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Today β€” October 20th 2018Science&Space

A Climate Scientist On 'Slaying The Climate Dragon'

Kate Marvel, a climate scientist at Columbia University and NASA, talks to NPR's Scott Simon about her fairy tale on climate change and reads passages from the story.

  • October 20th 2018 at 14:12

Transferring An Organ From An HIV-Positive Donor

Surgeons in South Africa transplanted part of a liver from an HIV-positive mother to her uninfected daughter — a medical first. Scott Simon talks to Dr. Harriet Etheredge, a medical bioethicist.

  • October 20th 2018 at 14:12

An Anonymous Group Spent $330,000 on Facebook Ads Urging Brits to Reject Brexit Deal

An Anonymous Group Spent $330,000 on Facebook Ads Urging Brits to Reject Brexit DealThe Mainstream Network is the latest group to have been linked to ‘dark ads’ - anonymous advertisements targeted at specific users


  • October 20th 2018 at 01:01

Farmers Know Trumpapos;s Trade War Is Hurting Them. That Doesnapos;t Mean Theyapos;ll Vote Democrat

pa href="https://www.yahoo.com/news/farmers-know-trump-apos-trade-170525006.html"img src="http://l1.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/G4lQ2PSLBABPRO9htFVUlw--/YXBwaWQ9eXRhY2h5b247aD04Njt3PTEzMDs-/http://media.zenfs.com/en-US/homerun/time_72/7d0ecd5aa43e9a1ec18cebd343521f13" width="130" height="86" alt="Farmers Know Trumpapos;s Trade War Is Hurting Them. That Doesnapos;t Mean Theyapos;ll Vote Democrat" align="left" title="Farmers Know Trumpapos;s Trade War Is Hurting Them. That Doesnapos;t Mean Theyapos;ll Vote Democrat" border="0" /aDemocrats have attack President Donald Trump over his trade war and the harm itapos;s doing to farmers. That doesnapos;t mean farmers will vote Democrat.pbr clear="all"

  • October 19th 2018 at 19:05

Inside the Day That Turned Jacqueline Kennedy Into apos;Jackie O.apos;

pa href="https://www.yahoo.com/news/inside-day-turned-jacqueline-kennedy-162347116.html"img src="http://l.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/fzTUl8k0LcfuG9MMjiO3BQ--/YXBwaWQ9eXRhY2h5b247aD04Njt3PTEzMDs-/http://media.zenfs.com/en-US/homerun/time_72/b17f077312b9a624c8e855284363c8b8" width="130" height="86" alt="Inside the Day That Turned Jacqueline Kennedy Into apos;Jackie O.apos;" align="left" title="Inside the Day That Turned Jacqueline Kennedy Into apos;Jackie O.apos;" border="0" /aquot;Reaction in the U.S. and abroad ranged from dismay to a kind of shocked ribaldry,quot; TIME reported the following weekpbr clear="all"

  • October 19th 2018 at 18:23

The Eternal Quest for Aether, the Cosmic Stuff That Never Was

pa href="https://www.yahoo.com/tech/eternal-quest-aether-cosmic-stuff-120000091.html"img src="http://l.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/IZh7zK7jbmqzTqBBfQcEzw--/YXBwaWQ9eXRhY2h5b247aD04Njt3PTEzMDs-/http://media.zenfs.com/en-US/homerun/popular_mechanics_642/472952a1b86327eeb4ff20a8909161d3" width="130" height="86" alt="The Eternal Quest for Aether, the Cosmic Stuff That Never Was" align="left" title="The Eternal Quest for Aether, the Cosmic Stuff That Never Was" border="0" /aAristotle called it the fifth element. Alchemists thought it was the key to the philosopher’s stone. Scientists believed it was the stuff light moved through. But it never existed at all.pbr clear="all"

