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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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The Takeaway

The Pilotless Plane: The Future of Air Travel?

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

In the aftermath of the Germanwings plane crash, some aviation experts say one way to prevent such a tragedy is to do away with pilots altogether.

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The Takeaway

Political Science: Where Evidence & Ideology Collide

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Plenty of politicians say they're not scientists. But when politics bumps up against science, there are consequences for all of us.

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All Things Considered

Breast Milk Sold Online Contaminated With Cow's Milk

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

We're not talking about just a smidge. Roughly 10 percent of samples tested contained at least 10 percent cow's milk. Doctors say the diluted milk could be dangerous for babies for several reasons.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Politics and Science Clash, Sausage Racers, and Pilotless Planes

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

The Takeaway launches a new series on the intersection politics and science, we chat with one unsung baseball hero, and we look at the future of air travel.

All Things Considered

NASA Battles Rising Sea Levels To Protect Kennedy Space Center

Monday, April 06, 2015

Sea level rise is beginning to affect the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A protective dune not too far from the launchpads has collapsed.

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Go Ahead, Little Goat, Eat Some Poison Ivy. It Won't Hurt A Bit

Monday, April 06, 2015

Amazon's getting into the rent-a-goat business (for weed chomping). After all, goats are great at wiping out unwanted plants — even poison ivy. How do they do it?

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All Things Considered

Will A Transplanted Hand Feel Like His Own? Surgery Raises Questions

Monday, April 06, 2015

A 20-year-old man born without fingers on one hand hopes a transplanted hand will give him more confidence. He knows the risks of such a visible transplant, but says, "It's something I always wanted."

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PRI's The World

How do you catch the sun to make electricity at night? This German inventor has an answer.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Unhappy with the economics of his rooftop solar panels, a German tinkerer invents his own electricity storage system that saves users hundres of dollars a year, makes it easier to integrate renewables into the grid, and wins an award for renewable product of the year.

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Tracking Your Own Health Data Too Closely Can Make You Sick

Monday, April 06, 2015

Why not check bloodwork a few times a year as some celebrities advise? Because too much testing can lead to false positives (and abnormalities that don't threaten health) and to unnecessary treatment.

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The Takeaway

Giant Snakes Have Taken Over The Everglades

Monday, April 06, 2015

Exotic pets no more, pythons and boa constrictors—growing up to 20 feet long and weighing hundreds of pounds—have taken over the Florida Everglades, destroying native species.

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Morning Edition

When Did Humans Start Shaping Earth's Fate? An Epoch Debate

Monday, April 06, 2015

Some scientists suggest calling the era we live in the Anthropocene, to denote the time when humans came to dominate Earth's fate. But did it start with farming, the atom bomb or other event?

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All Things Considered

Will Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water Help Drought-Hit California?

Sunday, April 05, 2015

During its last major drought, Santa Barbara built a desalination plant. It was never used. Now it's being reopened, but critics say desalination is costly, energy-intensive and may harm marine life.

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Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!

Large Hadron Collider Goes Back Online After 2-Year Hiatus

Sunday, April 05, 2015

The giant particle accelerator at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland, underwent a number of upgrades, including a doubling of the energy with which it can smash protons together.

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Brief Eclipse Dazzles Skywatchers

Saturday, April 04, 2015

The third in a set of four lunar eclipses that began a year ago and will finish in late September could be seen from the U.S. East Coast to Asia.

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All Things Considered

California Faith Groups Divided Over Right-To-Die Bill

Friday, April 03, 2015

Many Christian denominations officially oppose legislation that would legalize medically assisted suicide. But some individual churches, pastors and congregants are lending support to the cause.

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All Things Considered

Cambridge University Unearths Medieval Hospital Cemetery

Friday, April 03, 2015

Cambridge University has unearthed one of Britain's largest medieval hospital cemeteries, containing more than 1,000 human remains. NPR's Audie Cornish and Melissa Block talked to the leader of the dig, Craig Cessford, about the new findings.

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Get Ready For The Third Installment In The Lunar Eclipse Tetrad

Friday, April 03, 2015

Weather permitting, a "blood moon" eclipse — the penultimate in a four-eclipse cycle — can be seen in its totality by those living on the U.S West Coast.

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Men And Women Use Different Scales To Weigh Moral Dilemmas

Friday, April 03, 2015

Would you kill a young Hitler to prevent World War II? Men are more likely to say yes, a study finds, while women weigh the moral cost of murder along with lives saved.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Can Tobacco be Relatively Safe?

Friday, April 03, 2015

Should warning labels on tobacco products take into account varying degrees of harm?

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