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Bye-Bye To The Home Of A Favorite Internet Conspiracy Theory

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The U.S. military is closing a facility scientists have used to study the edge of Earth's atmosphere. Conspiracy theorists suspect it's also been used for nefarious activity — like mind control.

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Doctors Don't Know What Women Want To Know About Birth Control

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Doctors tend to think it's most important to discuss how to use contraceptives and whether they're effective, a survey found. But women care more about safety and side effects.

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The Salad Frontier: Why Astronauts Need To Grow Lettuce In Space

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

With the help of grow lights and air exchange fans, NASA is growing lettuce on the International Space Station. The scheme could help keep food costs down — and keep astronauts happy tending plants.

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Morning Edition

Spiders Tune In To Web's Music To Size Up Meals And Mates

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Pluck the silk of a spider web and it vibrates like a guitar string, scientists say. By strumming the strands and detecting the tune via sensors in its legs, a spider gets key information.

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Morning Edition

How Coal Industry Jobs Coexist With Rising Sea Levels In Virginia

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Virginia is dependent on coal mining and export, but it also faces routine flooding from rising sea levels. That irony is a very real, day-to-day problem for residents.

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PRI's The World

This Iraq war veteran goes back to Iraq on a different mission: to save the wetlands

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Carina Roselli, a US Army helicopter pilot, was deployed to Iraq for 10 months in 2009. As she flew over Iraqi marshlands, she noticed that they were dwindling. So, years later, she decided to go back and help Iraq conserve what was left.

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PRI's The World

Artist Maya Lin's Sound Ring immerses listeners in a world of endangered species

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Maya Lin has created an art installation at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York, to draw attention to the importance of international conservation. The Sound Ring plays the sounds of extinct, endangered and threatened species and habitats on the planet — from a chorus of lemurs in Madagascar to Weddell seals in the waters off Antarctica.

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Human Or Machine? AI Experts Reportedly Pass The 'Turing Test'

Monday, June 09, 2014

A program by two Russian artificial intelligence experts is said to have passed the iconic test by fooling a group of judges into thinking they were talking to a 13-year-old boy.

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All Things Considered

To Put Two Rovers On Mars, Scientists Had To Get Clever With Packing

Monday, June 09, 2014

To fit in their shipping container, two Mars rovers had to be folded up into a tiny package and then unfolded — a prime example of what NPR science correspondent Joe Palca calls "unfolding science."

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James Cameron-Backed School To Terminate Meat And Dairy

Sunday, June 08, 2014

A private school in Malibu Canyon supported by director James Cameron and his wife is set to go vegan. Meanwhile, Congress is debating whether to delay healthy school lunch rules for the rest of us.

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The Girl Who Was Raised By Monkeys?

Sunday, June 08, 2014

It's a captivating story: A young girl is abandoned deep in the forest and survives for years with only the help of monkeys. But can it be believed? Anthropologist Barbara J. King has her doubts.

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Big Moments Get Less Weighty: Whatever Happened To Stiff Paper?

Sunday, June 08, 2014

It had weight. It lasted. It got punched, torn, reused. It got us into ballparks, airplanes, buses, theaters. I'm talking about stiff paper — and it's vanishing.

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All Things Considered

Stuck In The Machine Zone: Your Sweet Tooth For 'Candy Crush'

Saturday, June 07, 2014

The mobile game, with its flow of moving candies, has reeled us in. The endless repetition — without a plot or character development — can be mesmerizing. Psychologically, why can't we stay away?

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Photos: After A Storm, A Red Sky, Double Rainbow Over Atlanta

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Sunset and a strong storm happened at just the right time for a celestial treat. The resulting rainbows were so stunning, they were documented all over Twitter.

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All Things Considered

Doughnut Day Downer: Palm Oil In Pastries Drives Deforestation

Friday, June 06, 2014

An environmental group is blasting Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme for buying palm oil from suppliers who destroy rain forest and peatlands. The group says sustainable palm oil should be used instead.

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New Look At Apollo Rocks Finds Evidence Of Moon's Birth

Friday, June 06, 2014

An examination of rocks collected by Apollo astronauts shows a peculiar type of oxygen indicating a massive collision between Earth and another object 4.5 billion years ago that formed the moon.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: The Science of Sound

Friday, June 06, 2014

Acoustics, how sound works, and hunting for the world’s strangest sounds.

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Can Farmed Fish Feed The World Without Destroying The Environment?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Farmed fish production will have to more than double by 2050 to keep up with global demand, a report finds. And aquaculture can be far more sustainable than meat production, the researchers say.

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TED Radio Hour

How Do You Make New York's Mean Streets A Little Nicer?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Former New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan says cities can tackle the challenges of tomorrow by completely re-imagining our streets today.

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TED Radio Hour

Is Space Tourism Finally About To Take Off?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Entrepreneur Richard Branson shares his vision for private, commercial space travel.

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