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Explorers' Aim For Perilous Polar Trek: 'Get Home In One Piece'

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Two men broke a record for traveling from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back, on foot. They retraced the steps of a British Royal Navy officer, whose team died on the journey in 1912.

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Drought Could Drain More Than Brazil's Coffee Crop

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Brazilian cities are rationing water; farmers are facing dying crops. Scientists say the situation will only worsen — and that the government is ignoring warnings and failing to help those in need.

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Amid California Drought, Migrating Birds Enjoy Pop-Up Cuisine

Saturday, February 22, 2014

During the state's profound drought, farmers are keep their fields flooded to make temporary wetlands for migrating birds. They serve as pop-up pit stops to help birds put on fat for their journeys.

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Forget The Local Cold: Worldwide, It Was Another Hot January

Friday, February 21, 2014

The National Climate Data Center says that last month was the fourth-warmest January on record and the 347th consecutive month of temperatures above the 20th century average.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Artificial Muscles Flex Using Fishing Line and Thread

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Researchers create superhuman strength from sewing thread and fishing line.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Building an Open 'Internet of Things'

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Will the 'Internet of Things' be open to developers—or hindered by proprietary smart boxes?

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Science Friday

SciFri: App Chat: Social Media Gets Newsy

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ellis Hamburger, a reporter at The Verge, talks about why social media giants are betting on news.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Olympians Look to Science for a Competitive Edge

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Physiologist and aerospace engineer Troy Flanagan shares the science behind Olympic training.

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Science Friday

SciFri: The Science Behind the World’s Strangest Sounds

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Acoustic engineer Trevor Cox recorded the world’s longest reverberation.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Beneath a Sleeping Volcano, Magma Mush Lies in Wait

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Despite what Hollywood might show you, there’s no big tank of liquid rock under a volcano. Stored magma spends most of its time as a crystalline mush.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Can Technology Build a Better Athlete?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Will the next big Olympics competition be a race for more technology?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Air Quality and Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas covers 26 counties and 20,000 square miles, and it's one of the most active hydraulic fracturing sites in North America. Jim Morris from the Center for Public Integrity examines what impact natural gas drilling has had on the communities in Southern Texas and how production has adversevely affected air quality. 

 

 

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U.S. Government Will Back Loans For Nuclear Power

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The $6.5 billion in federal loan guarantees will help build the first new U.S. nuclear power plants in more than three decades. The announcement brought quick criticism from some environmentalists.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Farmer Kurt Timmermeister and a Farm-to-Table Feast

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Kurt Timmermeister transitioned from Seattle chef and restaurateur to small-scale farmer. He tells the story of one meal, made using only with ingredients from his Washington State farm. His new book Growing a Feast: The Chronicle of a Farm-to-Table Meal documents the efforts farmers undertake to provide food for our tables.

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Calif. Billionaire Plans $100 Million Climate Change Campaign

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tom Steyer, a retired hedge-fund investor, is aiming to spend big money to make global warming a priority issue in this year's midterm elections.

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Trees On The Move As Temperature Zones Shift 3.8 Feet A Day

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

To keep pace with the present rate of temperature change, plants and animals have to migrate poleward a few feet a day, according to a team of ecologists. If they can't, they may not survive.

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Kerry Warns Indonesia: Climate Change Threatens 'Entire Way Of Life'

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The secretary of state spoke to a group of students in the capital, Jakarta, saying climate skeptics "are simply burying their heads in the sand."

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Warming Arctic May Be Causing Jet Stream To Lose Its Way

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Rutgers professor Jennifer Francis says the warming polar air is causing the jet stream to meander, slowing down the march of weather systems across the northern latitudes.

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'O Wind A-Blowing!'

Saturday, February 15, 2014

This is the snowy season. Next (very soon) comes the windy season, and to celebrate, here are three of the wildest winds ever — seen through a door in Antarctica, on a street in Norway, and in an outdoor barbershop in a country with no name.

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Even From Space, Near-Record Ice On Great Lakes Is Chilling

Friday, February 14, 2014

This winter's extra-cold temperatures mean that nearly 90 percent of the five lakes' total surface area is covered with ice. That's approaching the record high of nearly 95 percent, set in February 1979. Satellite images help tell the story.

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