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All Things Considered

Storm Shelter App Helps Pinpoint People Amid Tornado's Rubble

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

After a tornado hits, emergency crews looking for survivors in storm shelters face a problem: Streets and landmarks are suddenly unrecognizable. One Moore, Okla., firefighter developed an app to help.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Drink Beer, Support a Farmer

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Grains like barley keep our soil healthy, and an explosion in microbrewing has created a local market for them. Chef Dan Barber says that's the kind of synchronicity needed to save our food system.

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The Takeaway

Some States Say No to Teaching Climate Change

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Schools are increasingly teaching students about the causes and effects of climate change under new federal guidelines. But Republican states are fighting back.

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So What If It's Ugly? It Just Keeps On Going ...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Thank heavens it's not pretty, not thirsty, not useful, not a bother, not nearby. It looks like a mess of rope. But, oh my, is this plant old. Really, really old.

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Morning Edition

Why Those Tiny Microbeads In Soap May Pose Problem For Great Lakes

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The plastic beads in some face soaps look a lot like fish food when they end up in the water. Two states are close to banning the beads, which researchers say can spread toxins through the food chain.

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Morning Edition

For N.J. Mayor, The Time To Adapt To Rising Sea Levels Is Now

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hoboken, N.J., has experienced several major floods since Hurricane Sandy. Mayor Dawn Zimmer says her city isn't waiting to prepare for the effects of climate change.

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Morning Edition

Double Trouble For Coffee: Drought And Disease Send Prices Up

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Coffee prices have spiked this year because of drought in Brazil and a disease that's crippling coffee production in parts of Central America. Coffee traders says prices could rise to $3 a pound.

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New Tech City

The Home of the Future is Spying on You

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

There's a neighborhood where the refrigerators tell stories. The roofs are paved in solar panels. The streets hum with electric cars. It's a kind of eco-paradise — and it could drive you nuts.

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Global Temperatures Tied Record High Last Month

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Warmer weather in Australia and Siberia helped make last month the hottest April on record, tying levels last seen in 2010. Climate change may be putting landmarks like the Statue of Liberty at risk.

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All Things Considered

Fighting Bugs With Bugs: Hatching A Solution For Troubled Trees

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Asian citrus psyllid is a tiny bug that spreads a devastating tree disease. Pesticides can't always control it, so California farmers have turned to a different solution: another bug.

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Intriguing Lime-Green Blobs Appear In The Andes Mountains. Are They Alive?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

It's dry. Empty. Rocks everywhere. About 10,000 feet up in the Andes. Then, all of a sudden, you see an enormous, lime green, tasty-looking lump. Should you lick it?

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150 Years Old, Arlington Cemetery Is Running Out Of Room

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Arlington National Cemetery is 150 years old this week, but the historic land is constantly running out of plots. Plans to expand can only delay the time when the cemetery will be full.

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All Things Considered

What's To Blame For California's Early Fire Season?

Friday, May 16, 2014

John Laird, the secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, discusses how to fight fires differently, as well as the role climate change may play in the frequency of fires in California.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Toxin Detox: Protecting Against 80,000 Chemicals

Friday, May 16, 2014

Our bodies absorb chemicals found in the foods we eat, the air we breathe, and the products we come in contact with every day. How do we reduce our exposure and improve our health?

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Organic Produce Is A Tough Sell In The Gaza Strip

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A group of Gazan farmers has gone organic. While their produce should fetch a premium price, most of it ends up in the public market, mixed in with regular produce and sold for the same price.

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Science Friday

Listening In on Seizures

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A “brain stethoscope” turns seizure patients’ brainwaves into music.

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Science Friday

Should the Last Samples of Smallpox Virus Be Saved?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

World health experts will meet to discuss whether or not to destroy the last live samples of smallpox virus.

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Science Friday

Antarctic Ice Sheet Slipping Into the Sea

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Scientists confirmed a West Antarctic ice sheet the size of the Dakotas is melting.

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Science Friday

Can’t Read This Headline? It’s Written in Invisible Ink

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Prisoners, Lovers, & Spies tells the story of invisible writing, from lemon juice to microdots.

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Science Friday

Is Graphene the New 'Wonder' Material?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Graphene is stronger than steel and more conductive than copper—a look at the applications and limitations of this ‘wonder’ material.

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