  • October 19th 2018 at 14:00

The 9 best gifts for your little scientist as chosen by a bigtime science nerd

pa href="https://www.yahoo.com/news/9-best-gifts-little-scientist-135706361.html"img src="http://l.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/YfrW__fLDrOFgFFBXBJ7Xw--/YXBwaWQ9eXRhY2h5b247aD04Njt3PTEzMDs-/http://media.zenfs.com/en-US/homerun/science.mashable/9f0dc96d79d9f1379520e5b1424eb6e6" width="130" height="86" alt="The 9 best gifts for your little scientist as chosen by a bigtime science nerd" align="left" title="The 9 best gifts for your little scientist as chosen by a bigtime science nerd" border="0" /aWhen I was a toddler, my mom got me my first book about outer space, and it quickly became my favorite toy. Cut to decades later, and Iapos;m a science reporter. Perhaps the easiest way to guarantee that your child will love science is to start them young. And the best way to start them young is to show them that science is fun.  So, in honor of that, weapos;ve chosen some of the best science kits for your kids of all ages. SEE ALSO: 9 gift ideas for the science geek in your life Ages 5 and up 1. Give baby their first science experiment Gifts for your little scientist: Primary Science KitImage: Learning resourcesThis beginnerapos;s set is designed to help your youngest get their bearings in the science world by introducing them to safety guidelines, teaching them common terms, and how to use certain tools. Plus, the basic experiments are interesting enough to keep them (and hopefully you) engaged.  strongPrice: /strong strong$18.96/strong 2. Help your little scientist solve crimes Gifts for your little scientist: Crime Catchers Spy Science KitImage: scientific explorersWhatapos;s more fun that a little mystery solving? This crime catcherapos;s kit could be the first step on the way to your childapos;s lifelong career as a forensic scientist. Or not. Either way, thereapos;s nothing wrong with fostering a little curiosity through some scientific problem solving.  strongPrice:/strong strong $13.99/strong 3. Give them a green thumb Gifts for your little scientist: Botany Experimental Greenhouse KitImage: thames KosmosGreen thumb? Pass that knowledge along with this botany kit that allows kids to explore horticulture while learning about the inner workings of plant life cycles (and grow some leafy greens while theyapos;re at it).  strongPrice: /strong strong$39.99/strong Ages 8 and up 4. Create clouds in the palm of their hands Gifts for your little scientist Weather Science KitImage: kidz labs/4mThis kit allows you to make a cloud in your hand and aims to teach children that weather only seems like magic, but itapos;s actually science and thatapos;s pretty cool.  strongPrice: /strong strong$10.86/strong 5. Show them that volcanoes are still cool  Gifts for your little scientist: Volcano Making KitImage: kidz labs/4mWhile volcano making is a go-to for science projects, that doesnapos;t make them any less exciting. Think of it as babyapos;s first controlled explosion! The kit includes volcano mold and paint to make the experience as realistic as possible. Just add baking soda and vinegar.   strongPrice: /strong strong$9.41/strong 6. Teach apos;em that science is better than magic  Gifts for your little scientist: Magic Science KitImage: scientific explorerPrep your favorite scientist to receive their letter to Hogwarts with this magic science kit. Experiments include crystal growing, glow-in-the-dark potions, crystal balls, and more, aiming to prove once and for all that science is cooler than magic.  strongPrice: /strong strong$11.35/strong Ages 10 and up 7. Show them the expanse of our universe Gifts for your little scientist: Telescope Astronomy KitImage: thames kosmosStars! Planets! Constellations! Every kid should be a space nerd. Gift them this telescope to teach them about the planetary bodies and remind them of their place in our cosmic neighborhood. strongPrice: /strong strong$122.88/strong 8. Grow crystals in their own kitchen Gifts for your little scientist: Crystal Growing KitImage: thames KosmosWant a hands-on way to teach your preteen about crystal structure and formation? This crystal growing kit has 15 different experiments to show your future geologist how much fun rocks can really be.  strongPrice: /strong strong$15.96/strong 9. Let them explore their insides Gift for your little scientist: Squishy Human Body KitImage: Smart labDespite the silly name, this science kit is a useful way to teach your preteen about the organs inside the human body — and hey, thatapos;s good for everyone to know, but especially hormonal pre-teens. strongPrice: /strong strong$24.95/strong WATCH: We met the mind behind the Rubikapos;s Cube — Mashable Originalspbr clear="all"

