Science http://wnpr.org en Staging a War Against West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis http://wnpr.org/post/staging-war-against-west-nile-and-eastern-equine-encephalitis <p>Mosquitoes trapped in East Haven are the first this year to test positive for West Nile Virus.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:49:01 +0000 Patrick Skahill 25782 at http://wnpr.org Staging a War Against West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis Monitoring Marine Life in the Atlantic, From Water and From Orbit http://wnpr.org/post/monitoring-marine-life-atlantic-water-and-orbit <p>NASA has begun a new experiment to monitor plankton off the Atlantic coast using boats, airplanes, and satellites.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:16:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 25642 at http://wnpr.org Monitoring Marine Life in the Atlantic, From Water and From Orbit The Modern Age of Science; Connecticut Bull Osborndale Ivanhoe http://wnpr.org/post/modern-age-science-connecticut-bull-osborndale-ivanhoe-0 <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">Back in March, a team of Harvard scientists claimed to have found the first direct evidence of gravity waves from the Big Bang. Within a matter of hours, their story had made its way around the Internet, spreading across blogs, news sites, and social media. </span></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 25466 at http://wnpr.org The Modern Age of Science; Connecticut Bull Osborndale Ivanhoe Head Scientist At CDC Weighs Costs Of Recent Lab Safety Breaches http://wnpr.org/post/head-scientist-cdc-weighs-costs-recent-lab-safety-breaches The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is on the hot seat.<p>It all started in mid-June, when the CDC <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/19/323729906/cdc-says-dozens-of-workers-could-have-been-exposed-to-anthrax">announced</a> that dozens of its scientists might have accidentally been exposed to anthrax.<p>Since then, a number of other security risks in and via national laboratories have come to light: Ordinary flu virus was unknowingly contaminated with the deadly <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/11/330725773/feds-tighten-lab-security- Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:36:00 +0000 editor 25496 at http://wnpr.org Head Scientist At CDC Weighs Costs Of Recent Lab Safety Breaches Ocean Waves As You Have Never Seen Them Before http://wnpr.org/post/ocean-waves-you-have-never-seen-them <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pXMObfeOcE</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:30:06 +0000 Barbara J. King 25443 at http://wnpr.org Ocean Waves As You Have Never Seen Them Before Everything You Want to Know About Turtles http://wnpr.org/post/everything-you-want-know-about-turtles-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are currently some 57 turtle species living in the United States and Canada, 12 of which can be found right here in Connecticut -- including some sea turtles!</span></p><p>Chances are, you’ve probably seen a few of them poking around a nearby pond or basking on some sunlit rocks. Perhaps you’ve even rescued a few from the peril of oncoming traffic.</p><p>But there’s a lot more to these terrestrial critters than meets the eye.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 25439 at http://wnpr.org Everything You Want to Know About Turtles This Ancient Bird Had the Largest Wingspan Ever http://wnpr.org/post/ancient-bird-had-largest-wingspan-ever <p>An extinct species of bird just discovered may have had the largest wingspan ever. The animal lived 25 million years ago and was found buried at an airport.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:06:20 +0000 Patrick Skahill 25216 at http://wnpr.org This Ancient Bird Had the Largest Wingspan Ever This Week on WNPR: Five Things Not to Miss http://wnpr.org/post/week-wnpr-five-things-not-miss <p>There's lots of news to digest this week, from birdcalls to Beantown. Below are a few things you shouldn't miss.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:50:31 +0000 Catie Talarski & John Dankosky 25125 at http://wnpr.org This Week on WNPR: Five Things Not to Miss Forum Explores Innovation as a Way to Improve Nation's Health Care System http://wnpr.org/post/forum-explores-innovation-way-improve-nations-health-care-system <p>Connecticut Congressman John Larson sponsored a health care forum on Monday at the legislative office building in Hartford.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>"Improving Our Health Care System Through Science and Innovation" was a chance for a panel of prominent health care leaders to tout how innovations in their area of expertise are saving lives and pulling down the cost of health care.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:48:18 +0000 Ray Hardman 24980 at http://wnpr.org Forum Explores Innovation as a Way to Improve Nation's Health Care System Smallpox Virus Found In Unsecured NIH Lab http://wnpr.org/post/smallpox-virus-found-unsecured-nih-lab Scientists cleaning out an old laboratory on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Md., last week came across a startling discovery: vials labeled "variola" — in other words, smallpox.<p>Under international convention, there are supposed to be only two stashes of this deadly virus: one at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and another at a similar facility in Russia.<p>The CDC swooped in to collect the vials and carted them off to a secure lab at its Atlanta headquarters.<p>In a statement Tuesday, the agency said scientists did indeed find smallp Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:41:09 +0000 Richard Harris 24926 at http://wnpr.org Smallpox Virus Found In Unsecured NIH Lab ADHD and Managing Emotions http://wnpr.org/post/adhd-and-managing-emotions-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We focus this hour on one of the nation's most respected clinicians and researchers working with teens and adults who have ADHD. Dr. Thomas E. Brown is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, and Associate Director of the Yale Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders. (There is sometimes a link between ADHD and autism.)