Rising Gas Prices, Debate Over Publishing H5N1 Research, and a Two-Hour Marathon?: Today on Here and Now

by Laura Ellis on February 21, 2012

1:06pm: Even though domestic consumption is down, gas prices are on the rise. There are real concerns about the supply of oil; relations between Iran and the West are strained and Iran says it’s shutting down sales of oil to Europe and there’s political turmoil in Nigeria, which is affecting supplies here in the US. For the first time, the US has become a net exporter of oil. But we are still a major importer, too. We’ll talk about why prices are up with Ben Brockwell, Director of Data Pricing and Info Services for the Oil Price Information Service.

1:35pm: Alberto Salazar set a world record in New York in 1981. He went on to win that race three times, as well as the 1982 Boston Marathon. Today, Salazar coaches Olympic runners at his base in Oregon. He was in Boston recently and spoke with Here and Now’s Alex Ashlock. Salazar says he’s skeptical about just how much faster the 26.2 mile race can be run, saying, “I don’t believe in our lifetime, the human body as it is right now the next 30 or 40 years, I don’t see the marathon going under two hours.”

1:40pm: Last Friday, the World Health Organization announced that despite fears that terrorists might use the data, information about experiments in making the bird flu more contagious will be published. That recommendation came from a panel of experts who felt that having the information widely available to scientists would help in identifying a possible pandemic before it begins, and that that need was more urgent than keeping the information from terrorists. Physicist Michael Nielsen, author of Re-Inventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science, joins us to talk about the politics of sharing scientific discoveries.

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