Automakers are making cars "smarter" by including more computerized features�"but these features are also opening up cars to hackers. Security specialists Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek discuss how they were able to tap into car computer systems and control the horn, steering wheel, and even the brakes.
Reporting in Nature, researchers write that even non-flying relatives of Archaeopteryx had brains with the motor and visual capabilities necessary to take wing. Paleontologist Amy Balanoff reconstructed the dino brains by taking CT scans of fossilized skulls.
While digging in southern Utah, researchers unearthed a previously unknown relative of Triceratops: Nasutoceratops titusi, or "Big-Nose Horned Face." Scott Sampson, a paleontologist on the team that discovered the dino, discusses a day in the life of this lumbering herbivore, and possible explanations for its oversized nose.
Biology graduate student Tom McDonagh, of Rockefeller University, likes working with light. For his Ph.D. he built a spinning microscope that uses centrifugal force to test the gripping power of different molecules. McDonagh also innovates with light outside the lab, in tech-savvy shadow puppet plays.
This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. You've seen the movies: A killer asteroid approaching the earth. Cue the dramatic music. Hollywood heroes - James Garner's my favorite - to save the day. But in order to stop an asteroid, first you need to be able to find it, track it, and maybe even know a bit more about asteroids, so you have a better chance of dealing with it successfully.
This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later today, we'll hear more about Pope Francis' recent visit to Brazil and we'll hear about why he made headlines around the world. That's in just a few minutes. But first, back here in this country, we want to hear about today's jobs numbers. One-hundred sixty-two thousand jobs were added last month, bringing the unemployment rate down to 7.4 percent. That's even below last month's report of 7.6 percent. The report also shows, though, that wages are going down for many workers.
This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, the barbershop guys are in to talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds. But first, it's time for "Faith Matters." That's the part of the program where we talk about matters of faith and spirituality. Today, we want to take a look back at Pope Francis' history making trip to Brazil. By now, you've probably heard that His Holiness made headlines with a comment about gays in the priesthood.