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

Sunday, May 04, 2014

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"Oh, evolution," writes Mara Grunbaum in her new, about-to-come-out bookWTF Evolution, "You were doing so well with the lynx. You made it a fierce and graceful hunter, you gave it a luxurious spotted coat, you gave it pretty yellow eyes and tufted ears — and ...

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All Things Considered

Playing Matchmaker To Empty Jobs And Those Seeking Them

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Hundreds of thousands are out of work, yet employers say they struggle to fill positions. Oil refineries in L.A. often have temporary work, but even entry-level jobs require specialized training.

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Fresh Air

Organic Farming Factions Spat Over Synthetic Substances

Saturday, May 03, 2014

There's a long list of pesky exceptions to the rules organic farmers have to follow for using pesticides and fertilizers. This week, a battle erupted over those exceptions.

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All Things Considered

How A Pan, A Lamp And A Little Bit Of Water Can Trap A Stink Bug

Friday, May 02, 2014

It's stink bug season. Robbie Harris of WVTF offers a new trap for these odorous pests: a low-tech solution thought up by Virginia Tech scientists, which can be made for just a couple of bucks.

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Radiolab

For the Love of Numbers

Friday, May 02, 2014

It’s hard to think of anything more rational, more logical and impersonal than a number. But what if we’re all, universally, also deeply attuned to how numbers … feel? Why 2 is warm, 7 is strong and 11 is downright mystical.

 

 

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Rock-Paper-Scissors Strategy Could Be More Than Mere Child's Play

Friday, May 02, 2014

Scientists have found that the game is less random than it appears because winners tend to replay their winning choice and losers try something else — but according to a predictable pattern.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: The Eye

Friday, May 02, 2014

On this week's Please Explain we'll find out how the human eye works and how it enables us to see the world around us. Dr. George A. Cioffi, Chairman and Ophthalmologist-in-Chief of the Department of Ophthalmology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, tells us how to keep our eyes healthy; why our vision changes; and how problems like glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration affect our vision.

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Radiolab

'Wassup, Sheep?' He Asked

Friday, May 02, 2014

One man is facing a few hundred sheep. He has questions. When he shouts to them, the sheep — surprisingly — answer back. It's a very lively back and forth, with one obvious problem. I don't trust these sheep. Their answer to his "Are you happy?" question seemed oddly, even ...

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'Wassup, Sheep?' He Asked

Friday, May 02, 2014

How come so many species of domesticated animals — dogs, pigs, cows, ducks, geese, rats, horses — have smaller brains than their wild ancestors? Oh, and humans too!

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On The Media

Battling Bad Science

Friday, May 02, 2014

Stories about new innovations in health appear almost daily in the media, but the claims are frequently overblown, misleading, or completely false. In a TED talk from July, 2011, journalist Ben Goldacre talks about how to spot and avoid bad science.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Watching the World and Remembering Dylan Thomas

Friday, May 02, 2014

Please Explain is all about eyes and how they process what we see. Teju Cole talks about his latest novel, Every Day Is for the Thief. Then, we’ll mark the 100th birthday of Dylan Thomas with a special co-production with the BBC—we’ll explore Thomas’s childhood in Wales, his time in NYC, and we’ll hear from some of his fans, like President Jimmy Carter!

PRI's The World

Twitter's role in social protests was a surprise to co-founder Biz Stone

Friday, May 02, 2014

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone recounts how the social network he helped create started as just a fun product, but then became a platform for protest organizers worldwide and a global defender of free speech.

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On The Media

Beall's List

Friday, May 02, 2014

Some academic journals have embraced a “gold open access model” of publishing, wherein the scholars whose work appears in the journal pay for the privilege. Bob speaks with Jeffrey Beall, an academic librarian at the University of Colorado Denver who has assembled a list of "predatory journals" - journals that may be more interested in profit than academic contributions

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On The Media

Piltdown at 100: A Look Back on Science's Biggest Hoax

Friday, May 02, 2014

A hundred years ago, a human-like skull and ape-like jaw were presented at a special meeting of the Geological Society in London. The so-called "Piltdown Man" became widely accepted as a crucial link in the human evolutionary chain; crucial, that is, until 1953, when the bones were exposed as a total hoax. In an interview from December of last year, Nova Senior Science Editor Evan Hadingham talks to Brooke about this tantalizing example of "scientific skullduggery."

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On The Media

The Autism Channel

Friday, May 02, 2014

Launched in 2012, The Autism Channel aims covers the whole autism world. Some of the channel's hosts are on the autistic spectrum, and with autism diagnosis soaring, the station has a booming list of potential viewers. In a piece that aired in January 2013, OTM Producer Chris Neary went to West Palm Beach, the home of the channel, to investigate. (You can watch The Autism Channel through a Roku streaming player.)

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All Things Considered

Contagious Aphrodisiac? Virus Makes Crickets Have More Sex

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Researchers have stumbled upon a virus that makes crickets horny before it kills them. Inducing your host to mate more is a great way for a virus to spread its own genes.

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All Things Considered

For Red Deer, Iron Curtain Habits Die Hard

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Two decades after a Cold War-era fence came down, red deer in the Czech Republic remain reluctant to cross into Germany — a fact suggesting that some deer are capable of teaching certain behaviors.

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All Things Considered

'Provocative' Research Turns Skin Cells Into Sperm

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Scientists were able to make immature sperm cells. If they can make the sperm viable, researchers could help men who thought they'd never have kids. But the findings also raise ethical questions.

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Science Friday

SciFri: App Chat: Apps to Mind Your Money

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Forget balancing a checkbook. Today there are better ways for the budget-minded to keep track of bank balances.

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Science Friday

Nothing to Sneeze At

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Sneezes and coughs generate gas clouds that can spread germs farther than previously imagined.

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