November 30, 2006 As resistance to traditional insecticides grows in head lice, some researchers are abandoning poison shampoos and taking a different approach, from electrocution and suffocation to a lotion that acts as a shrinkwrap.
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November 22, 2006 Golf in space is slightly different from that on Earth. For one, you have to tie down the ball. You also have to tie down the cosmonaut. During a spacewalk tonight, Mikhail Tyurin plans on doing just that as he takes the first swing at a ball in space since Alan Shepard's 1971 lunar game.
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November 22, 2006 The Federal Railroad Administration is considering a change in regulations that would encourage freight trains to use a braking system that many call the most significant development in train-braking technology since the 1870s.
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November 18, 2006 You think you know what a mammal is, right? Sure, but you might be suprised to learn that the dictionary definition you learned in school may not be all it's cracked up to be. Just as astronomers struggle to define a planet, biologists are trying to decide what makes a mammal a mammal.
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October 19, 2006 Students in Jeff Sarbaum's online ECON 201 class take on the role of Sarbonians, an alien race that has crash-landed onto a post-apocalyptic Earth. As the Sarbonians learn how to survive, students learn the principles of microeconomics.
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October 19, 2006 One company is seeking to cash in on the government's interest in providing clean water in disaster and war zones. One approach to this problem is to build machines that can extract water from the air.
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October 13, 2006 All this week on Morning Edition, Jason Beaubien has been reporting on why many African nations seem unable to make forward progress. One serious impediment: seemingly endless civil wars. And tonight, Michele Kelemen reports on Uganda, which has suffered civil war for twenty years, and the hopes that the U. S. might be able to bolster a fragile peace process. Keleman speaks with Grace Akolla, who was abducted by Uganda's main rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army, and forced to become a child soldier in the conflict. At issue: What needs to come first, peace or justice? Should the LRA's leader be offered amnesty? With that, I'm signing off and turning Mixed Signals over to my esteemed colleague, JJ Sutherland, who will be blogging on Monday before he returns to Iraq.
October 13, 2006 I'm guessing that the word "curds" does not leap to mind when you are doing your laundry. Frankly, I'm not even sure what a laundry "curd" is, although I can kind of guess (yuck). That's why the American Chemical Society, which bills itself as "the world's largest scientific society," is honoring Tide detergent this month: "The development of Tide -- the 'washing miracle' synthetic detergent -- by Procter & Gamble will be designated a National Historic Chemical Landmark in a special ceremony in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 25….Tide, the first heavy duty synthetic detergent, debuted in 1946, the culmination of a search to replace traditional soaps, which did not clean well in hard water and deposited a reside of scum, or curds." This announcement probably won't get as much attention as, say, the Nobel Prize announcements. But "Tide is an interesting story," insists Judah Ginsberg of the ACS...
October 13, 2006 Friday the 13th inspires a kind of horror among the superstitious. There hasn't been too much weirdness in the news today (unless you live in Buffalo… good luck shoveling all that snow!) Maybe we are blase about it, since this is the second Friday the 13th this year (we had one in January, don't forget). From Wikipedia, we learn that "the fear of Friday the 13th is called 'paraskavedekatriaphobia' (alternate spelling paraskavidekatriaphobia, paraskevidekatriaphobia) or 'friggatriskaidekaphobia,' specialized forms of triskaidekaphobia, a phobia (fear) of the number thirteen..."
October 13, 2006 Today, NPR was not just reporting news, but making news. Both The Washington Post and The New York Times reported that Bill Marimow would no longer be running NPR's news division. The name Bill Marimow probably means nothing to those of you who don't follow news. But journalists around the country know him as one of the nation's best. He's been in journalism for over three decades and won the Pulitzer Prize -- twice -- for reporting on police brutality. He came to NPR in May of 2004; he was promoted to his current position earlier this year. Yesterday, rumors started circulating that Marimow was being forced out of NPR -- a prospect that filled many reporters here with dismay. But today, we learned that Marimow was going to be NPR's ombudsman, someone who critiques the organization as the public's representative. The New York Times characterized this as "a lower position" and a demotion...
October 13, 2006 The daily 9:30 a.m. news meeting was full of names today. No, not name-calling... the names of people that NPR’s editors and reporters are chasing for features and news.
October 13, 2006 Coco-Cola says its new drink, Enivga, can make you lose weight.
October 13, 2006 A banker for the poor wins Nobel; and how "A Series of Unfortunate Events" makes kids happy.
October 12, 2006 The first company to work on cat and dog cloning is ending its business. The company said routinely cloning pets had proved too difficult to be commercially viable.
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