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Is Collecting Animals For Science A Noble Mission Or A Threat?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Museums are filled with dead insects, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles meticulously gathered worldwide in the name of scientific discovery. But some researchers now say scientists should think twice.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The New Politics of Benghazi, Botched Executions, and What it Means to Be a 'Good Guy With a Gun'

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

1. Capture of Benghazi Ringleader Ignites New Political Drama | 2. Should the U.S. Look to Iran for Help with Iraq? | 3. Despite Botched Executions, Georgia Inmate Put to Death | 4. The Challenges of the 'Good Guy With a Gun'

All Things Considered

Plastics Don't Disappear, But They Do End Up In Seabirds' Bellies

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

When bottles and bags are cast out to sea, the debris never truly goes away — it just gets smaller. And these plastic particles, called microplastics, are ready meals for fish and birds.

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Hubble To Search For Last Stop On Pluto Probe's Itinerary

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Before NASA's New Horizons probe visits Pluto next year, scientists hope they can find another "icy body" at the edge of the solar system for a final flyby.

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All Things Considered

'Pink Slime' Is Making A Comeback. Do You Have A Beef With That?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Since beef prices are going up, food processors are once again looking at cheap "lean, finely textured beef." But this time, they're preparing for consumers' concerns.

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All Things Considered

Your Brain's Got Rhythm, And Syncs When You Think

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Scientists have evidence that beats in the brain — in the form of rhythmic electrical pulses — are involved in everything from memory to motion. And music can help when those rhythms go wrong.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What's Going on Inside the Toddler Brain

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A child psychologist explains why what happens between ages two and five shapes the kind of adults we become.

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Red Fish, Blue Fish: Where The Fish Flesh Rainbow Comes From

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

From ruby red tuna to turquoise lingcod, the fish we eat can span the color spectrum. Flesh color can also tell us something about where a fish came from, its swimming routine and what it ate.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sowing Seeds: Raising Toddlers and Community Gardens

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

On today’s show: Child psychologist Dr. Tovah P. Klein explains why the toddler years are crucial for a child’s development and what parents can do to help their kids—and themselves—thrive. Then, find out about the 1922 double murder in New Jersey that loomed large in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s mind as he wrote The Great Gatsby. Tom Rachman talks about his new novel, The Rise and Fall of Great Powers. And we’ll take a look at the past, present, and future of community gardens in New York City.

The Sporkful

Is the Creator of Stuffed Crust Pizza Sorry?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tom Ryan invented the Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Pizza, as well as McDonald’s McGriddle. We talk to this culinary mad scientist about his innovations and how to best enjoy them.  

Finally! A Decent Espresso On The International Space Station

Monday, June 16, 2014

An Italian aerospace firm, in conjunction with coffee company Lavazza and the Italian space agency, have jointly developed a system for producing zero-gravity espresso.

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Science Friday

Beer Science: Crafting the Perfect Pint

Monday, June 16, 2014

Two of Oregon’s craft brew experts pore over hops, yeast, malt, and the microbiology of beer.

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Microwave Helmet Could Diagnose Strokes As Patients Ride To Hospital

Monday, June 16, 2014

Strokes come in two varieties, and drugs that treat one type can be deadly for the other. An experimental device could help get the right treatment to patients while they're still in ambulances.

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Radiolab

Lights, Lights, Lights, Action! A Crazy New Light Projector

Monday, June 16, 2014

What if you could turn your finger into a paintbrush and, in real time, draw anything on any surface (even in the air), then turn your creation into a moving figure? No, don't imagine. Watch this.

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Lights, Lights, Lights, Action! A Crazy New Light Projector

Monday, June 16, 2014

What if you could turn your finger into a paintbrush and, in real time, draw anything on any surface (even in the air), then turn your creation into a moving figure? No, don't imagine. Watch this.

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Morning Edition

Kerry Gathers World Players To Focus On Protecting Oceans

Monday, June 16, 2014

About 80 countries will be represented over the next two days at a State Department conference. They will discuss overfishing and pollution with government officials, scientists and business leaders.

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PRI's The World

How do you control an Asian bug that's killing American citrus? Import its tiny natural predator

Monday, June 16, 2014

Scientists are using some bug-on-bug combat to control a disease that's already caused American citrus growers millions of dollars.

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Deep Underground, Oceans Of Water May Be Trapped In A Crystal 'Sponge'

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Scientists have discovered evidence of a vast reservoir of water, maybe three times the volume of all the world's oceans, hiding up to 400 miles beneath the Earth's surface.

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How Trauma Affects The Brain Of A Learner

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Science may be able to help schools combat the adverse effects of poverty.

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All Things Considered

Moving Beyond The Turing Test To Judge Artificial Intelligence

Saturday, June 14, 2014

A computer program known as "Eugene Goostman" passed the Turing Test by convincing a group of people, via chat, that it was actually a 13-year-old boy. Cognitive scientist Gary Marcus argues that the Turing Test needs an update for the 21st Century.

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