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2:38pm

Thu September 5, 2013
Joe's Big Idea

Coronal Holes: The (Rarely Round) Gaps In The Sun's Atmosphere

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 4:21 pm

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this picture of the sun on June 18. The dark blue area in the upper left quadrant of the sun is a huge coronal hole more than 400,000 miles across. Coronal holes are areas of the sun's outermost atmospheric layer — the corona — where the magnetic field opens up and solar material quickly flows out.
NASA/SDO

There's a hole in the sun's corona. But don't worry — that happens from time to time.

"A coronal hole is just a big, dark blotch that we see on the sun in our images," says Dean Pesnell, project scientist for NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. "We can only see them from space, because when we look at them [through] a regular telescope, they don't appear."

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1:30pm

Thu September 5, 2013
The Two-Way

The Incredible Case Of The Bank Robber Who's Now A Law Clerk

Originally published on Sat October 26, 2013 1:03 pm

After serving almost 11 years in federal prison for bank robbery, Shon Hopwood is a law student at the University of Washington. He's landed a prestigious law clerk's position with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Sang Cho Courtesy of The Daily of the University of Washington

"I had no prior history with the law other than breaking it."

"I thought, 'this kid is a punk.' "

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4:49pm

Wed September 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

Multitasking After 60: Video Game Boosts Focus, Mental Agility

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 4:22 pm

Strenuous mental exercise like reading difficult books, solving tricky math problems — or, maybe, playing the right video game — can help keep a healthy brain sharp, research suggests.
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A brain that trains can stay in the fast lane. That's the message of a study showing that playing a brain training video game for a month can rejuvenate the multitasking abilities of people in their 60s, 70s and 80s.

"After training, they improved their multitasking beyond the level of 20-year-olds," says Adam Gazzaley, one of the study's authors and a brain scientist at the University of California, San Francisco.

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4:27pm

Wed September 4, 2013
Food

Fixing Stove Hoods To Keep Pollution Out Of The Kitchen

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 5:47 pm

Cooking on gas and electric stoves can create indoor air pollution. The best way to avoid it is to buy a good range hood that vents outside, experts say.
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Hot summer days often mean air pollution warnings in big cities. But the air inside your kitchen can sometimes be just as harmful. Cooking fumes from your stove are supposed to be captured by a hood over the range — but even some expensive models aren't that effective.

Jennifer Logue spends a lot of time thinking about what happens when she cooks. She's a research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, where she studies indoor air pollution.

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4:27pm

Wed September 4, 2013
Music Interviews

Trent Reznor: 'I'm Not The Same Person I Was 20 Years Ago'

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 1:55 pm

Trent Reznor.
Baldur Bragason Courtesy of the artist

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