Health & Science http://blog.wuwm.com en Fruit Recall Hits Trader Joe's, Costco, Wal-Mart Stores http://blog.wuwm.com/post/fruit-recall-hits-trader-joes-costco-wal-mart-stores Fears of possible listeria contamination have led to a national recall of whole peaches, nectarines and other fruits packed by a California company. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:13:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 36629 at http://blog.wuwm.com Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? http://blog.wuwm.com/post/pop-quiz-20-percent-chance-rain-do-you-need-umbrella This week, <em>All Things Considered</em> is exploring <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/333708682/risk-and-reason" target="_blank">how people interpret probability</a>. What does it mean to us, for example, when a doctor says an operation has a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/21/332074963/what-the-odds-fail-to-capture-when-a-health-crisis-hits" target="_blank">70 percent chance of success?</a><p>One of the most common encounters with percent probabilities has to do with weather. Take a moment to consider the question below. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:12:00 +0000 editor 36621 at http://blog.wuwm.com Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? 9/11 Commission Issues An Update On Anniversary Of Report http://blog.wuwm.com/post/911-commission-issues-update-anniversary-report Ten years after its landmark report on terrorism, the 9/11 Commission has released an update in which it notes continued problems. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 36609 at http://blog.wuwm.com Obamacare's Split Decisions Spell Law's Possible Return To Supreme Court http://blog.wuwm.com/post/obamacares-split-decisions-spell-laws-possible-return-supreme-court Two different U.S. appeals courts issued opposing verdicts on the Affordable Care Act, one striking down a crucial component of the law while another upheld the same component. NPR's Mara Liasson unravels the political consequences of the conflicting decisions. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 36606 at http://blog.wuwm.com Obama's Health Care Law Has A Confusing Day In Court http://blog.wuwm.com/post/obamas-health-care-law-has-confusing-day-court Another wild legal ride for Obamacare on Tuesday: Two U.S. Court of Appeals panels issued conflicting decisions on an issue with the potential to gut the health care overhaul.<p>The two rulings could lead to another U.S. Supreme Court showdown over the controversial law, all because of what one of the law's opponents initially called "a glitch."<p>That glitch has now become a legal spear aimed at the health care exchanges that are the heart of Obamacare. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 36607 at http://blog.wuwm.com Thousands Of Migrating Birds Take Their Layover In A Texas Parking Lot http://blog.wuwm.com/post/thousands-migrating-birds-take-their-layover-texas-parking-lot For one month every summer, hundreds of thousands of purple martins stop by an abandoned shopping mall parking lot in Austin, Texas, on their way to the Amazon Basin. Reporter Luke Quinton visited this year's roosting and offers a glimpse of the phenomenon. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 editor 36608 at http://blog.wuwm.com Don't Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes http://blog.wuwm.com/post/dont-pop-bubble-wrap-scientists-turn-trash-test-tubes Hate to burst your bubble, glass lab gear. But plastic bubble wrap also works pretty well at running science experiments.<p>Scientists at Harvard University have figured out a way to use these petite pouches as an inexpensive alternate to glass test tubes and culture dishes. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:31:00 +0000 editor 36593 at http://blog.wuwm.com Don't Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes As High School Lacrosse Surges In Popularity, So Does Injury Focus http://blog.wuwm.com/post/high-school-lacrosse-surges-popularity-so-does-injury-focus Sometimes called the fastest game on two feet, lacrosse is also one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S.<p>Between 2008 and 2012, kids' participation in lacrosse climbed 158 percent to a little more than three-quarters of a million, according to a <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303519404579350892629229918">survey conducted</a> by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association/Physical Activity Council. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:19:00 +0000 editor 36594 at http://blog.wuwm.com As High School Lacrosse Surges In Popularity, So Does Injury Focus Rumor Patrol: No, A Snake In A Bag Did Not Cause Ebola http://blog.wuwm.com/post/rumor-patrol-no-snake-bag-did-not-cause-ebola "A lady had a snake in a bag. When somebody opened the bag, that made the lady die."<p>That's the beginning of a story that Temba Morris often hears about the origins of Ebola. Morris runs a government health clinic in a remote village near Sierra Leone's border with Guinea. According to the story, somebody else then looked inside the bag.<p>"And the one who opened the bag also died," is what Morris hears next. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:17:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 36591 at http://blog.wuwm.com Rumor Patrol: No, A Snake In A Bag Did Not Cause Ebola How A Tiny Fly's Ears Could Help You Hear Better http://blog.wuwm.com/post/how-tiny-flys-ears-could-help-you-hear-better <em>Ormia ochracea</em> is not a very likeable creature, even by fly standards.<p>This parasitic fly likes to leave its larvae on the backs of crickets. The larvae burrow inside the cricket and then proceed to eat the cricket alive.<p>But humans who have struggled with hearing loss might soon be thankful for at least one small part of this fly — its ears.<p><em>Ormia ochracea</em> has developed very specialized ears that let it locate crickets by following the sound of their chirp. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:05:00 +0000 editor 36587 at http://blog.wuwm.com How A Tiny Fly's Ears Could Help You Hear Better