Joe Palca http://kut.org en 'The Coolest Thing Ever': How A Robotic Arm Changed 4 Lives http://kut.org/post/coolest-thing-ever-how-robotic-arm-changed-4-lives <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1jbEvhFzQM</p> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:16:45 +0000 Joe Palca 9284 at http://kut.org 'The Coolest Thing Ever': How A Robotic Arm Changed 4 Lives Deconstructing Dengue: How Old Is That Mosquito? http://kut.org/post/why-has-dengue-appeared-texas-not-arizona Scientists can spend years working on problems that at first may seem esoteric and rather pointless. For example, there's a scientist in Arizona who's trying to find a way to measure the age of wild mosquitoes.<p>As weird as that sounds, the work is important for what it will tell scientists about the natural history of mosquitoes. It also could have major implications for human health.<p>Here's why. There's a nasty disease called dengue that is just beginning to show up in the United States. It's caused by a virus, and it's transmitted from person to person by a mosquito. Sat, 11 Feb 2012 22:52:04 +0000 Joe Palca 3636 at http://kut.org Deconstructing Dengue: How Old Is That Mosquito? Texas Find Turns Back Clock On Settlers In America http://kut.org/post/texas-find-turns-back-clock-settlers-america A newly excavated site in central Texas contains evidence that the first human settlers in the Lone Star state arrived more than 15,000 years ago. That's more than 2,000 years earlier than scientists originally thought.<p>The discovery should help end a controversy about whether a culture known as Clovis was the first to settle in the Americas. Fri, 25 Mar 2011 05:01:00 +0000 Joe Palca 1168 at http://kut.org Texas Find Turns Back Clock On Settlers In America