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Education
12:56 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Ever-Growing Past Confounds History Teachers

The twin towers of the World Trade Center billow smoke after hijacked airliners crashed into them early 11 September, 2001.
Henny Ray Abrams AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 8:06 am

In college, study of American history is often broken down into two chunks. Professors pick a date to divide time in two: 1865, after the Civil War, say, or 1900, because it looks good. So for those who teach courses on the first half, their purview is fairly well defined.

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Law
11:56 am
Mon July 30, 2012

How Forensic Psychiatry Informs Trials

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 12:22 pm

James Holmes, the former neuroscience student accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 others in the Colorado movie theater massacre, has been formally charged with 24 counts of murder. The case will likely involve questions about Holmes' psychiatric condition and competency to stand trial.

Opinion
11:56 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Op-Ed: Boomers, Give Up On Entitlements

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 12:27 pm

Boomers, New York Times columnist Bill Keller has a message for you: It's time to bite the bullet and cut spending on Social Security and Medicare. In an op-ed, Keller writes, "It's not our fault that there are a lot of us, but we have resisted any move to fix the system."

Business
11:56 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Mixing Business With Beliefs

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 12:30 pm

Calls continue for boycotts of Chick-fil-A, while supporters are organizing a national "buycott." But Chick-fil-A is far from the only business to incorporate political or religious values into their business — or to stumble or jump into the culture wars in the process.

Science
11:56 am
Fri July 27, 2012

"Resilience" Looks At How Things Bounce Back

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow.

FLORA LICHTMAN, HOST:

And I'm Flora Lichtman. In 2007, thousands of people in Mexico took to the streets, protesting the price of tortillas. In three months, the price of corn had gone up 400 percent. Why? According to my first guest, it all started with a spike in oil prices triggered by Hurricane Katrina. That led to increased demand for ethanol, and U.S. farmers who grow a lot of the corn that Mexicans eat planted less corn for eating and more corn to make ethanol.

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Research News
11:46 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Building Organs, On One Microchip At A Time

Bioengineers are developing microchips, about the size of a thumb, that can behave like human organs. Donald Ingber, director of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, discusses how the "organ-on-a-chip" works and why the technology could replace the animal model for drug testing.

Politics
11:43 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Why Science Is A Non-Issue In The Election...Again

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow.

A flurry of extreme weather events, including wildfires, heat waves and droughts may have convinced more Americans that the planet is warming. A poll by the Brookings Institute found that 62 percent of Americans now believe in global warming, and nearly half of them have cited warmer temperatures or change in weather patterns as the reason for their belief.

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Science
11:37 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Sally Ride, Pioneer

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Science
11:31 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Ask An Astrophysicist

The universe is being pushed apart at a faster and faster rate. And the culprit? Dark energy. Astrophysicist Adam Riess shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for that discovery, and now's your chance to ask him about it--or anything else you've been wondering about the cosmos.

Sports
12:49 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

An Indie Rock Baseball Tribute: 'Ichiro's Theme'

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 2:45 pm

Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie is a lifelong Seattle Mariners fan, and such an Ichiro Suzuki devotee he wrote a song about the outfielder. Though he wrote it years ago, he decided this week — when Suzuki was traded to the New York Yankees — was the right time to release "Ichiro's Theme."

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