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The SciFri Book Club Introduces Dune

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sci-fi author Kim Stanley Robinson and astrobiologist Sara Imari Walker introduce the SciFri Book Club’s summer selection: Dune.

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Science Friday

HIV/AIDS Update

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A round-up of the latest HIV/AIDS research news and an update from the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

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All Things Considered

Nuclear Plant May Be In Hot Water Over Its Cooling System

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Operators of the Turkey Point nuclear plant near Miami have received federal permission to run their cooling system above the old 100 degree limit. The decision is meant to combat algae growth and rising temperature in cooling canals, but environmental groups in nearby Biscayne National Park are concerned.

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Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dog owners don't doubt that their pooch has feelings. But scientists aren't so sure. An experiment found that dogs act upset, dare we say jealous, when their owners ignore them for a stuffed animal.

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All Things Considered

Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

South Portland, Maine, has blocked crude oil from being loaded onto ships at its port. Environmentalists are cheering, but the Portland Montreal Pipeline Corp. says the ban won't hold up in court.

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University Would Study Health Issues In Polluted New York Town

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A plant in Tonawanda heats coal into material for the iron and steel industries, releasing toxic chemicals into the air. Residents have long blamed the pollution for several health problems.

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Morning Edition

'Our Birds': Migratory Journeys Converge In Baltimore Gardens

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A program that provides food and shelter to migratory birds has enlisted immigrant women in the effort. "When I see them here," says one woman, "it reminds me of my garden back home in Mexico."

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All Things Considered

Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The state is experiencing the worst drought in decades, but water consumption in the southern coastal region is actually higher than in previous years. New rules and incentives aim to change that.

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Morning Edition

Calif. Officials Debate How To Get Residents To Cut Water Use

Friday, July 18, 2014

How do you make people conserve water? Officials in California are asking that question, as the state enacts unprecedented water-use restrictions during the severe drought.

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Science Friday

App Chat: Plugging In to the Outdoors

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Reporter Bob Parks guides us through his favorite outdoor and camping apps.

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Science Friday

As California Dries Up, Locals Hope for El Niño

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A third of California is now clenched by exceptional drought, and this week the state announced $500 fines for water-wasters. But many residents continue to hope for rain.

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Science Friday

Frozen in Time, a Giant Virus

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A virus large enough to be seen through a light microscope was recovered from the Siberian permafrost.

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Science Friday

Fashioning the Future

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A scientist and a designer imagine fashion’s high-tech future.

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Science Friday

Scientists Call Whales the ‘Engineers’ of the Ocean Ecosystem

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Whales stabilize the ocean ecosystem through a mechanism scientists call the “whale pump,” or fecal plumes.

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Science Friday

Pacemaker Researchers Swap Batteries for Biology

Thursday, July 17, 2014

With gene therapy, scientists reprogram pig heart cells to improve heartbeat.

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Science Friday

Smarty Pants: Testing the Quality of Textiles

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Confidence in how well our garments suit us shouldn't be taken for granted—we owe much to textile quality assurance.

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The Takeaway

On the Frontlines of Wildfires

Thursday, July 17, 2014

It’s the height of wildfire season across the west, with two separate fires burning in Oregon and another reported this weekend in northern California. Retired smoke jumper Jeff Davis explains how the fire management techniques of his generation led to the disastrous conditions of today.

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Australia Repeals An Unpopular Tax On Carbon Emissions

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The tax was imposed on about 350 of the nation's top polluters under the country's previous center-left government.

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Morning Edition

Google Experiments With Mapping Climate Change

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Google and the Environmental Defense Fund have teamed up to detect methane leaks in a few U.S. cities. The leaks don't usually pose an immediate threat, but they do contribute to climate change.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why Great White Sharks Are Making a Comeback in NY and NJ

Thursday, July 17, 2014

After decades of decline, the population of great white sharks seems to be increasing off the Northeast coast.

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