This is SCIENCE FRIDAY, I'm Ira Flatow. I don't have to tell you that the southwest is in the midst of a record drought, some 14 years in the making, which means the water supply for many Western states - California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada - is drying up. Last month the Bureau of Reclamation announced they're cutting the flow of water into Lake Mead, which has already lost 100 feet of water since the drought began.
This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. It's one of the most enduring questions in modern space exploration, a puzzle scientists have been trying to solve for years. Are we there yet? Where is the Voyager 1 spacecraft? Where is it right now in relationship to where we are?
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FLATOW: Well, it's 11 billion miles out...
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Voyager 1 will be leaving the region called the Helio...
FLATOW: Tell us where it is? How do you know that it's at the edge of our solar...
Stephen Hawking is known for his research into relativity, black holes, and quantum mechanics, as well as for the disease that has left him almost entirely paralyzed. But the theoretical cosmologist says that, were he to start from scratch, he wouldn't focus on physics.
Why are bed bugs so resistant to pesticides? How do whiskey, rye, and bourbon develop their unique flavor profile? What compounds in the natural world could be used for insect repellant or for treating AIDS? For the answers, we turn to the American Chemical Society conference. We'll discuss a few of the highlights presented at this week's meeting.
Researchers discovered the largest volcano on earth a thousand miles off the coast of Japan. Tamu Massif rivals some of the biggest volcanoes found in the solar system. Volcanology researcher Kayla Iacovino discusses what this giant can tell us about the inside of our planet.
Firefighters battle a blaze on the Seaside Park boardwalk Thursday in New Jersey. The fire began in the vicinity of an ice cream stand and quickly spread north into neighboring Seaside Heights.
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Seaside Heights is a popular beach destination on the Jersey Shore where beachgoers, like these, in 2010, go to escape the heat.
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Superstorm Sandy destroyed some attractions and part of the city's famed boardwalk in October 2012.
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Construction workers put pilings into the sand as the reconstruction of the boardwalk continued in Seaside Heights in February. Sandy caused extensive damage to the boardwalk necessitating its demolition and rebuilding.
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Large crowds of people walk along the newly rebuilt boardwalk on Memorial Day.
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The fire Thursday engulfed several blocks of boardwalk and businesses in an area that was still rebuilding from damage caused by Sandy.
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks with state fire marshal Bill Kramer (center) and shore regional fire coordinator Craig Augustoni during a visit to the area.
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A firefighter sprays water on a hot spot at the scene of the fire Friday. Gov. Chirstie vowed that the state would rebuild.
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A firefighter on Friday sprays water on a hot spot at the scene of a massive fire that destroyed dozens of businesses along the Jersey Shore boardwalk.
Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 12:19 pm
Over the years, we've done lots of stories about the importance of drinking water to stay hydrated.
It's such a simple directive. Does it really need repeating?
Well, first lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America believe it does. And so does the beverage industry, which has seen a flattening out of demand in the U.S. for its traditional, caloric drinks.
A Bangladeshi woman holds a photograph of a relative missing in the Rana Plaza building collapse, as she participates in a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Friday. Protesters demanded a minimum monthly salary of $103 and compensation for the victims and injured in the building collapse in April that killed more than 1,000 people.
Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 11:20 am
Families and survivors of the Rana Plaza garment factory disaster in Bangladesh in April who are waiting for compensation from Western companies will have to wait a little longer.
A meeting Thursday of retailers and brands in Geneva, Switzerland, facilitated by the U.N.'s International Labor Organization, ended with only one company announcing measures for the victims: Primark said it would give the families of victims three months' salary.
Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 5:51 pm
Ex-jock talking heads aside, the nation's sports pages remain overwhelmingly white. That's probably why you're only vaguely aware that for many of us, tomorrow night is the one of the biggest sporting events of the year.
Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 4:00 pm
The housing bust started in 2006. The recession started in 2007. But it was in September, 2008 – five years ago this month – that the financial crisis hit its most intense moments. Here's a look at how U.S. households have fared since then.
Correction: The headline initially said "four charts." Thanks to the commenter who pointed out that there are, in fact, five charts in this post.
Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 11:26 am
Millennials might be known to their elders for texts and tattoos, but they're also a pretty giving bunch.
Nearly 9 in 10 millennial kids in the U.S. gave to a charity at least once during two years the researchers asked about, the United Nations Foundation said Thursday. More than half of the kids gave in both years.
Todd Humphreys forecasts the near-future of geolocation when millimeter-accurate GPS "dots" will enable you to find pin-point locations, index-search your physical possessions — or to track people without their knowledge. And the response to the sinister side of this technology may have unintended consequences of its own.
Call it extremely personalized medicine. Tissue engineer Nina Tandon explains how in the future, we'll be able to grow replacement organs from our very own cells. In the future, that same technology will help develop custom designed drugs.