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Harnessing elusive energy – oceans to autos

Harnessing elusive energy – oceans to autos

Energy is everywhere; technology is almost everywhere, but opportunities are lost when they don’t work together. Imagine that you could harness the energy lost in braking your car; use the difference between the warm surface temperatures and cold depths of the ocean to generate electricity; or harvest the power released when fresh and salt water [...]

What tiny events might have resulted in different presidents?

What tiny events might have resulted in different presidents?

As Florida’s “ballot malfunction” in the 2000 presidential election showed, the smallest actions can have profound consequences. In the new book Then Everything Changed—Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics, veteran politics and culture reporter Jeff Greenfield examines the tiny shifts in events that could have led to John F. Kennedy’s death even before his inauguration, [...]

The doctor is in

The doctor is in

Today, AirTalk begins a new, semi-regular series looking at the top health stories, fads and frustrations facing patients and doctors. Making headlines last week, entertainment legend Mickey Rooney testified in front of a Senate Committee on Aging that he was “…unable to avoid becoming a victim of elder abuse.” Through tears, Rooney said it’s time [...]

OK: The Improbable Story of America’s Greatest Word

OK: The Improbable Story of America’s Greatest Word

In his book, <i>OK: The Improbable Story of America's Greatest Word</i>, Allan Metcalf catalogs the origin and now ubiquitous use of the two-letter expression – “O.K.” From presidential campaign advertisements to the pages of literature, the figure of speech in one form or another – including “OK” and “okay” – has permeated the vernacular of [...]

FilmWeek: The Adjustment Bureau, Rango, Strange Case of Angelica, Beastly, Hall Pass and more

FilmWeek: The Adjustment Bureau, Rango, Strange Case of Angelica, Beastly, Hall Pass and more

FilmWeek: KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan, Andy Klein and Charles Solomon join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including The Adjustment Bureau, Rango, Strange Case of Angelica, Beastly, Hall Pass and more. TGI-FilmWeek! Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Manning up: how the rise of women turned men into boys

Manning up: how the rise of women turned men into boys

Twenties are the new 30s, 30s are the new 40s, and… well you get it; and you’ve heard it before. Delayed adulthood has been a phenomenon that’s been talked about for a while now. But Kay Hymowitz edits this phenomenon to say that it’s only in men because of a woman’s inescapable biological clock. Hymowitz [...]

Will generation HOT inherit an unlivable planet?

Will generation HOT inherit an unlivable planet?

Mark Hertsgaard has been writing about global warming for years but it wasn’t until he became a father that the predicted crisis of climate change began to touch him on a deeper level. In his new book Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth, Hertsgaard explores practical responses to the new era of [...]

Balloons over Antarctica

Balloons over Antarctica

Nicknamed the “Little Balloon That Could,” a research balloon was launched in a test run from McMurdo Station in Antarctica in December of last year. Physicist Robyn Millan, principal investigator on the project, anxiously watched as it slowly soared to 112,000 feet, only slightly lower than its goal of 120,000 feet, knowing its success would [...]

The Peace Corps at 50: has it changed with changing times?

The Peace Corps at 50: has it changed with changing times?

Since President John Kennedy signed the Peace Corps into existence in 1961, American men and women have fanned out over the globe as volunteers in underserved areas, working on education, health and HIV/AIDS, the environment, youth development, agriculture and more. Fifty years later, the world has changed but their mission remains the same. How has [...]

The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games are Won

The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games are Won

Does life explain sports? Is it possible that the same behavioral dynamics that apply to our daily existence are equally applicable to athletics? The authors of Sportscasting contend that the reason refs miss calls is the same reason some parents don’t inoculate their kids and that Tiger Woods is prone to making the same mistakes [...]