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How Our Story About A Child's Science Experiment Sparked Controversy

A story that ran last Sunday on <i>All Things Considered</i> about a sixth-grader's science fair project has elicited not just criticism but controversy.<p>Since the student's project built on the work of scientists, she's been accused this week of being a "plagiarist" who "ripped off" earlier work.<p>We think …

Again? Sun Unleashes Third Big Flare in Two Days

The sun is hitting its stride: It shot off yet another powerful solar flare on Wednesday after producing a pair of major solar storms Tuesday.<p>The X1-class flare reached its peak at 5:06 a.m. ET and came from Region 2087 near the southeastern limb of the sun's disk, the same region of the star that …

Astronomy

What an Enterprise! NASA physicist, artist unveil warp-speed craft design

Thanks to a NASA physicist, the notion of warp speed might just travel out of sci-fi and into the real world.<p>NASA's Harold White has been working since 2010 to develop a warp drive that will allow spacecraft to travel at speeds faster than light -- 186,000 miles per second.<p>White, who heads NASA's …

Report: Climate Change Creates Public Health Costs

Melissa Block speaks with Brian Stone, director of the Urban Climate Lab at Georgia Institute of Technology, about the public health effects of climate change.<p>Transcript<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:<p>Chapter nine of the new report is devoted to the serious impact of climate change on human health. Everything …

Ocean Acidification Chipping Away at Snail Shells

Corrosive waters are damaging the shells of marine snails off the U.S. West Coast.<p>Ocean acidification isn't proceeding at a snail's pace, says new research.<p>The study finds that corrosive water off the U.S. West Coast is dissolving the shells of a marine snail, also known as a sea butterfly, that is …

Why Would You Put Brominated Vegetable Oil in Soda?

So Coke and Pepsi are rushing to remove brominated vegetable oil (BVO) from their drinks in response to consumer pressure. Some of the campaigns are predictably in terms of the ingredient having non-food uses (a fire retardant) make it inappropriate to use in food. However CSPI and others point to …

Atoms

Rise, O Machines: Why Hollywood's Best Robot Stories Are About Slavery

<i>Almost Human</i> wasn’t great television. But the short-lived series—it was cancelled this week by Fox after a single season—had its moments.<p>The pilot showcased the casual murder of an android cop by the show’s human protagonist, and his sneering disgust towards the robot replacement assigned to him. …

Blade Runner

Report shows global warming's economic, infrastructural impact is 'unavoidable'

In an extensive report released today at the White House, the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) gave its clear vision of the dangers of global warming, stating, "Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present." Reiterating points made by …

Humans 'Not Ready' To Meet Aliens, Study Suggests

Humans are not yet ready to make contact with intelligent aliens, a study suggests.<p>Space psychologist Professor Gabriel de la Torre came to the …

Associated Press News

His brain injury made him a math genius: Science explains why

Scientists explain Jason Padgett’s rare syndrome, and examine the possibility that we all have dormant abilities<p>In his memoir, "Struck By Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel", excerpted by Salon, Jason Padgett explains how a brain injury radically altered how he sees the world …