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6:03 am
Fri August 15, 2014

When Snails Lose Their Way

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Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 12:25 pm

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:41 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Fracking Site Operator Faces Contempt Complaint After Acid Spill

Crews work to contain and clean up 20,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid that spilled near a hydraulic fracturing site near Hennessey, Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s oil and gas regulator filed a contempt complaint this week against the company overseeing a hydraulic fracturing operation in an oil field where 20,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid spilled.

The spill could be the state’s largest related to fracking, says Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner.

The complaint, which accuses the operator of failing to prevent pollution, a violation of state oil and gas rules, directed Blake Vernon, the president of Blake Production Company, to appear before an administrative law judge on Sept. 10.

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Goats and Soda
5:20 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

How A Dissolvable 'Tampon' Could One Day Help Women Stop HIV

Better than Egyptian cotton: This electrically spun fabric contains anti-HIV drugs and dissolves rapidly when it gets wet.
Courtesy of University of Washington

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 5:33 pm

When it comes to protecting themselves from HIV, women need more options.

About 84 percent of all women diagnosed with HIV contract the virus through heterosexual sex. And right now, the female condom is the only contraception available that stops HIV — and is controlled by the woman. These devices can be hard to find and tough to use.

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Shots - Health News
4:58 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

A Virtual Outbreak Offers Hints Of Ebola's Future

Kenyan health officials take the temperatures of passengers arriving at the Nairobi airport on Thursday. Kenya has no reported cases of Ebola, but it's a transportation hub and so is on alert.
Simon Maina AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 7:07 pm

While the Ebola outbreak continues to rage in West Africa, it is also unfolding — in a virtual sense — inside the computers of researchers who study the dynamics of epidemics.

Policymakers look to these simulations to get a sense of how the outbreak might spread. They also can use them to run experiments to see which public health measures should take priority.

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All Tech Considered
4:11 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Robin Williams, An Avid Gamer, To Be Remembered In World Of Warcraft

Robin Williams and daughter Zelda Williams play the Nintendo 3DS in an image from a promotional video. Williams, an avid gamer, died earlier this week.

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 10:56 pm

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Science and Technology
1:58 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

NASA Chief On Past And Future Of U.S. Space Program

A Perseid meteor streaks through the Earth's atmosphere, as seen and photographed by astronaut Ron Garan while aboard the International Space Station on August 13, 2011. (NASA)

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 1:46 pm

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson for a wide-ranging conversation about the past and future of NASA’s effort to explore the universe.

Bolden discusses the future of the International Space Station and U.S. cooperation with Russia, and he weighs the chances that NASA will discover life in the Milky Way galaxy.

Bolden says that the U.S. will be able to send astronauts to space again by 2017, with the help of American private industry.

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1:49 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

A Scientist's Mission To Break The Itch-Scratch Cycle

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The Two-Way
1:19 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Do Not Fear This Giant Robot Swarm

These 1024 "kilobots" can shuffle into any shape their creator desires. Each robot is a little bigger than a quarter, standing on three little metal legs that vibrate to make it move.
Courtesy of Michael Rubenstein

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 6:46 am

Harvard roboticist Mike Rubenstein thought he was being clever when he came up with the name for the 1,024 little robots he built. He's into computers, so he thought of kilobytes and named them kilobots.

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The Two-Way
12:56 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

There's No Longer A Doubt About This Cutthroat Trout

These undated photos provided by the Colorado Division of Wildlife show the endangered greenback cutthroat trout and the Colorado River cutthroat trout. Federal and state biologists have stocked the wrong fish for more than two decades.

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 2:40 pm

It's been a cutthroat existence for Colorado's state fish.

The rare greenback cutthroat trout, for years on the receiving end of a well-meaning, but taxonomically misguided attempt to save it, now seems to be back on track (though not out of the woods).

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The Salt
10:06 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Beneath These Masks Is An Artist Conflicted By Junk Food

British photographer James Ostrer named his photographs after the European codes for food additives.
James Ostrer

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 11:56 am

British photographer James Ostrer purchased about $8,000 worth of junk food over the past two years — enough to fill up six or seven cars.

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