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A Musical Memorial For The Face Of Extinction

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Lonesome George was the last of his subspecies of giant tortoise from the Galapagos. For decades scientists tried to find him a mate, but he died alone. NPR's Adam Cole offers this elegiac tribute.

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All Things Considered

'Blood Of The Tiger': Shedding Light On China's Farmed-Tiger Trade

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The endangered animals are bred for luxury items, like tiger bone wine and tigerskin rugs. By raising the demand for these goods, the farms pose a threat to wild tigers, says author J.A. Mills.

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All Things Considered

DNA, It Turns Out, Is A Lot More Loopy

Saturday, January 10, 2015

There's another image for DNA that goes beyond the double helix — bundles and bundles of loops. NPR's Arun Rath talks to researcher Suhas Rao about how this discovery could help fight disease.

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Bill Gates Raises A Glass To (And Of) Water Made From Poop

Saturday, January 10, 2015

And he drinks it. It's all thanks to the Janicki Omniprocessor, a new machine that can turn human waste into clean water.

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SpaceX Launch Successful; Recovery Attempt 'Close, But No Cigar'

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The private launch contractor resupplying the ISS said a plan to recover the rocket's spent first stage at sea hit a snag.

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'Theory Of Everything' Probes Stephen Hawkings' Love, Not Theory

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Theory of Everything actor Eddie Redmayne tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer about the challenges of portraying a genius. This story originally Nov. 8 on Weekend Edition Saturday.

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Rocket Landing At Sea Was 'Close But No Cigar'

Saturday, January 10, 2015

An experimental rocket launched by SpaceX Saturday was a partial success. A cargo capsule will reach the International Space Station, but the spent rocket failed to land on a barge in the Atlantic.

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Radiolab

Radiolab Presents: Invisibilia

Friday, January 09, 2015

The lines between boy and girl can be blurry but NPR's Invisibilia introduces us to someone with a very new idea of how blurry they can be.
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All Things Considered

Future Of Keystone XL Pipeline Back In Obama's Hands

Friday, January 09, 2015

The U.S. House passed legislation to approve the pipeline on Friday and the Senate is expected to take up the issue in coming weeks. President Obama has threatened a veto. In the meantime, a legal challenge over the route the pipeline would take through Nebraska has been resolved — for now.

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All Things Considered

Trapped In His Body For 12 Years, A Man Breaks Free

Friday, January 09, 2015

Martin Pistorius spent more than a decade unable to move or communicate, fearing he would be alone, trapped, forever. NPR's new show Invisibilia tells how his mind helped him create a new life.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Science of Studying Eruptions

Friday, January 09, 2015

More than 50 people died at a recent volcanic eruption in Japan. Iceland continues to experience its largest volcanic event in centuries. How do we predict which spot will pop next?

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Why Pygmies Aren't Scared By The 'Psycho' Theme

Friday, January 09, 2015

Deep in the Congolese rain forest, a group of Pygmies lives in near isolation from Western music. When a team of scientists played them music from Star Wars and Psycho, the results were surprising.

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TED Radio Hour

Why Should We Search For ET?

Friday, January 09, 2015

Will we find ET in the next 25 years? Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at SETI, says yes. He explains that new technologies and the laws of probability make the breakthrough likely.

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TED Radio Hour

What Did It Take To Find The Giant Squid?

Friday, January 09, 2015

Humans have been looking for the giant squid for decades. Oceanographer Edith Widder shares how innovative technology helped her capture the squid on video for the first time.

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TED Radio Hour

Can Organic Farming Make Perfect Fish?

Friday, January 09, 2015

Chef Dan Barber tackles a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu. He chronicles his search for a fish that would please both diners and environmentalists.

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On The Media

Futuristic Predictions That Came True in 2014

Friday, January 09, 2015

Brooke speaks with futurist and io9 contributing editor George Dvorsky about the 2014 breakthroughs in science, technology, and culture that could be right out of a sci-fi novel. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Explosive Performances, Predicting Explosions

Friday, January 09, 2015

Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola on The Elephant Man. Marcus Roberts performs live in-studio. Patrick Stewart on his latest film. Please Explain is all about volcanoes!

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Invisibilia: The Secret History Of Thoughts

Friday, January 09, 2015

Invisibilia is a new series about the unseen forces that control human behavior -- things like ideas, beliefs and assumptions. Hear it Sunday nights on WNYC for the next six weeks.

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All Things Considered

Look Out, This Poker-Playing Computer Is Unbeatable

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Forget chess. Poker may be even harder for a computer. But a software program has now "solved" a variant of Texas Hold'em, the bot's creators say. And nothing can keep it from winning.

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Science Friday

A Broadway Hit, With an Autistic Math Whiz at Its Center

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Actor Alex Sharp talks about playing a 15-year-old math whiz on the Autism spectrum in the hit Broadway play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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