2:07pm

Wed February 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Is Einstein Right? Error Could Account For Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 2:25 pm

A 2010 light installation entitled 'Speed of Light' in London.
Ben Stansall AFP/Getty Images

Remember last year, when we reported that Italian scientists claimed to have broken the speed of light? Remember the mystical implications of that? The possibility that Einstein was wrong? That our very basic idea of physics was challenged? The idea that you could be shot before a bullet left a gun?

Then you also remember that our friend and astrophysicist Adam Frank warned that these results should be looked at with great suspicion.

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2:01pm

Wed February 22, 2012
Science

Climate Scientist Admits To Lying, Leaking Documents

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 7:30 pm

Peter Gleick is not just any scientist. He got his doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley and won a MacArthur "genius" award. He is also an outspoken proponent of scientific evidence that humans are responsible for climate change.

And earlier this week, he confessed that he had lied to obtain internal documents from the Heartland Institute, a group that questions to what extent climate change is caused by humans.

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1:56pm

Wed February 22, 2012
Politics

Commentary: Occupy Wall Street, Somethin’s Happenin’ Here

If you assumed, as did I, that the coming of winter would mean the end of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, well guess again. Whether because of the unseasonably mild weather prevailing here and elsewhere, Occupy Wall Street encampments stubbornly persist. And despite increasingly more aggressive measures taken against them by local authorities, the “movement” appears to be growing.

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1:53pm

Wed February 22, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Diet Drug Qnexa Gets Thumbs-Up From FDA Panel

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 4:29 pm

A new weight-loss pill could be coming to the menu.
Luis Pedrosa iStockphoto.com

A key federal panel Wednesday recommended the Food and Drug Administration approve the first new weight-loss drug in more than a decade.

At the conclusion of a day-long hearing, the FDA's Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee voted 20-2 to endorse a request from Vivus to approve the drug Qnexa. The same panel gave a thumbs-down to Qnexa in 2010.

Qnexa is a combination of two generic drugs that are already on the market:

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1:47pm

Wed February 22, 2012
Politics

Will Durst: The 2012 Political Animal Awards

Don’t mean to overreact and risk boosting everybody’s blood pressure higher than opening offers on Facebook’s IPO, but this might be a halfway decent time to seek out a nice, safe, steel bunker to hunker down in or behind, because it’s awards season and heavy metal statuettes are being tossed around like dimes at a county fair. Like the flurry of résumés from the outer office of Michele Bachmann’s inner circle. As plentiful as the doubts currently circling Mitt Romney’s Super PAC.

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1:41pm

Wed February 22, 2012
voicebox

Weill's Voices . . . on Voicebox

On the next Voicebox, hear Stanford Music Professor Stephen Hinton discuss the vocal music of Kurt Weill and the singers who have helped to seal the German composer’s reputation over decades. 

Weill's Voices on Voicebox, Friday, February 24, from 10-11pm at 91.7FM or www.kalw.org.

 

1:31pm

Wed February 22, 2012
The Two-Way

In Speech, Top Pentagon Lawyer Defends Targeted Killing Program

The top lawyer at the Pentagon offered a strong defense of the Obama administration's targeted killing program Wednesday, arguing the use of lethal force against the enemy is a "long-standing and long-legal practice."

In a speech at Yale University's Law School, Jeh Johnson said there's no real difference between high tech strikes against members of al-Qaida today and the U.S. military decision to target an airplane carrying the commander of the Japanese Navy in 1943.

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1:18pm

Wed February 22, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Whooping Cough Vaccine Recommended For Seniors

Nurse Susan Peel gives a whooping cough vaccination to a student at Inderkum High School in Sacramento, Calif., in 2011. Now it seems likely such shots will become routine for senior citizens, too.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Now just about everybody should be getting vaccinated against whooping cough.

Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are recommending all adults 65 and older be immunized against whooping cough, or pertussis.

The panel is expanding an earlier recommendation that seniors be vaccinated if they have contact with very young infants. Adults and teens have been on the recommended list for years already.

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12:59pm

Wed February 22, 2012
Reporter's Notebook

'We Crush The Cars': Inside The Monster Truck Arena

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:01 am

The Grave Digger team of monster trucks, considered to be one of the most influential monster trucks of all time, is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary and racing in the United States Hot Rod Association (USHRA) Monster Jam series.
Doriane Raiman NPR

It's that time of year again — the time when the sports world starts to zone in on basketball's March Madness, hockey's playoff push, baseball's spring training ... and monster trucks. That's right, it's prime time for four-wheeled contraptions that specialize in crushing each other.

While it may be hard to get past the deafening radio ads, a funny thing can happen on the way to a Monster Jam show. It turns out that young fans' giddiness over the awesome destruction they're about to witness can be pretty contagious.

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12:54pm

Wed February 22, 2012

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