funded in part by the National Science Foundation. It’s just one example of “nanomanufacturing,” which the NSF sees as a way to give the United States an edge as industrial manufacturing wanes.

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The plight of the honeybee

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Hundreds of beekeepers, researchers and vendors are gathering in Huntington, W. Va., today for the Heartland Apiculture Society’s 7th annual bee conference. The buzz this year is the honeybee crisis. Since 2006, they have been disappearing en masse and the cause for the collapse remains unknown.

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"Green" pyrotechnics

Friday, July 04, 2008

Guest: Michael Hiskey, chemical engineer and co-owner of DMD Systems

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Physicist and "The Elegant Universe" author Brian Greene and the 2008 World Science Festival

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

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