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From Ashes To Ashes To Diamonds: A Way To Treasure The Dead

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Diamonds are supposed to be a girl's best friend. Now, they might also be her mother, father or grandmother. Turning your loved one's ashes into a diamond is one way to keep them close forever.

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Western Scientists Look To Chinese Medicine For Fresh Leads

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Some scientists say traditional remedies might help them crack diseases like cancer. Some notable successes include a treatment for a form of leukemia and an anti-malaria medicine that has become the gold standard. But there are more misses than hits.

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Radiolab

A Supersilly Super Bowl 'What If ... ?'

Saturday, January 18, 2014

It's getting close to Super Bowl time, so here's a little fantasy. What would happen if a British sports announcer who has no idea how American football works (not a clue) were suddenly thrown on the air and had to do play-by-play for a game between Alabama and Notre Dame? He knows nothing. What would he say?

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A Supersilly Super Bowl 'What If ... ?'

Saturday, January 18, 2014

It's getting close to Super Bowl time, so here's a little fantasy. What would happen if a British sports announcer who has no idea how American football works (not a clue) were suddenly thrown on the air and had to do play-by-play for a game between Alabama and Notre Dame? He knows nothing. What would he say?

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California's Governor Declares Drought State Of Emergency

Friday, January 17, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown is urging Californians to cut their water use by 20 percent, and he's telling state agencies to conserve water – and to hire more firefighters.

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Radiolab

Decoding The Void

Friday, January 17, 2014

In the days before anesthesia, surgery was about the worst ordeal you could endure. Patrick Purdon, Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School, gives producer Tim Howard a tour of Mass General Hospital’s famous Ether Dome, an operating theater that would have resonated with the screams of ...

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Radiolab

Goo and You

Friday, January 17, 2014

On a quiet, warm summer day, somewhere in the soil beneath your feet, tucked into a nearby plant, or at the edges of a pond, a tiny little cataclysm is happening: an insect is transforming, undergoing metamorphosis. The chrysalis is easily nature’s best known black box, but it turns out, ...

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One Downside Of Home Wart Treatments: Bursting Into Flames

Friday, January 17, 2014

Home wart-freezing devices can spark fires, the Food and Drug Administration warns, and people have been burned. People also can be injured by using these frostbite-inducing tools too enthusiastically, dermatologists say, damaging skin as a result.

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The Takeaway

Water in America: In the Tap We Trust?

Friday, January 17, 2014

How did America’s water system get the way it is today? Martin Melosi, author of The Sanitary City and professor of history at the University of Houston, explains. Jennifer Weidhaas, assistant professor of Environmental Engineering at West Virginia University; Mark Davis, director of the Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy at Tulane University Law School; and David Soll, Assistant Professor in the Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, provide a snapshot of what the water is like in three different regions of the U.S.

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The Takeaway

Developing Innovative Ways to Fund Science

Friday, January 17, 2014

On the surface, crowdfunding science research provides an opportunity to close the divide between the scientists and the general public. But how effective are these efforts? Heather Goldstone, science editor with our partner WGBH, has been reporting on new crowdsourcing in scientific funding. Ralph Keeling, director of the Scripps CO2 and O2 programs at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is also tapping the power of crowdfunding. He joins The Takeaway to explain his efforts to help fund his work.

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Radiolab

Black Box

Friday, January 17, 2014

This hour, we examine three very different kinds of black boxes—those peculiar spaces where it’s clear what’s going in, we know what’s coming out, but what happens in-between is a mystery.

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The Takeaway

Obama Announces Overhaul of NSA Surveillance Programs | Water in America: In the Tap We Trust? | Developing Innovative Ways to Fund Science

Friday, January 17, 2014

Water in America: In the Tap We Trust? | The Delicate Dance of U.S. Spy Agencies | Obama Announces Overhaul of NSA Surveillance Programs | The Evolution of Hollywood Movie Villains | Developing Innovative Ways to Fund Science

Science Friday

SciFri: Scott Stossel: My Age of Anxiety

Thursday, January 16, 2014

An estimated one out of seven Americans suffers from anxiety.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Medicine's Gender Gap

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women. Yet women make up only a third of subjects in cardiovascular clinical trials.

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Science Friday

SciFri: How Fins Gave Way to Feet

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Tiktaalik roseae was a fish that had scales, gills, and limb-like front fins.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Is the Universe Built on Math?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

In The Mathematical Universe, physicist Max Tegmark argues that the universe is completely mathematical.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Science Goes to the Movies: ‘Her’

Thursday, January 16, 2014

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Radiolab

Thomas Jefferson Needs A Dead Moose Right Now To Defend America

Thursday, January 16, 2014

There are no moose in America, said the French count to Thomas Jefferson. They don't exist there. Americans see a reindeer and just call it a new name, saying it's bigger. But the only thing that's big here is your American imagination. Jefferson was incensed. You are an ignoramus, he said tactfully. Then he promised to deliver an American moose to Paris. Here's what happened next.

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Why Sugar Makes Us Feel So Good

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Why does sugar leave our brains crying, "More! More! More!"? A neuroscientist and research psychologist who studies sugar addiction breaks it down for us in a clever new TED-Ed video.

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Freakonomics Radio

Fear Thy Nature (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

What "Sleep No More" and the Stanford Prison Experiment tell us about who we really are.

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