  • October 18th 2018 at 15:57

This absurd parody proves that all TED Talks really do sound the same

This absurd parody proves that all TED Talks really do sound the sameIt's not just you: A lot of TED Talks sound the same. Comedian and writer Keaton Patti — who imagined what a White House press briefing written by a bot might sound like — just shared a new imagined bot script, this time parodying the language of lofty TED Talks. SEE ALSO: Burger King's AI-written ads are beautiful disasters The "visibly clothed" TED TALKER opens the bizarrely inspirational lecture — given in a "place where you can talk" — with an anecdote about his or her grandfather, who was "paid for for being old."  "He told me there's just enough plastic in the ocean for someone to marry," the TED TALKER states. "But we're almost out of time." The audience doesn't care much about the actual TED Talk, but are insistent that they be shown graphs. I forced a bot to watch over 1,000 hours of TED Talks and then asked it to write a TED Talk of its own. Here is the first page. pic.twitter.com/FpGz25q9zc — Keaton Patti (@KeatonPatti) October 18, 2018 "The crowd likes the graph since it is a graph and they like graphs for the reasons they have," the script reads. Honestly, how relatable.  When the plastic from the ocean breaks into the room, the crowd "waits to see if it this will somehow turn into a graph."  Patti even mocked up a very scientific graph for our enjoyment. Look at this if you want to live. pic.twitter.com/XBUEgTSmX4 — Keaton Patti (@KeatonPatti) October 18, 2018 Patti jokes that bots write these scripts after watching 1,000 hours of content. While they're actually just delightful parodies, people really love them. I'm disturbed by just how compelling this was...if it was a book, I would have kept reading straight through and the scary part is that I'm not sure why.... — Vagobond (@vagobond) October 18, 2018 me trying to meet my word requirement on an essay pic.twitter.com/UZ1R9a5V7H — rhêtorík (@djrhetorik) October 18, 2018 Even the official TED Talks account found it quot;truly inspiring.quot;  Truly inspiring. https://t.co/ROcM0ECA5W — TED Talks (@TEDTalks) October 18, 2018 WATCH: Whatapos;s up with the Razer Phone 2? — Technically Speakingpbr clear="all"

  • October 19th 2018 at 23:05

A $215 Million Settlement Proposed in Alleged USC Gynecologist Abuse

pa href="https://www.yahoo.com/news/215-million-settlement-proposed-alleged-175115095.html"img src="http://l2.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/7i4NhZ8ZQTW2ygNtNGOibw--/YXBwaWQ9eXRhY2h5b247aD04Njt3PTEzMDs-/http://media.zenfs.com/en-US/homerun/time_72/3285b2a4d386584c9687db564a84ec27" width="130" height="86" alt="A $215 Million Settlement Proposed in Alleged USC Gynecologist Abuse" align="left" title="A $215 Million Settlement Proposed in Alleged USC Gynecologist Abuse" border="0" /aAbout 500 current and former students have now made accusations against Tyndallpbr clear="all"

  • October 19th 2018 at 19:51

The Week That Saudi Arabiaapos;s Crown Prince Lost His Luster

pa href="https://www.yahoo.com/news/week-saudi-arabia-apos-crown-141406424.html"img src="http://l2.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/SzEzWV13FSOi0qL3n9O6JA--/YXBwaWQ9eXRhY2h5b247aD04Njt3PTEzMDs-/http://media.zenfs.com/en-US/homerun/time_72/061d40658a12c3cf81b8828cd140cdd5" width="130" height="86" alt="The Week That Saudi Arabiaapos;s Crown Prince Lost His Luster" align="left" title="The Week That Saudi Arabiaapos;s Crown Prince Lost His Luster" border="0" /aThe first in a new seriespbr clear="all"

