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All Things Considered

From Pet To Pest, Goldfish Tip Scales Of Survival In Lake's Ecosystem

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Colorado wildlife officials believe someone released four or five pet goldfish into Teller Lake #5 a few years ago. Now, the fish number in the thousands and threaten the lake's ecosystem.

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Fresh Air

The Creepy, Crawly World Of Bedbugs And How They Have 'Infested' Homes

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Brooke Borel's new book describes their history and how they hide, bite and reproduce. Borel, who has combated them herself, says an infestation "does mess with your mind a little bit."

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What's My Chance Of Having A Baby? A Better Predictor Of IVF Success

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Achieving pregnancy with in vitro fertilization depends largely on your age. But other factors contribute, too. A study compares two online tools aimed at giving couples a realistic sense of the odds.

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The Takeaway

The Brontosaurus Is Back!

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The debate is over, and paleontologists have confirmed it: The Brontosaurus is both a distinct genus and species. Welcome back, thunder lizard.

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PRI's The World

The car of the future — the very near future — might be driven by the wind

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

How do you balance the ebbs and flows of wind and solar power to use it when and where it's most needed? Turn it into hydrogen and use it to drive cars.

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What The 'God Of The Gaps' Teaches Us About Science

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser says that to put God in our current knowledge gaps would not further our understanding of the universe. For that, we need science and its stubbornly secular approach.

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PRI's The World

Water, water everywhere, but in Taiwan today there's just a drop to drink

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Taiwan is experiencing record low rainfall and water shortages. The island surrounded by water has had to restrict water consumption.

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The Takeaway

Identical Twins, One in Space, One on Earth

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Scott Kelly is scheduled for the longest mission ever on the International Space Station, while his identical twin brother, Mark Kelly, is scheduled to be his Earth-bound guinea pig. 

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The Takeaway

Science May Speak, But Money Talks

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Politicians often ignore facts because they don't align with their ideology. But scientists hype research to secure more funding. 

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Morning Edition

Why Is Condom-Use Suddenly Dropping Among College Sophomores?

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Research at multiple universities shows the decline in safe sex is concentrated among students from low-income families. But why are these students less likely to practice safe sex?

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Morning Edition

Aspiring Craft Brewers Hit The Books To Pick Up Science Chops

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

As the craft beer industry grows, so are options for learning to brew. More colleges are now introducing degree programs to teach the art and science of beer-making.

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Morning Edition

Doctors Test Tumor Paint In People

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

A modified venom from scorpions that carries a dye into the brain and makes tumors glow has cleared its latest hurdle. But will this attempt to improve brain surgery work in humans as well as animals?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Rand Paul; Collective Bargaining in Higher Ed; Philosophy of Happiness

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Rand Paul's GOP candidacy; Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop on chain stores; collective bargaining in higher ed; the philosophy of happiness; and "Food Babe" vs. "Science Babe."

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Justice in South Carolina, The Brontosaurus Makes a Comeback, and Twins in Space

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The Takeaway looks at the shooting death of Walter Scott, we explore new information about the Brontosaurus, and we chat with Astronaut Mike Kelly about his twin brother's space trip.

WNYC News

City Races To Fill Potholes

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Before the sun rises in Canarsie, Brooklyn, a backhoe is already filling trailers with piping hot asphalt. 

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All Things Considered

Many Obamacare Policyholders Face Tax Surprises This Year

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Depending on the size of the subsidy they got, some will get a bigger refund than expected and others will owe taxes.

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All Things Considered

California Farmers Gulp Most Of State's Water, But Say They've Cut Back

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Farms in California use as much as four times the water consumed by cities and towns. Now farmers are on defense after the governor decided to mostly exempt them from new, sweeping water cutbacks.

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Morning Edition

Is It Time To Resurrect The Brontosaurus?

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

More than a century ago, the Brontosaurus was deemed too similar to the dinosaur Apatosaurus. Recent research finds there is enough difference between the two creatures after all.

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PRI's The World

When the grid says 'no' to wind and solar power, this company's technology helps it say 'yes' again

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Too much renewable power? A German engineer comes up with a way to store excess renewable energy, take pressure off the grid and ease the way for the adoption of more wind and solar power in a country that's already way ahead of most of the rest of us.

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Why Doesn't Your Butt Fall Through The Chair?

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

One of the strangest and least appreciated discoveries of modern physics is that solid matter is — to put it bluntly — a big lie, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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