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11 Things I Learned Reading Every Last Word Of The AAAS Meeting Program Book

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world’s largest general scientific society. It's the publisher of the journal <i>Science</i>, and it has a giant meeting every February in a giant conference center in the bowels of a giant city. I attended this year, lugging around the …

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Keystone Greens See Pipeline As Crucial Test For Obama

This week's North American Summit is refocusing attention on the proposal to build the Keystone XL pipeline. The issue's proved to be complicated for President Obama to navigate among green activists.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>The controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project has another obstacle. …

How To Survive A Mosh Pit

This could get messy.<p>Physicists at Cornell University found that people in mosh pits behave strikingly similar to gas particles—meaning that the pits move in predictable patterns. We waded through the researchers’ paper to find a few concrete takeaways. Moshers, here’s how to avoid incurring too …

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Good Idea/Bad Idea: Use A Power Drill To...

With great power, comes great responsibility.<p>Clean the Bathroom (Good Idea)<p>Like scrubbing bathtubs? Neither do we, so cut the required elbow grease with a power scrubber. Drill through the center of a circular tub brush. Then drive a threaded bolt through the hole so the threaded end pokes out of …

This Electric Sled Is A Miniature Winter Tank

Much better than a trash can lid<p>Introducing Québécois inventor Yvon Martel's most recent creation: this... thing. It's an electric sled/wagon/snow-chainsaw, and based on the video accompanying it, it works surprisingly well.<p>Called the MTT-136 (for My Track Technology, and, I can only presume, the …

Scientist Switches Position, Now Supports Keystone XL Pipeline

Opponents of the Keystone XL Pipeline lost an ally. David Greene talks to Marcia McNutt, one of the country's most influential scientists, about her decision to no longer oppose the pipeline.<p>Transcript<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:<p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve …

Are More Eccentric Artists Perceived As Better Artists?

A study finds part of the reason people love Lady Gaga and Vincent Van Gogh is that these are very eccentric artists, and people have strong, unconscious stereotypes that eccentric artists are better.<p>Transcript<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:<p>Think for a moment about an artist who is really out there in some …

Time travellers: please don’t kill Hitler

In almost any science-fiction scenario involving time-travel, the default action is to kill Hitler. As terrible a human being as he was, there are many reasons why this probably isn’t a good idea<p>If you find yourself suddenly gaining access to a time machine, what’s the first thing you’d do? If you …