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On Evolution, A Widening Political Gap, Pew Says

Monday, December 30, 2013

The latest poll shows that a growing number of Republicans reject the scientific theory of evolution, while three-quarters of Democrats accept it.

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WNYC News

Mapping Emotions On The Body: Love Makes Us Warm All Over

Monday, December 30, 2013

How do you know you're in love? Angry? Or sad? Emotions start off in the brain, then ripple through the whole body. Now scientists have charted where we consciously feel specific emotions. They hope these sensation maps will one day help diagnose and treat mood disorders.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Winter Gardening; "The Armstrong Lie"; "La Soiree"; Top Science Stories of 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

Gerard Lordahl, director of the Open Space Greening Program at Grow NYC, gives us tips for caring for your house plants and gardens in the cold winter months. Alex Gibney talks about his latest documentary, “The Armstrong Lie.” We’ll talk to some of the stars of “La Soiree,” a new take on cabaret, sideshows, burlesque and variety shows. Discover magazine editor Gemma Tarlach discusses the top 10 science stories of 2013.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Top Science Stories of 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

Gemma Tarlach, senior associate editor of Discover magazine, discusses the top 10 science stories of 2013, from new signs of life on Mars to the clash between technology and privacy.

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Centuries Before China's 'Great Wall,' There Was Another

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Archaeologists are now mapping a wall in eastern China that is as much as 15 feet tall in some places, and predates the more famous barrier by 300 years. Hundreds of miles long, it was likely erected to keep neighboring Chinese dynasties from invading each other, historians say.

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Security, Logistics Problems Plague Syria's Weapons Removal

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The end of December is a crucial deadline for removing chemical weapons from Syria. Now the OPCW, the international organization overseeing that transfer, is backing away from that deadline. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel discusses the plan for chemical weapons removal and disposal, and why it's been so hard.

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The Hunt For Meteorites Begins In Antarctica

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Each winter, a team of scientists sets out on a search for those rare shooting stars that make it to the ground instead of burning up in the sky. There aren't many better places to look for these space rocks than Antarctica, often in areas where no human has set foot before.

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2013 Was The Year Bills To Criminalize Animal Cruelty Videos Failed

Friday, December 27, 2013

This year, 15 bills in 11 states attempted to make undercover videos on farms illegal. Not a single one passed. Activists say a broad-based coalition that tapped the grass-roots concern for animal welfare helped defeat the measures.

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VIDEO: Rescuers Are Drawing Near To Ship Stuck In Antarctic

Friday, December 27, 2013

A Russian ship carrying an Australian scientific expedition has been trapped since Monday. But a Chinese icebreaker is expected to soon free it from the ice. Other ships are also on the way. The 74 people aboard the MV Akademik Shokalskiy plan to then continue their expedition.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

AmeriCanada!; Pregnancy Myths; Evolutionary Medicine

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Journalist Diane Francis has a modest proposal: the U.S. and Canada should merge. She talks about what both countries could bring to the partnership. Plus: neuroscientist Sam Harris on lying; economist Emily Oster debunks pregnancy myths about what’s dangerous for a woman who is expecting; and a deep look at “mismatch diseases”; how to be a friend to a friend who is sick; and an urban monk talks about spirituality in the city.

Diabetes Gene Common In Latinos Has Ancient Roots

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Scientists have found a gene that helps to explain why Mexicans are prone to Type 2 diabetes. The disease gene, like many others we humans carry, dates back to the time when humans and Neanderthals had sex thousands of years ago.

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This Is Bo, Who's Putting New Beats In New Places. You Should Meet Him

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

This isn't science. Not today. It's art — in this case, the sly performance of a young comedian who is accosted backstage by not-so-nice "fans." But he gets free (wait for this, it comes a few minutes in) by using his pointer finger. I was enchanted.

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Alan Turing, Who Cracked Nazi Code, Gets Posthumous Pardon

Monday, December 23, 2013

The British mathematician, also considered the father of modern computing, committed suicide in 1954 after being convicted of "gross indecency" with another man.

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How To Build An Indestructible Gingerbread House

Monday, December 23, 2013

We asked some civil engineers to help us end that yearly holiday housing crisis: collapsing gingerbread homes. With this design, gingerbread families everywhere can enjoy the holidays without having to worry about their roofs caving in.

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Radiolab

What Chickadees Have That I Want. Badly

Monday, December 23, 2013

First I look in my right coat pocket. Nothing. Then my left. Nothing. Then my pants, right side — no. Then my pants, left side — yes! This is me at my front door, looking for my keys. Every day.

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The Greene Space

Studio 360: Inside 3D Printing with MakerBot's Bre Pettis

Monday, December 23, 2013

Before they threw a 3D printing party in The Greene Space, Studio 360's Kurt Andersen visited MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis in their downtown Manhattan store to get a closer look at the game-changing technology.

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What Chickadees Have That I Want. Badly

Monday, December 23, 2013

First I look in my right coat pocket. Nothing. Then my left. Nothing. Then my pants, right side — no. Then my pants, left side — yes! This is me at my front door, looking for my keys. Every day.

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Joe's Biggest Ideas From 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

NPR's Joe Palca is working on a new beat we're calling Joe's Big Idea. The idea is to explore the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors. He talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about what he's learned in his first year on the beat.

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Flying This Holiday? Here Are A Few Tips To Survive Airline Food

Sunday, December 22, 2013

It's not just lack of quality or freshness that can put a damper on your in-flight meal: Our senses are scrambled at high altitudes. Those sweet and salty sensors might be off as much as 30 percent while in flight.

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Weekend Special: Name That Sound!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

I'm going to play you a sound that you hear all the time. But this time, instead of hearing it in context (in a familiar setting — the movies, an Xbox, on TV, in a phone), it's all alone. Naked. Will you be able to identify it?

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