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Almost 500 Foods Contain The 'Yoga Mat' Compound. Should We Care?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

A report finds that azodicarbonamide wasn't just in Subway's bread: It's in hundreds of foods. While it has been linked to asthma in factory workers, the additive poses no known risk to consumers.

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Chinese Superstar Lifts Ivory Cause Onto His Shoulders

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Former NBA star Yao Ming is very famous in China, and he's using his fame on behalf of conservation issues. Now a member of China's parliament, Yao is calling for a ban on the sale of ivory in China.

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All Things Considered

The Scientist Who Makes Stars On Earth

Thursday, March 06, 2014

An astrophysicist is using something called the Z machine at Sandia National Lab to recreate the conditions on a white dwarf star — only for a few nanoseconds, but still, enough to study.

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How Yosemite Keeps Its Bears' Paws Off Campers' Hamburgers

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The park's bears have developed a taste for human food, and that's gotten them in big trouble. But efforts to teach campers to lock up food are helping solve the problem, a bear hair analysis shows.

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Science Friday

SciFri: ‘Particle Fever’ Captures the Excitement of the Higgs Discovery

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Particle Fever takes filmgoers behind the scenes of physics’ big breakthrough: the discovery of the Higgs Boson.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Michio Kaku Imagines ‘The Future of the Mind’

Thursday, March 06, 2014

In "The Future of the Mind," physicist Michio Kaku predicts big advances for our brains.

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SciFri: Where Do Sea Turtles Go During Their ‘Lost Years’?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Biologists crack the case of sea turtles’ “lost years” with a little help from a nail salon technician.

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SciFri: Delving Into the Security of an Internet of Things

Thursday, March 06, 2014

As more devices come online, is enough attention being given to security and privacy?

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SciFri: Battling HIV, Using a Body’s Own Immune Cells

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Researchers are exploring a new approach to fighting HIV infection by genetically modifying a person’s own immune cells to be resistant to the virus.

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Did Humans Evolve On The Savanna? The Debate Heats Up

Thursday, March 06, 2014

"After our primate cousins came down out of the trees, humans evolved on the savanna." You've heard that idea before, but is it true? The debate heats up — way up.

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Moo-d Music: Do Cows Really Prefer Slow Jams?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Some farmers have long sworn by mellow tunes to boost Bessie's milk production. The science is hardly conclusive. But a study hints at what might top the barnyard playlist. (Psst: They liked R.E.M.)

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The Takeaway

Ann Druyan, Wife of the Late Carl Sagan, Reflects on 'Cosmos,' Now and Then

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The original "Cosmos" aired in 1980 on PBS, and in just 13 episodes, astrophysicist Carl Sagan captured the hearts and minds of a generation. On Sunday, more than 30 years after the original series began, "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" will premiere. Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the new series pays direct homage to Sagan's original vision, in part because the original and the re-boot share an executive producer in Ann Druyan, wife of the late Carl Sagan. Today Druyan discusses the series and her life with Sagan.

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All Things Considered

To Clean Drinking Water, All You Need Is A Stick

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Removing bacteria and other impurities from water could be done more cheaply thanks to researchers at MIT. They're taking advantage of the way trees move water to filter it.

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Beer As A Post-Workout Recovery Drink? Not As Crazy As It Sounds

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

A company claims to have created a "fit beer" that can help replenish the body after a workout. We turned to science to see if beer and exercise can really go hand-in-hand. The answer? Yes – and no.

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With Waste Dump Closed, Where To Put Nuclear Leftovers?

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Workers are about to re-enter a New Mexico waste dump that was hit by a recent accident. The incident is shaping up to be yet another setback in the quest to find a home for America's nuclear waste.

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Even After The Floods, The Drought Continues

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The storms that drenched California recently did little to combat one of the state's worst droughts in a century. Farmers in California's Central Valley say they need "Biblical proportions" of rain.

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Remembering The Doctor Who Spoke Hard Truths About Dying

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Dr. Sherwin Nuland has passed away at the age of 83. The surgeon was best known for his book How We Die. Atul Gawande, a surgeon and writer himself, discusses the late doctor's life.

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Chipotle Says There's No 'Guacapocalypse' Looming

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Yes, climate change raises the risk that avocados will become extra pricey. But Chipotle says that news reports suggesting it could be forced to drop guacamole from the menu are vastly overstated.

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Radiolab

Is That Someone's House? What Astronauts Can See Looking Down

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

It's nighttime. You are hovering high off the planet looking down. Things are happening. Strange, beautiful, wonderful things.

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For example, as night falls in the new world, North America seems stage-lit, it's so bright with street lights, traffic lights, window lights. South America ...

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Is That Someone's House? What Astronauts Can See Looking Down

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

A mysterious dark spot in downtown Tokyo. A flock of dancing dots in the Pacific. A town that's half orange, half green. Astronaut puzzlers seen from space.

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