Joe Palca http://kgou.org en Why Theories On Black Holes Are Full Of Holes http://kgou.org/post/why-theories-black-holes-are-full-holes Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Scientists announced, earlier this week, they had discovered three supermassive black holes orbiting close together in a single galaxy. That indicates that black holes are more common than astronomers previously thought. And it's a good reason to revisit a report from Joe Palca on black holes. In this encore segment, he reports that the theories about these super powerful bodies are still, well, full of holes.<p>JOE PALCA, BYLINE: Astronomers know a few things about black holes. On the other hand, Ensign Chekov and Mr. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:35:00 +0000 Joe Palca 32444 at http://kgou.org If They Want To Make Anything, Proteins Must Know How To Fold http://kgou.org/post/if-they-want-make-anything-proteins-must-know-how-fold Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Events unfold. Plots unfold. And this summer, NPR science correspondent Joe Palca has been telling us how science unfolds. It's series we're creatively calling Unfolding Science.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF THEME SONG)<p>BLOCK: Today, Joe tells us about large biological molecules called proteins that have to fold and unfold properly to keep us alive.<p>JOE PALCA, BYLINE: When we talk about food, protein is a kind of nutrient you get in meat, fish or foul. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Joe Palca 32248 at http://kgou.org A CRISPR Way To Fix Faulty Genes http://kgou.org/post/crispr-way-fix-faulty-genes Scientists from many areas of biology are flocking to a technique that allows them to work inside cells, making changes in specific genes far faster — and for far less money — than ever before.<p>"It's really powerful, it's a really exciting development," says <a href="http://profiles.umassmed.edu/profiles/display/129741">Craig Mello</a> of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Joe Palca 32163 at http://kgou.org A CRISPR Way To Fix Faulty Genes To Put Two Rovers On Mars, Scientists Had To Get Clever With Packing http://kgou.org/post/put-two-rovers-mars-scientists-had-get-clever-packing To fit in their shipping container, two Mars rovers had to be folded up into a tiny package and then unfolded — a prime example of what NPR science correspondent Joe Palca calls "unfolding science." Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:38:00 +0000 Joe Palca 30957 at http://kgou.org Phone App Might Predict Manic Episodes In Bipolar Disorder http://kgou.org/post/phone-app-might-predict-manic-episodes-bipolar-disorder There are smartphone apps for monitoring your diet, your drugs, even your heart. Sat, 31 May 2014 09:22:00 +0000 Joe Palca 30398 at http://kgou.org Phone App Might Predict Manic Episodes In Bipolar Disorder The First American Teenager, Millennia-Old And Underwater http://kgou.org/post/first-american-teenager-millennia-old-and-underwater Transcript <p>TESS VIGELAND, HOST: <p>From the studios of NPR West in Culver City, California it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'M Tess Vigeland. Let us contemplate the American teenage girl, perhaps the very first one. Apparently, there's been some scientific debate about who she is and whether she hails from the same gene sequence as what we think of as the first Americans, American Indians. And when I say gene sequence, we're not talking about Skinnies from Urban Outfitters. Sun, 18 May 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Joe Palca 29509 at http://kgou.org Faith Drives A Father To Create A Test For Childhood Cancer http://kgou.org/post/faith-drives-father-create-test-childhood-cancer When Bryan and Elizabeth Shaw learned that their son Noah had a potentially deadly eye cancer, like a lot of people, they turned to their religious faith to help sustain them. But faith is also impelling Bryan Shaw to create software to detect eye cancer in children as soon after birth as possible.<p>The Shaws are Christians, and their faith is extremely important to them. When they were at their bleakest, "Bryan would pull out the Psalms and say, 'This is how King David suffered in the Psalms, and we're going through this," says Elizabeth. Wed, 07 May 2014 07:33:00 +0000 Joe Palca 28739 at http://kgou.org Faith Drives A Father To Create A Test For Childhood Cancer Chemist Turns Software Developer After Son's Cancer Diagnosis http://kgou.org/post/chemist-turns-software-developer-after-sons-cancer-diagnosis A scientist's ambitious plan to create an early detection system for eye cancer using people's home cameras is coming along.<p>Last fall, we told you about Bryan Shaw's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/11/05/243189819/how-pictures-of-infant-boys-eyes-helped-diagnose-cancer">scheme</a>. He believes parents' cameras can reveal whether their baby has <a href="http://www.aapos.org/terms/conditions/67">leukocoria</a>, a white glow coming from the pupil when you shine a light in their eyes. Tue, 06 May 2014 07:37:00 +0000 Joe Palca 28662 at http://kgou.org Chemist Turns Software Developer After Son's Cancer Diagnosis 50 Years Of BASIC http://kgou.org/post/dartmouth-celebrates-50-years-basic-computer-language Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>NPR's Joe Palca is in our studios and he's brought along a piece of paper. Joe, what's it say?<p>JOE PALCA, BYLINE: It says, let X equal seven plus eight divided by three.<p>INSKEEP: It sounds like kind of a mathematical equation there.<p>PALCA: It's actually a line of computer code and it was part of the first very short program ever run in a language called BASIC.<p>INSKEEP: OK. Which is what we're going to talk about here, because Joe has a project he calls Joe's Big Idea. Thu, 01 May 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Joe Palca 28358 at http://kgou.org The Scientist Who Makes Stars On Earth http://kgou.org/post/scientist-who-makes-stars-earth Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>On the outskirts of Albuquerque, New Mexico, scientists are doing something astonishing. They're creating a white dwarf star - not a whole star but enough of one to study in minute detail. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Joe Palca 24653 at http://kgou.org