Science

8:11am

Thu April 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Spring Cleaning Aboard Intrepid Makes Room For Enterprise

Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 10:21 am

A military band plays as the Space Shuttle Discovery (R), and the Space Shuttle Enterprise (L), sit nose to nose, during an event at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center April 19, 2012 in Chantilly, Virginia.
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UPDATE at 12p.m. EST:

The Space Shuttles Discovery and Enterprise stood nose-to-nose at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., during a special event today to honor Discovery at its new home.

The Associated Press reports:

Astronauts including former Sen. John Glenn will help deliver Discovery to its retirement as an artifact representing the 30-year shuttle program.

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1:36am

Thu April 19, 2012
Research News

Death Penalty Research Flawed, Expert Panel Says

Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 6:17 am

Proponents of the death penalty often argue that the threat of being executed acts as a deterrent that prevents people from committing murder. But those who oppose capital punishment challenge that claim. And some researchers argue that state-sanctioned execution might actually increase homicide rates.

Now, a panel of independent experts convened by the prestigious National Research Council has taken a look at this question and decided that the available research offers no useful information for policymakers.

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1:04am

Wed April 18, 2012
Humans

Can You Think Your Way To That Hole-In-One?

Originally published on Wed April 18, 2012 5:50 am

Bo Van Pelt celebrates his hole-in-one during the final round of the Masters on April 8. New research suggests that golfers may be able to improve their games by believing the hole they're aiming for is larger than it really is.
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Psychologists at Purdue University have come up with an interesting twist on the old notion of the power of positive thinking. Call it the power of positive perception: They've shown that you may be able to improve your golf game by believing the hole you're aiming for is larger than it really is.

Jessica Witt, who studies how perception and performance are related, decided to look at golf — specifically, how the appearance of the hole changes depending on whether you're playing well or poorly.

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10:56am

Tue April 17, 2012
Around the Nation

War Of The Worlds: When Science, Politics Collide

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 5:36 pm

In 1925, people lined up to buy anti-evolution books in Dayton, Tenn., where the "monkey trial" of teacher John T. Scopes took place. Tennessee recently enacted a law encouraging teachers to question accepted science on evolution and other issues.
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Roger Cone is a microbiologist, not a politician. He struggles with a basic truth: For all the scientific acceptance of evolution, many Americans simply don't believe it is factually accurate.

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10:16am

Tue April 17, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Getting Drunk On Stars

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 9:41 am

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If she were an octopus, or an alien from the planet Zantar, I would expect this, but no, Vi Hart is a person, like me, with arms, legs, heart, fingers and toes, and with a mind — ah, that's where I have to draw the line: Vi Hart's mind is not like mine, so not like mine, all I can do is gape in wonder.

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