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SciFri: At Sundance, Scientists and Screenwriters Are Judges

Thursday, January 30, 2014

What makes science work on-screen? This year’s Sundance judges weigh in.

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SciFri: Could There Be a Crisis in Physics?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Physicist Lawrence Krauss and Nobel Laureates Frank Wilczek and Brian Schmidt discuss current cosmic challenges.

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SciFri: Alan Alda’s Challenge to Scientists: Define Color

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Alda's 'Flame Challenge' asks scientists to explain color—with children as the judges.

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SciFri: Hotter Weather, Heavier Rains Threaten Penguins

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Move over polar bears—could penguins be the new poster children for climate change?

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This Photo Of Lake Michigan Will Make You Shiver

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Even from space, the ice, snow and clouds blowing across the water are chilling. All five of the Great Lakes are icing up earlier than they have in a few decades. But experts say it's not all that unusual. It's just an old-fashioned cold winter.

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Fresh Air

How Industrial Chemical Regulation Failed West Virginia

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

For Charleston Gazette reporter Ken Ward, the recent chemical spill — and sometimes confusing information authorities have provided about the risks to citizens — reflect long-standing regulatory failures in the state. He says West Virginia has "basically ignored" recommendations for stricter oversight.

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Fresh Air

Entrepreneurs Looking For 'Windfall' Cash In On Climate Change

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A new book explores the ways melting Arctic ice yield new shipping channels, new oil and gas resources — and potential profits. Journalist McKenzie Funk delves into the "booming business of global warming" in Windfall.

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Soil, Weedkillers And GMOs: When Numbers Don't Tell The Whole Story

Monday, January 27, 2014

Numbers don't lie, but they can sometimes tell a misleading story. Three times in the past week, we came across farm statistics that painted a picture not quite backed up by facts on the ground.

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Once, Cold Weather Came And Stayed — For Years

Saturday, January 25, 2014

It's been a bitterly cold winter in much of the country, but hey, it could be worse: You could have been alive in the 6th century. Starting in 536 A.D., scholars wrote of a cold snap that lasted not days, but years. Journalist Colin Barra speaks with NPR's Jacki Lyden about scientists' quest to determine what caused the epic cold spell.

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New Study Shakes Up Science On Midwest Quake Zone

Friday, January 24, 2014

The fault that sparked a series of magnitude 7 earthquakes in 1811-12 had been thought dead, but the latest research suggests the region is still alive and kicking.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Herding the Last Wild Reindeer in Finland

Friday, January 24, 2014

Jessica Oreck describes documenting a year in the life of a family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland. She’s the producer/writer/director of the film “Aatsinki: The Story of the Arctic Cowboys,” which follows brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki who live with their wives and children north of the Arctic Circle, where they lead a collective of traditional reindeer herders who manage the last group of wild reindeer in all of Finland. “Aatsinki: The Story of the Arctic Cowboys” is playing at IFC Center January 24-30.

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SciFri: Sara Paretsky: ‘Critical Mass’

Thursday, January 23, 2014

In Critical Mass, a crime writer draws inspiration from an overlooked physics pioneer.

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SciFri: Star-Crossed Galaxies

Thursday, January 23, 2014

What happens when two spiral galaxies collide?

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SciFri: James Dyson: ‘Failures Are Interesting’

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Inventor James Dyson built 5,127 prototypes before completing his first bagless vacuum.

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SciFri: A ‘Personal’ Computer Turns 30

Thursday, January 23, 2014

On January 24, 1984, Steve Jobs unveiled the Macintosh computer to the world.

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SciFri: Is Coding the Language of the Digital Age?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that programming jobs will grow by 12 percent from 2010 to 2020.

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Keystone Pipeline's Southern Section Begins Delivering Oil To Gulf Coast

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A large section of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline was officially put to work Wednesday, in a move that supporters say will help ease the flow of oil to refineries. The Obama administration has yet to rule on the project's northern portion.

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Whole Foods Bans Produce Grown With Sludge. But Who Wins?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Whole Foods recently decided it would not buy produce from farmers who used treated sewage sludge, also known as biosolids, on their fields. But scientists say this is a mistake — the material is safe and benefits the environment in lots of different ways.

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California's Governor Declares Drought State Of Emergency

Friday, January 17, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown is urging Californians to cut their water use by 20 percent, and he's telling state agencies to conserve water – and to hire more firefighters.

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Chemical Company In West Virginia Water Crisis Files For Bankruptcy

Friday, January 17, 2014

Freedom Industries has been blamed for a chemical spill that left around 300,000 people without water for days. Last week, a chemical the company uses in cleaning coal leaked into the Elk River and into the public water system.

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