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Alan Alda Challenges Scientists to Answer: What Is Sleep?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Alan Alda’s “Flame Challenge” asks scientists to answer the big questions that keep them up at night to 11-year-olds around the world.

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Science Friday

Evidence Mounts for Liquid Water on Mars

Thursday, December 11, 2014

NASA reveals new evidence for a large lake that could have existed for millions of years on Mars.

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Science Friday

DIY Holiday Gift Hacks

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Avoid the long lines and hack your holiday gifts, from homemade perfume to 3-D printed ornaments.

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Science Friday

Food Failures: Cookie Science Secrets

Thursday, December 11, 2014

In this episode, Cooking for Geeks author Jeff Potter gives home bakers tips on how to achieve cookie perfection using different sugars, fats, and flours.

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Science Friday

The Best Science Books of 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Science writers Deborah Blum and Annalee Newitz join Ira to share their favorite science books of 2014.

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PRI's The World

One of the world's original digital diplomats says Twitter is an 'unrivaled tool' for foreign policy

Thursday, December 11, 2014

It's no surprise that Twitter is changing the way we communicate with each other — but it's also changing the way we communicate with our government. Meet Arturo Sarukhan, a former ambassador from Mexico and a pioneer in the world of digital diplomacy.

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PRI's The World

A scientist unlocks one of the mysteries of Arctic ice melt

Thursday, December 11, 2014

On a research voyage through the Arctic ice cap, a scientist has a eureka moment, one that he hopes will help solve some of the riddles about Arctic ice melt — and what's ahead for the rest of the planet as the climate warms up.

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Debunking Vaccine Myths Can Have An Unintended Effect

Thursday, December 11, 2014

People concerned about potential flu vaccine side effects may be less likely to get the shot after learning that their worries are more misplaced than they were to start with.

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Morning Edition

What Is Torture? Our Beliefs Depend In Part On Who's Doing It.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Researchers are studying how nations and individuals react when they given information that members of their own group have harmed other people, such as through torture. It takes some nimble thinking.

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Freakonomics Radio

The Troubled Cremation of Stevie the Cat (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

We spend billions on our pets, and one of the fastest-growing costs is pet "aftercare." But are those cremated remains you got back really from your pet?

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Debate: Should We Genetically Modify Food?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Many crops we eat today are the product of genetic modifications that happen in a lab, not in nature. Scientists and consumers are divided how cautious we need to be about these foods.

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PRI's The World

To see the changes Edward Snowden wrought, just look at your smartphone

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Edward Snowden's biggest legacy may not come from changed laws or powers — it may just be the way that the debate over privacy has forced big companies like Apple and Google to safeguard its customers' information in more ways.

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A Crowd Of Scientists Finds A Better Way To Predict Seizures

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The winners of an online competition identified electrical patterns in the brain that often precede a seizure. The victors included a mathematician and an engineer, but no doctor.

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Morning Edition

Scientists Often Skip A Simple Test That Could Verify Their Work

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Scientists have published thousands of studies using immortal cell lines, but in many cases the cells in the experiments have been misidentified or contaminated. The problem could be avoided easily.

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After $4.75 Million Auction, Watson Will Get Nobel Medal Back

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

"In my opinion, a situation in which an outstanding scientist has to sell a medal recognizing his achievements is unacceptable," says Russian business tycoon Alisher Usmanov.

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All Things Considered

This Nursing Home Calms Troubling Behavior Without Risky Drugs

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The staff's goal was to reduce the prescription of antipsychotic drugs by 20 percent. In the first year, they cut use by 97 percent. How? By addressing the real reasons for agitation and aggression.

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All Things Considered

Curiosity's View Of 'Mt. Sharp' Offers New Clues About Water On Mars

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Robert Siegel talks with NASA scientist, John Grotzinger, about the origins of a mountain discovered by the Curiosity rover on Mars.

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Venison As Benison: Food Banks Score From Deer Overpopulation

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

With the start of hunting season, wildlife managers are tackling the overabundance of deer in parks around the country. Some of that meat is being salvaged and processed to distribute to the hungry.

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The Takeaway

Building a Case for Life on Mars

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

New evidence shows that early in the history of the planet, Mars likely had rivers, lakes, and oceans of water for tens of millions of years—potentially long enough for life to form.

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PRI's The World

Why this Great White Shark has fans and followers around the world

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

It's her ocean — we're just swimming in it. A Great White Shark named Lydia had a tracking device attached to her dorsal fin last year. Since then, she's logged over 27,000 miles and now she even has her own Twitter account.

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