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Hr2: The Tesla Battery, Debating Gene Editing, Celebrity Scientists, and Oliver Sacks

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A look at a new battery from Elon Musk, the debate around gene editing, scientists who have become popular icons, and the other side of Oliver Sacks.

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Science Friday

Hr1: News Roundup, Psychiatry's Early Days, Earthquake Science

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The week in science, a new book about psychiatry's history, and seismic risk and safety in Nepal

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How British Farmers Are Making Rapeseed (Canola) Posh And Flavorful

Thursday, April 30, 2015

In the U.K., rapeseed is getting a royal treatment. It's called cold-pressing, and it's a method of processing the oilseed to bring out the best of its mustardy flavor.

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Kill The Messenger: NASA Orbiter Crashes Into Mercury

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Messenger was launched from Earth in 2004. After 4,104 orbits of Mercury and billions of miles of space travel, the orbiter ended its mission with a quiet bang Thursday.

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PRI's The World

Pope Francis is making waves on the issue of global climate change

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Advocates for more aggressive action on climate change are counting Pope Francis as a powerful new ally. But the head of the Roman Catholic Church is ruffling some feathers even before coming out with a highly anticipated Catholic teaching on environmental issues.

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The Great Success And Enduring Dilemma Of Cervical Cancer Screening

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Pap smear has dramatically decreased rates of cervical cancer, but testing too often has a downside, too. Many women say they aren't yet ready to follow new guidelines and skip the annual tests.

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Safe Surgery Is A Dream In The Developing World

Thursday, April 30, 2015

One-third of global deaths occur because people don't have access to safe surgery, a study finds. Dirty operating rooms and unskilled attendants make going under the knife extremely risky.

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Welcome To The Neighborhood: 2 Super-Earths Discovered

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Astronomers using telescopes in Hawaii and California have found two exoplanets orbiting a star a mere 54 light-years away. The discovery is important for two big reasons.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Understanding Our Powerful Bond With Our Pets

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Daisy Yuhas explores why half of American households have a pet, why we are drawn to cute animals, and the science behind human-animal bonds. 

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The Takeaway

Lethal Injection Goes Before SCOTUS

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Supreme Court considers whether lethal injection drug cocktails subject death row inmates to cruel and unusual suffering in their last moments.

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Why The Urologist Is Usually A Man, But Maybe Not For Long

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Just 8 percent of doctors practicing urology are female. But urologists treat kidneys and urinary tracts, not just prostates and penises. That male-focused image may be scaring patients away.

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Morning Edition

Florida's House Quits Early, At Impasse Over Medicaid Expansion

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Scott sued the federal government Tuesday, accusing it of coercing Florida to accept the expansion, or lose funding for other health programs for the poor.

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How Newbie Gardeners Can Safely Grow Food On Urban Land

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

More and more city dwellers are trying their hand at urban gardening. Most know to be wary of lead in their soil, but fewer are aware of how to avoid other types of contaminants.

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The Takeaway

Pope Francis Tackles Climate Change

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pope Francis is hosting a Vatican conference on climate change in anticipation of a major announcement on the environment to be made this summer. 

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Morning Edition

Geologists Warned That Huge Quake Could Strike The Himalayas

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The earthquake that struck Nepal over the weekend was hardly a surprise. Geologists have known for decades that tectonic plates underneath Nepal were capable of creating a devastating earthquake.

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All Things Considered

Big Aftershocks In Nepal Could Persist For Years

Monday, April 27, 2015

Saturday's magnitude-7.8 quake released stress that was building for 150 years, scientists say, and it reshuffled tension to nearby faults.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Baseball in Decline

Monday, April 27, 2015

The business side of Major League Baseball has been thriving in recent years, and yet there’s a widespread perception that the sport has drifted from the center of sports culture. On this week’s Out Loud podcast, Ben McGrath, a staff writer, and Daniel Okrent, the writer, editor, and inventor of Rotisserie League baseball, join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to assess the state of America’s national pastime. They discuss the legacy of baseball’s steroid era, how fantasy sports have change fandom, and the fact that the length of baseball games has increased by more than an hour in the past few decades.

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PRI's The World

Nepal's quake preparations not enough, despite 20 years of warnings

Monday, April 27, 2015

An earthquake in Kathmandu isn’t surprising: Many experts in the region have long expected a big quake. And while Nepali NGOs have worked on educating the public about what to do, it’s hard to prepare for the unknown when the daily pressures of poverty take priority.

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PRI's The World

Toronto's Zoo plans to turn its animal waste into electricity

Monday, April 27, 2015

From African lions to Grevy's Zebras, animals at the Toronto Zoo generate 3,000 tons of dung a year. Now the zoo will soon be turning all that poop into energy, thanks to a new biogas plant that uses manure to create electricity.

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Morning Edition

Maybe You Should Rethink That Daily Aspirin

Monday, April 27, 2015

A small dose of aspirin taken regularly can help prevent a second heart attack or stroke. But too many healthy people are taking the drug for prevention, and for them, the risks may outweigh benefits.

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