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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

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

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

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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Nations Salvage Deal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The deal is the first-ever to require all nations to reduce emissions, but it doesn't include a mechanism to monitor compliance.

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How Can You Tell If Your Goat Is Happy? Now We Know!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Farmers raise millions of goats. But little has been known about how to tell if a goat is doing OK — until now. A new study reveals the signs of a happy ruminant.

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Electric Eels Jolt Their Prey By Remote Control

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The electric eel creates its own electricity, sure, but Vanderbilt University professor Ken Catania tells NPR's Scott Simon what's shocking is how the eel uses it to remotely control prey.

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Scents Of The Season Speak Directly To Our Emotions

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Peppermint, evergreen, latkes on the griddle — all are signature smells of Christmas. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Mandy Aftel, author of Fragrant, about why we react so strongly to scents.

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Geminids Promise A Light Show In The Night Sky

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The best and most easily-watched meteor shower of the year is happening this weekend. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Jackie Faherty, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science.

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Are Men Idiots Who Do Stupid Things? Study Says Yes

Friday, December 12, 2014

It looked at winners of the Darwin Awards, given to people who die in such an idiotic manner their action ensures the species' long-term survival. Nearly 90 percent of the winners were male.

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PRI's The World

A computer glitch paralyzes London's Heathrow Airport for hours

Friday, December 12, 2014

British airspace was shut down this afternoon for several hours after a "computer glitch" halted flights to several airports. That included Heathrow, one of Europe's busiest hubs — and the ripple effect was felt by flyers around the globe.

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PRI's The World

The man behind a top ISIS Twitter account lives in India

Friday, December 12, 2014

An investigation by the British Channel 4 News reveals the identity of the man behind one of the most prolific ISIS Twitter accounts. The man, known only as Mehdi, is a businessman living in Bangalore, India.

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Chicago's Orphaned Otter 'Pup 681' Gets A Real Name

Friday, December 12, 2014

The southern sea pup now known as Luna was found on a beach in California in October. She was transferred to the Shedd Aquarium, where a naming contest was held this month.

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Climate Sticking Point: Who Cuts And By How Much?

Friday, December 12, 2014

On the final day of the latest round of climate talks, rich and poor nations meeting in Lima, Peru, have yet to agree on the central issue of emissions targets.

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TED Radio Hour

What Does It Take To Bring Transparency To Medicine?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Doctors in the U.S. don't have to tell patients about conflicts of interest. When physician Leana Wen asked her fellow doctors to open up, the reaction she got was frightening.

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All Things Considered

Birds Of A Feather Aren't Necessarily Related

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Geneticists have revised the evolutionary tree of birds, revealing some unlikely relationships.

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