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6:03 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Can't Stand Meetings? Try Taking Away The Chairs

Standing even for part of a meeting could engage your team in more productive collaboration, researchers say.
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Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 10:49 am

The secret to more productive meetings? You might simply need to stand up.

This we know, to some degree. Just take as examples the growing popularity of standing desks, which took off after a flurry of reports found that sitting for long periods of time can significantly, negatively, impact employees' health.

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Science
9:59 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Study Up For 'Think': A Look At Laughter

We know that something funny lends to laughter. But what initially makes something funny?
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To guffaw, to chuckle, to giggle—laughter, regardless of how we do it, is a form of expression everyone experiences. But why do we do it? Today at 1 p.m. on Think, we will speak to Peter McGraw about his quest for the answer in "The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny."

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Science
8:55 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson: When It Comes To Asteroids, Be Afraid. Be (A Tiny Bit) Afraid.

That vest is the actual vest Tyson wears in the Superman comic.
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In 2013, a meteor exploded over the Ural Mountains in Russia (you might remember the dashcam footage and the seemingly non-plussed Russians who captured it).

Which begs the question: What else flying around in the cosmos might come into contact with Earth? And who better to deliver the answer than Neil deGrasse Tyson?

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Environment
11:14 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Study Up For 'Think:' Understanding The Ins And Outs Of Fracking

Growing concerns about the effects of fracking have many North Texans protesting the industry. Russell Gold addresses the pros and cons of the process in his new book: The Boom.
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North Texas is a battleground for pro and anti-fracking camps -- especially Denton, where residents have signed a petition to ban fracking in the city. Russell Gold, author of The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World, will speak with KERA's Krys Boyd today at noon on "Think" to talk about the process and future of fracking.

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Science
6:36 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

EPA To Release Air Pollution Guidelines, North Texas Groups Weigh In

A coal-fired power plant in West Virginia
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The Dallas County Medical Society is backing a group rallying for strict EPA air pollution guidelines.

A hearing was held in Dallas Thursday as the EPA prepares to release its first-ever set of guidelines to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.

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Friday Conversation
9:13 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Inside The Dallas-Trained Brain That Won A Nobel

Dr. Thomas Südhof, who won a Nobel prize this week, spent 25 years at UT Southwestern in Dallas.
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This week’s Nobel Prizes had a distinct twang. Three North Texas universities had small roles in the project that won the physics medal – and the winner of the Nobel for Medicine spent 25 years at UT Southwestern in Dallas. Dr. Thomas Südhof took a break in his whirlwind week for our Friday Conversation.

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9:57 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Talk About A Brainiac! After 25 Years At UT Southwestern, Researcher Wins Nobel

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Dr. Thomas C. Südhof moved to Stanford in 2008 after a quarter-century in Dallas.
We're deep into Nobel Prize season, and a brain researcher with North Texas roots is celebrating. Dr. Thomas C. Südhof is one of three scientists who shared the Nobel for Physiology or Medicine on Monday. The Stanford professor did his prize-winning research - on "synaptic transmission," or how brain cells communicate with chemical signals - during his 25 years at UT Southwestern in Dallas.
4:45 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Sneak Peek: Fort Worth Factory Assembling First Smartphone Made In U.S.

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On the heels of the new iPhone buzz in Silicon Valley, Motorola gave its first glimpse into the Fort Worth factory where the Moto X is assembled. KERA's Lauren Silverman took a look.
Fort Worth isn't just home to the Stockyards and Sundance Square anymore. Cowtown is now home to a plant that will produce the first smartphones ever assembled in the U.S. It's called the Moto X and it's Motorola's new flagship device. Gov.
Science
10:50 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Study Up For ‘Think’: The Latest In Investigative Genetics

What are the latest advances in investigative genetics? Find out at noon on 'Think'.
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Where are the bodies from the graves at the Dozier Boys School, a former reform school in south Florida in the news for reported beatings, going for research? The University of North Texas Center for Human Identification. Discovering the boys' identities and how some of them died will be part of a day's work for researchers at the center. We'll find out about advances in forensic science that lend hope to solving this case and so many others at noon as Think host Krys Boyd talks to Dr. Art Eisenberg,  Chair of the Department of Forensics and Investigative Genetics at UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

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Science
7:18 pm
Sat July 20, 2013

Sending Science Experiments Into Space

Space aficionados, students, and scientists learn to program using Arduinos that they could use as part of science experiments to send into space. The weekend workshop took place at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas.
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A group of Texas hardware hackers and space aficionados gathered in Dallas at the Frontiers of Flight Museum this weekend. Their goal? Learn how to build experiments to take into space.

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