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The Women Who Brought Us Apollo 11

Jul 22, 2016

The Shocking Behavior of Leaping Eels

Jul 22, 2016

Life in the Wrong Political Bubble

Jul 22, 2016

Building Better Violins…With Science

Jul 13, 2016

Checking In on Our Planetary Neighbors

Jul 13, 2016

two 23-year-old women play Pokemon GO
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Hundreds of Pokémon Go fans swarmed the Durham Bulls Ballpark and nearby American Tobacco on Tuesday, intent on using their phones to catch as many of the exotic monsters as possible.

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First, don’t call them “octopi.” That is incorrect. The correct plural is octopuses or, more infrequently, octopodes.

Second, an octopus’ eight appendages are called arms, not tentacles.

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If you’ve ever been bitten by a Bullet Ant, then you’ve experienced a “pure, intense, brilliant pain. Like walking over flaming charcoal with a three-inch nail embedded in your heel.”

Fortunately, you probably have never encountered a Bullet Ant. But Justin O. Schmidt, a biologist at the Southwest Biological Institute has. In fact, he has been bitten and stung close to a thousand times by a wide variety of painful creatures.

How might global warming affect air travel?

Jul 10, 2016

Recently, a United Airlines flight to Phoenix was forced to turn around and head back to Houston. The reason for the diversion? Extreme heat. With global temperatures rising, is this a sign of things to come?

The answer is both yes and no.

Marilyn Smith, a professor and associate director at Georgia Tech’s Vertical Lift Center of Excellence in Atlanta, says the aerospace industry has been addressing this problem for the past decade.

A Geological Tour From 30,000 Feet Up

Jul 8, 2016

Building Better Violins…With Science

Jul 8, 2016

Art and design students from across the country gathered in New York City last month to participate in the first-ever Biodesign Summit, the culmination of a semester-long challenge to conceptualize a biotech product for the future.

Turning Ocean Waves Into Drinking Water

Jul 3, 2016
photo of launching SAROS into the ocean
Michael Beswick/The Outer Banks Voice

A North Carolina start-up company is testing a device that turns ocean water into fresh drinking water. Their technology uses wave energy exclusively to power reverse osmosis.

Chris Matthews, Justin Sonnett and Laura Smailes co-founded EcoH20 Innovations in 2014, but its inaugural project’s roots go back a year further. Matthews and Sonnett began working on the SAROS desalination device during their senior year at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where they were both studying mechanical engineering.

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A new book suggests that within just 20 to 40 years, most human reproduction will take place in the lab, rather than the bedroom.

Hank Greely, a Stanford professor who teaches law and genetics, writes about this potential brave new world in, "The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction."

While the book title refers to the “end of sex,” Greely is not predicting the end of human sexuality.

If you’re looking for good science fiction books to bring with you on a trip or to the beach or on a visit to relatives you’d rather not speak to, Science Friday’s Ira Flatow is here to help.

Ira checked in with a couple of SciFi experts to find out what’s on their list for good summer reading.

Ann VanderMeer, a science fiction editor and anthologist based in Tallahassee, Florida, starts with these:

Version Control, by Dexter Palmer

Our options for fighting superbugs are dwindling

Jul 2, 2016
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Imagine the following scenario: You discover that you have an infection — perhaps appendicitis, an abdominal infection or a urinary tract infection. You go to the doctor to get antibiotics, but your doctor tells you that oral antibiotics are no longer effective.

Your only option for treatment is to spend a week in the hospital on IV antibiotics.