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PRI's The World

For a team of researchers stranded on an island with a storm coming, the solution was simple. Send in the Navy

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A team of NOAA researchers were counting Hawaiian monk seals on a small chain of Pacific islands when they discovered that Tropical Storm Iselle was headed their way. It took a rescue mission by the US Navy to get them out safely.

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All Things Considered

Iowa's Corn Farmers Learn To Adapt To Weather Extremes

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Studies warn that climate change will threaten corn production in coming decades. Meanwhile, farmers are experimenting with new planting methods in hopes of slowing soil erosion from torrential rains.

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PRI's The World

Conservationists are working to create more national parks at sea

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Here’s some positive environmental news. In fact, it's a positive environmental trend: nations across the world are protecting huge swaths of ocean waters. And the trend may just be getting started.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Dangers of Dust

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Dust is almost everywhere, and while most household dust isn't hazardous, dust in factories and in the environment can contain toxins and particles that are dangerous to inhale and are even flammable.

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Milwaukee Finds A Fix For Stormwater Overflows: Abandoned Basements

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Stormwater and sewage backing up into someone's basement is a disaster. But a city official realized that if that basement is in a home that's going to be razed, flooding it could save other homes.

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Morning Edition

In Time Of Drought, Arizona's Alfalfa Exports Are Criticized

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

As the West moves more into a record-setting drought, many are taking a look at how water gets used. Alfalfa grown with Colorado River water is a case study of how and why water gets used as it does.

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All Things Considered

To Resolve Feud Over Fracking, Colo. Democrats Turn To Plan C

Monday, August 11, 2014

Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper has declared a compromise to avert a fight over oil and gas drilling. It's meant to solve fracking-related disputes, but it also serves Democrats' political interests.

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PRI's The World

Consumers are demanding antibiotic-free meat, and Big Food is starting to listen

Monday, August 11, 2014

The US government has been slow to respond to the health threat posed by the widespread use of antibiotics in livestock. But consumer concern about antibiotic resistance is growing, and that's leading some US companies to start changing their ways.

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Morning Edition

Scientists Investigate Outbreak Of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sea stars, commonly referred to as starfish, are experiencing a massive die off. Sea star wasting syndrome has wiped out millions of them along the West Coast — from Mexico to Canada.

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All Things Considered

Glass-Free Menagerie: New Zoo Concept Gets Rid Of Enclosures

Saturday, August 09, 2014

An architectural firm is designing a zoo that will forgo cages, working barriers into a natural landscape. "You won't have a lonely tiger walking around inside a cage," says architect Bjarke Ingels.

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New Mexico's Northern Landscape Gets A New Burst Of Color

Saturday, August 09, 2014

An unusually wet monsoon season has painted the desert, normally dusty brown, a lush green. It has been a welcome respite from the years of devastating drought that have plagued the state.

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All Things Considered

Lake Erie's Toxic Bloom Has Ohio Farmers On The Defensive

Friday, August 08, 2014

Ohio farmers say they are not the only ones to blame for Toledo's polluted drinking water. They say they are using only as much fertilizer as they need to grow their crops.

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All Things Considered

If A Water Main Isn't Broke, Don't Fix It (For 300 Years?)

Friday, August 08, 2014

Recent water-related problems in Los Angeles and Ohio have put a focus on infrastructure. Many of the pipes in the U.S. are more than 100 years old and may not be replaced for another 100 years.

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All Things Considered

Lake Erie's Toxin-Fueled Bloom Has Ohio Famers On The Defensive

Friday, August 08, 2014

A recent water crisis cast a light on fertilizers used by farmers in the region of Toledo, Ohio.

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Iselle Lashes Hawaii's Big Island As Threat From Julio Fades

Friday, August 08, 2014

Hurricane Iselle weakened to a tropical storm before it barreled ashore early Friday with strong winds and heavy rains. Hurricane Julio, meanwhile, appears to be weakening and veering north.

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PRI's The World

The Internet goes ape over a monkey selfie and the copyright battle it sparked

Thursday, August 07, 2014

This is no joke: A selfie taken by a crested black macaque has caused a massive copyright battle between Wikipedia and David Slater, who says the popular site is stealing one his most valuable photos.

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Science Friday

Can Science Build a Better Piano?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Scientists have created a 3D acoustical scan of the piano's resonance—and say it could help refine the art of piano-making.

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Science Friday

"Lucy" Debunked

Thursday, August 07, 2014

A neurobiologist reveals sci-fi thriller Lucy’s neuroscience bloopers.

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Science Friday

Close Your Eyes and Listen to the Night Sky

Thursday, August 07, 2014

If the bright “supermoon” drowns out the Perseid meteor shower this year, why not listen for meteors instead?

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Science Friday

Algorithm Turns Everyday Objects Into Microphones

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Sound waves trigger tiny vibrations in objects. By studying the vibrations, researchers can recreate the sounds that caused them.

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