Sat July 28, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Weekend Special: The Miracle Of The Felt-Tipped Pen

BMJ Case Reports

I guess things get swallowed all the time, but this tale (from a hospital case study in Devon, in Britain) tells us something extraordinary about felt-tip pens. (If you look at this woman's stomach, there's a pen in there near the top.)

It's called "An incidental finding of a gastric foreign body 25 years after ingestion," by Oliver Richard Waters, Tawfique Daneshmend, Tarek Shirazi, in BMJ Case Reports from 2011.

Here's the full report:

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Fri July 27, 2012

Did Beijing Medal In Pollution Cuts?

Beijing's traffic cuts during the 2008 Olympics reduced smog—and greenhouse gas emissions.
Noel Hidalgo Flickr – Creative Commons

As the Summer Olympic Games get underway today in London, researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder have been looking back to the last games. The effort to clear the skies in Beijing was also a perfect experiment for climate scientists.

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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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Tue July 24, 2012

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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Mon July 23, 2012

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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