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The Best Science Books of 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Science writers Deborah Blum and Annalee Newitz join Ira to share their favorite science books of 2014.

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Evidence Mounts for Liquid Water on Mars

Thursday, December 11, 2014

NASA reveals new evidence for a large lake that could have existed for millions of years on Mars.

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Alan Alda Challenges Scientists to Answer: What Is Sleep?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Alan Alda’s “Flame Challenge” asks scientists to answer the big questions that keep them up at night to 11-year-olds around the world.

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You Are ‘When’ You Eat

Thursday, December 04, 2014

In mice, eating within an 8-12 hour window helped to prevent and even reverse obesity and type 2 diabetes.

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Test Launch Marks New Phase for NASA

Thursday, December 04, 2014

NASA is in early stage test flights for Orion, its updated crew capsule, but the spaceflight landscape is changing.

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What’s Killing West Coast Starfish?

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Scientists have linked an unprecedented starfish die-off along the West Coast to a virus.

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Near City Streets, an Insect Cleaning Crew

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Ants and other insects could be able to remove thousands of pounds of food waste from street medians and city parks each year.

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How Long Does a President’s Legacy Last?

Thursday, December 04, 2014

In 1991, 53 percent of students tested could recall Lyndon Johnson as the 36th president; that number dropped to 20 percent by 2009, according to a new study released in Science.

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Paola Antonelli: ‘Design Is More Than Cute Chairs’

Thursday, December 04, 2014

For MoMA curator Paola Antonelli, “design” includes computer interfaces, video games, and maker kits.

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Climate Deal or Not, Fight Against Global Warming Has Begun

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Last year, for example, new solar plants outpaced coal installations in the U.S., and carbon-trading schemes across state and national borders have already begun.

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Ig Nobel Prizes Salute Science’s Strange and Silly

Thursday, November 27, 2014

In a Science Friday holiday tradition, we’re playing highlights from this year’s 24th First Annual Ig Nobel awards ceremony.

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An Art Movement Where Art and Science Collide

Thursday, November 27, 2014

In the new art movement “art-sci,” artists take inspiration from science, use scientific techniques in their artwork, and inspire new science.

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Does Your Genome Belong to Your Family, Too?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Should doctors share information about your risky genes with your family, since they, too, might harbor that suspect DNA sequence?

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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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‘Hot’ for Turkey

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Female wild turkeys parse the courtship performances of males to determine their genetic potential.

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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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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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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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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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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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