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SciFri: As the Web Turns 25, Where Is It Going Next?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

We celebrate the web’s 25th birthday with an archival clip of Tim Berners-Lee, the web’s inventor, and take a look ahead with Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Center.

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SciFri: EncROACHment: New York’s Invasive Cockroaches

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Rutgers University entomologists unravel clues to identify a new invasive roach species in New York City.

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SciFri: Could a Blood Test Help Diagnose Alzheimer’s?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

In a preliminary study, researchers identified 10 lipids in the blood that correlated with an increased risk for Alzheimer’s.

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SciFri: Celebrating Irrational, Transcendental Pi

Thursday, March 13, 2014

As we celebrate Pi Day, mathematician Steven Strogatz talks about how the ancients calculated pi—and how you can do it at home.

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SciFri: SciFri’s Winter Nature Photo Contest Winner...Revealed!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Winter Nature Photo Contest judge John Weller discusses your top shots.

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SciFri: Three Years After the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Three out of the six reactors at the Fukushima Daichii nuclear power plant suffered a meltdown.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | March 12, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Also on Today's Show: Each year, Americans generate more than 10 million tons of electronic waste and three quarters of these discarded gadgets go straight to the trash...Last week, eight Democrats joined a large group of Republicans in voting against confirmation for Debo Adegbile, a former NAACP lawyer who was being tapped to head up the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Unit...Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC's New Tech City, decodes the latest, most ridiculous lingo being tossed around at the SXSW interactive conference this week.

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The 1,179 Mile Journey of the Keystone XL Pipeline

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

For the last five years, environmentalists and energy companies have lobbied, protested and fought over the Keystone XL Pipeline. Whether or not the Alberta-to-Nebraska leg of the pipeline is approved, the Canadian oil sands are already up and pumping. Journalist Tony Horwitz traveled the length of the proposed pipeline, and he says that North America could become the Saudi Arabia of the Western Hemisphere.

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All Things Considered

A Plan To Eliminate Wild Mute Swans Draws Vocal Opposition

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The proposal to eradicate the birds in New York by 2025 has pitted environmentalists against animal rights activists. Some call the swans invasive and destructive; opponents say the science is faulty.

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All Things Considered

Norway Takes The Lead In Electric Cars (With Generous Subsidies)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Next month Norway is expected to become the first country where 1 percent of the cars are electric. Most Norwegians are supportive, but it's taken large financial incentives to reach this level.

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Morning Edition

Trapping And Tracking The Mysterious Snowy Owl

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

This winter's unexpected arctic bird invasion has given owl researchers a rare opportunity. They're fitting a few of the errant owls with GPS backpacks to track their return to the Arctic.

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Morning Edition

Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Brooklyn waste treatment plant has become an unlikely lab for an ambitious effort to turn millions of tons of food scraps from New York City's apartments and restaurants into renewable energy.

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Why We Should Quit Tossing Fish Heads And Eat 'Em Up Instead. Yum!

Friday, March 07, 2014

If you really want to fight food waste, eat fish heads, the U.N. says. They're nutritious and delicious, but most fish heads get thrown back in the sea as trash or turned into livestock feed.

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Morning Edition

Seeking Energy Independence, Europe Faces Heated Fracking Debate

Friday, March 07, 2014

To stay competitive, Europeans need cheaper natural gas but they also need to be less dependent upon Russia. They're looking at fracking as a solution, but opponents have environmental concerns.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Future of Big Coal

Friday, March 07, 2014

In 2012 U.S. coal consumption fell to its lowest level in 25 years, and as Wall Street looks toward more sustainable energy—and with the abundance of natural gas—coal mining companies are struggling. But the industry is not going down without a fight. Richard Martin, Fortune magazine contributor, writes about it in his article “Big Coal’s Last Stand.”

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All Things Considered

Chinese Superstar Lifts Ivory Cause Onto His Shoulders

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Former NBA star Yao Ming is very famous in China, and he's using his fame on behalf of conservation issues. Now a member of China's parliament, Yao is calling for a ban on the sale of ivory in China.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Pig Poop Is Getting into Iowa's Drinking Water

Thursday, March 06, 2014

"The problem is that the soil itself is saturated, at this point, with manure."

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How Yosemite Keeps Its Bears' Paws Off Campers' Hamburgers

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The park's bears have developed a taste for human food, and that's gotten them in big trouble. But efforts to teach campers to lock up food are helping solve the problem, a bear hair analysis shows.

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SciFri: Michio Kaku Imagines ‘The Future of the Mind’

Thursday, March 06, 2014

In "The Future of the Mind," physicist Michio Kaku predicts big advances for our brains.

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SciFri: Where Do Sea Turtles Go During Their ‘Lost Years’?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Biologists crack the case of sea turtles’ “lost years” with a little help from a nail salon technician.

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