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SciFri: This Fish Sucks

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Adam Summers of the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Labs details how the northern clingfish takes the art of suction to new heights.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Making Sense Out of Bitcoin

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bitcoin is a digital currency that was created by an anonymous developer in 2009.

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Morning Edition

From Aztecs To Oscars: Popcorn's Beautiful, Explosive Journey

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Long before it fueled moviegoers, popcorn helped lay the foundation for the Aztec empire. In our video, we look at popcorn under a microscope, where the rock-hard kernel's fluffy secret is revealed.

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The Takeaway

The VA's Opiate Problem: A Whistleblower Speaks Out | Checkbook Diplomacy? Obama Faces Uproar Over Nominees | Real People / Best Pictures: 'American Hustle'

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The VA's Opiate Problem: A Whistleblower Speaks Out | Nationalist Split in Ukraine May be Coming to the Surface | Inside the Highly Organized World of Drug Cartels | Should We Add an Extra Amendment to the Constitution? | Venezuela's Government May be Running Out of Time | Real People ...

The Leonard Lopate Show

Mass Extinction on the Horizon; Surveillance, Security, and Protecting Your Privacy

Thursday, February 27, 2014

New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert discusses the predictions of another mass extinction, coming soon and triggered by humans. And investigative journalist Julia Angwin looks at how our personal data is collected every day by the government, private companies, and even criminals, and what we can do to protect ourselves.

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Coming Sixth Extinction

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time, the cataclysm is us. In The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert, looks at the issue and at researchers working in the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef.

 

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Robot Swarm: A Flock Of Drones That Fly Autonomously

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Inspired by birds that fly in tight bunches, researchers fit drones with GPS, processors, and radios that allow them to navigate in formation or while following a leader.

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More Hints That Dad's Age At Conception Helps Shape A Child's Brain

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A study that took many other potential influences into account found that kids born to men 45 and older were more likely than the children of younger fathers to develop autism or ADHD.

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All Things Considered

Feeling The Fiscal Squeeze, EPA Seeks To Slim Down

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency is offering buyouts to some of its employees. The move comes as a number of federal agencies, under pressure from the sequester, are trying to slim their budgets.

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All Things Considered

Portable Potables: How To Fight Drought By Reusing Water

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

David Sedlak, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, explains the many methods of capturing and reusing drinking water.

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'Planet Bonanza' Indeed: NASA Unveils 715 New Worlds

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The space agency announces a stunning discovery, as the Kepler mission identifies 715 new planets that orbit 305 stars. The finding boosts the verified number of such planets by around 70 percent.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | February 26, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Also on Today's Show: A stunning new report shows that childhood obesity rates have dropped by 43 percent for kids 2- to 5-years-old...Early voting started this week in Texas and the race for Governor, along with some other statewide offices, might just show where the Republic and Democratic parties are headed down the road....Scientists from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are using imaging tools to better manage one of the worst droughts in this country's recorded history...World Science U provides another entry point in the online education universe and aims to make science visual, interactive, and exciting.

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Is Planet Earth Under New Management?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Look at what's happening to the planet, its air, its soil, its animals, its plants. Maybe it's time to point a finger at the cause of all this change — and name it.

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Radiolab

Is Planet Earth Under New Management?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A hundred million years from now, when we're all dead and gone, a team of geologists will be digging in a field somewhere ...

Robert Krulwich/NPR

... and they will discover, buried in the rocks below, a thin layer of sediment — very thin, ...

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Morning Edition

Why We Miss Creative Ideas That Are Right Under Our Noses

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

In crowdsourcing, a big challenge is not with coming up with creative ideas, but identifying creative ideas. A bias makes us bad at spotting creative ideas when they come from those working around us.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Behold the Most Complicated Object in the Known Universe

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

We’ve learned more about the human brain in last decade than in all of human history. As the secrets of the living brain are being revealed through high-tech scans by physicists, take a look at what the future has in store. In the next decades scientists will create a map of the brain's 100 billion neurons and how they connect, and we'll have technologies that can save our memories—or erase them.

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All Things Considered

The Galaxy In Your Toilet Bowl

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Our resident physicist, Adam Frank, likes to point out the great science happening around us all the time. Even there in your toilet bowl, that whirl of water is similar to a spiraling galaxy.

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Winter Blahs Got You Down? 'Crowboarding' Video Can Help

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

If the snow and ice have cramped your style, you might take cues on how to make the best of things from a crow. The bird was filmed using a jar lid as a sled, over and over.

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Why Farmers Can Prevent Global Warming Just As Well As Vegetarians

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A study argues that if we want to cut emissions from meat production, we should help farmers produce more meat with less land. Farmers also need incentives not to cut down forests to graze animals.

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Radiolab

What's Right When You're Left?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Jonathan Gottschall was just a lowly adjunct in the English Department of a small college outside of Pittsburgh. Then one day a mixed martial arts gym shows up across the street from his office. Jonathan can’t resist trying his hand in the ring, but 4 months into his training he’s ...

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