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Elephants Use Different 'Words' to Signal Danger

Thursday, May 01, 2014

African elephants use different types of rumbles to signal danger from bees or humans.

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SciFri: Squarepusher Rocks with Bots

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Electronic musician Squarepusher talks about writing Music for Robots.

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SciFri: Forty Years of Mindbending Success with the Rubik’s Cube

Thursday, May 01, 2014

The Rubik’s Cube has over 43 quintillion different starting combinations.

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Nino's No-No: Justice Scalia Flubs Dissent In Pollution Case

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

It's more than embarrassing when a Supreme Court justice makes his decision based on facts that he's gotten wrong. The court has corrected the record, but the slip has stuck among legal cognoscenti.

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WNYC News

The Battle for the Palisades

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A public hearing on a rezoning plan could influence the future of development on the Jersey side of the Hudson.

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Smiting The Mite To Save The Bees (And The Crops They Pollinate)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A government scientist says that to help keep more bees from dying we need to focus on helping beekeepers fight the varroa mite. But some groups say pesticides are just as problematic.

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Morning Edition

Concerns Raised Over Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Environmental groups that have mired the Keystone XL pipeline in delays now are focusing on LNG export terminals. They say opening up exports of natural gas will hasten domestic hydraulic fracturing.

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All Things Considered

Farmers And Frackers Wrangle For Water In Shadow Of Calif. Drought

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

California's drought has developed an interesting relationship between farmers and oilers: California oil wells produce more water than oil, and Chevron filters that water and sells it to a local water district. Interest in the technology is growing in the Central Valley, but high costs and uneasy relations between oil and agriculture might get in the way.

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All Things Considered

High Court Ruling Revives Law Against Out-Of-State Pollution

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Supreme Court is upholding a major EPA air pollution rule. The rule seeks to rein in pollution from power plant smoke stacks which can make the air in downwind states unhealthy. Researchers say the rule finally addresses a disconnect between the science of air pollution and the laws that had tried to clean it up.

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Morning Edition

Kansas Town Destroyed By Tornado Spreads Blame For Lack Of Growth

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

After seven years, Greensburg is stuck at half its pre-tornado population, and has few prospects for growth. Some blame trends decimating many farm towns — others point to the new green initiative.

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All Things Considered

Between Farmers And Frackers, Calif. Water Caught In Tussle

Monday, April 28, 2014

California's extreme drought has drawn battle lines over who gets water and who doesn't. As KQED's Lauren Sommer reports, fracking and farming are vying for freshwater in California's Central Valley.

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Morning Edition

Fire-Setting Ranchers Have Burning Desire To Save Tallgrass Prairie

Monday, April 28, 2014

In eastern Kansas, ranchers burn the prairie every spring to bring back grass for grazing cattle. Environmentalists celebrate those fires because without them the delicate ecosystem would disappear.

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Deadly Storms Strike Central, Southern U.S.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A powerful storm created tornadoes through several states Sunday evening. Hard hit areas included Little Rock and parts of Oklahoma.

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For New York, The '10-Year Storm' Isn't What It Used To Be

Friday, April 25, 2014

A new study says the worst floods in the city are both higher and 20 times more common than they were 170 years ago. But climate change is only part of the reason.

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Radioactive Leak At U.S. Waste Dump Was Preventable, Report Says

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Feb. 14 release of radioactive material at the facility in New Mexico that contaminated 21 workers was due to poor management and lack of oversight, the Department of Energy says.

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Schoolbook

City Opposes More Environmental Oversight Rules for Schools

Thursday, April 24, 2014

An effort to increase oversight of environmental risks inside school buildings is meeting resistance from city officials who balk at the additional regulation and costs.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Thoreau, Climate Scientist

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Scientists use Henry David Thoreau’s notes to study climate change at Walden Pond.

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SciFri: Is Aereo the Latest TV Technology Disruptor?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Is Aereo a high-tech TV game changer or a clever way to get around broadcast copyright law?

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SciFri: Recording the Global Soundscape

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ecologist Bryan Pijanowski hopes to create a soundscape of every ecosystem on the planet.

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SciFri: Serving Up the Origins of the Chicken and Chili Pepper

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Scientists are combining genetics and linguistics to trace the origins of these staples of the modern-day menu.

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