Some context from Pew ahead of debt ceiling showdown. Since 1980, the debt limit has been increased 42 times, under both Republican and Democratic presidents and every possible configuration of partisan control in Congress.
University aims to build “transient electronics” - devices that dissolve so they don’t end up in landfill when they’re obsolete.
There’s a new digital, three-dimensional model of our most complicated organ - it’s called “Big Brain.” To make it, researchers sliced a cadaver brain from a 65-year-old woman into 7,400 thin sections, stained them to reveal tiny features, and scanned each one. Then they used computers to combine the scanning data into a 3-D digital model. The pictures are incredible.
Statement on Facebook from Tony Laubach of the tornado research company Twistex on the death of three colleagues in Oklahoma on Friday:
"It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share this news. On Friday, May 31, Tim Samaras, his son, Paul Samaras, and Carl Young lost their lives in the El Reno, OK tornado. This is a devastating loss to the meteorological, research, and storm chasing communities. I ask that you keep the families in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. There is some comfort in knowing these men passed on doing what they loved."
(Twistex is an abbreviation for Tactical Weather Instrumented Sampling in Tornadoes Experiment.)
—CBS News Podcast: Drought and Wild Animals
DROUGHT AND ANIMALS: KATHERINE EAGLESON INTERVIEW
New Mexico is in its third year of drought and that’s causing problems for human and animal residents of the state. This is the CBS News Podcast of interview with Katherine Eagleson of The Wildlife Center refuge about what’s going on there.
—CBS Radio News: Oklahoma Tornado
My last CBS Radio News “hourly”: 6pm Eastern, May 20, 2013. Anchored by Harley Carnes.
—CBS News Podcast: Death Toll in Syria
SYRIA CONFLICT: MATAZ SUHEIL INTERVIEW
As the international community tries to build support for a peace conference on Syria, a London-based group that monitors the number of dead in the conflict has released new numbers. This is the CBS News Podcast of my interview with Mataz Suheil of Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
—CBS News Podcast: Prescription Drug Spending
HEALTHCARE SPENDING: MICHAEL KLEINROCK INTERVIEW
Spending on prescription drugs in the U.S. fell for the first time last year, according to a company that’s tracked drug spending since the 1950s. This is the CBS News Podcast of my interview with Michael Kleinrock of IMS Health about that and other healthcare trends in the company’s new study.