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What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The decision to normalize relations is driving all kinds of speculation about American food companies opening up shop in Cuba. But analysts say: Don't expect to see McDonald's there anytime soon.

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NIH Allows Restart Of MERS Research That Had Been Questioned

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The National Institutes of Health has approved requests for waivers from a moratorium on experiments that aim to make the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome more infectious in mice.

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Science Friday

Moving Ice May Mean More Melting for Greenland

Thursday, December 18, 2014

By 2060, Greenland’s seasonal “supraglacial” lakes will double in number and move farther inland.

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Science Friday

Scientists Speak Out About Attacks on Science

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bioengineer John Dabiri and conservation biologist Terrie Williams, two targets of Senator Tom Coburn's 2014 “Wastebook” look beyond the caricatures painted by politicians and pundits to tell the story of their research.

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Science Friday

Under the Influence of Beer Foam

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A team of fluid mechanics researchers at Princeton University dive into the anti-sloshing physics of foam.

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Science Friday

Weighing In on the ‘Good Carb, Bad Carb’ Debate

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Curbing “high glycemic” carbs may not benefit healthy eaters.

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Science Friday

Making Space a More Democratic Place

Thursday, December 18, 2014

What if anyone could 3-D-print a satellite in space? Or jet from the Earth to the Moon, using just the hydrogen found in a two-liter bottle of water?

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Science Friday

Does Mars Have What It Takes to Support Life?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

NASA’s Curiosity rover finds evidence of methane and organics on the Red Planet.

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Science Friday

Science Goes to the Movies: ‘The Imitation Game’

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SciFri’s scientist-film critics weigh in on the Alan Turing biopic.

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PRI's The World

How to get right in the middle of the war in Syria — from thousands of miles away

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Few journalists, let alone readers, can get into Syria to do reporting on one of the world's most important wars. But what if they could step foot into the towns and villages of a war zone from thousands of miles away? We may soon find out.

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Evidence That Chimpanzee Moms Can Be Sneaky, Too

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Maternal love among chimpanzees is abundant, says commentator Barbara J. King. But things can take an unexpected turn, as in this short video when a mom covets her son's nut-cracking tools.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Brain On Movies

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jeffrey Zacks, psychology and radiology professor at Washington University in St. Louis, explains how the brain responds to movies.

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Worries About Unusual Botulinum Toxin Prove Unfounded

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A previously unknown form of botulinum toxin thought to be resistant to standard treatment raised public health concerns. Subsequent research has allayed those fears.

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Morning Edition

Citing Health, Environment Concerns, New York Moves To Ban Fracking

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Officials in New York said on Wednesday that the state will ban hydraulic fracturing there. The move follows years of efforts by environmentalists, who have called on the state to ban the practice.

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Morning Edition

Research Examines Character Concerns Versus Performance In The NFL

Thursday, December 18, 2014

There has been a spate of interest recently in criminal behavior among NFL athletes. Research examines the performance of athletes charged with wrongdoing, and raises questions about NFL policy.

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Morning Edition

Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As World Average

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Polar bears continue to take a hit in regions with the greatest loss of snow and ice, the latest report card on the Arctic shows. Meanwhile, plankton are thriving as the sea heats up.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Not Christian Christmas; Fracking Banned in NYS; & Our Brains on Movies

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fracking is now banned in New York; poet Claudia Rankine; your calls on how your family celebrates Christmas, even if you're not Christian; and a look at our brains on movies.

Behind The Scenes At The Lab That Fingerprints Microbiomes

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Inside the lab, a lone technician sorts through new samples, snipping off swab heads intentionally fouled with fecal material. One head goes to cold storage and the other is processed for sequencing.

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Black Holes And Our Cosmic Future

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says that while he enjoys sci-fi speculation like most people, he also thinks there is a chance, in viewing recent films, to learn something about ourselves and our planet.

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All Things Considered

Abuse Of Synthetic Drugs Declines Across U.S.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Use of synthetic drugs, like bath salts, by young people continues to decline across the nation, according to a study by the University of Michigan.

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