</span></p><p>Dr. Brown's new book, <em>Smart but Stuck</em>, looks at how managing emotions plays a key role in the lives of those with ADHD, including those who have high I.Q. scores.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:51:57 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 24840 at http://wnpr.org ADHD and Managing Emotions How Personality Shapes Our Lives http://wnpr.org/post/how-personality-shapes-our-lives-1 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Respected researcher and psychologist John Mayer says we can become the best version of ourselves by building our “personal intelligence” to understand ourselves and perceive what makes others tick.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:33:47 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 24701 at http://wnpr.org How Personality Shapes Our Lives Can Technology Save the World? http://wnpr.org/post/can-technology-save-world <p>Let's take the most dire problem facing humankind: Climate change has so many negative implications it would take all day to list them. Meanwhile, there's the possibility of a sudden acceleration of a problem caused by the melting of Arctic ice, which exposes more ocean water to warming, which causes more melting, which causes more...well, you get the picture.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:02:45 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 24567 at http://wnpr.org Can Technology Save the World? The Modern Age of Science; Connecticut Bull Osborndale Ivanhoe http://wnpr.org/post/modern-age-science-connecticut-bull-osborndale-ivanhoe <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">Back in March, a team of Harvard scientists claimed to have found the first direct evidence of gravity waves from the Big Bang. Within a matter of hours, their story had made its way around the Internet, spreading across blogs, news sites, and social media. </span></p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 24386 at http://wnpr.org The Modern Age of Science; Connecticut Bull Osborndale Ivanhoe As Sea Levels Rise, Norfolk Is Sinking And Planning http://wnpr.org/post/sea-levels-rise-norfolk-sinking-and-planning From the water's edge in Norfolk, Va., the U.S. naval base spans the whole horizon. Aircraft carriers, supply centers, barracks and admirals' homes fill a vast expanse.<p>But Ray Toll, a retired naval oceanographer, says the "majority of [the naval base], if not all of it" is at risk of flooding "because it's so low and it's flat."<p>The Norfolk-Hampton Roads area in Virginia is home to the largest naval operation in the world. This area is particularly vulnerable because the land is sinking as sea levels are rising. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 24156 at http://wnpr.org As Sea Levels Rise, Norfolk Is Sinking And Planning Once Thought to Be Caused By Demons, What Do We Know About Epilepsy Today? http://wnpr.org/post/once-thought-be-caused-demons-what-do-we-know-about-epilepsy-today-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Historically, people with epilepsy were thought to be possessed by demons. Research has come a long way since then, but epilepsy remains mysterious. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy in their lives. Annually, it costs more than $15 billion in medical costs and reduced work production.</span></p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 23993 at http://wnpr.org Once Thought to Be Caused By Demons, What Do We Know About Epilepsy Today? Why Osprey Nest Sightings in Connecticut Matter http://wnpr.org/post/why-osprey-nest-sightings-connecticut-matter <p>The Connecticut Audubon Society wants to get a better handle on osprey populations in the state. To do so, the group is launching <a href="http://www.ctaudubon.org/2014/06/osprey-nation/#sthash.Kac4KHyL.dpbs" target="_blank">a new citizen science program called "Osprey Nation."</a></p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:02:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 24003 at http://wnpr.org Why Osprey Nest Sightings in Connecticut Matter Scientists Keep A Careful Eye On The World Cup Ball http://wnpr.org/post/scientists-keep-careful-eye-world-cup-ball <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH7cbLfxmbM</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:38:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 23964 at http://wnpr.org Scientists Keep A Careful Eye On The World Cup Ball An 11-Year-Old Wants to Open a Restaurant http://wnpr.org/post/11-year-old-wants-open-restaurant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is a story about a little girl named Chelsea Wheeler, who lives in rural Oxford, the kind of small town that used to have a post office barber shop in one room. It's also the kind of town where citizens contributed at Town Hall to a giving tree set up in the Wheeler family name.</span></p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:06:56 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 23919 at http://wnpr.org An 11-Year-Old Wants to Open a Restaurant Carrier to Install New HVAC System in the Sistine Chapel http://wnpr.org/post/carrier-install-new-hvac-system-sistine-chapel <p>Farmington-based Carrier is to install a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the Sistine Chapel as part of an effort to preserve the frescoes of Michelangelo.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:58:31 +0000 Harriet Jones 23851 at http://wnpr.org Carrier to Install New HVAC System in the Sistine Chapel Connecticut Vaccine Company Gets $50 Million in Federal Funding http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-vaccine-company-gets-50-million-federal-funding <p>Meriden’s Protein Sciences has been awarded a multi-million dollar extension to its contract with the federal government to provide flu vaccines.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:26:12 +0000 Harriet Jones 23836 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Vaccine Company Gets $50 Million in Federal Funding Early Pregnancy Blood Test Reducing Need For Amniocentesis http://wnpr.org/post/early-pregnancy-blood-test-reducing-need-amniocentesis <p>A simple blood test is transforming the world of prenatal screening, offering women a risk-free way to learn about fetal abnormalities early in pregnancy.