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White House Report Says Climate Change Is Here And Now

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

A new U.S. government report tells an unambiguous story: The planet is warming, climate change is driven primarily by people and it's already affecting Americans, through more frequent or intense heat waves, downpours and, in some regions, floods or droughts.

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All Things Considered

Despite Warnings On Warming, Public Response Remains Lukewarm

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The National Climate Assessment was released today. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Bill McKibben, author of Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist, about the report.

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All Things Considered

Report: Climate Change Creates Public Health Costs

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Melissa Block speaks with Brian Stone, director of the Urban Climate Lab at Georgia Institute of Technology, about the public health effects of climate change.

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Scientists Help Galapagos Finches Get Rid Of A Nasty Nest Pest

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Cotton balls laced with insecticide just might be the answer to a parasitic fly that has been killing off young finches in the Ecuadorean islands since 1997.

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No More Bromine: Coke, Pepsi Drop Controversial Ingredient

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Chemistry is complicated; that includes ingredients in artificially flavored fizzy drinks. Soda makers bowed to pressure to drop brominated vegetable oil, but its safety hasn't been very well studied.

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A Faster Human: Are We Unique In Our Ability To Get Better?

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

For decades, the speed of racehorses and dogs has stagnated. But humans keep getting faster. On the 60th anniversary of the first time a human ran a mile in under 4 minutes, we ponder why.

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Extreme Rains Come More Frequently in Northeast: Report

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Human-induced climate change is already having an impact on weather.

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Habitable Planets May Not Look Exactly Like The Earth

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

When we think of life, we think of the Earth. But the universe may have other ideas. Commentator Adam Frank considers the case for life on planets around M-dwarf stars.

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Morning Edition

Chemist Turns Software Developer After Son's Cancer Diagnosis

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The parents of a young boy made a terrible discovery while looking through photographs they had taken of him as a baby. They noticed a white dot where a black pupil should have been.

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Morning Edition

Monterey Bay An 'Ocean Buffet Open For Business' This Spring

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Thanks to upwelling, an influx of marine and wildlife is taking place in one of the world's largest underwater canyons in California.

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Morning Edition

Even Penguins Get The Flu

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Adelie penguins, which breed in huge colonies on the rocky Antarctic Peninsula, harbor a version of the avian influenza virus. But this strain doesn't make humans or the birds sick.

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PRI's The World

Is this where the myth of Atlantis comes from?

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

An episode of ancient history is making news this week. New research about a catastrophic tsunami 8000 years ago was recently published. It seems the flood obliterated the people living on large islands off the coast of Europe that now lie beneath the sea. Is this where the myth of Atlantis comes from?

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PRI's The World

Faced with dire climate change, denial may actually help Australian farmers cope

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Despite growing evidence that the earth's climate is changing, many people remain skeptical. This denialism is often seen as a political response to the issue, but some mental health experts in Australia say it can also be a beneficial coping mechanism.

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PRI's The World

A new report from the US government shows how the impacts of climate change are already harming the US

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The White House released its National Climate Assessment on Tuesday, and the biggest change is the tense. But we're not just talking grammar here. The report speaks of climate change in terms of the real world impact it's having today.

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USGS: Okla. At Increased Risk Of 'Damaging Quake'

Monday, May 05, 2014

The U.S. Geological Survey and its state counterpart issued a joint statement saying magnitude-3.0 temblors had increased by 50 percent since October.

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All Things Considered

Max Planck Goes To Florida, Invites Brain Scientists To Join

Monday, May 05, 2014

Germany's famous Max Planck Society has opened a brain research institute in Jupiter, Fla. It's another move in the international competition to attract the best brain researchers.

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The Lime Shortage: Still Messing With Your Margarita

Monday, May 05, 2014

Several factors are straining lime production in Mexico, from heavy rains to a disease infecting trees. But criminal gangs are adding to the high prices by stealing from orchards and hijacking trucks.

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Morning Edition

Eyewire: A Computer Game to Map the Eye

Monday, May 05, 2014

MIT scientist Sebastien Seung at MIT invented the game to help him make a map of the cells in the mammalian retina. A year later, he says the game is producing valuable science.

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Climate Change Warming Up Business In The Arctic

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Climate change has caused rapidly melting ice and thawing permafrost in the Arctic. Once inhospitable to business ventures, economic forecasters are now predicting some $100 billion will be invested there over the next decade. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Isaac Arnsdorf of Bloomberg about the boom.

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Listen To These Lovely Cats. No, Actually, Don't

Sunday, May 04, 2014

They are so sleek, so graceful, with such gorgeous eyes, tufted ears — but then they speak. And you think, "Oh no! Why? Why?"

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