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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

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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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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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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All Things Considered

GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New GMO potatoes don't bruise as easily, and, when fried, they have less of a potentially harmful chemical. Yet some big chip and french fry makers won't touch them because of the stigma of GMOs.

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All Things Considered

Stars Shine Bright In Ireland's Dark Sky Reserve

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The International Dark-Sky Association has named only three "gold-tier reserves" on Earth where a "full array of visible sky phenomena can be viewed." There's only one in the Northern Hemisphere — at the the Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve in far Southwestern Ireland.

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PRI's The World

Dusty roads in Costa Rica make for a sticky situation — literally

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The roads of Playa Guiones, a sleepy Costa Rican surfing town, are paved with molasses. Every January, crews pour barrels of the sticky substance onto the streets of the town as an eco-friendly way to combat the dust problem during the dry season.

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The Takeaway

What the Car of the Future Will Look Like

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Imaging the car of the future is a real gig and Sheryl Connelly has it—she's the head of global consumer trends and futuring manager for Ford.

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U.S. Funding of Health Research Stalls As Other Nations Rev Up

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

It's not just government-sponsored medical research that's dwindled in the last few years in the U.S. Drug firms have curbed their investment, too, especially in early-stage hunts for new drugs.

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The Invisible World Has A Funky Fresh Beat

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Invisible mathematical relations guide the sounds in this video — and everywhere, says astrophysicist Adam Frank. They're present in the waves your cellphone uses and are the heartbeat of the tides.

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Morning Edition

Good News For Bats! Things Are Looking Up For Stemming Disease Spread

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The disease known as white-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats, but scientists are seeing hopeful signs that some bat colonies are recovering.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Fighting Extremism, Cybervandalism, and Waiting for Justice

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Takeaway explores radical Islam and the fight against it, we dive into the CentCom hack, and we look at jury selection in the Boston Marathon bombing trial.

3 Kings Holiday Cake Laced With Synthetic Drugs Makes Dozens Hallucinate

Monday, January 12, 2015

What seemed like a case of food poisoning has now turned into a police investigation. Synthetic drugs present an evolving problem for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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The Takeaway

The Science of Decision-Making

Monday, January 12, 2015

Why do we struggle to keep even our best New Year’s resolutions? We delve into the latest research about the science of decision-making to find out.

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