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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Wed November 9, 2011

My Doctor The Car: A Ride That Could Detect Heart Attacks

Melinda Taber via Flickr/Creative Commons

Ever used one of those machines at the gym where you can place your hands on the grips and it'll track your heart rate? German scientists - probably the ones who spend a lot of time working out  - wondered if they could put those sensors in the steering wheel of a car to detect driver stress.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
12:03 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Is Time An Illusion? From The Buddha To Brian Greene

Can time be stopped, captured or even known? Does it exist, or is it all just an illusion?
Karim Sahib AFP/Getty Images

Is time real, or is change just a kind of optical illusion resting on a deeper unchanging reality?

As finite creatures, with death hovering just out of our sight, the true nature of time haunts all our endeavors. Tomorrow, physicist Brian Greene tackles time's illusion in his Fabric of Reality PBS series. Science, however, is just one way we ask about the reality of time.

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Most Read Online
1:12 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Top Stories: Week of October 31

A round-up of the top ten most visited stories on NHPR.org and StateImpact - New Hampshire.

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Here's What's Awesome
1:04 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

The Nuclear Clock is Too Accurate For This Universe

Doggie52 via Flickr/Creative Commons

The atomic clock is so accurate that, had it been running since the Big Bang, 13+ billion years ago, it would only be off of "real" time by four seconds.

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology want to build a nuclear clock that, when asked for comment on the atomic clock's accuracy, shrugs and says, "that's totally b-list."

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Mon November 7, 2011

The Nuclear Clock is Too Accurate For This Universe

Doggie52 via Flickr/Creative Commons

The atomic clock is so accurate that, had it been running since the Big Bang, 13+ billion years ago, it would only be off of "real" time by four seconds.

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology want to build a nuclear clock that, when asked for comment on the atomic clock's accuracy, shrugs and says, "that's totally b-list."

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New Website!
9:04 am
Sun November 6, 2011

Welcome to the new NHPR.org!

Welcome to NHPR.org's new website, with a new look, improved performance and new features.

After we complete the transition on Nov. 21, all NHPR news, information and programming will be available on this new website.

Please direct additional questions to webmaster@nhpr.org

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun November 6, 2011

Are Diet Sodas Unhealthy?

EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I drink diet soda but I’m told it’s bad for me and linked to health problems. Is this true and if so can you suggest any healthier alternatives?    -- Mitchell James, Ronkonkoma, NY

 

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun November 6, 2011

The Nasty Business of Shark Finning

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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: What is shark finning and why have several U.S. states outlawed it?

                                                                                                            -- Betsy Englund, Tampa, FL

 

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So, There's That
12:00 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Senator Kelly Ayotte Should Doll Up Her Office

As one of the nation's top experts on U.S. Senate office decor, no one is more pleased than me that New Hampshire's Kelly Ayotte decided to bring "Oscar the Moose" to Washington.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun October 30, 2011

Gold Mining with Cyanide

EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Most gold mining operations use cyanide to extract gold from surrounding rock. What are the environmental implications of this, and are there alternatives? --J. Pelton, via e-mail

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun October 30, 2011

Deposits on Beverage Containers

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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Why don’t more states mandate deposits on beverage bottles as incentives for people to return them? Most bottles I’ve seen only list a few states on them.          -- Alan Wu, Cary, NC

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Wed October 26, 2011

Want to Fight Famine in East Africa? Then Start Swearing

Wm Jas via Flickr/Creative Commons

Swear jars are designed to help you put the brakes on your potty mouth - every time you say a bad word, you put a quarter in, and I guess you throw yourself a profanity-free party with the results. The Twitter equivalent is Digital SwearJar, which scours your Twitter feed for cussing; users pledge to send a set amount per outburst to a charity that helps people affected by the famine in East Africa. So if you're an actor in a David Mamet film, you're golden

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Tue October 25, 2011

You Can Sift Lucky Charms Now, If You Need To For Some Reason

laffy4k via Flickr/Creative Commons

I remember when Lucky Charms cereal added purple horseshoes to their menagerie of marshmallowy shapes, which speaks to either my vivid long-term memory or my sheltered upbringing.

Anyway, I mention this because inventor Tom Lombardi has developed a Lucky Charms Sifter to weed out those crunchy pieces and leave you with a bowl of nothing but sweet, sweet charms. It's one of the many nifty little devices people are developing using 3D printers these days, a few of which don't involve cereal

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Mon October 24, 2011

Guests From Hell Really Did Just Ask You That

Fans of NotAlwaysRight.com will enjoy the Twitter handle @GuestsFromHELL, a collection of purportedly real quotes from real tourists in New York City.  You'll note that I use the word "real" in the vein of "someone really just asked that question?"

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So, There's That
12:00 am
Thu October 20, 2011

Whatever you do, DON'T call it a pie!

(Photo by Leo Reynolds via Flickr Creative Commons)

I learned a little trivia while watching the film Answer This in preparation for today's interview with writer and director Chris Farah.

For one, I learned that the chemical symbol for Potassium is "K." I also learned that one should never, ever forget the lyrics to any song by the New Seekers, and, most important, I learned this:

Those little Trivia Pursuit tokens are not called "pies," or "pie pieces." They're called "wedges" And apparently, that is a really, really important thing to know.

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