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The Camel Did It: Scientists Nail Down Source Of Middle East Virus

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Since the deadly MERS virus was detected two years ago, scientists have struggled to figure out how people catch it. A new study confirms that camels are a key source.

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All Things Considered

An Underwater Race To Transplant Miami's Rare Corals

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

A group of scientists is on an urgent mission: It's rushing to save as many corals as it can from Miami's shipping channel before the creatures are destroyed in an underwater excavation project.

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All Things Considered

How A Scientist Of Psychedelics Became The 'Godfather Of Ecstasy'

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The man known as the "godfather of ecstasy" has died at the age of 88. Scientist Alexander Shulgin rediscovered a chemical known as MDMA, which was eventually adopted as the club drug ecstasy.

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All Things Considered

New Pollution Rules Leave Utilities Frustrated, As Details Remain Up In Air

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The Obama administration has proposed rules for limiting greenhouse gases, but many of the details must still be set by states, leaving utilities unsure about specifics they'll be expected to achieve.

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1 Baby, 3 Parents: Scientists Say Due Date Is In Two Years

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

A medical procedure uses material from three people to target problems in mitochondria, the energy-producing organelles that have their own DNA.

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Hydroponic Tomatoes May One Day Be Tastier Than Ones Grown Outside

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Advances in greenhouse technology have made growing flavorful tomatoes year-round easier. And scientists say climate change may soon make it harder to grow delicious tomatoes outdoors in fields.

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Radiolab

How Chocolate Might Save The Planet

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Honey is nature's gift. It's natural. Made by bees. Chocolate is the opposite, a great engineering creation that could, just possibly, just maybe, help save our planet.

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How Chocolate Might Save The Planet

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Honey is nature's gift. It's natural. Made by bees. Chocolate is the opposite, a great engineering creation that could, just possibly, just maybe, help save our planet.

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PRI's The World

A new study shows that koalas cuddle trees to keep cool

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Koalas are tree huggers for a reason - it keeps them cool.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Democracy, Loyalty, and a Carbon Competition

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

1. Criticism Mounts Against POW Bowe Bergdahl | 2. Egyptian Democracy Put to the Test | 3. Mastering the Boston Accent is Wicked Hard | 4. China Announces 2016 Emissions Cap | 5. 25 Years After Tiananmen, Activist's Fight Goes On

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Coal Country Responds to Obama's Carbon Cuts

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The border of Southeast Ohio and West Virginia has long been considered coal country. In the wake of President Obama's announcement that he plans to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent, Bob Vincenzo, the mayor of St. Clairsville, Ohio, is worried about the future of his town—and the region.

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Morning Edition

Playtime With Mom Helps Boost Toddlers' Under-Developed Brains

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Due to malnourishment, some 200 million toddlers in poor countries have under-developed brains. A study in the journal Science suggests more play time with mom can dramatically reverse the damage.

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Morning Edition

How Atomic Particles Helped Solve A Wine Fraud Mystery

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

By testing for radiation, detectives tried to show that wine bottles purportedly from Thomas Jefferson's collection were fake. And with wine fraud rising, authentication is getting more sophisticated.

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PRI's The World

This Italian farmer is fighting for the right to grow genetically modified corn on his land

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Italy is a fiercely anti-GMOs. It's one of a handful of countries to ban them outright. But European law is trumping them, and it has opened a window for one Italian farmer who is growing GMO corn anyway.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: PTSD, Life in Captivity, and Art and Music as a Remedy

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

1. Is a Rift Growing Between the U.S. & Poland? | 2. Who Are the Taliban Fighters Released from Guantánamo Bay? | 3. Life After Captivity: What's Next for Bowe Bergdahl | 4. Coal Country Responds to Obama's Carbon Cuts | 5. Your Take: How Art & Music Helps You ...

Study: Americans Less Fearful Of Storms Named After Women

Monday, June 02, 2014

People are less likely to seek shelter or otherwise prepare for storms given female names, researchers say. As a result, such storms result in nearly twice as many deaths as those with male names.

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All Things Considered

Bursts Of Light Create Memories, Then Take Them Away

Monday, June 02, 2014

Scientists seem to have answered a fundamental question about the nature of memory. They have found compelling evidence that memories are made by strengthening connections between certain brain cells.

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All Things Considered

With New EPA Rules, McCarthy Sees Economic Upside In Health Savings

Monday, June 02, 2014

For more on the new pollution regulations, Robert Siegel speaks with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy about her agency's carbon emission plan.

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All Things Considered

EPA Lays Out Centerpiece To Obama's Climate Change Policy

Monday, June 02, 2014

The Obama administration is announcing new pollution standards Monday. The rules, key elements of President Obama's climate change policy, may decide the fate of coal-fired power plants in the U.S.

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EPA Chief Says Greenhouse Gas Rules Will Save Country Billions

Monday, June 02, 2014

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy calls new rules on greenhouse gas reduction perhaps the most significant in the agency's history.

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