Science http://tspr.org en Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? http://tspr.org/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 21:58:00 +0000 editor 57031 at http://tspr.org Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? Thousands Of Migrating Birds Take Their Layover In A Texas Parking Lot http://tspr.org/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 57013 at http://tspr.org Don't Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes http://tspr.org/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 57007 at http://tspr.org Don't Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes What's Better Than A Total Eclipse Of The Sun? Check This http://tspr.org/post/whats-better-total-eclipse-sun-check <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyZoD7BRTtg</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:55:00 +0000 Robert Krulwich 57001 at http://tspr.org What's Better Than A Total Eclipse Of The Sun? Check This Son's Mental Illness Prompts Billionaire's Big Donation To Psychiatric Research http://tspr.org/post/sons-mental-illness-prompts-billionaires-big-donation-psychiatric-research Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>A billionaire businessman today is making the largest ever donation toward psychiatric research. Ted Stanley is giving $650 million to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. The money will fund efforts to find and treat the genetic underpinnings of mental illness. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:25:00 +0000 editor 56964 at http://tspr.org