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Want To Solve The World's Most Heated Disagreements? Bring Your Wallet

Friday, December 26, 2014

Research found that a little cash goes a long way toward making people more thoughtful about what motivates their longtime foes, be it Israelis and Palestinians or Republicans and Democrats.

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Morning Edition

Solving The Mystery Of Why Rock Ants Avoid Right Turns

Friday, December 26, 2014

Ants that live in a rocky maze-like setting prefer to turn left when they enter a space. Ants aren't as symmetrical as they appear. Their left eye may be better than the right for detecting predators.

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Morning Edition

Do Fish Have Fingers?

Friday, December 26, 2014

Of course they don't, but they do have the genetic machinery to make fingers — something that shows how similar fish are to modern mammals.

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Morning Edition

Unexpected Life Found In The Ocean's Deepest Trench

Thursday, December 25, 2014

An expedition to the Pacific's Mariana Trench has found evidence that life exists miles below the surface. But it's not life as we know it.

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Freakonomics Radio

What’s More Dangerous: Marijuana or Alcohol? (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Imagine that both substances were undiscovered until today. How would we think about their relative risks?

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PRI's The World

Cuban entrepreneurs find ways to get information — with or without the Internet

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Some technically minded Cubans have come up with clever ways of navigating the information superhighway, even though the Internet is more of a dirt road in Cuba,

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Science Friday

2014 Science Year in Review

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

From the Ebola outbreak to the Rosetta mission to a comet, a look at the biggest science stories of the year.

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Science Friday

Birdie in Flight

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The aerodynamics of the badminton birdie, along with a complex chain of movements executed by players, enables it to reach 200 mph.

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Science Friday

John McPhee Assembles California

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

In this 1993 interview from the Science Friday archives, writer John McPhee talks plate tectonics and global geology.

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Science Friday

SciFri Live: Science Movie Quiz

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

You may know science, but how well do you know movie science?

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PRI's The World

Please don't leave a message after the beep

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Coca-Cola announced recently that it is eliminating voicemail for its employees. Is this part of a growing trend away from voicemail?

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The Takeaway

Holiday Hack: The Science Behind Overeating

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

'Tis the season to stuff ourselves at the holiday dinner table and doze off. But there is a science behind what happens when we overeat and what you can do to make it to dessert.

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Morning Edition

Research Suggests Generosity Is Hardwired Into Our Brains

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

If generosity makes us happy, and lots of research suggests that it does, why do many of us find it difficult to be generous?

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WNYC News

Fracking Fight Was Personal

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

WNYC
A cancer survivor became a public-health biologist. What happened next made environmental history.

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Morning Edition

Obama Administration Downplays Court Challenge To Health Law

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

With this year's enrollment in Obamacare brisk, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says she's not worried that the U.S. Supreme Court may yet overturn a key provision of the law.

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Morning Edition

Costly Hepatitis C Drugs Threaten To Bust Prison Budgets

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Inmates in the U.S. have a high rate of infection with chronic hepatitis C — up to 35 percent or more by some estimates. New drugs introduced this year can cure the disease quickly, but at a cost.

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New Tech City

Screens Really are a Nightmare for Sleep

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

May we suggest a holiday activity for the family? Sleep... without screens.

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PRI's The World

When the Internet goes down in North Korea, there aren't many to notice

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

No one know who's responsible for taking out North Korea's Internet on Tuesday, but most North Koreans aren't especially concerned. They use an "Intranet" called Kwangmyong, or "Bright Star," and for them, nothing changed.

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All Things Considered

A Vanished Jetliner Still Haunts Families Of The Missing

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Months after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared from radar screens, families of the lost passengers and crew struggle to cope. Many are unwilling to declare their loved ones dead.

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All Things Considered

Could Glitter Help Solve NASA's Giant Telescope Problem?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NASA's next big space telescope costs $8 billion and is very heavy. New York scientists think they may have found the makings of a cheaper, lighter answer for future space scopes — in a crafts store.

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