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Should We Close Part Of The Ocean To Keep Fish On The Plate?

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Tuna, swordfish and other migratory fishes are being overfished by vessels on the high seas. A new proposal says we should close these international waters for a few years to let the fishes rebound.

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Schoolbook

Brooklyn Students Seeing Stars

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

WNYC

The planetarium at the Edward R Murrow High School in Brooklyn reopened today after three years of renovations.

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All Things Considered

Map Of The Developing Human Brain Shows Where Problems Begin

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

In nine months the human brain grows from a single cell to more than 80 billion. Mapping how genes are activated gives scientists clues to the origins of mental disorders like autism.

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A State Fossil For S. Carolina Faces Mammoth Obstacle

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The state senate is wrangling with amendments to insert language inspired by the book of Genesis into a bill to make the Columbian mammoth the state's fossil.

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What Universe Is This, Anyway?

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Evidence of ultra-fast cosmic expansion forces us to confront the possibility that the multiverse exists. But how will we ever know? It's a problem that could leave us tangled up in knots.

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On The Media

A Calculator To Tell You How Many Weeks (Or Months, Or Years) You've Spent Watching TV

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Oh dear. A new online calculator will tell you how many weeks (or months, or years) you've lost to your favorite shows.

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All Things Considered

Ethicists Tell NASA How To Weigh Hazards Of Space Travel

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Risks to astronauts on extended missions include vision impairment, weakened bones and radiation exposure. There are also psychological risks from facing danger while being stuck inside a small craft.

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Morning Edition

So You Think You're Smarter Than A CIA Agent

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

When 3,000 average citizens were asked to forecast global events, some consistently made predictions that turned out to be more accurate than those made with classified intelligence.

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Morning Edition

Changing The Face Of Astronomy Research

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

An apprenticeship program in New York City helps lower-income and minority students break into advanced sciences. For one, the love of the stars was motivation to tackle the tough field of astronomy.

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PRI's The World

London commuters deal with a new hardship — clouds of African dust

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Living and commuting in any big city can be stressful. But if you live in London, you probably don't expect to have to deal with clouds of Saharan dust on your way to work.

But that's what many Londoners woke up to this morning — reddish dust from Africa covering large parts of Britain.

Robert Elms, the host of a BBC London lunch time radio call-in show, said the dust has, unsurprisingly, been a big topic of discussion.

Elms said he discovered a thick layer of dust on his car in the morning. At first he thought it was from a local construction project, but then he opened up the phone lines.

"I just said, 'Did anyone else have dust on their car this morning?' And of course we got inundated with calls of people saying, 'Yeah, it was like I was living in a desert. I'd woken up somewhere in the Sahara,'" Elms added.

Air pollution was forecast to reach “high” levels across a broad stretch of middle England and Wales, a dirty cocktail of pollutants in the air including Saharan dust, car fumes and European industrial emissions. People with heart or lung problems were warned not to exercise outdoors.

After work, Elms went out for a bicycle ride. "You could certainly feel [the dust] and you could breathe it. I was gasping for air and you could sort of taste this stuff in the air, really. The air tasted different and felt a bit different and certainly stung your eyes and your throat... it tasted like chalk. Or it tasted like dust, I guess."

A Saharan dust storm is not unheard of in London; it has happened before. It requires a host of specific weather conditions, a big dust storm in the Sahara combined with strong north-western winds to deliver the dust to the United Kingdom.

"It's just one of those freak things that you think, isn't nature kind of fabulous, that somehow we've got a little bit of Africa coming to us," said Elms.

The Saharan dust cloud over London inspired us to pull together a playlist of sand-themed tunes. Take a listen and let us know what songs we missed in the comments.

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PRI's The World

Was it luck or preparedness? What explains the low death toll in Chile's earthquake?

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Chile is no stranger to earthquakes. It's geographically located on what's called the Ring of Fire: the zone that encirlces the Pacific Ocean and includes areas where earthquakes and volcanoes occur most on the planet.

Tuesday's quake came with force; it had a 8.2 magnitude and triggered a tsunami alert. The epicenter was about 52 miles northwest of Iquique, a mining area.

While the magnitude of this earthquake was considerably big, so far only six people have been reported dead.

Any death is tragic, but given the magnitude of the quake, was it luck or preparedness that the numbers aren't higher?

Jonathan Franklin, reporter for The Guardian newspaper, believes it was more a matter of luck.

"When the first reports come in of an 8.2 magnitude earthquake, it's clear that this could provoke a massive tsunami," he says. "In this case, it didn't... for the size and energy released in this quake, Chile really dodged a bullet because it could have been far worse."

Franklin, who's based in Santiago, says residents there didn't feel the quake, but that every one is shaken.

He added that northern Chile has been feeling strong tremors for about a month and so "paranoia is not an understatement" when it comes to people's reactions.

"People are really freaking out. This has been a topic of gossip and conversation for weeks now. People are stocking up on food, water and gasoline," he says.

But since Chile is an earthquake-prone country, over the past few years, the government has made it its mission to improve preparedness.

"There has been some criticism that the government's emergency telephone networks are not up to speed, but in general, a lot has been done," Franklin says.

For example, there are constant evacuation drills and the buildings are constructed to withstand very strong earthquakes Franklin says. It's also not unusual to see thousands of people being evacuated in a drill in the coastal areas in Chile.

But still, the earthquake on Tuesday night has made people nervous. Franklin says it's not clear if "this was the big one that puts Chile in the clear for a while, or a prelude to something bigger."

For now, uncertainty and fear reign.

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New Tech City

Save the Children

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Shhhh...don’t tell the kids, but grown-ups are mostly just making up the rules about technology as they go along. But maybe there is a right and a wrong when it comes to screen time. Hear four radically different strategies, from an outright ban to full digital immersion.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Sleep Stories: How to Get Good Rest — and Enough of It

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Don't look at the clock. Plan your outfit for tomorrow. Have sex. We got some incredible tips from listeners about how they manage to rock eight hours of good sleep each night.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Clock Your Sleep With WNYC

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

John Keefe, head of the Data News team at WNYC Radio explains how people can track their sleep with WNYC -- and takes calls on the potential benefits of the quantified self.

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The List Of Animals Who Can Truly, Really Dance Is Very Short. Who's On It?

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

YouTube is chock full of cats, gophers, dogs and chimps who are supposed to be dancing. But they're not. Biologists say the list of "true" dancers is extremely small. We're on it. But guess who else?

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Fraud Found In Study Claiming Fast, Easy Stem Cells

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The lead author of a recent "breakthrough study" fabricated the data and is guilty of scientific misconduct, according to a Japanese research panel. The scientist says she will appeal the judgment.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | April 01, 2014

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Also on Today's Show: Wisconsin has long been heralded as a place ahead of its time when it comes to environmentalism. But all that might change...Could an American who was convicted decades ago for spying for Israel be a key bargaining chip in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

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Radiolab

WHAT IF WE DON’T KILL ‘EM ALL?

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

We can end the mosquito madness without turning a select few into genetically modified assassins. And the other ways to do it are just as far out. 

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Becoming More Popular Doesn't Protect Teens From Bullying

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

You'd think that the popular kids don't get picked on, but as a teenager's social status rises, they're more apt to be bullied. Increased social combat may be to blame.

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Morning Edition

Methane-Producing Microbes Caused 'The Great Dying'

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The world's biggest extinction some 250 million years ago wiped out 90 percent of all living things. What caused it has puzzled scientists, and now they think microbes may have done it.

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