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Physics Feels The Pull Of Nature's Biggest Mysteries

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

We don't have all the answers; many big questions hang over the world of theoretical physics. Is this business as usual? Or symptom of a major crisis in our understanding of nature?

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Fresh Air

Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees'

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Laurence Packer says humans need to appreciate both domestic bees and the some 20,000 species of wild bees. His book Keeping The Bees explores all types, including some that feed on tears.

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Radiolab

The Meter: The Measure of a Man

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

About six and a half billion people use the metric system every single day.  That's more than the citizens of any single nation, the followers of any single religion or the speakers of any single language.  Sociologist Hector Vera has called the metric system “more popular than Jesus.”

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PRI's The World

Is Bigfoot a big myth? A new study testing hair DNA finds no proof

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Bigfoot enthusiasts sent suspected hair samples of the creature to Oxford University for DNA testing, along with alleged hair samples in museums. The results turned up a huge range of animals — from bears to wolves — but no Yetis.

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A Tough Little Droplet Fights To Stick Around

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

It's just a drop of water. It's about to fall. And when it does, a story begins. What happens next may feel oddly familiar. Maybe it's telling you — about you.

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Radiolab

A Tough Little Droplet Fights To Stick Around

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

It's just a drop of water. It's about to fall. And when it does, a story begins. What happens next may feel oddly familiar. Maybe it's telling you — about you.

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Morning Edition

Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

A racing mind and a pounding heart aren't all bad — the stress response can help humans and other animals deal with the unexpected. So what makes a vital system, which evolved to help us, turn toxic?

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As Engines Sputter To Life, Vintage Spacecraft Turns Toward Moon

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

So far, so good. ISEE-3, the versatile 1978 space probe that took a detour to greet a comet in the 1980s, is now on track to get close to the moon, scientists say, though course fixes can be tricky.

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All Things Considered

In A Lab Store Room, An Unsettling Surprise: Lost Vials Of Smallpox

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health made an unpleasant discovery as they cleaned out an old laboratory: The lab contained vials of the smallpox virus, previously unknown to authorities.

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All Things Considered

Plants Know The Rhythm Of The Caterpillar's Creep

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

According to new research, plants can hear the sounds of insects chewing. A University of Missouri study reports that plants can recognize the sound of a predator using the vibrations of their leaves.

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All Things Considered

Will This Tech Tool Help Manage Older People's Health? Ask Dad

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

There's a growing market in technology to address health problems in older people. But young techies don't always know what their clients really need and want. Enter the focus group of Dad.

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What It Takes To Make A Decent Cup Of Coffee In Space

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Italian engineers say they've finally come up with a way to brew espresso on the ISS so astronauts can ditch the instant coffee. We asked: What's so hard about making coffee in space? Answer: A lot.

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Globe-Trotting GMO Bananas Arrive For Their First Test In Iowa

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

A new banana enhanced with vitamin A is intended to address diet deficiencies in Uganda. But if the past history of "biofortified" crops is prologue, it faces a tough road ahead.

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Can't Stand Meetings? Try Taking Away The Chairs

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Those who stood at meetings said they felt their colleagues were more open to their ideas, less territorial, and overall, did better collaborative work, researchers found.

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Morning Edition

Some Parole Requirements Could Be Increasing The Crime Rate

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Prisoners who are released invariably make it back to the areas where they came from. Does this have a positive or negative effect on crime? Research triggered by Hurricane Katrina offers insight.

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All Things Considered

The Secret History Behind The Science Of Stress

Monday, July 07, 2014

The tobacco industry played an influential role in the funding and popularization of stress research. A vast document archive details the relationships between cigarette makers and key scientists.

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Is Obesity A Disease?

Monday, July 07, 2014

Last year the American Medical Association voted to recognize obesity as a disease. But what's in a name? Commentator Tania Lombrozo reviews new evidence that suggests it matters.

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Morning Edition

Raw Milk Producers Aim To Regulate Themselves

Monday, July 07, 2014

To create accountability and transparency, some raw milk producers are coming up with guidelines for testing and safety. But federal agencies say all raw milk is still risky to consume.

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The Takeaway

Inside the World's Only Undersea Lab

Monday, July 07, 2014

Ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau recently wrapped up his record-breaking underwater expedition, Mission 31. Cousteau lived and worked more than sixty feet underwater for 31 days aboard the world’s only undersea laboratory: the Aquarius Reef Base in the Florida Keys. Cousteau’s mission honored the pioneering work of his famous grandfather, Jacques Cousteau, who led a similar undersea expedition 50 years ago aboard another underwater habitat called Conshelf II, in the Red Sea. 

 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: lsrael Arrests Suspects in Revenge Killing, Inside an Undersea Lab, and One Woman's Battle with Breast Cancer

Monday, July 07, 2014

1. Under Her Skin: The Breast Cancer Survival Divide Across Racial Lines |  2. Under Her Skin: Meet Lisa Echols | 3. Israel Arrests Suspects in Revenge Killing of Palestinian Teen | 4. Inside the World's Only Undersea Lab