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:20:40 +0000 Rochelle Sharpe 23791 at http://wnpr.org Early Pregnancy Blood Test Reducing Need For Amniocentesis Choose the Life You Want http://wnpr.org/post/choose-life-you-want-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In his </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">New York Times</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> bestseller </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Happier</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, positive psychology expert Tal </span>Ben-Shahar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> taught us how to become happier through simple exercises. Now, in </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Choose the Life You Want</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, he has a new, life-changing lesson to share.</span></p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:43:53 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 23782 at http://wnpr.org Choose the Life You Want Mating Season in Long Island Sound Is Prime Time for Horseshoe Crab Researchers http://wnpr.org/post/mating-season-long-island-sound-prime-time-horseshoe-crab-researchers <p>It’s mating season for Long Island Sound’s horseshoe crabs. Every year, a group of biologists from Sacred Heart University scour Connecticut’s beaches to track and tag these ancient creatures. I met up with one group in Milford, under a full moon at midnight, to learn more.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:04:29 +0000 Patrick Skahill 23776 at http://wnpr.org Mating Season in Long Island Sound Is Prime Time for Horseshoe Crab Researchers Will Vermont Be Able To Defend Its GMO Labeling Law On Donations Alone? http://wnpr.org/post/will-vermont-be-able-defend-its-gmo-labeling-law-donations-alone Vermont’s effort to require labels on foods made with genetically modified ingredients has garnered lots of out-of-state attention – and cash.<p>According to data from the Agency of Administration, money from out-of-state donors makes up the majority of the state’s <a href="http://www.foodfightfundvt.org/">"Food Fight Fund,"</a> the holding account for money that will ultimately help the state defend the law in court.<p>As of the first week of June – a month after Gov. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:46:05 +0000 Taylor Dobbs 23426 at http://wnpr.org Will Vermont Be Able To Defend Its GMO Labeling Law On Donations Alone? The Salad Frontier: Why Astronauts Need To Grow Lettuce In Space http://wnpr.org/post/salad-frontier-why-astronauts-need-grow-lettuce-space Have you ever craved a salad, I mean <em>really</em> craved a salad because you've been eating a lot of freeze-dried meat and beans?<p>Astronauts who spend months on end in space sure do miss their greens. That's why NASA is embarking on a program to get astronauts growing their own food. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:04:00 +0000 editor 23366 at http://wnpr.org The Salad Frontier: Why Astronauts Need To Grow Lettuce In Space A Christian Climate Scientist's Mission To Convert Nonbelievers http://wnpr.org/post/christian-climate-scientists-mission-convert-non-believers <em>Each week, </em>Weekend Edition Sunday<em> brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.</em><p>Last week, the Obama administration announced historic regulations to limit carbon dioxide emissions. Policies to address climate change have been a tough sell among some Republicans on Capitol Hill, but also in many Christian congregations around the country.<p>Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist and the director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. Sun, 08 Jun 2014 15:46:00 +0000 NPR Staff 23263 at http://wnpr.org A Christian Climate Scientist's Mission To Convert Nonbelievers Listen: How the Internet Works http://wnpr.org/post/listen-how-internet-works <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Have you ever wondered how your favorite cat video reaches your computer? Some questions stump even the most techno-savvy adults.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:53:35 +0000 Heather Brandon & Patrick Skahill 23184 at http://wnpr.org Listen: How the Internet Works What Can a Tanning Bed Do to Your Brain? http://wnpr.org/post/what-can-tanning-bed-do-your-brain <p>The Food and Drug Administration will now require tanning beds carry a warning label saying they shouldn't be used by persons under the age of 18. Tanning beds emit UV radiation that may cause skin cancer. But the beds may also cause changes to the brain.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:20:41 +0000 Patrick Skahill 23008 at http://wnpr.org What Can a Tanning Bed Do to Your Brain? Musical Prodigy Emily Bear: What Explains Maturity and Talent in Children? http://wnpr.org/post/musical-prodigy-emily-bear-what-explains-maturity-and-talent-children <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As a result of repeated sound exposure while in the womb, it now appears a baby can later recognize these sounds, even the theme song of its mother's favorite television show. In other words, there is "neural memory." This is what we learned from a </span><a href="http://news.sciencemag.org/brain-behavior/2013/08/babies-learn-recognize-words-womb" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Science</em> magazine story</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, examining the key findings of a Swedish study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (The author is cognitive neuroscientist </span>Eino<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Partanen<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.) Does this explain something about the child musical prodigy?&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:19:14 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 22917 at http://wnpr.org Musical Prodigy Emily Bear: What Explains Maturity and Talent in Children?