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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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All Things Considered

Methane Bursts On Mars Could Hint At Previous Life

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Scientists have seen mysterious bursts of methane in the Martian atmosphere, and they can't rule out the possibility that the methane was made by something that was once alive on Mars.

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Scientists Debate If It's OK To Make Viruses More Dangerous In The Lab

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Researchers are struggling with how to balance the benefits and risks of genetic experiments that can give viruses new talents for causing infections.

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Scientists Report Headway In Hunt For Dengue Vaccine

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dengue sickens millions of people each year, and there's no cure. Now scientists have found powerful antibodies that stop the virus. Their discovery offers a road map to develop a simple vaccine.

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Seeing Heaven: The Beauty of Cosmigraphics

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

If you were asked to picture the universe, you might conjure up images of stars and swirling galaxies. Commentator Adam Frank says one new book succeeds in showing you what past generations imagined.

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PRI's The World

194 countries make a historic climate deal, but it may not be worth much

Monday, December 15, 2014

The global climate talks in Lima, Peru, were a disappointment for activists. But, for the first time, almost 200 countries, rich and poor, agreed in principle to cut their emissions. And there could be reason for optimism about next year's even-bigger talks in Paris.

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To Get To The Bottom Of Your Microbiome, Start With A Swab Of Poo

Monday, December 15, 2014

To find helpful patterns in personal microbe populations, scientists also need to gather a long list of information about the people who serve as homes for the microscopic critters.

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PRI's The World

When the crows attack, who you gonna call? In Eilat, it's the crow hitman

Monday, December 15, 2014

The city of Eilat in Israel has a crow problem. But the solution — using an ex-military sniper to shoot and kill the crows — has gotten the city in hot water.

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Morning Edition

Nations Agree To Deal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Monday, December 15, 2014

In Lima, Peru, almost all of the world's governments agreed on a document meant to galvanize efforts to curb climate change. While the outcome was modest, it did establish some important principles.

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Morning Edition

Why Some Scientific Collaborations Are More Beneficial Than Others

Monday, December 15, 2014

It turns out that when scientists collaborate internationally, they are more like to have an impact on science than purely domestic collaborations.

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Morning Edition

Congress To Nutritionists: Don't Talk About The Environment

Monday, December 15, 2014

Should dietary guidelines consider the environmental effects of our food choices? The government-appointed Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee thinks they should. Congress, however, says no.

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Morning Edition

To Stop Teen Drinking Parties, Fine The Parents

Monday, December 15, 2014

For some teenagers, parties with alcohol are almost a rite of passage. Surveys show the vast majority of parents in these homes know the alcohol is flowing. Cities are now cracking down on the adults.

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All Things Considered

More Than Just Cute, Sea Otters Are Superheroes Of The Marsh

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sea otters are furry and photogenic, but those aren't the only reasons to save them from extinction. Turns out that just by eating, they can preserve their entire estuarine ecosystems.

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Geminid Meteor Showers Light Up Both Hemispheres

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Pieces of gravel and dust from a "rock comet" called 3200 Phaethon are still shooting across the sky, dazzling the Earthlings below.

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