The International Space Station, seen on Nov. 25, 2009, after space shuttle Atlantis undocked. Despite an end to the space shuttle program, scientific work is just getting into full gear.
Japanese Astronaut Satoshi Furukawa works near the Microgravity Science Glovebox aboard the International Space Station on June 30, 2011. The unit allows space station crew members to assemble and operate science experiments in a controlled environment.
Docked to the International Space Station in April, 2010, space shuttle Discovery was a member of the fleet of shuttles that carried supplies, experiments and people to the orbiting outpost. Without the shuttle, other space vehicles, like the Russian Soyuz capsule, will be heavily relied upon.
Imagine you own a small factory, and you learn that your main supplier is going out of business. What do you do? You put on a brave face for employees and investors, and scramble to find alternatives.
That's pretty much where managers of the International Space Station find themselves.
Pedestrians stop to view the National Debt Clock in New York this April. The debt ceiling is becoming an election issue, as groups on both sides spend millions on TV ads.
The debate over raising the debt ceiling has largely taken place in the halls of Congress and the White House briefing room. But there is another front in the battle — a war on the air. Advocacy groups from each side of the issue are spending millions on commercials.
Last week, Moody's Investor Service became the first of the big three rating agency's to put the United States' credit rating on watch for possible downgrade. Today, it suggests that the country should save itself further headaches by getting rid of the debt ceiling altogether.
Even in Italy, healthy peasant fare like the fresh vegetables and fruits at this market stall in Venice isn't cheap, leading many there to abandon the famously healthful Mediterranean diet.
We tackle health claims galore on the podcast this week.
First up is an ad campaign from the California Milk Processor Board aimed at saving long-suffering men from the tyranny of premenstrual syndrome. Really? Yep. The remedy: regular doses of milk for the women in their lives. The milk board cites research that suggests taking a lot of calcium may help reduce the symptoms of PMS. We check it out.