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U.S. Scientist Jailed For Trying To Help Venezuela Build Bombs

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni was sentenced to five years in jail after he told FBI agents, who were posing as Venezuelan officials, that he could design and supervise the building of 40 weapons.

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Morning Edition

Companies Wanting Immediate Sales Should Pass On Super Bowl Ads

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Researchers asked this question: Is a company better off spending big money for a Super Bowl ad or buying several spots for that same amount of money at a less expensive time of the year?

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Radiolab

American Football

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The most popular sport in the US is savage, creative, brutal & balletic. Love it or loathe it, it’s a touchstone of the American identity.  

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Freakonomics Radio

How Safe Is Your Job?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Economists preach the gospel of "creative destruction," whereby new industries -- and jobs -- replace the old ones. But has creative destruction become too destructive?

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Rare Fox Takes A Walk In The Park, And Yosemite Staff Cheer

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It's been nearly 100 years since a sighting of a Sierra Nevada red fox was documented in Yosemite National Park, according to park staff.

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All Things Considered

Charles Townes, Laser Inventor, Black Hole Discoverer, Dies At 99

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Physicist Charles Townes died Tuesday. He was a key inventor of the laser and won the Nobel Prize for his discovery in 1964. But his career didn't end there.

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Coffee Horror: Parody Pokes At Environmental Absurdity Of K-Cups

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The market for single-serving coffee pods is dominated by Keurig's K-Cups. But they aren't recyclable, and critics say that's making a monster of an environmental mess. Meet the K-Cup Godzilla.

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All Things Considered

'Maker Space' Allows Kids To Innovate, Learn In The Hospital

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

At a children's hospital in Nashville, Tenn., a mobile maker space allows patients to share materials and tools to build new things, while also teaching them about math and science.

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All Things Considered

Florida Health Officials Hope To Test GMO Mosquitoes This Spring

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The British firm that developed the strain of mosquito says it has already tested the insect in tropical countries and found it can reduce populations of disease-carrying mosquitoes by 90 percent.

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India Grows, Russia Shrinks: Mapping Countries By Population

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A cartogram posted on Reddit shows what the world looks like if you scale countries by their population. Watch out China! India is catching up with you.

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Fresh Air

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New research shows that teenagers' brains aren't fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.

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PRI's The World

Here comes an energy efficiency revolution

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Energy-saving, environmentally friendly devices are starting to work their way into the consumer market, and many were on display at this year's Consumer Electronics Shows. But to make sure they sell, their manufacturers are leaving the efficiency out of their sales pitches.

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Why Dump Treated Wastewater When You Could Make Beer With It?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

An Oregon company has developed a high-tech process for turning sewage into pure drinking water. Now it's asking the state for permission to give its recycled water to a group of home brewers.

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The Takeaway

Obama Proposes Drilling Along Atlantic Coast

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The decision comes just days after the White House recommended imposing tougher restrictions on drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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Specials

Invisibilia: Entanglement

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Explore the ways in which all of us are connected – more literally than you might realize -- in the next episode of Invisibilia.

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New Tech City

What 95 Minutes of Phone Time a Day Does to Us

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Prepare for our week of Bored and Brilliant challenges with a peek at the data we're gathering on how much you use your phones and the science behind why it matters for your brain.

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All Things Considered

Obama Administration To Allow Drilling Off Southeastern Atlantic Coast

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that it will allow oil companies to drill off the southeastern Atlantic Coast. The move will also restrict access along parts of Alaska's coast.

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The Takeaway

The Dark Side of America's Brightest Inventor

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A new documentary considers the reasons for Thomas Edison's enduring fame, and the darker side of the great inventor's fiercely competitive nature.

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PRI's The World

It's a day of wild winter weather for PRI's The World

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

It was a snow emergency in Boston on Tuesday, but The World's newsroom team braved the weather, coming to work on snowshoes and skis to deliver the day's news.

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Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Beef processors continue to block efforts to bring back Zilmax, a drug that makes cattle put on weight faster. Is it because they're concerned about animal welfare, or beef exports?

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