NPR Series: Summer Science http://www.kunc.org en Summer Science: What's A Meteor Shower? http://www.kunc.org/post/summer-science-whats-meteor-shower NPR science correspondent Joe Palca is on a mission this summer to answer the deep, burning questions of summertime. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 07:31:00 +0000 Joe Palca 32044 at http://www.kunc.org Summer Science: What's A Meteor Shower? When Ice Cream Attacks: The Mystery Of Brain Freeze http://www.kunc.org/post/when-ice-cream-attacks-mystery-brain-freeze If it hasn't happened to you, count yourself as lucky. For many people, eating ice cream or drinking an icy drink too fast can produce a really painful headache. It usually hits in the front of the brain, behind the forehead.<p>The technical name for this phenomenon is cold-stimulus headache, but people also refer to it as "ice cream headache" or "brain freeze."<p>The good news is that brain freeze is easy to prevent — just eat more slowly. Tue, 03 Jul 2012 07:30:00 +0000 Joe Palca 29882 at http://www.kunc.org When Ice Cream Attacks: The Mystery Of Brain Freeze Summer Science: The Perfectly Toasted Marshmallow http://www.kunc.org/post/summer-science-perfectly-toasted-marshmallow It's the epic quest of campers everywhere: How do you get the perfectly toasted marshmallow? In our inaugural installment of NPR's Summer Science series, we gave some guidance on the first key ingredient: <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/06/04/154162859/summer-science-how-to-build-a-campfire">how to build the campfire</a>. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 09:32:00 +0000 Joe Palca 28727 at http://www.kunc.org Summer Science: The Perfectly Toasted Marshmallow Did You Know: The Lines On A Solo Cup Are Measurement Marks (Update: Official Verdict: Coincidence) http://www.kunc.org/post/did-you-know-lines-solo-cup-are-measurement-marks-update-official-verdict-coincidence <p>This caught us by surprise. The venerable Solo cup, a wily veteran of countless BBQ&#39;s, graduation parties, receptions, camping trips, and many summer beverages has a trick up its sleeve: built in measurement marks.</p><p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 20:15:15 +0000 Jim Hill 28391 at http://www.kunc.org Did You Know: The Lines On A Solo Cup Are Measurement Marks (Update: Official Verdict: Coincidence) Summer Science: How To Build A Campfire http://www.kunc.org/post/summer-science-how-build-campfire Summer living is supposed to be easy — school is out, the days are long, the traffic eases. But it's not all inner tubes and lemonade: Summer can throw us some curveballs, too. How can I avoid sunburn? What can I do to stave off that brain freeze? Why do my s'mores always burn?<p>Fear not; NPR is here to help. Mon, 04 Jun 2012 06:42:00 +0000 Joe Palca 28277 at http://www.kunc.org Summer Science: How To Build A Campfire