Health, Science, Environment

11:07am

Tue November 29, 2011
Health, Science, Environment

The psychology of what makes teens thankful

Under CC license from Youth Radio

Teenagers often feel misunderstood. It’s a hard time of life – somewhere between childhood and adulthood, not quite one or the other – with a future that is at once uncertain, exciting, and overwhelming. It’s no wonder that they can seem ungrateful for what’s going on in the present – and that’s something researchers have found repeatedly. Youth Radio’s Rayana Godfrey decided to take that presumption on in this report on the science of.

RAYANA GODFREY: My mom would kill me if I ever acted like the kid in this popular YouTube video:

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10:55am

Tue November 22, 2011
Health, Science, Environment

Off the Grid: Homegrown waste management

Flickr photo by Batbob. http://www.flickr.com/photos/batbob/464678834/

Compared with the rest of the nation, the Bay Area is an easy place to go green – many restaurants will give you take-out with biodegradable containers and silverware, trash cans have a section for recyclables, and San Francisco, along with other Bay Area cities, even offers compost collection

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10:43am

Tue November 22, 2011
Health, Science, Environment

DIY: How to recycle water in your home

Patrick Smith

Think about the parts of your home where you can conserve water: there’s the shower, the sink, the toilet, and if you’ve got them, maybe a dishwasher or washing machine. You can reduce the amount of water you use, but what about reusing it? KALW’s Thea Chroman decided to learn how to reuse water spent on cleaning herself – and stuff – in a segment called D.I.Y.

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11:53am

Mon November 21, 2011
Health, Science, Environment

If you can hear me now, you might be in trouble

Photo courtesy of Ed Yourton. http://www.flickr.com/photos/yourdon/3754271881/

California is one of many states that bans talking or texting on a handheld device while driving. It's a national problem. In 2009, more than 5,000 people were killed on U.S. roads and about 450,000 were injured due because of so-called "distracted" driving.

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11:42am

Mon November 21, 2011
Health, Science, Environment

Cell phone towers make waves

Flickr photo by Nguyen-Anh Le. http://www.flickr.com/photos/discopalace/853965582/

As many San Franciscans know, dropped calls are such a common problem with cell phones that in 2002, Verizon Wireless launched a commercial empire based on that now-famous tagline:

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