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Food Failures: The Science of Sides

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Find out how to avoid Turkey Day trip-ups in the latest episode of our “Food Failures” series.

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Science Friday

Into the Wormhole: The Science of 'Interstellar'

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It’s a sci-fi epic set among black holes, wormholes, and tesseracts. But director Christopher Nolan and physicist Kip Thorne say Interstellar doesn’t break the laws of physics.

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Science Friday

Ghosts of Early Language May Linger in the Brain

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Chinese adoptees living in Canada, who now speak only French, still process Chinese sounds as native speakers do, even if they have no conscious recall of word meaning.

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Science Friday

Meet The Brain Scoop’s Emily Graslie

Thursday, November 20, 2014

YouTube science star Emily Graslie takes viewers behind the scenes of natural history museums with “The Brain Scoop.”

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Science Friday

Would You Trust a Robot to Schedule Your Life?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Given access to your Google calendar, a personal assistant named Amy will happily schedule all your appointments. The catch? She's a machine—a digital personal assistant.

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Morning Edition

The Power Of Suggestion Could Trigger Asthma — Or Treat It

Monday, November 17, 2014

Strong odors can be a problem for people with asthma. Even anticipating smells like chemicals or heavy perfumes can lead to an asthma attack. Some scientists think this may lead to new treatments.

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Science Friday

‘New Environmentalism’ Moves Beyond Pollution and Climate Change

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gus Speth, a longtime Washington insider, says it’s time to consider consumerism, economic instability, and a functional democracy as core environmental issues.

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Science Friday

Mining Wikipedia Data to Track Disease

Thursday, November 13, 2014

By analyzing access to specific health-related pages on Wikipedia, researchers may be able to identify—or even forecast—potential disease outbreaks.

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Science Friday

The First Touchdown on a Comet

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The European Space Agency’s Philae lander is the first probe to touch down on a comet.

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Science Friday

Lacking Funding, Some Scientists Turn to the Crowd

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Scientists frustrated by a lack of research dollars are turning to crowdfunding.

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Science Friday

Horns, Claws, and Teeth: The Animal Weapons Arms Race

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Doug Emlen, author of “Animal Weapons,” unpacks the evolutionary arms race that pushes horns, claws, teeth and other animal defenses to the extreme.

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Science Friday

Here Kitty, Kitty: The Genetics of Tame Animals

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Researchers discuss the possible genetic underpinnings that make certain cats and rats tame.

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Radiolab

Patient Zero - Updated

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The greatest mysteries have a shadowy figure at the center, Patient Zero. We hunt for Patient Zeroes from all over the map.      

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Science Friday

U.S. High-Speed Internet Lags Behind on Price, Cost

Thursday, November 06, 2014

For less than $40 a month, residents of Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bucharest, and Paris can enjoy lightning-fast Internet download and upload speeds of 1,000 Mbps.

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Science Friday

Apple Science, From American Beauty to Zestar

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Between new crosses and old heritage varieties, there’s a world of apples beyond the Red Delicious.

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Science Friday

Piecing Together the Puzzle of Insect Evolution

Thursday, November 06, 2014

One hundred researchers studied 144 insect species to fill in the blanks of insects’ evolutionary history.

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Science Friday

Opening Up the Synthetic Biology Toolkit

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Synthetic biologist Christopher Voigt and biotechnologist Stephen Streatfield discuss current trends in synthetic biology.

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Science Friday

Spilling Our Guts: Decreased Diversity in the Human Microbiome

Thursday, November 06, 2014

How can hospital stays and the evolution from apes to humans change the diversity of our microbiome?

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Science Friday

George Washington Carver: Renaissance Man

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Carver was a painter, singer, and piano teacher, taught farmers the virtues of crop rotation, and developed hundreds of recipes for peanuts, sweet potatoes, soybeans and pecans.

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Science Friday

Scientists Sniff Smelly Comet

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Rosetta spacecraft has detected the scent of a comet...and it stinks.

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