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X-Rays Reveal Secrets of Ancient Scrolls

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A team of researchers have used x-ray technology to see, for the first time, the ancient texts inside the scrolls damaged by lava during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. 

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Mind Your Moods, Cat Owners

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Barbara J. King says much is made of how attuned dogs are to humans — but new research shows that cats, too, check out our faces and voices closely when put in unfamiliar or worrisome situations.

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Morning Edition

X-Rays Open Secrets Of Ancient Scrolls

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Scientists have used a particle accelerator to read ancient scrolls without unrolling them. The breakthrough could potentially be used to decipher hundreds of texts.

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Freakonomics Radio

Someone Else’s Acid Trip

Thursday, January 22, 2015

As Kevin Kelly tells it, the hippie revolution and the computer revolution are nearly one and the same.

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Specials

Invisibilia: How To Become Batman

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Learn about the surprising effects that your expectations can have on the people around you in the next episode of Invisibilia.

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Rare And 'Horrific': Frilled Shark Startles Fishermen In Australia

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The frilled shark's roots are traced to 80 million years ago. Its prehistoric origins are obvious in its primitive body; nearly all of the rare animal's closest relatives are long extinct.

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Why Some GMO Foods Don't Have Genetically Modified DNA

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It may surprise you to learn that some processed foods made from GMOs — say, canola oil, for example — don't actually contain any genetically modified DNA or proteins.

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Morning Edition

E-Cigarettes Can Churn Out High Levels Of Formaldehyde

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Unexpectedly high levels of the cancer-causing chemical were found in an analysis of the vapor from e-cigarettes, researchers say.

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All Things Considered

Scientists Give Genetically Modified Organisms A Safety Switch

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

By making E. coli dependent on an artificial amino acid, scientists hope to show that engineered organisms can be safer and more useful for industrial processes like drug production.

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PRI's The World

Greenpeace names activists behind a failed stunt at Peru climate talks

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Not all publicity is good publicity. Greenpeace learned that last month when activists placed yellow letters next to Peru's Nazca Lines. The stunt outraged Peruvians. Now Greenpeace has named the members behind the stunt.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

One Universe at a Time

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Theoretical physicist Lee Smolin and the philosopher, social legal theorist and politician Roberto Mangabeira Unger argue that the laws governing the universe must evolve. 

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Morning Edition

Scandium Middleman Is A Rare Guy Selling A Rare Element

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Our Planet Money team has a story about a man who realized at the time that he was the only person in the world with his job. It was a job selling something almost no one wanted.

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Morning Edition

After Congressional Green Light, Scientists Begin Hemp Studies

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Scientists are studying how hemp might be used in the electronic, medical and manufacturing industries. Because the plant's been illegal for decades, it's been difficult to do research on its uses.

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Was 2014 The Hottest Year On Record — Or Not?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Our planet is getting steadily warmer — and ignoring this fact is like stepping in front of a train and hoping that if we close our eyes, it won't hit us, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser.

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All Things Considered

Montana Governor Declares State Of Emergency After River Oil Spill

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

As much as 50,000 gallons of oil has spilled into the Yellowstone River in Montana. Those who live in surrounding cities have been told not to drink tap water. In 2011, more than 60,000 gallons of oil spilled in the same river.

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All Things Considered

BP Back In Court For Final Phase Of Gulf Oil Spill Trial

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The third and final phase of the civil trial against BP opened on Tuesday. The last segment will determine the amount of fines BP will pay in the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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All Things Considered

Scientists Say The NFL's 'Deflate-Gate' Isn't All Hot Air

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Two scientists say the New England Patriots could have gained some advantage from deflating a ball in Sunday's game. But was it worth the risk?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Growing Aliens in a Laboratory

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Science writer Corey Powell describes how recent discoveries in the lab are changing minds about what extraterrestrials might look like and where they might be found. 

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PRI's The World

Cyber security — and broadband access — is on President Obama's mind

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

President Barack Obama has been quick to embrace the need to enhance America's cyber security. He's had to. The Sony hack was just the latest reminder that cyber-attacks are now a ever-present threat confronting US companies and the government alike.

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How Your Food Gets The 'Non-GMO' Label

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Demand for foods certified as GMO-free is ballooning. Increasingly, it's conventional companies that want to earn the label. Here's how a company gets into the non-GMO game.

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