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Mysterious Blob Hovers Over Local Ala. Weather Radar

Audie Cornish talks to atmospheric science professor Kevin Knupp from the University of Alabama, Huntsville, about an unusual blob that hovered on the local weather radar for nine hours earlier this week.<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>This past Tuesday, in Huntsville, Alabama, something unusual …

Girl's Need Breathes Life Into Debate Over Organ Allocation

The case of a Pennsylvania girl who is dying from cystic fibrosis has sparked an emotional debate over how the nation allocates lungs for transplantation.<p>Ten-year-old Sarah Murnaghan is in intensive care at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia awaiting a lung transplant. Under the current rules, …

The Boomerang Graffito (Or Bad, Bad, Luther B!)

I was standing in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art the other day, where there's a full-sized Egyptian temple, called Dendur. It's housed under a glass roof ...<p>And standing there, gazing at profiles of Egyptian nobles etched onto the limestone, I noticed a bunch of what we now call "tags" — …

Soy Sauce Overdose: Man Almost Dies, Goes Into Coma

A man who drank a quart of soy sauce nearly died from too much salt in his body, it was reported.<p>The 19-year-old, who was not named, drank the soy …

Brain brew: can coffee stave off maladies of the mind?

Sure, a cup of coffee in the morning can add a little pep to your step. But it might very well do much more than that, according to a growing body of research into the potential health benefits of moderate java consumption. Most intriguing? The prospect that coffee could help stave off …

Grow fresh cartilage from adult stem cells

<b>U. PENNSYLVANIA (US) —</b> Bioengineers are a step closer to growing new cartilage from a patient’s own stem cells.<p>Cartilage injuries are difficult to …

How wine got to France 2500 years ago

<b>U. PENNSYLVANIA (US) —</b> Found in southern France, imported ancient Etruscan amphoras and a limestone press platform offer the earliest known …

Atomic Bomb Fallout Helps Solve Brain Mystery

The mushroom clouds produced by more than 500 nuclear bomb tests during the Cold War may have had a silver lining, after all. More than 50 years …

How I Survived A Week Without Food

I consumed nothing but Soylent, a food-replacing beverage, for a week. Here's what happened to me (and my poop).<p><i>Click here for a step-by-step guide to making homemade Soylent</i><p>My best friend's graduation ceremony starts in 10 minutes and I'm trying to suppress vomit at a Speedway.<p>It's my third day on …

This 'invisibility cloak' could conceal satellites — or hide your kids

Scientists have been slaving over the development of exotic materials that can serve as invisibility cloaks for small objects in specific wavelengths, but father-and-son researchers are showing off a type of invisibility that's done with simple sets of mirrors, lenses or tanks of water.<p>In a paper …

The Week In Numbers: World's Oldest Primate, Big Bang Mystery Solved, And More

<b>55 million years</b>: the age of the sedimentary rock strata in which scientists discovered this skeleton of a <i>Archicebus achilles</i>, the oldest-known primate fossil<p><b>90 days</b>: the record-breaking time in which a Chinese firm plans to build the world's next tallest building, the 2,750-foot, 220-story Sky City<p>…

How much do oceans add to world’s oxygen?

Most of Earth’s oxygen comes from tiny ocean plants – called phytoplankton – that live near the water’s surface and drift with the …

Aquarium Sculptors Create Coral For Conservation Awareness

Most aquarium visitors are there to see sharks, sea turtles, fish and other marine life. But at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, there's another star attraction: Coral.<p>The Aquarium's Blacktip Reef exhibit will open later this summer, and give visitors a look at an Indo-Pacific coral reef. But …

Nasa's Opportunity rover finds Martian water appropriate for the origin of life

Opportunity has made one of its greatest scientific discoveries so far. Clay minerals in a rock called Esperance clearly indicate that neutral water …

Science Weekly podcast: Time Reborn and King Tut's mummy

This week on the podcast <b>Alok Jha</b> meets science writer <b>Jo Marchant</b> to discuss her book The Shadow King: The Bizarre Afterlife of King Tut's Mummy.<p>Also …

Are school science practicals a complete waste of time?

"For many children, what goes on in the laboratory contributes little to their understanding of science". This was the damning conclusion of Dr Derek …

Vaccine to end curse of Delhi belly

A vaccine against one of the main causes of Delhi belly could end the misery for millions of holiday makers who have their exotic holidays ruined.<p>It is an illness that ruins millions of exotic holidays every year.<p>But Delhi belly could now become a thing of the past as scientists have developed a …