Science and Technology http://kgou.org en Ancient Landscape Is Found Under 2 Miles Of Ice In Greenland http://kgou.org/post/ancient-landscape-found-under-2-miles-ice-greenland In a surprising discovery, scientists have found evidence of a tundra landscape in Greenland that's millions of years old. The revelation goes against widely held ideas about how some glaciers work, and it suggests that at least parts of Greenland's ice sheet had survived periods of global warming intact.<p>"Glaciers are commonly thought to work like a belt sander," a news release from the <a href="http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/?Page=news&storyID=18309&category=uvmhome">University of Vermont</a> says. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:25:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 27589 at http://kgou.org Ancient Landscape Is Found Under 2 Miles Of Ice In Greenland So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes http://kgou.org/post/so-how-they-do-it-zebras-getting-stripes How did it happen? How'd the zebra get its stripes?<p>In <a href="http://www.boop.org/jan/justso/leopard.htm" target="_blank">Rudyard </a><a href="http://www.boop.org/jan/justso/leopard.htm" target="_blank">Kipling's version</a>, a gray, horsey-looking beast went into "a great forest 'sclusively full of trees and bushes and stripy, speckly, patchy-batchy shadows," stayed there awhile, and after a "long time"... got stripy.<p>OK. Not bad.<p>Here's another notion, this one from <a href="http://www.ricardosolisart.com/">Ricardo Solis</a>, an artist working in Guadalajara, Mexico. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Robert Krulwich 27584 at http://kgou.org So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes Watch For The Blind Lets You Feel Time Passing http://kgou.org/post/watch-blind-lets-you-feel-time-passing A new watch allows the blind to feel time on their wrists. Designer Hyungsoo Kim tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn his watch allows users to tell time accurately without revealing their disabilities. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 27570 at http://kgou.org Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction http://kgou.org/post/tech-week-earnings-heartbleed-arrest-and-digital-distraction There was really only one tech story last week — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/04/08/300602785/the-security-bug-that-affects-most-of-the-internet-explained">the potentially disastrous Heartbleed bug</a>. This week, we return to more of a panoply of tech-related news, starting with NPR stories in the ICYMI section, the broader topics in the industry in The Big Conversation and fun links you shouldn't miss in Curiosities.<p><h3><strong>ICYMI</strong></h3><p><strong>Digital Distraction Remedies</strong>: Is a backlash beginning ... in favor of the physical world? Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Elise Hu 27563 at http://kgou.org Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures http://kgou.org/post/one-scientists-quest-vanquish-epileptic-seizures In the early 1990s, a young brain researcher named <a href="http://www.anatomy.uci.edu/solteszres.html">Ivan Soltesz</a> heard a story that would shape his career.<p>His adviser told him about a school for children whose epileptic seizures were so severe and frequent that they had to wear helmets to prevent head injuries. The only exception to the helmet rule was for students who received an award.<p>"The big deal for them is that they can take the helmet off while they're walking across the stage," Soltesz says. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 27541 at http://kgou.org One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures Pipeline Put Off, As Keystone Review Is Indefinitely Extended http://kgou.org/post/pipeline-put-keystone-review-indefinitely-extended The Keystone XL pipeline remains a major point of contention within the Democratic Party, as green voters pull President Obama one direction and pro-energy senators and labor unions pull the other. It looks as though the "comment period" for the project will be extended, delaying a decision past the November elections. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 27540 at http://kgou.org Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt http://kgou.org/post/japan-says-it-will-temporarily-scale-back-whale-hunt Japan says it will kill fewer whales when its seasonal Pacific hunt begins next week and will only observe whales in the Antarctic, after a U.N. court ordered it to stop taking the marine mammals from the Southern Ocean.<p>Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said the Pacific catch target would be lowered to about 210 from the current 380. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:02:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27525 at http://kgou.org Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt Should College Dropouts Be Honored By Their Alma Maters? http://kgou.org/post/should-college-dropouts-be-honored-their-alma-maters Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. And it's Friday, that means it's time for our weekly visit to the Barbershop where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds. Sitting in the chairs for a shape-up this week, writer Jimi Izrael, he's with us from Cleveland, joining us from Pittsburgh, Lenny McAllister. He's the host of "Get Right with Lenny McAllister" on KDKA Newsradio. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:58:00 +0000 editor 27513 at http://kgou.org 'Completely Unique': Cave-Dwelling Female Insects Have Penises http://kgou.org/post/completely-unique-cave-dwelling-female-insects-have-penises Four new insect species found in Brazil have rather strange sex lives — to say the least. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:34:00 +0000 Michaeleen Doucleff 27478 at http://kgou.org 'Completely Unique': Cave-Dwelling Female Insects Have Penises Even Chimps Know That A Firm Bed Makes For Quality Sleep http://kgou.org/post/even-chimps-know-firm-bed-makes-quality-sleep In the wilds of Africa, chimpanzees consistently choose to make their sleeping nests in a particular tree that offers the "just right" kind of comfort that Goldilocks famously preferred.<p>That's according to a new study in the journal <a href="http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0095361;jsessionid=6EAE23D29CF422DDF26836FAA9103484">PLOS ONE</a> that could also bolster a theory that solid shut-eye may have been a key to human evolution.<p>In the latest study, scientists measured the "stiffness and bending strength" of seven trees most commonly used by chimps to ma Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:14:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27477 at http://kgou.org Even Chimps Know That A Firm Bed Makes For Quality Sleep