  • October 19th 2018 at 16:14

The world’s biggest organism is facing its end

pa href="https://qz.com/1428649/pando-the-worlds-largest-organism-is-dying-thanks-to-humans/?utm_source=YPLyptr=yahoo"img src="" width="130" height="86" alt="The world’s biggest organism is facing its end" align="left" title="The world’s biggest organism is facing its end" border="0" /aAt first glance, Pando is unimpressive. If you aren#8217;t looking for it, you could easily drive past the homogenous forest of stems ranging from a few inches to some 100 feet (about 30 meters) tall—the biggest they appear more like trunks—all with matching leaves, on one of the few roads leading to Fish Lake in#8230;pbr clear="all"

  • October 18th 2018 at 21:55

Workers would pay to have a boss with these 10 traits, new research finds

pa href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/18/workers-would-pay-for-a-boss-with-these-10-traits-new-research-finds.html?__source=yahoo%7Cfinance%7Cheadline%7Cstory%7Cpar=yahooyptr=yahoo"img src="" width="130" height="86" alt="Workers would pay to have a boss with these 10 traits, new research finds" align="left" title="Workers would pay to have a boss with these 10 traits, new research finds" border="0" /aNew research from New York University finds that both men and women see stereotypically male traits such as assertiveness and competitiveness as 'must-haves' for successful leaders. Researchers argue that preference for these certain types of leadership traits could explain why there are fewer women in positions of power. In the findings, published in the journal "Frontiers in Psychology," researchers ran two studies to understand how men and women perceive what makes a great leader by focusing on attributes often associated with certain genders.pbr clear="all"

  • October 18th 2018 at 14:45

These Are the Best High-Fiber Foods, According to Experts

pa href="https://www.yahoo.com/news/best-high-fiber-foods-according-163604369.html"img src="http://l1.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/zSVrYSjcMYHOR.y87aKgag--/YXBwaWQ9eXRhY2h5b247aD04Njt3PTEzMDs-/http://media.zenfs.com/en-US/homerun/time_72/ea6607cd4ec7a5c8d2be4b3250b24662" width="130" height="86" alt="These Are the Best High-Fiber Foods, According to Experts" align="left" title="These Are the Best High-Fiber Foods, According to Experts" border="0" /aThey might surprise youpbr clear="all"

  • October 18th 2018 at 18:36

The problem with using 'super recognisers' to spot criminals in a crowd

The problem with using 'super recognisers' to spot criminals in a crowdAuthorities need a better way to identify so-called super recognisers who match suspects to CCTV footage.


  • October 18th 2018 at 12:54

Why police believe ex-boyfriend was not connected to woman's murder: Part 3

Why police believe ex-boyfriend was not connected to woman's murder: Part 3Adam Harvey was eliminated as a suspect by investigators, who say he had an alibi and no gun residue on his hands.


  • October 20th 2018 at 01:38

11-year-old arrested for his pregnant soon-to-be stepmother's murder: Part 1

11-year-old arrested for his pregnant soon-to-be stepmother's murder: Part 1Twenty-six-year-old Kenzie Houk had been shot in the back of the head, and police charged Jordan Brown, the son of Houk's fiancÃ?(c), for her murder.


  • October 20th 2018 at 01:30

The Democrats' Path to Winning the House Runs Through the Midwest

The Democrats' Path to Winning the House Runs Through the MidwestTo counteract the liberal momentum, centrist groups like Third Way have been pushing candidates to read up on history and polling.


  • October 18th 2018 at 12:14

BepiColombo spacecraft starts seven-year journey to Mercury

A European-Japanese spacecraft set off on a treacherous seven-year journey to Mercury to probe the solar system's smallest and least-explored planet.

Europe, Japan ready spacecraft for 7-year journey to Mercury

Europe, Japan ready spacecraft for 7-year journey to MercuryBERLIN (AP) — Final preparations were underway Friday for the launch of a joint mission by European and Japanese space agencies to send twin probes to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.


  • October 19th 2018 at 13:46
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