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Even Chimps Know That A Firm Bed Makes For Quality Sleep

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A new study looking at the nests made by chimpanzees in Uganda found that they prefer a type of tree that gives them a firm and secure sleeping platform.

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Got A Hobby? Might Be A Smart Professional Move

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Workers who have a creative outlet outside the office are more likely to be creative problem solvers on the job, a study suggests. Oh, and they have more fun.

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All Things Considered

Scientists Spot A Planet That Looks Like 'Earth's Cousin'

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Kepler-186f is almost the same size as Earth, and it orbits in its star's "Goldilocks zone"-- where temperatures may be just right for life. But much is unknown because it's also 500 light-years away.

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Chili Say What? Linguistics Help Pinpoint Pepper's Origins

Thursday, April 17, 2014

It turns out the first chili peppers were grown by humans in eastern Mexico. And it's not the same region where beans and corn were first grown, according to new ways of evaluating evidence.

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All Things Considered

First Embryonic Stem Cells Cloned From A Man's Skin

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Scientists based their technique on the one used to create the sheep Dolly years ago. These cells might one day be useful in treating all sorts of diseases.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Amir Aczel: 'Why Science Does Not Disprove God'

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Aczel's latest book chronicles the New Atheist movement, taking aim at scientists like Richard Dawkins.

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Science Friday

SciFri: E.O. Wilson: ‘A Window on Eternity’

Thursday, April 17, 2014

E.O. Wilson discusses the recovery and biodiversity of Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Spotting Earth's Cousin in the Cosmos

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Astronomers have found a planet about the size of Earth, far enough from its star to host liquid water.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Discovering Your Inner Fish

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin takes us through the evolutionary story of how the human body evolved from our fish and reptilian ancestors.

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Science Friday

SciFri: The Sticky Science Behind Maple Syrup

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Plant physiologist Abby van den Berg traces how maple sap flows through trees and onto your plate.

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Science Friday

SciFri: How a Warming Planet Will Change What's on Your Plate

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Climate change has already cut yields of wheat and corn, taking a bite out of gains achieved by better farming technology.

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'Why Am I Dead?' He Never Asked. Here's The Answer He Never Heard

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Man goes in for a routine hip operation. In the corner of the operating room, there's a young med student watching. When things go wrong, she tries to make sense of what she sees.

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Radiolab

'Why Am I Dead?' He Never Asked. Here's The Answer He Never Heard

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Robert Krulwich/NPR

Shara Yurkiewicz is a med student. She's doing rounds now, moving from department to department. Much of what she sees, she's seeing for the first time. Not yet a doctor, there are moments, many moments when she has the eyes of a ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Screen As Babysitter

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dr. Jenny Radesky, a pediatrician and researcher at Boston Medical Center, has been studying how parents use screens with kids, and what all that screen time might mean for young children. Her latest study, published in the journal Pediatrics this week, finds that fussy kids are spending more time in front of screens.

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Morning Edition

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.

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Morning Edition

Sichuan Pepper's Buzz May Reveal Secrets Of The Nervous System

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Sichuan peppercorn that makes our mouths tingle activates the same neurons as when our foot falls asleep. Scientists are hoping the connection unlocks clues for how to turn those neurons off.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mary Roach's Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mary Roach’s latest book Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal investigates how digestion works, from start to finish. Roach writes about the scientists who tackle the complex bodily process that fuels us and keeps us alive. Gulp is the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club’s April selection, so pick up a copy and start reading today! Mary Roach will be here April 17 to talk about the amazing, sometimes stomach-turning facts she learned about our digestive tract.

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Freakonomics Radio

What’s More Dangerous: Marijuana or Alcohol?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Imagine that both substances were undiscovered until today. How would we think about their relative risks?

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Impatient gardeners don't have to wait for summer to harvest salad fixings. A surprising variety of crops will bring homegrown produce to your table in as little as three weeks.

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All Things Considered

New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A 325 million-year-old fossil find shows that the gill structures of modern sharks are actually quite different from their ancient ancestors.

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