Science & Technology

All Tech Considered
3:22 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

LED Lights Shine In Nobel Prize; Now How About Your Home?

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Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 4:43 pm

The Nobel Prize in physics was awarded Tuesday to three Japanese-born researchers for their work on the blue light-emitting diode, or LED.

And there's never been a better time to put their Nobel-prize winning discovery right in your own home. LED light bulbs, which use blue LEDs, are coming of age, and the price is dropping fast. You can pick them up for less than $10 each.

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Shots - Health News
2:17 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

The Great Bluff That Led To A 'Magical' Pill And A Sexual Revolution

The history of how the birth control pill was developed in the 1950s is recounted in Jonathan Eig's new book The Birth of the Pill.
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Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 3:20 pm

In the 1950s, four people — the founder of the birth control movement, a controversial scientist, a Catholic obstetrician and a wealthy feminist — got together to create a revolutionary little pill the world had never seen before.

They were sneaky about what they were doing — skirting the law, lying to women about the tests they performed and fibbing to the public about their motivations.

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The Salt
2:05 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Eating Comfort Foods May Not Be So Comforting After All

Feeling blue? That may not be a great excuse to tuck into some mac and cheese.
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Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 4:01 pm

For many of us, chicken soup can soothe the soul and mac and cheese can erase a bad day. We eat chocolate when we feel gloomy, or when we've been in the presence of a Dementor. And we eat chocolate ice cream to help us get over a bad breakup.

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The Two-Way
10:13 am
Tue October 7, 2014

'Blood Moon' Eclipse To Be Visible Throughout U.S.

A "blood moon" captured on the night of Jan. 20, 2000.
Fred Espenak NASA

Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 11:59 am

If you missed the total eclipse of the moon in April, you might have another chance: On Wednesday morning, the second of four lunar eclipses this year and next will occur.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
7:53 am
Tue October 7, 2014

How Do U Film Txts? Here's How Technology And Cinema Evolve Together.

Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 3:46 pm

If you love movies, give yourself the next five minutes to watch this video.

Every Frame a Painting is a series of explorations on films and film technique by Tony Zhou, a San Francisco based filmmaker and editor. In each "video essay," Zhou unpacks the cinematic craft with humor and insight.

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The Two-Way
5:38 am
Tue October 7, 2014

3 Scientists Win Nobel In Physics For Development Of Blue LED

A screen shows the laureates of the Nobel Prize in physics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm on Tuesday.
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Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 11:49 am

A trio of scientists, two from Japan and one from the U.S., will share the Nobel Prize in physics for the invention of blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which led to a new, environmentally friendly light source.

Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan and U.S. scientist Shuji Nakamura were selected by the committee of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to share the 8 million Swedish kronor ($1.1 million) prize.

Nobelprize.org says:

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NPR Story
4:06 am
Tue October 7, 2014

3 Win Nobel In Physics For New Light Source

Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 6:13 am

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Shots - Health News
2:16 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Why Saying Is Believing — The Science Of Self-Talk

Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 3:21 pm

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All Tech Considered
4:54 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Even Techies Limit Their Children's Screen Time

A recent UCLA study found that screen time could negatively affect children's ability to read emotion. But scientists are still unsure how much screen time is too much for a child.
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Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 6:54 pm

Sure, using tablets and computers can have upsides for children. They can provide, education for one, or just plain old entertainment value.

But we know there are downsides, too. NPR reported just last week on a study indicating screen time can negatively affect children's ability to read people's emotions.

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Science
3:27 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

3 Neuroscientists To Share Nobel Prize In Physiology Or Medicine

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 5:30 pm

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