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After 500 or so years, beavers have mysteriously returned to England

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Beavers were hunted to extinction hundreds of years ago in England. Now, they have shown up there — in the midst of a contentious debate over whether to reintroduce them in the wild.

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Who's Protecting Whom From Deadly Toxin?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Last year a scientist said he'd found a new form of botulinum toxin, and was keeping details secret to keep the recipe from terrorists. But other science and public health labs were shut out, too.

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UPDATE: Feds Say Powdered Liquor Not Actually Legal

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Treasury Department says it erred in approving dehydrated versions of vodka and mojitos. Red tape will likely keep the high-proof powder off the market for a while.

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All Things Considered

Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Get Vets Back On Their Feet

Monday, April 21, 2014

Several bio-tech companies are developing exoskeletons that give people superhuman abilities. But these robotic suits are also doing something simpler: They're helping paralyzed veterans walk again.

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All Things Considered

Forced To Put Its Nets Away, One Fla. Town Clams Up — Literally

Monday, April 21, 2014

Since Florida banned gill nets 20 years ago, University of Florida researchers have helped Cedar Key replace commercial fishing with aquaculture. The area's now among the most productive clam farming regions in the U.S.

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The Takeaway

Science and God: Can They Co-Exist?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Can science and God co-exist? For centuries, science and religion have been at odds, with some fearing that the more scientists uncover, the more religious theories may unravel.

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The Takeaway

Turning to Brain Scans to Find Consciousness

Monday, April 21, 2014

Thanks to improved trauma care, more people are surviving brain injuries. But many patients end up in vegetative or minimally conscious states. A look at the tools and technology that better identifies hidden consciousness.

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No Longer Marching Out To Work, More Mothers Stay Home

Monday, April 21, 2014

A growing number of American mothers are staying home to raise their children, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. Listeners share their own stories about making that choice.

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VIDEO: Leopard Attacks Residents In Central India

Monday, April 21, 2014

The big cat lunges at one man and chases panicked residents along rooftops in Chandrapur, Maharashtra.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Can 23andMe "Solve Health"?

Monday, April 21, 2014

The company 23andMe has attracted the ire of the FDA for offering at home-genetic testing for dozens of complex diseases. The company has already extracted and analyzed the DNA of 650,000 people, making it one of the biggest genetic banks in the world. New York magazine contributing editor Lisa Miller talks about speaking with the company’s founder, Anne Wojcicki, about her quest to “solve health” through big data analysis of her customers genetic information.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Deniers, Believers, and the Enemies of Science

Monday, April 21, 2014

While excavating fossils in Australia with a celebrity creationist, journalist Will Storr asked himself a simple question: Why don’t facts work? He set off on a search for people who cling to far-fetched stories, in spite of overwhelming evidence against them. In his new book, The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science, Storr talks to creationists, tours Holocaust sites with famed denier David Irving and a band of neo-Nazis, experiences “past life regression” hypnosis, and investigates the tragic life and death of a woman who believed her parents were high priests in a baby-eating cult.

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The Takeaway

Aereo and the Future of Cable | Everest Avalanche Calls Attention to the Lives of Sherpas | Science and God: Can They Co-Exist?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Tensions Remain High in Ukraine Despite Geneva Agreement | Grim Details About South Korean Ferry Emerge | Aereo and the Future of Cable: The Supreme Court Weighs In | Everest Avalanche Calls Attention to the Lives of Sherpas | Seeking Consciousness, Doctors Turn To Brain Scans | Science and God: Can ...

All Things Considered

A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Educators say the middle grades are a key time time to get kids jazzed about science, but many teachers say they lack the tools they need. In Chicago, a science museum is helping to fill the the gap.

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All Things Considered

Far From 'Infinitesimal': A Mathematical Paradox's Role In History

Sunday, April 20, 2014

It seems like a simple question: How many parts can you divide a line into? The troublesome answer was square at the root of two of Europe's greatest social crises.

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Ancient Landscape Is Found Under 2 Miles Of Ice In Greenland

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A revelation goes against widely held ideas about how some glaciers work, and it suggests that at least parts of Greenland's ice sheet survived periods of global warming intact.

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So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The pink on a flamingo? Stripes on a zebra? Spots on a giraffe? All explained. Simply. Elegantly. Oddly.

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Radiolab

So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes

Saturday, April 19, 2014

 

How did it happen? How'd the zebra get its stripes?

In Rudyard Kipling's version, a gray, horsey-looking beast went into "a great forest 'sclusively full of trees and bushes and stripy, speckly, patchy-batchy shadows," stayed there awhile, and after a "long time"... got stripy.

OK. Not bad.

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All Things Considered

One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures

Friday, April 18, 2014

Ivan Soltesz studies epilepsy in mice, but says children with chronic seizures are his inspiration. He's closing in on a way to quell the seizures with light — and without drugs' side effects.

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All Things Considered

Pipeline Put Off, As Keystone Review Is Indefinitely Extended

Friday, April 18, 2014

It looks as though the "comment period" for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project will be extended, delaying a decision past the November elections.

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Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt

Friday, April 18, 2014

After a U.N. court ruling last month ordering Japan to halt whaling in Antarctic waters, Tokyo said it was reducing its target catch to just 210 animals a year.

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