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Coding and the Computer Science Conundrum

Kojo explores local and national efforts to boost computer science competency, and learns how educators are revamping computational learning to give it relevance far beyond the classroom.


So What If It's Ugly? It Just Keeps On Going ...

Thank heavens it's not pretty, not thirsty, not useful, not a bother, not nearby. It looks like a mess of rope. But, oh my, is this plant old. Really, really old.

Mating Rituals: Why Certain Risky Behaviors Can Make You Look Hot

Social science research suggests risky behavior such as braving heights or swimming in deep waters increases your sex appeal. Driving without a seat belt? Not so much.

Should HPV Testing Replace The Pap Smear?

The recent FDA approval of an HPV test to screen for cervical cancer has ignited debate among doctors. Some say the viral test will catch cancers earlier. Others warn it increases needless biopsies.

For N.J. Mayor, The Time To Adapt To Rising Sea Levels Is Now

Hoboken, N.J., has experienced several major floods since Hurricane Sandy. Mayor Dawn Zimmer says her city isn't waiting to prepare for the effects of climate change.

Why Those Tiny Microbeads In Soap May Pose Problem For Great Lakes

The plastic beads in some face soaps look a lot like fish food when they end up in the water. Two states are close to banning the beads, which researchers say can spread toxins through the food chain.

Double Trouble For Coffee: Drought And Disease Send Prices Up

Coffee prices have spiked this year because of drought in Brazil and a disease that's crippling coffee production in parts of Central America. Coffee traders says prices could rise to $3 a pound.

Big Bang's Ripples: Two Scientists Recall Their Big Discovery

Fifty years ago today, two astronomers in New Jersey accidentally discovered the Big Bang's afterglow. The roaring space static their hilltop antenna detected came from the birth of the universe.

UK Government Asks: What's The Greatest Challenge Of Our Time?

In 1714, the British government established a prize to solve the greatest challenge of that time: Pinpoint a ship's location at sea by knowing its longitude. Now, 300 years later, it's bringing back the Longitude Prize. This time, the public will choose the greatest challenge in a vote that begins Thursday.

Before You Get Too Excited About The Titanosaur, Listen To This Guy

Science writer Brian Switek responds to the recent discovery of bones that many say are from the largest dinosaur ever. Switek disputes the claim, explaining why a statement like that can't be made.