Science, Technology and Environment

StateImpact Oklahoma
4:11 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Waurika Lake Gets New Life As Desperately Needed Rain Finally Falls

As is evidenced by this photo from January, Waurika Lake was dangerously low before the recent rains.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

Before the consistent, heavy rains over the past week, Waurika Lake — the main source of water for Lawton and Duncan — was on the very brink of drying up too much to be used. Years of punishing drought led to the crisis, but what a difference a few days can make.

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3:57 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Verizon Buys AOL In $4.4 Billion Deal

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 6:22 pm

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Shots - Health News
12:14 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Seasons May Tweak Genes That Trigger Some Chronic Diseases

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 2:26 pm

The seasons appear to influence when certain genes are active, with those associated with inflammation being more active in the winter, according to new research released Tuesday.

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8:33 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Verizon Acquires AOL For $4.4 Billion

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 9:11 am

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The Two-Way
6:33 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Verizon Inks $4.4 Billion Agreement To Buy AOL

The AOL logo is posted on a sign in front of the AOL Inc. offices in Palo Alto, California.
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Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 9:02 am

Verizon Communications has agreed to pay $4.4 billion to buy AOL Inc.

In a press release, Verizon said the all-cash acquisition will help build its digital and video platforms.

The Wall Street Journal explains:

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Research News
5:11 am
Tue May 12, 2015

What Might Make Young People Practice Safe Sex? Lottery Tickets!

In a study in Lesotho, the prospect of earning a cash prize in a lottery motivated young people to practice safe sex.

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 8:13 am

Let's say you're a young person, around 30 years old. And you're the kind of person who likes to take risks. So maybe you're taking risks in your sexual relationships. You're not practicing safe sex.

What would make you change your behavior?

That's a question that's long been pondered by public health officials. And now new research from a World Bank-funded team in Lesotho, a tiny country in southern Africa, has produced a surprising answer.

Lottery tickets!

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The Salt
2:40 am
Tue May 12, 2015

In 'Organic Life,' The Making Of America's First Certified Organic Restaurant

Chef, cookbook author and owner of Washington, D.C.'s Restaurant Nora, Nora Pouillon, in the restaurant's garden.
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Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 11:56 am

When restaurateur Nora Pouillon moved to the United States from Austria in the 1960s, she was surprised by how hard it was to get really fresh food. Everything was packaged and processed. Pouillon set out to find the find the best ingredients possible to cook for her family and friends. She brought that same sensibility to her Restaurant Nora, which eventually became the first certified organic restaurant in the country.

Pouillon writes about her lifelong devotion to food in a new memoir, My Organic Life: How A Pioneering Chef Helped Shape The Way We Eat Today.

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2:36 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Still Playing: The Theater That Saw The Birth Of Cinema

The world's oldest operating cinema, the Eden, in La Ciotat, southern France, screened some of the first films of the Lumiere brothers in 1895.
Anne-Christine Poujoulat AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 12:22 pm

Not far from the glitzy Mediterranean film festival venue of Cannes lies another town with a connection to cinema. There are no stars or red carpet, but La Ciotat has an even longer relationship with film, and boasts the world's oldest surviving movie theater.

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Goats and Soda
5:41 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Exotic Vinegar Flies Invade California After World Tour

Welcome to America! Before it was spotted in Los Angeles, the fruit fly species Drosophila gentica had been seen only in El Salvador back in 1954.
Courtesy of Kelsey Bailey, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 7:33 pm

Here at the Goats and Soda blog, we talk a lot about tiny critters moving around the globe — and often causing trouble.

Last summer it was Ebola hopping on a plane to Texas. Then a painful virus from eastern Africa, called chikungunya, found its way to Florida via the Philippines and the Caribbean.

But it's not just viruses and microbes that take advantage of Boeing 747s, vacationers and international development.

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The Salt
5:10 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Why Food Companies Should Be More Afraid Of Water Scarcity

Coca-Cola cans on a production line at a bottling plant near New Delhi in 2013. The company decided in April 2015 not to build an $81 million bottling plant in southern India because local farmers said it might exhaust groundwater supplies.
Prakash Singh AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 8:50 am

America's biggest food production companies face a growing threat of water scarcity, according to a new report from Ceres, an environmental sustainability group.

Producing food, after all, requires more water than almost any other business on Earth. And the outlook isn't pretty: One-third of food is grown in areas of high or extremely high water stress, while pollution and climate change are further limiting supplies of clean water around the world.

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