Science

10:10am

Tue July 24, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Which Is Bigger: A Human Brain Or The Universe?

Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 11:46 am

Robert Krulwich NPR

This is one of those fun-to-think-about questions. A brain isn't much to look at, after all. It's about the size of your two fists put together, three pounds to hold, but oh my, what it can do.

With our brains, we can think backwards, imagine forwards, conjure, create things that don't exist, leap vast distances. For example, suppose I say to you, close your eyes and imagine this:

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5:03am

Tue July 24, 2012
Science

Molecular Profiles Point The Way To A Better Pint Of Beer

The bar area of New Belgium Brewery. New Belgium is working with Colorado State University to make sure barley breeding is done with flavor in mind.
Jessica McDonald KUNC

You don’t have to look too hard to find beer on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins. But not all of it is at keggers. In the microbiology building, it’s a legitimate study subject.

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11:58am

Mon July 23, 2012
Science

CSU Chemistry Professor Receives Presidential Award

Dr. Amy Prieto
Colorado State University

Colorado State University Assistant Chemistry Professor Amy Prieto was recognized by the White House today for her work to develop new methods to create a battery to revolutionize the hybrid/electric vehicle industry. Dr. Prieto has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for her work.

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4:39am

Sat July 21, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Weekend Special: Kazakh Gopher Ignores Nearby Rockets, Inspects Camera Instead

Originally published on Sat July 21, 2012 7:10 am

YouTube

How he got to live there, I don't know. For one thing he's a gopher, not a cosmonaut or a rocket engineer, just an ordinary Kazhakh rodent who dug himself a hole. The hole, however, is smack in the middle of a rocket launching facility, one of the most active spaceports in the world, called the Cosmodrome.

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8:16am

Fri July 20, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Frozen And Blushing Forever

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 8:44 am

Arvid Aase/Fossil Country Museum National Park Service

Not that you'd care, because you're dead, but how would you like it if the last thing you did on Earth was really, really embarrassing — like trying to gulp down a meal that's flip-flopping wildly in your mouth, tail out ...

... when along comes a mudslide, and boom! You and your lunch are frozen in place, harden into rock and then, a hundred or so million years later, there you are again, still gulping, but now under lights in a museum display case for an endless stream of strangers? Not good if you're a shy fish.

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