Health, Science, Environment

4:52pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Arts & Culture

At the Exploratorium, there's no such thing as too much Pi

Pi Day founder Larry Shaw.
Casey Miner

The basic definition of the number pi is that it’s doesn’t have an exact value – it’s an infinite calculation. But it is possible to know the exact number of people required to sing a fully orchestrated song about it – sixteen.

I visited San Francisco’s Exploratorium a few days before this year’s Pi Day celebration, to watch a rehearsal of the 16-person band in question. They’re called Buffon’s Needle, a reference to an 18th Century French mathematician who approximated the value of pi by throwing pine needles on the ground.

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1:49pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Alameda County could take the lead in unwanted medication disposal

http://www.flickr.com/photos/zachklein/3964249/sizes/z/in/photostream/

Prescription drug use is rising. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by the year 2008, half of all Americans were taking one or more prescription drugs, and 37 percent of older Americans took five or more.

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2:10pm

Thu March 8, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Medical clowns offer hospital patients a dose of humor

http://www.medicalclownproject.org/what-we-do/pressmedia

Clowns remind us not to take ourselves too seriously. But it takes a professionally trained clown to lighten the mood in a hospital while being therapeutic. In a quiet hospital wing, some unlikely sounds float down the hallway: an accordion, a ukelele, and laughter. Luz Gaxiola and Molly Shannon make their daily rounds at the California Pacific Medical Center. They’re part of the Alameda based Medical Clown Project.

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9:15am

Wed March 7, 2012
bbc fukushima special

BBC Special Report: Fukushima - the scientific legacy

Nearly a year after Japan was struck by a huge earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, tune in Wednesday and Thursday at 5:30pm for a special two-part report from the BBC on radioactive fallout, health effects, decontamination efforts, and government response to the Fukushima disaster.

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12:00am

Mon March 5, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Today on Your Call: How can awareness here and abroad save our oceans and underwater life?

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the 9th annual San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, which kicks off on Thursday, March 8th. The festival celebrates the sea with inspirational films intended to increase our appreciation of the oceans. This year, the festival is showing several international films. Join us live at 10 or send an email to feedback@yourcallradio.org. How can awareness here and abroad save our oceans and underwater life? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

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