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Science Friday

Keeping an Eye on Eruptions Around the World

Thursday, September 11, 2014

At least 20 volcanoes are probably erupting as you read these words.

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Science Friday

After 40 Years, a Blue Whale Population Bounces Back

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Blue whale populations are only a fraction of what they once were globally, but a California population has nearly made a comeback.

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Science Friday

A Jovian Moon With Earth-Like Tectonics

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa may undergo processes similar to plate tectonics on Earth.

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Ozone Levels Bounce Back, Showing First Increase In 35 Years

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NASA says that a ban on CFCs enacted in the 1980s has contributed to a 4 percent rebound since 2000 in atmospheric ozone in mid-northern latitudes.

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All Things Considered

Illegal Loggers Suspected In Death Of Peruvian Activist

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Audie Cornish talks to geographer David Salisbury about his friend Edwin Chota. Chota — the Peruvian activist who advocated that land that was being illegally logged should be given to indigenous groups — was murdered deep in the Amazon jungle on Sept. 1. The murder was not reported until this week because of the remote location.

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All Things Considered

U.S. Gets Middling Marks On 2014 'State Of Birds' Report Card

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Domestic cats, high-rises and vanishing habitat are taking a toll on more than 33 species of American birds, a comprehensive update reports. Still, wetland and coastal birds are faring better.

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PRI's The World

At the Darién Gap, the Pan-American Highway's 30,000 mile journey is interrupted by 100 miles of barely tamable jungle

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The Darién Gap is a small stretch of rugged, swampy terrain between Panama and Colombia. It's the only point in the 48,000 mile long Pan-American highway where the highway literally stops — because it can't go forward.

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PRI's The World

Here's the green success story of the California blue whale

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A new study of blue whales in the eastern Pacific has found that the population of the behemoths there has bounced back to near pre-whaling levels. But other populations of blues elsewhere are not doing nearly as well.

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Morning Edition

More Than Half Of U.S. Bird Species Threatened By Climate Change

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A new Audubon report shows how climate change could affect the ranges of 588 North American bird species by the end of the century. Bald eagles, loons and orioles are among those facing major threats.

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All Things Considered

Could Great Lakes Fisheries Be Revived Through Fish Farms?

Monday, September 08, 2014

This summer, Michigan's aquaculture industry took a step forward. And that has touched off a debate over whether the Great Lakes are an appropriate place for fish farming.

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U.S. Pacific Blue Whales Seen Rebounding Close To Historic Levels

Sunday, September 07, 2014

With their population estimated at roughly 97 percent of historical levels, blue whales off the West Coast are being called a conservation success story.

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For Lack Of Mississippi Silt, The Gulf Is Losing Coastal Land

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Thousands of miles of Louisiana's coastline have been disappearing over the last century. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to fishing guide Ryan Lambert about what's happening to his community.

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The Takeaway

Wilderness Act at 50: Community & Nature At Odds

Friday, September 05, 2014

The vast majority of the wilderness protected in the U.S. today was created before 1990. And since then, few designations have gotten through.

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All Things Considered

Federal Judge Decides BP Acted With Gross Negligence In Gulf Oil Spill

Thursday, September 04, 2014

A federal judge has ruled that British Petroleum is guilty of gross negligence in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and oil spill. The decision means BP might be fined billions of dollars in penalties for its role.

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Science Friday

Supermassive Dinosaur Would Have ‘Feared Nothing’

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Scientists estimate the dinosaur Dreadnoughtus schrani would have weighed as much as a Boeing 737.

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Science Friday

Randall Munroe Asks, ‘What If?’

Thursday, September 04, 2014

In his new book What If?, xkcd comic artist Randall Munroe answers his reader’s hypothetical questions with math and science.

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Science Friday

The Wilderness Act Turns 50

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Fifty years ago this week, legislation set aside over nine million acres of official wilderness.

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Science Friday

Hello, Stranger, Wanna Share a Cab?

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Researchers found that potentially 95 percent of cab rides in New York City could have been shared.

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Science Friday

From Exotic Garden to Eco-Haven

Thursday, September 04, 2014

A former millionaire's estate is becoming an environmental haven and training ground.

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Science Friday

To Master Test Material, Give Your Brain a Break

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Salvador Dalí and Thomas Edison took very brief naps when they were stuck on artistic and scientific problems.

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