High-energy physicists are still riding high from last year's discovery of the Higgs particle, a major finding decades in the making. Now they want a big new machine to study the Higgs, but budget cuts and the high costs of building a new particle accelerator mean the world can afford only one.
Researchers discovered what appears to be a momentary increase in electrical activity in the brain associated with consciousness. As the brain struggles to survive, it also struggles to make sense of many neurons firing in the survival attempt.
From China's Yellow Sea to the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, agricultural waste in the water system is fueling spectacular algae blooms. The masses of slime cause dead zones in the water and major losses in tourism revenue in affected towns. But the algae fight doesn't begin at the water's edge; it starts in the fields and pastures.
William Beaty, an electrical engineer, has come up with a "traffic fluid dynamics" theory to explain traffic jams, and tells host Rachel Martin how drivers can help smooth out the waves of traffic flow.
Dan Pashman of the Sporkful podcast is worried that you may not be thinking enough about the ice in your drink. Bad ice could leave your drink warm and watery. He tells host Rachel Martin how to fix the problem.
In the old days, a case of the nerves, constipation or a general lack of vitality could lead someone to try a patent medicine. Though filled with sketchy ingredients, the old remedies may have worked sometimes, too.
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