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Science Friday

Behind the Scenes at the City Morgue

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Forensic pathologist Judy Melinek’s memoir Working Stiff goes behind the scenes at the New York City morgue.

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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

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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Mass. To Make Big Food Wasters Lose The Landfill

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

By October, the state will have the most ambitious commercial food waste ban in the U.S. Institutions that produce more than a ton of waste a week will have to find new uses for their scraps.

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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

New lawn 'mooers' keep the grass trimmed in East London's parks

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The town council in Havering, England, has turned to cows instead of lawnmowers to keep parks and other green spaces neat and trim. Locals say traditional grazing promotes biodiversity and could save half a million dollars over 10 years.

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Hawaii, Which Almost Never Has Hurricanes, Is Getting Ready For 2

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Hurricanes Iselle and Julio are both expected to weaken into tropical storms before approaching the islands later this week, but residents are being urged to stock up on supplies.

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Morning Edition

Phosphorous Fed Algae Bloom Threatened Toledo's Tap Water

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Linda Wertheimer talks to USDA expert Steve Davis about fertilizer runoff in Lake Erie. Excess phosphorous fed the algae bloom that resulted in a tap water ban over the weekend in Toledo, Ohio.

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All Things Considered

What Has Lake Erie So Sick?

Monday, August 04, 2014

To learn more about harmful algal blooms like the one affecting Toledo, Ohio, Melissa Block talks with Dr. Jeffrey Reutter of Ohio State University.

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Morning Edition

As Ballot Deadline Looms, A Muddied Debate Over Colo. Fracking

Monday, August 04, 2014

Colorado is embroiled in debate over how to regulate oil and gas development. Up to four energy-related issues could be on the November ballot, and the run-up is causing confusion among voters.

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Taste For Rare, Wild Pangolin Is Driving The Mammal To Extinction

Sunday, August 03, 2014

The meat of this scaly, ant-eating creature has become a luxury food for some newly rich Asians. But all eight pangolin species are now threatened by extinction, with two critically endangered.

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As Wildfires Burn Through Funds, Washington Seeks New Way To Pay

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Wildfires are ravaging the West Coast, burning homes and prompting evacuations. Responding to wildfires has proven costly and now the Obama administration is reevaluating how it pays to fight them.

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The Gift Of Graft: New York Artist's Tree To Grow 40 Kinds Of Fruit

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Syracuse artist Sam Van Aken is developing a that will bloom in pink, purple and red in the spring and bear 40 different fruit in the summer and fall. It's one part art, one part agricultural marvel.

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Guess Who's Been Waiting In The Lobby For A Hundred Million Years?

Saturday, August 02, 2014

The M-Thing. It's patient. It's modest. It's relentless. It stays.

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PRI's The World

After a long journey from Africa, a new tropical disease sets up shop in Florida

Friday, August 01, 2014

A nasty tropical disease that causes extreme joint pain and can leave sufferers unable to sit up for weeks has shown up in the US for the first time. Florida health officials say at least two cases of chikungunya appear to have been transmitted by local mosquitoes, and a reporter who's been covering the story says officials fear a wider outbreak.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Invasive Species Are Wreaking Havoc

Friday, August 01, 2014

Lion fish, zebra mussels, emerald ash borer, phragmites, and kudzu are among the 50,000 alien species that have taken off in the United States.

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Morning Edition

Tensions Stir At EPA Hearings On New Emission Rules

Friday, August 01, 2014

As the EPA develops new carbon emission rules for existing power plants, the agency is holding a series of public hearings around the country where coal industry advocates made their concerns known.

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Should We Return The Nutrients In Our Pee Back To The Farm?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A group of environmentalists in Vermont aren't at all squeamish about "pee-cycling." A local hay farmer is using their pee as fertilizer as they run tests to find out how safe it is for growing food.

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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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Science Friday

Can Animals Go Mad?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

From depressed dogs to anxious gorillas, author Laurel Braitman explores mental illness in animals.

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