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Science Wednesdays: Ultimate Mars Challenge

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 10:17am -- WCVE

In August, a rover named Curiosity touched down inside Mars’ Gale Crater, carrying 10 new instruments that will advance the quest for signs that Mars might once have been suitable for life. But Curiosity’s mission is risky. After parachuting through the Martian atmosphere at twice the speed of sound, Curiosity was gently lowered to the planet’s surface by a “sky crane.” This first-of-its-kind system has been tested on Earth, but there was no guarantee it would work on Mars.

Tips From Richard: Winterize Your Lawn Mower

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 12:24pm -- WCVE
Change the oil and the filter and clean the air filter. Drain your fuel tank or add a fuel stabilizer to prevent clogging of the carburetor by the old fuel. After adding stabilizer, run the mower for a few minutes to distribute the stabilizer throughout the engine. Lastly, clean or replace your spark plug. A little care now will insure your mower is ready to go when the grass starts growing again in the spring.

Other Than Honorable Series on Morning Edition

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 11:19am -- WCVE

“To care for him who shall have bourne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan.” Abraham Lincoln’s promise to heal the nation is now the motto of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. But tens of thousands of Americans who served are legally barred from most of that care. They bore the battle, but left the military with bad discharges, some for misdemeanors, some for serious misconduct, and often related to trauma from war. Especially for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, an unfavorable discharge can result in no treatment for the wound that caused the bad conduct.

How Sherlock Changed the World

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:22pm -- WCVE

The fictional Sherlock Holmes was a scientist who used chemistry, bloodstains and minute traces of evidence to catch criminals. In an era when eyewitness reports and “smoking gun” evidence were needed to convict criminals, Sherlock Holmes’ crime-scene methods were revolutionary. Forensic scientists, crime historians and Sherlockian experts reveal for the first time the astonishing impact Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation had on the development of real-life criminal investigation and forensic techniques.

Science Wednesday: At the Edge of Space

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 10:06am -- WCVE

Between the blue sky above us and the infinite blackness of space lies a frontier full of enigmas that scientists have only just begun to investigate. “At the Edge of Space” takes viewers on a spectacular exploration to probe the earth-space boundary zone, home to some of nature’s most puzzling and alluring phenomena: the shimmering aurora, streaking meteors, and fleeting flashes that shoot upwards from thunderclouds, known as sprites.

Science Wednesday: Cold Case JFK

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 10:45am -- WCVE

Fifty years later, what can science tell us about the Kennedy assassination — and the investigations that followed? The 1963 murder, in broad daylight in front of hundreds of witnesses, was a homicide investigator’s best-case scenario. Yet somehow the JFK assassination became a forensic nightmare, plagued by mishandled evidence, a controversial autopsy and, incredibly, a prime suspect murdered while in police custody before he could be tried — all of it captured on film.