NPR Science Correspondent Richard Harris traveled to Australia's Great Barrier Reef to find out how the coral reefs are coping with increased water temperature and increasing ocean acidity, brought about by our burning of fossil fuels. Day 4: Richard catches up with one of the gurus of climate science out on the reef.
Ken Caldeira loves a challenge, and he has a big one right under his feet. He's standing on an expanse of coral reef out in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. It's being washed with water as the tide streams over the reef, from a lagoon to the open sea.
Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 11:03 am
What you do while you're asleep may say something about your cognitive function later in life.
Here's why. Mayo Clinic researchers report that having a condition called REM sleep behavior disorder, in which you act out dreams in your sleep, appears to be a harbinger for something called Lewy body dementia years later — at least in men.
Jonathan Caldwell of Hendersonville, Tenn., right, winner of the Middle Tennessee 2013 Regional Spelling Bee at MTSU, is joined by his mother, Holly Caldwell, for publicity photos after his 18th-round win March 20. Caldwell is a seventh-grader at Merrol Hyde Magnet School. (MTSU photo by News and Media Relations)
Be honest now: If someone asked you to spell “Flemish,” and you were in Tennessee on the first day of spring, wouldn’t you almost spell it “phlegmish”?
Not to mention spelling “fennel” with a stuffed-up nose — F-E-D-D-E-L — or misunderstanding the emcee’s pronunciation as “o-topsy” and asking for clarification to be sure it’s “aw-topsy” before spelling A-U-T-O-P-S-Y correctly.
These challenges and more awaited 44 of Middle Tennessee’s finest young orthographers at MTSU at today’s regional finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Newly installed Chinese President Xi Jinping is following in his predecessor's footsteps by making Russia his first official trip abroad.
The visits by Xi and Hu Jintao before him (in 2003), both meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, reinforce how the Cold War rivals have grown closer as they seek to counter U.S. influence in Asia and Europe.
As a deadline on Cyprus to come up with a financial bailout plan nears, a possible rescue from Russia looks to have fallen apart, leaving the island nation few options for staving off default.
Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said as far as Moscow was concerned "the talks have ended," but Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev left the door open, saying aid from Moscow would be contingent on Cyprus gaining European Union backing for its other money-raising ideas.
Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 8:24 am
President Obama wrapped up his trip to Israel and the West Bank on Friday with visits to three symbolic pilgrimage sites: First he laid a stone on the grave of Theodor Herzl, the father of modern Zionism, then he laid a wreath and a stone on the grave of Yitzhak Rabin, the Israeli leader assassinated in 1995. Finally, Obama made a somber visit to the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem.