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Are Stripes A Zebra's Cooling System?

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Scientists say they are closer to knowing how, or rather, why, the zebra got its stripes. It's an answer that would impress even Rudyard Kipling.

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A Fish Gets A New Eye And An Edge In The Tank

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Nothing worse than being bulled in school, especially if you're a fish. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Dr. Martin Haulena from the Vancouver Aquarium about a fish that was picked on by schoolmates.

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The Takeaway

The Weekender: Adventurers, Hollywood, and The Moon

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender! 

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WATCH: SpaceX Booster Crashes On Barge

Friday, January 16, 2015

The company's resupply mission to the International Space Station went off without a hitch last week, but an attempt to land the spent booster on a floating platform didn't go as well.

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The Takeaway

2014 Was Earth's Warmest Year on Record

Friday, January 16, 2015

A new report out today from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has found that 2014 was the warmest year on record since record keeping began in 1880.

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It's Official: 2014 Was The Hottest Year On Record, NOAA Says

Friday, January 16, 2015

The annually-averaged temperature was 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit over the 20th century average, and easily broke the records set in 2005 and 2010.

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Long-Lost European Spacecraft Spotted By NASA Probe Orbiting Mars

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Beagle-2 Mars Lander was lost in December 2003. Today, scientists confirmed their spacecraft was found partially deployed on the surface of Mars.

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Making A Brain Map That We Can Use

Friday, January 16, 2015

Commentator Alva Noë examines whether the quest to model the brain at the level of the individual neuron — the connectome project — is looking for understanding in the wrong place.

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Morning Edition

By Making A Game Out Of Rejection, A Man Conquers Fear

Friday, January 16, 2015

Jason Comely's fear of rejection was so strong that he'd become completely isolated. So he set out to get himself rejected at least once a day, every day. Funny thing is, it worked.

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Specials

Invisibilia: Fearless

Friday, January 16, 2015

What would happen if you could make fear disappear? A group of scientists believe that people no longer need fear — at least not the kind we live with — to navigate the modern world.

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PRI's The World

Will the real Dread Pirate Roberts please stand up?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Silk Road trial is now underway in New York. The alleged mastermind of the clandestine website is is trying to fend off charges of online crime and amassing an illegal fortune in bitcoins.

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All Things Considered

Do Fictional Geniuses Hold Back Real Women?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A new study finds that the academic disciplines most associated with "geniuses" are also the fields in which women are underrepresented.

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Highflying Geese Save Energy By Swooping Like A Roller Coaster

Thursday, January 15, 2015

They could shoot up to 24,000 feet and maintain that altitude in a long-distance migration across the Himalayas. But it's more efficient for bar-headed geese to soar and dive, scientists find.

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Science Friday

STEM, Planet Rotation, Sea Turtle Navigation, Smartphones, and Sleep

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Ira and guests explore why some planets stop rotating, how turning off your smartphone can help you sleep better, and how sea turtles navigate using their sense of magnetism.

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Science Friday

Cybersecurity, Synthetic Speech, Book Club Hunts Lost Cities

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A look at the science behind your digital assistant’s voice. Plus, what’s at stake when cyber-security is compromised, and the SciFri Book Club goes in search of lost cities.

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Freakonomics Radio

That’s a Great Question!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Verbal tic or strategic rejoinder? Whatever the case: it’s rare to come across an interview these days where at least one question isn’t a “great” one.

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Morning Edition

From The Mouths Of Apes, Babble Hints At Origins of Human Speech

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

You say banana; this orangutan says ... well, it's hard to tell what she's saying. But the rhythmic, speechlike sounds of the zoo-dwelling ape have started scientists talking.

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All Things Considered

New EPA Guidelines Limit Methane Release From Drilling

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The rules are mostly voluntary, which disappoints environmental groups, but they should ratchet down the amount of leaked methane from new or modified oil and gas operations, which contributes to climate change.

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Radiolab

Painting in Tongues

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Watch this amazing video of Emilie Gossiaux, a young artist left blind after being struck by and 18-wheel truck, reconnect with her art by seeing with her tongue.  
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The Takeaway

The Moon Is a Galactic Garbage Can

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

In total, the moon hosts more than 400,000 pounds of man-made material. But is this trash a problem, or just the cost of doing space travel?

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