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Going Against The Grain: FDA Threatens Brewers' Feed For Farmers

Friday, June 20, 2014

Breweries have been providing farmers with free or discounted grain to feed their animals for centuries. But a proposed FDA rule intended to make food safer could disrupt that relationship.

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Stephanie Kwolek, Chemist Who Created Kevlar, Dies At 90

Friday, June 20, 2014

Kwolek, a DuPont scientist, invented the remarkable fibers — lightweight, flexible and five times stronger than steel — that are used around the world in bulletproof body armor.

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Radiolab

Wrong! Deconstructing 5 Famous History Stories

Friday, June 20, 2014

You don't question them. You don't doubt them. You hear them so often, you wouldn't know they are lies. Here are five historical "facts" that aren't true. Never were. And now you'll know.

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Wrong! Deconstructing 5 Famous History Stories

Friday, June 20, 2014

You don't question them. You don't doubt them. You hear them so often, you wouldn't know they are lies. Here are five historical "facts" that aren't true. Never were. And now you'll know.

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TED Radio Hour

Where's The Line Between Cheating A Little and Cheating A Lot?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explains the hidden reasons we think it's okay to cheat or steal. He says we're predictably irrational — and can be influenced in ways we don't even realize.

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TED Radio Hour

Can You Learn To Spot A Liar?

Friday, June 20, 2014

We're surrounded by deception: in politics and pop culture, in the workplace and on social media. Pamela Meyer points out manners and cues that can help us suss out a lie.

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TED Radio Hour

Does Technology Make Us More Honest?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Who hasn't sent a text message saying "I'm on my way" when it wasn't true? But some technology might actually force us to be more honest, says psychologist Jeff Hancock.

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Morning Edition

6 Decades Of Research Examines Prisoners Of War

Friday, June 20, 2014

The release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prompted a firestorm of debate. We step away from that debate to look at what's been learned about the psychological effects of being captured in wartime

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Morning Edition

Scientists Keep A Careful Eye On The World Cup Ball

Friday, June 20, 2014

After a botched redesign in 2010 caused the ball to behave erratically, independent scientists have carefully studied the new ball.

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On The Media

Your Morals Depend on Language

Friday, June 20, 2014

Would you sacrifice one person to save the lives of five others? Your answer may depend on whether you consider the problem in your native tongue or a secondary one.

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All Things Considered

Seeking the Solstice: Kick Off Your Summer of Cosmic Sunsets

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Just in time for the official start of summer, NPR's Adam Frank heads outside to better understand the summer solstice. The secret, he says, is in the sunsets.

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Cut Your Cake And Keep It (Fresh), Too

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A British mathematician proclaimed in 1906 that there's a better way to cut a cake than dividing it into wedges. Now a video by Alex Bellos is bringing his method back to life.

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To Defeat A Deadly Toxin, Disrupt Its Landing Gear

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Scientists have figured out how botulinum toxin moves from the intestine into the bloodstream. Specialized molecules that serve as carriers for the toxin provide clues about its potency.

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New York Passes Bill To Outlaw Tattooing Pets

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Getting Fido inked or pierced, except for purposes of medical identification, will be against the law in New York after Gov. Cuomo signs the measure.

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All Things Considered

How To Become A Neanderthal: Chew Before Thinking

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The strong jawline and pronounced teeth of of Neanderthals likely evolved before their large braincase, scientists say. The evidence? A treasure of bones recovered from a single cave in Spain.

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Science Friday

Untangling the Web of Spider Science

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Arachnologist Greta Binford traces the evolution of spiders by examining their venom.

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Science Friday

Reinventing How City Dwellers Get Around

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Portland, Oregon, is a hotbed for transit innovation. Will other cities catch on?

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Science Friday

At Reed College, Nuclear Education That’s Really 'Hands-On'

Thursday, June 19, 2014

At Reed College, undergraduates keep a nuclear reactor running.

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Science Friday

What Happens After the Robot Apocalypse?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

In Robogenesis, sci-fi author Daniel H. Wilson imagines the world post-robot uprising.

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Freakonomics Radio

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Appetizer

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Is it really in a restaurant’s best interest to give customers free bread or chips before they even order?

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