The Salt
6:18 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Organic Farming Factions Spat Over Synthetic Substances

The National Organic Standards Board voted to no longer allow farmers to use the antibiotic streptomycin on organic apple and pear trees.
Jeff Haynes AFP/Getty Images

Here in the news biz, we rely on thumbnail descriptions, sparing you the details. We'll tell you, for instance, that organic farmers aren't allowed to use synthetic pesticides and factory-made fertilizer.

In general, that's true. But there's also a long list of pesky exceptions to the rule. And this week, a battle erupted over those exceptions: the synthetic or factory-made substances that organic farmers are still allowed to use because the farmers say they couldn't survive without them.

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3:21 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

How A Pan, A Lamp And A Little Bit Of Water Can Trap A Stink Bug

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 10:17 am



The brown marmorated stink bug is a real pest. It can be found now in 41 states, the District of Columbia and also Canada. The bugs destroy crops and frustrate humans because they, too, like to shelter indoors when it's cold outside. Scientists at Virginia Tech say they have come up with a trap that can be made for just a couple of dollars.

From member station WVTF, Robbie Harris has the story.

ROBBIE HARRIS, BYLINE: No matter how good a housekeeper you are, it's not easy to keep stink bugs from ruining your image.

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The Two-Way
12:03 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Rock-Paper-Scissors Strategy Could Be More Than Mere Child's Play

Contestants compete in a rock-paper-scissors tournament in Gainesville, Fla., in 2012. A new study indicates it's not as random as it seems.
Matt Stamey Gainesville Sun/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 3:22 pm

The child's game rock-paper-scissors is designed for a random outcome in which no player has an advantage over any other.

While that might be true based solely on random probability, it ignores the way humans actually play the game, according to a new study published by Cornell University.

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Krulwich Wonders...
9:37 am
Fri May 2, 2014

'Wassup, Sheep?' He Asked


Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 1:39 pm

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Shots - Health News
4:02 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Contagious Aphrodisiac? Virus Makes Crickets Have More Sex

Daniel Horowitz for NPR

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 7:47 am

Imagine if there were a virus that could get inside you and dial up your libido, so that you all of a sudden start mating more (more frequently and with more partners), so that the virus — the tricky, tricky, clever, little virus — could transmit itself through your lovemaking to somebody else, then somebody else, and somebody else after that.

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