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Hunting for Neutrinos

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Astrophysicist Ray Jayawardhana explains what neutrinos are and why scientists are looking for them. These incredibly small bits of matter may hold the secret to why antimatter is so rare, how mighty stars explode as supernovae, what the universe was like just seconds after the big bang, and even the inner workings of our own planet. In Neutrino Hunters, Jayawardhana tells a detective story with cosmic implications.

 

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Israel, Jordan, Palestinians Strike Water-Sharing Deal

Monday, December 09, 2013

Under the agreement, Jordan would build a desalination plant and a pipeline would be built from the Gulf of Aqaba to the Dead Sea.

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Radiolab

Dinopocalypse

Monday, December 09, 2013

We’ve all heard the story of what happened on the day the dinosaurs died, right? Well, we thought we had. Turns out, high-powered ballistics experiments, fancy computer algorithms, and good old-fashioned ancient geology have given us a shocking new version of the events on that day, 66 million years ago. ...

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Radiolab

Endgame

Monday, December 09, 2013

Two actors who were losing their ability to move, to remember, to speak tell the story of the astonishing way they decided to face their own personal endings.

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Radiolab

The Beginning of the End

Monday, December 09, 2013

Not much was left roaming Earth after the Dinosaurs were wiped out. But among the few survivors there was one little creature that crawled out of the ground and gave rise to nearly every mammal on Earth, including us. We meet our great, great, great, great, great...etc!...grandmother and try to ...

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Radiolab

VIDEO: Radiolab Live Apocalyptical Sneak Peek

Monday, December 09, 2013

A preview of Radiolab's live show Apocalyptical: dinosaurs, death, destruction... plus cinematic live scoring and comedic mayhem from Reggie Watts and Kurt Braunohler. Feast your eyes on more video -- including a cut of the full show! -- at radiolab.org/live.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Monona Rossol Responds to Your Questions and Comments

Monday, December 09, 2013

Monona Rossol responds to comments and questions.

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Curiosity Finds Evidence Of Ancient Freshwater Lake On Mars

Monday, December 09, 2013

"It's the kind of water where if you were really dying, you could drink it, but you probably wouldn't bottle it for resale," says the chief scientist of the Curiosity mission. Scientists say the lake could have sustained life billions of years ago.

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Radiolab

Apocalyptical

Monday, December 09, 2013

In this new live stage performance, Radiolab turns its gaze to the topic of endings, both blazingly fast and agonizingly slow.

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Between Pigs And Anchovies: Where Humans Rank On The Food Chain

Sunday, December 08, 2013

For the first time, scientists have figured out where we sit on the global food chain. Although humans are clearly top chefs of the world, we're not the top predator. Instead, our ranking is closer to a small, smelly fish that we put on pizzas and salads.

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Shanghai's Choking Smog Registers 'Beyond Index'

Friday, December 06, 2013

Officials in China's commercial capital ordered schoolchildren to stay indoors, construction to halt and even delayed flights because of the city's highest-ever pollution levels.

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Hoped-For AIDS Cures Fail In 2 Boston Patients

Friday, December 06, 2013

The only person known to have been cured of AIDS got a bone marrow transplant, so when two AIDS patients in Boston appeared to be free of the virus after transplants, scientists hoped they were cured, too. But the HIV virus has returned in both.

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Would More Technology Mean Safer Trains?

Friday, December 06, 2013

In 2008, Congress passed a law requiring most rail networks to install "positive train control" collision technology by 2015. Engineering professor Christopher Barkan discusses train safety systems, how "positive train control" might prevent accidents, and whether railroads will be able to meet the deadline.

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China Shoots 'Jade Rabbit' Rover to the Moon

Friday, December 06, 2013

This week China launched its Chang'e-3 lunar lander, with the Jade Rabbit moon rover on board. BBC science editor David Shukman, who got a behind-the-scenes glimpse of China's secretive space program during a recent trip there, talks about the motivations behind the country's moonshot.

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The Simpsons' Secret? It's Written by Math Geeks

Friday, December 06, 2013

For 25 seasons, The Simpsons writers have been smuggling math onto Americans' TV screens. Author Simon Singh helps Ira decode the show's numberplay, while former Simpsons writer David X. Cohen remembers how he helped Homer solve Fermat's Last Theorem (sort of).

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Speech Science: Tongue Twisters and Valley Girls

Friday, December 06, 2013

Drawing from research presented at this year's Acoustical Society of America conference, psycholinguist Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel untangles tongue twisters to look at speech planning patterns, and professor Amalia Arvaniti discusses the "Valley Girl" dialect.

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Dissecting America's $3 Trillion Medical Bill

Friday, December 06, 2013

In "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us," a 26,000-word investigative piece in TIME magazine, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill catalogues the myriad reasons for America's skyrocketing healthcare costs, from extravagantly paid administrators at nonprofit hospitals to bloated bills for hospital care. And Obamacare, he argues, won't do much to solve the problem.

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Radiolab

How Important Is A Bee?

Friday, December 06, 2013

When bees disappeared from central China years ago, Chinese apple farmers had to pollinate by hand. Embarrassing — people doing bees' work, but then came the big discovery –- a surprise that still haunts the conservation movement. What if people outperform bees?

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How Important Is A Bee?

Friday, December 06, 2013

When bees disappeared from central China years ago, Chinese apple farmers had to pollinate by hand. Embarrassing — people doing bees' work, but then came the big discovery –- a surprise that still haunts the conservation movement. What if people outperform bees?

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TED Radio Hour

Can Hacking The Stratosphere Solve Climate Change?

Friday, December 06, 2013

Environmental scientist David Keith proposes a cheap and shocking way to address climate change: What if we inject a huge cloud of sulfur into the atmosphere to deflect sunlight and heat?

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