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Science Friday

Young Blood Sharpens Memory in Old Mice

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The blood of young mice seems to rejuvenate older mice, both strengthening their muscles and improving their ability to learn and remember.

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Science Friday

Another Climate Report, But Who's Listening?

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The White House released its latest climate report this week, with much the same message as recent IPCC findings—climate change is real, and it's happening fast.

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Science Friday

Science Goes to the Movies: 'Transcendence'

Thursday, May 08, 2014

SciFri’s scientist-film critics weigh in on the science behind the Hollywood techno-thriller Transcendence.

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The Takeaway

Rubbish: Uncovering the Truth About Trash

Thursday, May 08, 2014

What we throw away, where we toss it, and what gets recycled has been a concern for decades. As more and more Americans are living closer together in urban areas, the trash problem has become even bigger.

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Morning Edition

Less Nutritious Grains May Be In Our Future

Thursday, May 08, 2014

When crops are surrounded by high levels of carbon dioxide, they're more productive. But they may have lower concentrations of some crucial nutrients, which could increase malnutrition in the future.

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Morning Edition

Legendary D.C. Law Firm To Pay Chevron In Ecuador Pollution Case

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Rain forest residents had sued the oil giant, and Washington law firm Patton Boggs tried to make the company pay up. But Chevron sued the law firm for fraud — and is now due $15 million.

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All Things Considered

When Colleges Ditch Coal Investments, It's Barely A Drop In The Bucket

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Stanford will stop investing in coal companies, but coal is still in demand worldwide and probably will be for many years. As long as that's true, coal companies are likely to find willing buyers.

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All Things Considered

Stanford Dumps Its Holdings In Coal, With Climate In Mind

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Stanford says it will its divest holdings in coal companies over climate change concerns. It's the most prominent of the roughly one dozen colleges that have decided to sell off fossil fuel holdings.

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The Takeaway

What's a Bigger Threat: Terrorism or Climate Change?

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

At what point does climate change become a national security issue? One retired general explains why global climate change is not just an environmental issue but a military one, too.

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Stanford University Says No To Coal Investments

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Reflecting students' wishes, the decision by Stanford's trustees to divest from coal-mining companies cites alternate energy sources that emit less greenhouse gases.

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Morning Edition

Obama Sounds Alarm Bell On Climate Change. Is Anyone Listening?

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

President Obama is touting a government report on climate change. He's taking steps to limit the greenhouse gases that contribute to a warming planet, but he faces political heat on Capitol Hill.

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All Things Considered

White House Report Says Climate Change Is Here And Now

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

A new U.S. government report tells an unambiguous story: The planet is warming, climate change is driven primarily by people and it's already affecting Americans, through more frequent or intense heat waves, downpours and, in some regions, floods or droughts.

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All Things Considered

Despite Warnings On Warming, Public Response Remains Lukewarm

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The National Climate Assessment was released today. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Bill McKibben, author of Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist, about the report.

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All Things Considered

Report: Climate Change Creates Public Health Costs

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Melissa Block speaks with Brian Stone, director of the Urban Climate Lab at Georgia Institute of Technology, about the public health effects of climate change.

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Scientists Help Galapagos Finches Get Rid Of A Nasty Nest Pest

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Cotton balls laced with insecticide just might be the answer to a parasitic fly that has been killing off young finches in the Ecuadorean islands since 1997.

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WNYC News

Extreme Rains Come More Frequently in Northeast: Report

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Human-induced climate change is already having an impact on weather.

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Morning Edition

Drought-Stricken Texas Town Turns To Toilets For Water

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Wichita Falls may soon be one of the first cities in the nation where half the drinking water comes directly from wastewater. It will save water, but some residents find the process tough to swallow.

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Morning Edition

Monterey Bay An 'Ocean Buffet Open For Business' This Spring

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Thanks to upwelling, an influx of marine and wildlife is taking place in one of the world's largest underwater canyons in California.

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USGS: Okla. At Increased Risk Of 'Damaging Quake'

Monday, May 05, 2014

The U.S. Geological Survey and its state counterpart issued a joint statement saying magnitude-3.0 temblors had increased by 50 percent since October.

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All Things Considered

Climate Change Warming Up Business In The Arctic

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Climate change has caused rapidly melting ice and thawing permafrost in the Arctic. Once inhospitable to business ventures, economic forecasters are now predicting some $100 billion will be invested there over the next decade. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Isaac Arnsdorf of Bloomberg about the boom.

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