Sat July 9, 2011

Student Brain Power Turns Exercise Into Electricity

Courtesy Drexel University Office of Student Life and Administrative Services

If only all the speed and strength of youth could be channeled into power. Turns out, it can. Some colleges and universities have started converting energy from exercise equipment into electricity.

One of those schools is Drexel University in Philadelphia, where student power runs straight into their buildings' power grids. Dan Simmons, director of recreation at Drexel, says a typical 30-minute workout on a treadmill can generate enough energy to hold a light bulb for 2.5 hours.

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Fri July 8, 2011

Former First Lady Betty Ford Dies At 93

Former first lady Betty Ford has died at the age of 93.

During her life she helped change the way Americans think and talk about breast cancer, women's rights and substance abuse.

But, before she became a first lady, an advocate for women's rights and an inspiration to people struggling with addiction, Betty Ford was a dancer.

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Fri July 8, 2011
The End Of The Space Shuttle Era

From The Movies, Lessons On Privatizing Outer Space

Hollywood history is littered with cautionary tales about corporate takeovers of outer space, but in 2001: A Space Odyssey, things looked oddly familiar: Interstellar travelers flew Pan Am and stayed in Hilton hotels.

During the space race in the 1960s, only governments had deep enough pockets to send humans into orbit. Now, with many of the world's governments in hock up to their eyeballs and NASA's space shuttle going into retirement, commercial ventures are poised to pick up where the shuttle leaves off.

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Fri July 8, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Women Likely To Wear 'Black Widow' Uniforms Against Brazil

Originally published on Fri July 8, 2011 6:31 pm

A Good Luck Charm? The U.S. women's team is undefeated when wearing all black since the uniforms were introduced on May 14. In that game against Japan, Ali Krieger battled for control of the ball.
Jamie Sabau Getty Images

The U.S. women's soccer team will be looking for a spark when they play Brazil Sunday in an elimination match of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. One source of inspiration could be their new all-black uniforms, which the U.S. team reportedly plans to wear for the first time in Germany.

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Fri July 8, 2011
Science And Medicine

A Prenatal Surgery For Spina Bifida Comes Of Age

Drs. Lee Sutton and Scott Adzick perform prenatal surgery on Sarah White's fetus. The fetus has spina bifida — a hole in the lower back that exposes the spinal cord.
Jane Greenhalgh NPR

When she was 19 weeks pregnant, Sarah White went for a routine ultrasound and got a shock.

"I could tell that something was wrong because the ultrasound tech got real quiet," White says.

White's male fetus had spina bifida — a hole in his lower back that exposed the vulnerable spinal cord.

"When they said, 'Your baby has spina bifida,' I knew it wasn't good," says Joe Hensley, White's husband. "But I didn't have a sense of what was involved."

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Fri July 8, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Doctors May Misread Expressions When Seeing A Parkinson's Patient


Doctors and other health practitioners may need to pay more attention to their own biases when seeing people with Parkinson's disease, a neurological disorder that affects muscle control.

It's not always easy for those caring for people with Parkinson's to judge how the patients are coping with the condition because of the way it can interfere with how they express emotion.

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Fri July 8, 2011

A Shuttle Day at UK

UK senior Jason Rexroat with an explanation of the mission control simulator at the Lexington school.
Stu Johnson WEKU

On a day that marks the end of an era for the U-S Space program, students, staff, and interested onlookers at the University of Kentucky gathered to watch the launch.   They were in a room designed to give them a feel for what’s happening at NASA. Just minutes before the final launch of the space shuttle in Florida, everyone jammed inside a simulator modeled after mission control in Houston. Senior Jason Rexroat offered some insight to prospective students, while other eyes focused on the simulator's television monitors and live coverage of a real space flight

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Fri July 8, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

EKU Arts Center Unveils Premiere Season

The inaugural season at Eastern Kentucky University’s Center for the Arts is packed with popular performers and entertainment. The lineup of about dozen acts was released Friday. Among the performers are public radio’s Garrison Keiller, country icon Willie Nelson and soul music queen Aretha Franklin. Center executive director Debra Hoskins is pleased with the way things have fallen into place, especially since she was hired only five months ago.

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Fri July 8, 2011

Cameron Vows Full Probe Of Phone Hacking Scandal

Investigators carry bags of evidence from the home of Andy Coulson, a former News of the World editor and Cameron aide, in London on Friday. Police arrested Coulson in the phone hacking scandal.
Andrew Cowie AFP/Getty Images

British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced two investigations into the phone hacking scandal that brought down Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid and led to the arrest Friday of the paper's former top editor, a former Cameron aide.

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