Science

2:01pm

Fri August 10, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Researchers Present Hard-To-Kill Robotic 'Earthworm'

A robotic worm.
MIT

Robots are cool to begin with, but today researchers at MIT, Harvard and Seoul National University unveiled one that will impress some and scare others.

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1:22pm

Fri August 10, 2012
Science

New Hardworking Oxidant Punches The Clock 24/7

The characteristic fog that surrounds the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina may in part be a result of a newly discovered chemical reaction.
Justin Gunter Flickr – Creative Commons

It’s long been thought that sulfur dioxide emissions from things like coal-burning power plants need to react in sunlight to make sulfuric acid in the atmosphere. But a new discovery suggests there might be more to the story.

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9:40am

Fri August 10, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Giant Crumpled Paper Drops From The Sky, Lands On Hill In New Zealand

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 2:04 pm

Gibbs Farm

You are standing in a park in New Zealand. You look up at the top of a hill, and there, balanced on the ground, looking like it might catch a breeze and blow away, is a gigantic, rumpled piece of paper.

Except ... one side of it, the underside, is ... not there. You can see the sky, clouds, birds where there should be paper, so what is this?

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2:45am

Fri August 10, 2012
Space

Followers Embrace Curiosity's Mars Tweets

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 5:05 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now, at the same time that Adam Steltzner's team was waiting for news from Curiosity, tens of thousands of people around the world were waiting for some news from the rover's own Twitter feed. One week after landing, nearly 900,000 followers are getting to know the unique personality of Mars Curiosity. That's the rover's name on Twitter.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Here are a couple of Curiosity's tweets so far: You asked for pics from my trip, here you go: my first look of many to come of my new home, Mars.

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1:00am

Fri August 10, 2012
Joe's Big Idea

So You Landed On Mars. Now What?

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 4:28 am

Adam Steltzner, the leader of the rover's entry, descent and landing engineering team, cheers after Curiosity touched down safely on Mars on Sunday.
Bill Ingalls/NASA Getty Images

The Mars rover Curiosity is beginning its fifth day on the red planet, and it's been performing flawlessly from the moment it landed.

That's been especially gratifying for NASA landing engineer Adam Steltzner. Last Friday, while Steltzner was still on pins and needles waiting for the landing to take place, I told the story of Steltzner's decision as a young man to give up his life as a rocker and go for a career in space engineering.

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