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Throw Me Something (Again), Mister: Mardi Gras Beads Revived

Sunday, March 02, 2014

When the parade is over, all those beads the crowd so eagerly called for seem to lose their shine. Rather than see the leftovers end up in a landfill, one New Orleans group collects and recycles them.

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Creation Museum: Bill Nye Debate Sparked Funding 'Miracle'

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Ken Ham, the museum's founder, says a $73-million Noah's Ark theme park was saved from bankruptcy thanks in part to the media attention generated by the face off.

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Polar Bear Flip-Flop: People Hated, Then Loved These Photos. What Changed?

Saturday, March 01, 2014

See the huge bear. He is hungry. See the little dog. He is happy. See the bear move close. "Come, play!" says the dog ...

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In The Arizona Wilds, Burro Murders Baffle Investigators

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Despite federal protections, slow-moving wild donkeys are being targeted, and the shooters are getting away with it. Originally gold miners' pack animals, burros are symbolic of the American West.

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Morning Edition

Drought Could Dry Up Nevada Dairy Farmers' Expansion Plans

Friday, February 28, 2014

Severe drought has left northern Nevada's farmers scrambling to find enough feed for the cows they already have. It comes as farmers are under pressure to expand to provide powdered milk to China.

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To Save Endangered Tortoises, Conservationists Deface Their Shells

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The ploughshare tortoise's ornate golden shell makes it a popular black market pet. In California, the Turtle Conservancy is trying to give the threatened species a second chance.

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U.S. Lets 141 Trillion Calories Of Food Go To Waste Each Year

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Americans wasted 31 percent of all food that was available in 2010, the USDA reports. For the first time, the agency calculated what that means in terms of calories, too.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Your Brain on Jazz

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Researcher and musician Charles Limb created an fMRI-safe keyboard to study the effects of jazz on the brain.

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Science Friday

SciFri: On Social Media, the Kids Are All Right

Thursday, February 27, 2014

In It’s Complicated, Internet scholar danah boyd debunks myths about teens’ online lives.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Pulsar Pulverizes Incoming Asteroids

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A pulsar 37,000 light-years from Earth collided with a billion-ton asteroid.

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Science Friday

SciFri: A Diverse Energy Diet, to Face a Changing Climate

Thursday, February 27, 2014

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz talks about progress on President Obama’s “all-of-the-above” energy strategy.

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Science Friday

SciFri: A 10,000-Year Stopover En Route to the New World

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The ancestors of Native Americans may have lived for millennia on the Bering land bridge before fanning out across the Americas.

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Science Friday

SciFri: This Fish Sucks

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Adam Summers of the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Labs details how the northern clingfish takes the art of suction to new heights.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Making Sense Out of Bitcoin

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bitcoin is a digital currency that was created by an anonymous developer in 2009.

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Morning Edition

FEMA Flood Insurance Law Faces Partial Repeal Over Premiums

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The law, passed in 2012, was meant to shift the financial risk of insuring flood-zone properties to homeowners. But some residents' premiums have skyrocketed.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Coming Sixth Extinction

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time, the cataclysm is us. In The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert, looks at the issue and at researchers working in the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef.

 

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All Things Considered

The Search For Drinking Water In California Has Led To The Ocean

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

As the state slogs through a major drought, officials look for new water sources — like desalination plants that make water from the Pacific drinkable. Opponents worry about environmental damage.

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All Things Considered

Portable Potables: How To Fight Drought By Reusing Water

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

David Sedlak, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, explains the many methods of capturing and reusing drinking water.

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All Things Considered

Feeling The Fiscal Squeeze, EPA Seeks To Slim Down

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency is offering buyouts to some of its employees. The move comes as a number of federal agencies, under pressure from the sequester, are trying to slim their budgets.

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Is Planet Earth Under New Management?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Look at what's happening to the planet, its air, its soil, its animals, its plants. Maybe it's time to point a finger at the cause of all this change — and name it.

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