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As Pig Virus Spreads, The Price Of Pork Continues To Rise

Friday, June 27, 2014

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has killed more than 7 million piglets in the past year. There's no cure, but a vaccine that may protect piglets has been approved even though it's still being tested.

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All Things Considered

A CRISPR Way To Fix Faulty Genes

Thursday, June 26, 2014

This technique for manipulating genes borrows a strategy from the way bacteria fight viruses. It's still experimental, but the possibilities excite medical researchers hoping to tailor treatments.

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Did Neanderthals Eat Plants? The Proof May Be In The Poop

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Bits of 50,000-year-old poop have provided scientists with clues into what our early Neanderthal ancestors ate. Rather than subsisting on meat alone, the poop suggests they also ate plants.

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All Things Considered

A Shocking Fish Tale Surprises Evolutionary Biologists

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Unrelated lineages of electric fish all use the same small set of genes to create their voltage, a genetic search shows. Maybe the same genes could one day power pacemakers, bioengineers suggest.

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Radiolab

What Not To Serve Buzzards For Lunch, A Glorious Science Experiment

Thursday, June 26, 2014

This bird likes livers, kidneys, entrails — anything it can pluck that's freshly dead. But what if you served it ... a painting?

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Science Friday

Making Art From the DNA You Leave Behind

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg calls attention to genetic surveillance with artworks made from strangers’ DNA.

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Science Friday

Dr. Arnold Relman, Health System Critic, Dead at 91

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Relman called the American health care system a "new medical-industrial complex." We remember him here with two archival clips.

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Science Friday

3-D Mammography Detects More Cancers, But Will It Save Lives?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A new study suggests that 3-D mammography detects more cancers than traditional digital mammography. But the technology is expensive, and there's no indication yet that it catches more dangerous cancers, or is saving more lives.

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Science Friday

Shedding Light on the Science of Sunscreen

Thursday, June 26, 2014

How does sunscreen protect our skin from harmful radiation, and what is the meaning behind SPFs?

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Science Friday

Food Failures: Avoiding Grilling and Barbecue Pitfalls

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Marinade myths, charcoal chemistry, and the elusive “smoke ring”—the science behind barbecue and grilling.

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Science Friday

Getting a Grasp on the Clever Cephalopod

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The nautilus, the “living fossil” of cephalopods, can uncover the origins of the complex brain of modern cephalopods.

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What Not To Serve Buzzards For Lunch, A Glorious Science Experiment

Thursday, June 26, 2014

This bird likes livers, kidneys, entrails — anything it can pluck that's freshly dead. But what if you served it ... a painting?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Can Viruses Treat Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Researchers are looking toward a century-old treatment from the Soviet Union that uses viruses to kill bacteria.

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Morning Edition

How To Sell Green Products To The Self-Regarding Consumer

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Research shows narcissists can be induced to make environmentally positive purchases when those purchases are linked to the things narcissists value — prestige, status and image.

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Freakonomics Radio

How to Screen Job Applicants, Act Your Age, and Get Your Brain Off Autopilot

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Dubner and Levitt answer reader questions in this first installment of the “Think Like a Freak” Book Club.

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Kandinsky On A Plate: Art-Inspired Salad Just Tastes Better

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Would a salad arranged like an abstract painting be more enjoyable and valuable to diners than a typical salad presentation? Psychologists tried to find out.

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Cosmic Confusion: It's How Science Gets Done

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Recent results cast doubt on claims that a much-hyped experiment has detected signals from the Big Bang itself. That's just another example of science in the making, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser.

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Radiolab

Two Glorious Science Experiments: One About Sex, The Other About Lunch

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

In the 1760s, an Italian scientist ran a sex experiment that required putting teeny trousers on some ardent male frogs. Hot guys in pants, it turns out, aren't so hot.

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Two Glorious Science Experiments: One About Sex, The Other About Lunch

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

In the 1760s, an Italian scientist ran a sex experiment that required putting teeny trousers on some ardent male frogs. Hot guys in pants, it turns out, aren't so hot.

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PRI's The World

‘Climate hubs’ may be key to fighting climate change. But, what are they?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

President Barack Obama's climate policies have got a lot of attention recently. One initiative that has slipped under the radar, though, are so-called regional "climate hubs," designed to help farmers deal with global warming on a local level.

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