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PRI's The World

The key to some big endangered species crime investigations is a small lab in Oregon

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Trying to figure out where that confiscated rhino horn came from? Is that guitar made from a piece of endangered tropical hardwood? You might find the answers to your questions at the US Fish & Wildlife Service's Forensic Lab in Ashland, Oregon, the only one like it in the world.

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PRI's The World

Put away the plastic sheets and duct tape — there's no Ebola outbreak coming to the US

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The death of Liberian American traveler Patrick Sawyer stoked fears that the Ebola virus could cross the Atlantic. But despite the wide spread of the disease in West Africa, it has almost no chance of breaking out the United States thanks to the deep medical infrastructure here.

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PRI's The World

Jennifer Lopez has a species of water mite named after her. Really

Thursday, July 31, 2014

What do Barack Obama, Jennifer Lopez and Bob Marley have in common? Think science and species.

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Radiolab

Two Glorious Science Experiments: One About Sex, The Other About Lunch

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

In the 1760s, an Italian scientist ran a sex experiment that required putting teeny trousers on some ardent male frogs. Hot guys in pants, it turns out, aren't so hot.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Science of Booze

Friday, June 13, 2014

We're familiar with its effects. But what's the magical chemistry behind fermented beverages? And what in the world goes into a "Corpse Reviver #2?"

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Radiolab

Intriguing Lime-Green Blobs Appear In The Andes Mountains. Are They Alive?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Oops.

Someone dropped lime sherbet on the desert — and it's melting. Who's going to clean this up?

Courtesy of Terrace Lodge

Nobody. Because this — believe it or not — is a plant. It may look like a glob of goo, but it's ...

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Radiolab

WHAT IF WE DON’T KILL ‘EM ALL?

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

We can end the mosquito madness without turning a select few into genetically modified assassins. And the other ways to do it are just as far out. 

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Radiolab

Super Cool

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What do frozen horses and a scorching universe have in common? That's what we wanted to know.

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Radiolab

Stayin' Alive

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A look at four unconventional ways to stay alive.

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On Being

Brian Greene — Reimagining the Cosmos

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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On Being

[Unedited] Brian Greene with Krista Tippett

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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Radiolab

The Sludge at the Bottom of the Sea

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Whatever happened to all that poop New York City dumped out in the ocean?

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Radiolab

Seasons of Smell

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Fall: cinnamon. Winter: pine. Spring: lilacs. Each season smells different, right? Well, sorta.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

J. Craig Venter on Synthetic Genomics and the Future

Monday, October 21, 2013

Renowned scientist J. Craig Venter explains the new field of synthetic genomics, detailing its origins, current challenges and controversies, and projected effects on our lives. In 2010, scientists led by Venter became the first to successfully create “synthetic life,” and  he looks at how it can lead to chemical and energy generation, health, clean water and food production, and possibly even our own evolution. In Life at the Speed of Light, Venter presents a study of this emerging field from the inside.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cory Booker; Human Evolution; Neologisms; Shutdown Latest

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Newark mayor and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator from New Jersey Cory Booker discusses his campaign ahead of Wednesday's election. Plus: Harvard evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman on his new book The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease; new neologisms with New York Times culture writer Liesl Schillinger; and the latest on the government shutdown and talks over raising the debt ceiling with Buzzfeed's Kate Nocera.

The Brian Lehrer Show

The Human Body Story

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

An edited version of this conversation was included in a best-of episode of the Brian Lehrer Show on December 26, 2013. It originally aired live on October 15, and the audio from that segment is posted here.

Professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard and author of the new book, The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease (Pantheon, 2013), Daniel Lieberman, discusses why we have flat feet, myopia, type 2 diabetes and other evolutionary mismatches and why he thinks we need to think more about our evolutionary history when we think about our health.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Lasker Award Winners

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Lasker Award-winners Richard Scheller and Blake Wilson talk about the research that earned them this coveted science prize this year. Dr. Richard Scheller is receiving an award for discoveries concerning molecular machinery and regulatory mechanism that underlie the rapid release of neurotransmitters, and  Dr. Wilson is receiving an award for the development of the modern cochlear implant, a device that allows individuals with profound deafness to hear.

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Radiolab

The Risks and Rewards of Empathy

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Sometimes being a good scientist requires putting aside your emotions. But what happens when objectivity isn't enough to make sense of a seemingly senseless act of violence? Lulu Miller introduces us to Jeff Lockwood, a professor at the University of Wyoming, who spent a part of his career studying a ...

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Radiolab

Human Made From Paper Eats Pepperoni Pizza — And Lives!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

What surgeons see when they open us up and look inside is not pretty — unless you're a surgeon. But when designer Kelli Anderson opens us up, we are feathery, pipe filled, ivory-boned, wired, clean, elegant — just gorgeous. Plus, we are entirely made of colored paper. Check out this new transparent (and interactive!) human body — perfect for kids.

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