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Georgia Tech Studies Chickens' Emotions Based On Their Clucks

Monday, May 04, 2015

When a chicken speaks, it's hard to tell whether it's a happy or sad cluck. That's what a research team at Georgia Tech is trying to decipher by recording more than 1,000 hours of chickens clucking.

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The Takeaway

Retro Report: When Safety Goes Up in Flames

Monday, May 04, 2015

What do we know about the flame-retardant chemicals in our clothes, furniture and everyday products? Not as much as you'd hope.

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Why Your Future Vaccination Might Not Be A Shot

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Step aside, injections! The next flu vaccine you see might look more like a bandage — a patch covered in 100 microscopic needles that dissolve in the skin in just a few minutes.

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Who Keeps Track If Your Surgery Goes Well Or Fails?

Sunday, May 03, 2015

The outcomes of many medical procedures and treatments done in hospitals nationwide aren't tracked or even measured, says a surgeon who thinks that's bad. Understanding outcomes, he says, saves lives.

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A Veteran Scientist Dreams Boldly Of 'Earth And Sky'

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Famous — and occasionally controversial — physicist Freeman Dyson's new essay collection ranges from scientific history to today's hot-button issues like climate change and genetic engineering.

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3-D Printers Bring Historic Instruments Back To The Future

Saturday, May 02, 2015

You just can't stick a modern mouthpiece on an antique saxophone and get the right sound. The answer could be in the lab.

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PRI's The World

If Tesla's new solar power batteries are as good as its cars, they could be a game changer

Friday, May 01, 2015

Tesla is famous for its electric cars, and it's now moving into the world of batteries. The company introduced new systems designed to store power from unreliable wind and solar sources, hoping to make a fortune and change the energy market forever.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Leonard Lopate Weekend: Why We Have Pets, How To Eat Spaghetti, Kristin Chenoweth

Friday, May 01, 2015

The Leonard Lopate Show's favorite segment's from the week, in case you missed them! 
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'Into The Wild' Author Tries Science To Solve Toxic Seed Mystery

Friday, May 01, 2015

Jon Krakauer has long been haunted by the question of how the subject of his book died in the Alaskan wilderness. In a journal, he and a scientist show that the seeds he consumed can contain a toxin.

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Urine For A Surprise: Your Pee Might Reveal Your Risk For Obesity

Friday, May 01, 2015

There are clues about your activity level and metabolism in urine. Researchers hope to one day predict obesity risk by tracking the different levels and ratios of certain molecules in pee.

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Studio 360

Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Friday, May 01, 2015

The Onion's still on point, Stephen Hawking mends the heart of teenage girls everywhere, and Nicki Minaj attends a Bar Mitzvah on the internet this week.
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Morning Edition

Does Reading Harry Potter Have An Effect On Your Behavior?

Friday, May 01, 2015

New research suggests that school kids who read and identify with Harry Potter display more positive attitudes toward people from disadvantaged groups.

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All Things Considered

Western Hemisphere Wipes Out Its Third Virus

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It took 15 years and 250 million vaccines, but this week, health authorities officially declared North America and South America free of rubella — a virus that can cause severe birth defects.

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All Things Considered

NASA Spacecraft Crashes Into Mercury, Concluding 4-Year Study Of Planet

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A NASA spacecraft plunged into the planet Mercury on Thursday. It's demise comes after four years of studying our solar system's innermost planet.

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Why We Can't Take Chipotle's GMO Announcement All That Seriously

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Chipotle says providing "food with integrity" means dropping genetically modified ingredients. But critics say the company's new policy is inconsistent and even dishonest.

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Expanding Medicaid Trims Hospitals' Costs Of Caring For Uninsured

Thursday, April 30, 2015

One aim of Obamacare was to ease the financial strain on nonprofit hospitals that provide medical care to people who lack insurance and can't pay their bills. That plan is working, hospitals say.

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Fresh Air

Drought In Calif. Creates Water Wars Between Farmers, Developers, Residents

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fresno native Mark Arax has written about the war over water in his state for decades. "It used to be the farmers against the delta smelt fish, and now it's the urbanite against the almond," he says.

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All Things Considered

Small Plague Outbreak In People Tracked To Pit Bull

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A woman who caught pneumonic plague in Colorado last summer likely contracted it from her friend or his dog. Antibiotics limited the outbreak to four people and cured them.

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Science Friday

Hr1: News Roundup, Psychiatry's Early Days, Earthquake Science

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The week in science, a new book about psychiatry's history, and seismic risk and safety in Nepal

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Science Friday

Hr2: The Tesla Battery, Debating Gene Editing, Celebrity Scientists, and Oliver Sacks

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A look at a new battery from Elon Musk, the debate around gene editing, scientists who have become popular icons, and the other side of Oliver Sacks.

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