The Leonard Lopate Show

Mercury Rising: Which Fish - and How Much - Is Safe to Eat

Friday, September 26, 2014

Eating too much fish could mean consuming too much mercury. On this week's Please Explain, an experts from Consumer Reports tell us which fish is safest, which to avoid.

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Mercury's Surface is Littered with Classical Composers

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

NASA’s Messenger probe recently became the first spacecraft ever to orbit Mercury, having completed an extended two-year mission in March.

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Study: Some Pregnant Moms Eating Too Much Fish

Monday, February 20, 2012

A new study finds that newborn infants of some immigrant mothers from the Caribbean have relatively high levels of mercury in their blood.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mercury, Songbirds, and Bats

Monday, January 30, 2012

David C. Evers, executive director of the Biodiversity Research Institute, discusses how mercury in the environment is harming songbirds and bats, which suffer some of the same kinds of neurological disorders that mercury causes in humans. The Biodiversity Research Institute has issued a report, titled “Hidden Risk: Mercury in Terrestrial Ecosystems of the Northeast.”

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The Takeaway

NASA's Mercury Messenger Finds Clues to Planet's Origins

Friday, June 17, 2011

New data that's just been released from NASA's Mercury Messenger spacecraft could reveal how Mercury formed and changed over the 4.5-billion-year history of the Solar System. The planet appears to have shrunk as it has aged. Denton Ebel is the curator of Meteorites at the American Museum of Natural History and is involved in educational outreach programs for the Mercury Messenger mission at the museum. He explains why scientists are finding new reasons to study the planet.