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All Things Considered

What Motivates People To Give?

Monday, December 22, 2014

The holiday season is a big time of year for charitable giving. Host Audie Cornish speaks with NPR's Shankar Vedantam about a study that says portion of charitable giving is driven by social pressure.

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PRI's The World

The North Koreans have been honing their hacking skills for years

Monday, December 22, 2014

How did one of the least wired countries in the world become a hub of hacking? North Korea has been investing in their cyber-capability for years.

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Morning Edition

When Humans Quit Hunting And Gathering, Their Bones Got Wimpy

Monday, December 22, 2014

Humans have lighter bones than other primates, and that change happened a lot later than anthropologists had thought. Blame our sedentary ways after our ancestors took up farming.

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In The Deep Ocean, Ghostfish Breaks Records

Sunday, December 21, 2014

NPR's Rachel Martin takes a moment to talk about a new fish discovered in one of the deepest places on Earth.

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Staff Picks: An Evangelical Christian Believer In Climate Change

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Weekend Edition staff have been picking their favorite interviews from 2014. Editor Natalie Winston talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about an interview with an evangelical Christian climate scientist.

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In Wineries Vs. Weather, Drones To The Rescue?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Rising temperatures have hastened harvest dates in Sonoma County — and they're changing grape-growing patterns around the world. Vineyards are responding with everything from sunscreen to sensors.

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All Things Considered

Want To Enhance The Flavor Of Your Food? Put On The Right Music

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Researchers at the University of Oxford have discovered a link between what you taste and what you hear.

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A Snail So Hardcore It's Named After A Punk Rocker

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Inspired by the snails' spiky shells and acid-loving nature, researchers named the new species Alviniconcha strummeri, after Clash frontman Joe Strummer.

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3-D Scanning Sonar Brings Light To Deep Ocean Shipwrecks

Saturday, December 20, 2014

In San Francisco Bay, researchers are using new technology to investigate shipwrecks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with James Delgado, director of Maritime Heritage at NOAA, about what they've found.

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New EPA Standards Label Toxic Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

Friday, December 19, 2014

Environmental groups had sought to have coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, regulated as hazardous waste.

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At Last, I Meet My Microbes

Friday, December 19, 2014

At 31, a woman had the bacteria in her gut catalogued as part of scientific project that aims to characterize the creatures that live inside us and affect our health. Here's what she found out.

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PRI's The World

Now will Cuba get better Internet service?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Cuba feels like the late 1990s when it comes to Internet access. But if Havana is serious about a real upgrade, it's time to think outside the Socialist box.

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How Peppermint Tricks Us Into Feeling (Deliciously) Cold

Friday, December 19, 2014

We have the chemical menthol to thank for the wonderful mouth-feel of peppermint. Scientists now know that menthol fools the brain by activating receptors involved with sensing cold.

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Playlist: Science!

Friday, December 19, 2014

From monkeys to microbes, TED speakers in this playlist cover all different realms of the scientific world.

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TED Radio Hour

Why Aren't We More Compassionate?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Psychologist Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, examines why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.

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TED Radio Hour

Are We Wired To Be Compassionate?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Author Robert Wright says humans are not simply wired to be compassionate — we have evolved to feel compassion out of self-interest.

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Morning Edition

7 Miles Beneath The Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Marine scientists plumbing the deepest part of the ocean sent microphones and collection probes baited with chicken to the bottom of a trench near Guam. Now they watch, wait ... and listen.

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On The Media

Your Morals Depend on Language

Friday, December 19, 2014

Would you sacrifice one person to save the lives of five others? Your answer may depend on whether you consider the problem in your native tongue or a secondary one.

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Once Written Off, Kepler Telescope Finds New Planet

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Kepler space telescope, which cost some $600 million, was feared to be at the end of its useful life in 2013. But NASA says it just found another exoplanet.

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WNYC News

NY Outlines New Medical Marijuana Regulations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Twenty dispensaries around the statewide will have prices controlled by Albany.

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