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Science Friday

How Can Airline Tracking Improve?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

How can a commercial airliner go missing, and what can we do to improve tracking technology?

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Science Friday

The Lineup of Cancer Threats Is Changing

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A recent study projects that by 2030, pancreatic cancer will become the second most deadly type of cancer in the U.S. after lung cancer.

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The Takeaway

How Farmers Skirt Water Laws in CA

Thursday, May 29, 2014

New revelations uncovered by the Center for Investigative Reporting show that farmers who take most of the precious water in California do not want the government looking over their shoulders.

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All Things Considered

A Peat Bog As Big As England, And A Rare Glimpse At Earth's History

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Dr. Simon Lewis of the University of Leeds has discovered a vast peatland in a remote part of the Republic of Congo. The bog covers an area the size of England and is thought to contain billions of tons of peat. Scientists say that investigating the carbon-rich material could shed light on 10,000 years of environmental change in this little-studied region.

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A Little Bird Either Learns Its Name Or Dies

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Names are useful. We use them to catch someone's attention, to talk about them. Do animals create names for each other like we do? Yes, turns out. Here's a crazy example, with a dastardly back story.

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Morning Edition

No Matter How You Spell It, Fracking Stirs Controversy

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Fracking was among 149 words added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Activists play up its unseemly connotations; those in the oil and gas industry downplay documented problems with gas development.

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Morning Edition

Industrial Hemp Could Take Root, If Legal Seeds Weren't So Scarce

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

After nearly 50 years of tight regulations, farmers in some states are now allowed to grow hemp seeds for experimentation. But it's still illegal to import viable seeds — which are in high demand.

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All Things Considered

Hybrid Trout Threaten Montana's Native Cutthroats

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Climate change in the West is luring rainbow trout to higher elevations, where the fish are mating with native cutthroats, genetic evidence shows. Biologists and anglers worry cutthroats could vanish.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Don't Get Between Vladimir Putin and the Arctic

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It's another area Putin wants Russia to dominate. 30 Greenpeace activists who disagreed were jailed and charged with piracy. Masha Gessen says their experience was an education in the brutality and corruption of Russia’s prison system.

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Peat Bog The Size Of England Discovered In Congo Republic

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The previously undiscovered expanse of ancient, partially decayed vegetation, could cover as much as 80,000 square miles.

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If Local Farms Aren't Local Enough, Buy From The Rooftop

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Urban farmers are experimenting with growing food right near or even inside the grocery store. But it's not yet clear whether customers will value that degree of freshness over other options.

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All Things Considered

California's Drought Isn't Making Food Cost More. Here's Why

Friday, May 23, 2014

California produces most of America's vegetables and nuts. Yet there's little sign the drought there is creating food shortages in the U.S., because farmers are rationing water and draining aquifers.

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Morning Edition

Political Rhetoric Bogs Down Future Of Keystone XL Pipeline

Friday, May 23, 2014

Claims for and against the pipeline are overblown. It won't make much of a difference on climate change, and it likely won't help the U.S. become energy independent.

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Science Friday

Why Science and the Humanities Are Better Together

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Biographer Walter Isaacson explains why the future belongs to those who can merge the arts and the sciences.

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Science Friday

Is It Possible to Make Matter From Light?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Scientists mapped out the plan for a potential “photon-photon collider” that could convert light into matter.

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Science Friday

Customizing Your Cryptocurrency With Altcoins

Thursday, May 22, 2014

ZeroCash, Litecoin, and SolarCoin are digital currency alternatives to Bitcoin.

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Science Friday

New Meteor Shower May Offer Skygazers a Treat...Or Not

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Late Friday night, Earth will sail through debris left by the comet 209P/LINEAR. Scientists are calling the shower the Camelopardalids.

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Science Friday

The Debate Over Net Neutrality

Thursday, May 22, 2014

What does the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality plan mean for consumers?

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Science Friday

Are Microbes Winning the Antibiotic Arms Race?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

We're running out of antibiotics, and drug companies have little incentive to develop new ones. Can we save the ones we already have?

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Morning Edition

Scientists Discover Carbon Cycle Is Out Of Whack

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Scientists who track carbon say the way it cycles from the atmosphere back to earth and into plants and animals has apparently changed. It could be the whole planetary carbon treadmill is speeding up.

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