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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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Morning Edition

Why Theories On Black Holes Are Full Of Holes

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Research indicates that black holes are more common than astronomers previously thought. (This piece initially aired on August 7, 2013, on All Things Considered).

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Morning Edition

Carbon Observatory To Monitor Greenhouse Gas From Space

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

NASA is preparing to launch a new satellite to observe carbon dioxide from space. The satellite could revolutionize our understanding of where this greenhouse gas comes from and where it goes.

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Morning Edition

Safety Feature For Pedestrians Has Undesired Consequence

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

New analysis finds that the countdown clocks telling pedestrians how much time they have to cross the intersection actually increase traffic crashes.

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Lead Exposure May Cause Depression And Anxiety In Children

Monday, June 30, 2014

Lead exposure lowers children's IQ and causes aggression. But children exposed to low levels of lead show different symptoms, including more depression and anxiety, a study of preschoolers finds.

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All Things Considered

Carbon-Sensing Satellite Prepares For Second Launch

Monday, June 30, 2014

An earlier version of the satellite crashed into the ocean near Antarctica shortly after launch. Scientists are keeping their fingers crossed for the second attempt.

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NASA Explores A New World: Crowdsourcing Ideas

Monday, June 30, 2014

NASA is asking the public to help it develop new ways to bring their technology to the commercial market. Daniel Lockney of NASA tells us more about this crowdsourcing, profit-sharing initiative.

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The Past Is Where It's At For The Future Of Barbecue

Monday, June 30, 2014

The future of good barbecue isn't in new technology, but in the old way of cooking with wood and smoke, says one expert. The science of slow-cooked meat seems to support his argument.

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The Past Is Where It's At For The Future Of Barbecue

Monday, June 30, 2014

The future of good barbecue isn't in new technology, but in the old way of cooking with wood and smoke, says one expert. The science of slow-cooked meat seems to support his argument.

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PRI's The World

Islamic militants fighting in Iraq help boost the fortunes of FireChat, a new mobile app

Monday, June 30, 2014

Social media and the Internet are part of any war these days, and that's true in Iraq, as the Islamic group ISIS fights to take over territory. And that is helping a California startup win clients for its new mobile messaging app, which bypasses the Internet and cell towers.

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Morning Edition

Online Psychotherapy Gains Fans And Raises Privacy Concerns

Monday, June 30, 2014

Video chatting with a therapist is convenient, people who have tried it say. Research suggests online therapy can be effective, but issues with the quality of the service and privacy remain unsolved.

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