Joe Palca appears in the following:
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
In the news business, an evergreen is a story that doesn't have to run on a particular day, but can stay fresh for a long time.
This is an evergreen story about an evergreen. In particular, a group of plants called bryophytes. Turns out they may be evergreen quite ...
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Quite a few medical school students have something against obese people, and most of those who have such a bias are unaware of it.
That's the conclusion of study appearing in the July issue of Academic Medicine. It was conducted at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, ...
Monday, May 13, 2013
Climate scientists have a good reason to want to get away from it all. To get an accurate picture of the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere, you have to find places where the numbers won't be distorted by cities or factories or even lots of vegetation that ...
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
If you are up at 5 in the morning in Honolulu and are wondering what to do, I have a suggestion: Head over to Pier 38 and watch the Honolulu Fish Auction. It's quite a scene.
Getting up at 5 may seem a bit extreme, but for recent arrivals to ...
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Computers were created to be useful tools, but all too often it's still a chore to get technology to do our bidding.
Corinna Lathan imagines a future that's no longer a chore, where computers understand our wants and needs so well that we don't even have to think about ...
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Astronomers have found three planets orbiting far-off stars that are close to Earth-sized and in the "habitable zone": a distance from their suns that makes the planets' surfaces neither too hot nor too cold, but just right.
One of the three planets orbits a star with the prosaic name Kepler-69....
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
People can get pretty addicted to computer games. By some estimates, residents of planet Earth spend 3 billion hours per week playing them. Now some scientists are hoping to make use of all that human capital and harness it for a good cause.
Right now I'm at the novice level ...
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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Thursday, February 23, 2012
If you think astronauts just want dehydrated dinners and freeze-dried ice cream, think again. After a few days in space, they start reaching for the hot sauce.
In fact, they may start craving foods they didn't necessarily like on Earth.
"They crave [spicy] peppers, they crave sour and sweet things," ...
Monday, May 16, 2011
Joe Palca, NPR science correspondent and co-author of Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us, talks about why things are annoying and offers a scientific explanation of what irritates us and gets under our skin. Helping explain this phenomenon is Flora Lichtman, multimedia editor for NPR's Science Friday and co-author of Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us.