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NASA Plans Life on Mars by 2030

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Ellen Stofan is NASA's Chief Scientist. She says that nowadays, her focus is on figuring out how to get astronauts to Mars—and not just for a quick touchdown, either. Stofan says she's optimistic, despite the challenges, that space travelers can take their first steps on Mars by 2030.

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Freakonomics Radio

A Better Way to Eat

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Takeru Kobayashi revolutionized the sport of competitive eating. What can the rest of us learn from his breakthrough?

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The Takeaway

The Science Behind Fireworks

Thursday, July 03, 2014

For chemists, this time of year is a moment to celebrate not just the summer season, but all the different ways to release chemical energy fast and furiously.

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20 Thoughts On Facebook's News Feed Experiment Apology

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

A scientific study that manipulated the news feeds of Facebook users has sparked a lot of negative feelings toward the company. A top executive apologized. Now, NPR's Shankar Vedantam weighs in.

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Can We Predict Which Teens Are Likely To Binge Drink? Maybe

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

We know some people are more at risk for abusing alcohol than others. Now scientists say they're getting closer to predicting which teenagers are most at risk.

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Costlier Digital Mammograms May Not Be Better For Older Women

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Digital mammograms are sharper and aid diagnosis, radiologists say. But these scans aren't significantly better than film scans in finding tumors in older women, a study finds. And they cost more.

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With Help From Extinct Humans, Tibetans Adapted To High Altitude

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

When it comes to living at extreme altitudes, Tibetans may have gotten a leg up from Denisovans, a species of archaic humans that lived about 50,000 years ago.

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PRI's The World

The future of agriculture may be too small to see. Think microbes

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Climate change is going to throw a host of new problems at agriculture. Now some researchers say one of the solutions to these problems is microbes. In particular, fungi.

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Easy Method For Making Stem Cells Was Too Good To Be True

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Scientific papers that claimed stem cells could be made in the laboratory simply by dipping regular cells in acid didn't hold up under scrutiny. Now the work is being retracted because of errors.

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PRI's The World

These monster jellyfish have invaded a Norwegian fjord

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

It's large, red, slimy and taking over a fjord in Norway. It's the invasion of the Helmet jellyfish.

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Oh, Pooh: Bear Cub Gets Head Stuck In Cookie Jar

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

A plastic jar of animal crackers was too enticing for a young bear in New Jersey, which got its head irretrievably wedged

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Watch It Swallow An Entire Tree In Seconds

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

It's got big iron teeth and a powerful jaw. When it finds a 30-foot tree it goes to the top, opens its mouth and — watch this.

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Radiolab

Watch It Swallow An Entire Tree In Seconds

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

It's got big iron teeth and a powerful jaw. When it finds a 30-foot tree it goes to the top, opens its mouth and — watch this.

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Morning Edition

Living 63 Feet Underwater Helps Cousteau Team Conduct Experiments

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Fabien Cousteau and a crew of scientists and explorers have spent the past 31 days underwater in the Aquarius Reef Base off the coast of Florida. David Greene talks to Cousteau about the experience.

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Morning Edition

Targeting Overweight Workers With Wellness Programs Can Backfire

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Companies say it pays to invest in employee health — productivity climbs and many costs of health care drop. But preserving worker privacy while encouraging fitness can be tricky.

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All Things Considered

Breeding Battle Threatens Key Source Of California Strawberries

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The University of California, Davis is the source of most commercial strawberries. Now, the university's strawberry breeders are going into business for themselves, and farmers are worried.

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A Misspent Youth Doesn't Doom You To Heart Disease

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

You don't necessarily have to waste your days regretting the mistakes of your youth. People who drop bad habits by their 40s can slow or even reverse damage done to their arteries, a study finds.

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PRI's The World

Why President Obama's strong words on climate change matter, despite his weak record

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

President Barack Obama's climate policies fall far short of what's needed to prevent serious climate change, but journalist Mark Hertsgaard says the president has made it clear what needs to be done, and that still matters a lot.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Communities Fight Fracking

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

On Monday, New York's highest court delivered a huge upset to the oil and gas industry when it ruled that towns can use zoning ordinances to introduce bans on fracking. It's expected that the ruling will have an impact on towns around the country.

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Morning Edition

IBM's Watson Is Out With Its Own Barbecue Sauce

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The supercomputer first showed off its intellectual prowess on Jeopardy. Now after analyzing a massive number of recipes, Watson has come up with its own sauce.

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