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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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Massive Volcanic Eruption In Indonesia Blankets Region In Ash

Friday, February 14, 2014

Mount Kelud blasted volcanic soot 12 miles into the air on the island of Java as it erupted, killing several people and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What's Killing all the Starfish?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

In some cases, sea star arms have been documented crawling away from the body of the invertebrate, disemboweling it. Gross.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Andy Weir: ‘The Martian’

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Andy Weir’s novel of Mars survival mixes science fact and fiction.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Stem Cell Research Update

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Researchers in a recent study report creating stem cells in 30 minutes through an acid bath.

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SciFri: Solving Life’s Everyday Problems, With Data

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Data geeks say our “digital breadcrumbs” can reveal where to eat, who to date, or which bus to take.

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SciFri: In Wind Tunnels, Ski Jumpers Become Flying Machines

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Wind tunnels help Olympic ski jumpers balance between lift and drag.

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SciFri: For Some Olympians, Winning Medals Is All About Flow

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Understanding fluid dynamics helps Olympians shave minutes off race times.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Out of the Bottle: Wine Psychology

Thursday, February 13, 2014

How do our expectations, environment, and social cues trick us into believing our wine tastes better or worse?

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SciFri: Scientists Hunt for Morning Dew on Mars

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Could mysterious dark streaks on Martian slopes be evidence of liquid water flows?

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WNYC News

Battle Over Manhattan Waste Station Now de Blasio's Problem

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

An environmental coalition wants the de Blasio administration to take another look at the city's Solid Waste Management Plan, which includes a new trash facility in Manhattan.

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Fresh Air

In The World's 'Sixth Extinction,' Are Humans The Asteroid?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The dinosaurs were killed during the Fifth Extinction — which scientists suspect was caused by an asteroid. Now, we are living through an epoch that many scientists describe as the Sixth Extinction, and this time, human activity is the culprit.

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Parents With Noisy Babies Shouldn't Read This. They'll Be Too Jealous

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

If you've ever had to raise a noisy, fussy, crying baby, consider this alternative: I know a bunch of moms who produce newborns that stay blissfully, totally silent (and still!) for weeks and weeks and weeks. Let me make you jealous.

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Schoolbook

Goodbye Styrofoam. City Schools to Serve Lunch on 'Green' Trays

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

New York City has joined with other large school districts to buy disposable trays that won't remain stacked in landfills for eons. They're due in schools this fall.

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Is It Enough Rain For Drought-Stricken California?

Sunday, February 09, 2014

The San Francisco Bay area has gotten about 3 inches so far this season, but normally it should have received 14.5 inches.

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France Takes A Stand, Crushing Ivory Beneath The Eiffel Tower

Sunday, February 09, 2014

France became the first European country this week to join a worldwide effort to destroy ivory. The goal is to send a warning to ivory traffickers and to anyone who might not consider buying it a serious crime.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

It's Cold Outside, but the Planet's Still Heating Up

Friday, February 07, 2014

A look at the wacky weather we've been experiencing in the larger context of climate change. 

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