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Watch It Swallow An Entire Tree In Seconds

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

It's got big iron teeth and a powerful jaw. When it finds a 30-foot tree it goes to the top, opens its mouth and — watch this.

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Morning Edition

Living 63 Feet Underwater Helps Cousteau Team Conduct Experiments

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Fabien Cousteau and a crew of scientists and explorers have spent the past 31 days underwater in the Aquarius Reef Base off the coast of Florida. David Greene talks to Cousteau about the experience.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

In New York, All Fracking is Local

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Tom Wilber, journalist in Central New York and the author of Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale (Cornell Univ Pr, 2012), talks about the implications of the NY Court of Appeals ruling that allows local communities to opt out -- or in -- of fracking.

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Morning Edition

Carbon Observatory To Monitor Greenhouse Gas From Space

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

NASA is preparing to launch a new satellite to observe carbon dioxide from space. The satellite could revolutionize our understanding of where this greenhouse gas comes from and where it goes.

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Lead Exposure May Cause Depression And Anxiety In Children

Monday, June 30, 2014

Lead exposure lowers children's IQ and causes aggression. But children exposed to low levels of lead show different symptoms, including more depression and anxiety, a study of preschoolers finds.

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All Things Considered

Carbon-Sensing Satellite Prepares For Second Launch

Monday, June 30, 2014

An earlier version of the satellite crashed into the ocean near Antarctica shortly after launch. Scientists are keeping their fingers crossed for the second attempt.

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Morning Edition

Drought Has Drillers Running After Shrinking California Water Supply

Monday, June 30, 2014

Farmers and ranchers, increasingly reliant on pumping groundwater, are desperate to have more and more wells installed. This frenzy could deplete California's aquifers, experts say.

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As Yosemite Park Turns 150, Charms And Challenges Endure

Saturday, June 28, 2014

In 1864, Abraham Lincoln set aside the nation's first federally-protected wilderness areas. Visitors have enjoyed Yosemite's wonders ever since — sometimes to the point of endangering them.

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Science Friday

Food Failures: Avoiding Grilling and Barbecue Pitfalls

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Marinade myths, charcoal chemistry, and the elusive “smoke ring”—the science behind barbecue and grilling.

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Science Friday

Getting a Grasp on the Clever Cephalopod

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The nautilus, the “living fossil” of cephalopods, can uncover the origins of the complex brain of modern cephalopods.

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Science Friday

Shedding Light on the Science of Sunscreen

Thursday, June 26, 2014

How does sunscreen protect our skin from harmful radiation, and what is the meaning behind SPFs?

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Science Friday

Making Art From the DNA You Leave Behind

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg calls attention to genetic surveillance with artworks made from strangers’ DNA.

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Science Friday

Dr. Arnold Relman, Health System Critic, Dead at 91

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Relman called the American health care system a "new medical-industrial complex." We remember him here with two archival clips.

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Science Friday

3-D Mammography Detects More Cancers, But Will It Save Lives?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A new study suggests that 3-D mammography detects more cancers than traditional digital mammography. But the technology is expensive, and there's no indication yet that it catches more dangerous cancers, or is saving more lives.

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Oil Off The Coast Of Ibiza? Protesters Don't Want To Know

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Spain is weighing a plan to allow oil exploration near the party island of Ibiza. Opponents fear the move could threaten the environment and tourism, but finding oil could also be an economic boost.

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Morning Edition

How To Sell Green Products To The Self-Regarding Consumer

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Research shows narcissists can be induced to make environmentally positive purchases when those purchases are linked to the things narcissists value — prestige, status and image.

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Morning Edition

Meters Would Help Sacramento Homes Save More Water

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Officials in California are asking people to use less water because of the severe drought. But about a million people in the state live in homes without the best means of water-use management: meters.

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WNYC News

Safe Swimming: The Best (and Worst) Beaches

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WNYC

Report measures water contamination at beaches.

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All Things Considered

In Wyoming, Going Deep To Draw Energy From Coal

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The United States has lots of coal, but most of it is buried far underground. A new method can extract it, but the environmental costs might prove too high for nearby landowners.

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All Things Considered

Former Treasury Secretary Finds In Climate Change An Economic Threat

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

As secretary of the treasury from 2006 to 2009, Henry Paulson grappled firsthand with the U.S. financial crisis. He says he sees a similar pattern now developing related to climate change: mounting excess, flawed policies and unheeded warnings. For that reason, Paulson is working to convince his fellow Republicans and the American business community that a carbon tax is not only a wise move, but a critical one.

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