Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 11:27 am
In 1970, Warner Bros. Records had an unusual philosophy: they'd sign artists and, instead of wanting a hit single immediately, they'd develop them over several albums. This way, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Little Feat, and Randy Newman got big career boosts. They also took a chance on Captain Beefheart, and although neither a hit single nor a hit album resulted, some very interesting music did. Fresh Air rock historian Ed Ward has the story.
Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 1:30 pm
One week last year, Jonathan Ledgard was talking with White House officials about how drones could deliver cargo to remote Africa. The next week, he was in a remote African village, telling elders how drones could change their lives.
He heard the same fears from both audiences: Will the drones crash into houses? Will they spy on people? Will they attack people?
Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 3:33 pm
The human armpit has a lot to offer bacteria. It's moist, it's warm, and it's usually dark.
But when the bacteria show up, they can make a stink. That's because when some kinds of bacteria encounter sweat they produce smelly compounds, transforming the armpit from a neutral oasis to the mothership of body odor. And one group of bacteria is to blame for the stink, researchers say.