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To Search For A New Supernova, Build A New Camera

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Most telescope cameras can only capture a small patch of sky at a time. But a new camera has a much larger field of view, and its backers are hoping for help in deciphering its reams of data.

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Freakonomics Radio

How to Fix a Broken High Schooler, in Four Easy Steps

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Okay, maybe the steps aren’t so easy. But a program run out of a Toronto housing project has had great success in turning around kids who were headed for trouble.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Time Flies When . . .

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

How do we perceive time? Does it move faster as we age? Slower as we fall? Co-host of Radiolab Robert Krulwich explains the science behind it all.

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All Things Considered

NASA To Test Orion Spacecraft For Long Future Missions

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

NASA plans to launch an unmanned capsule named "Orion" from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday. NASA hopes that Orion will one day carry astronauts beyond Earth's orbit and even to Mars.

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All Things Considered

A Drug Might Heal Spinal Injuries By Sparking Nerve Growth

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

A neurologist's unorthodox thinking led to an experimental drug that allows trapped nerve fibers to grow again. And that growth helps amplify signals that restored movement in laboratory rats.

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All Things Considered

In New York, Video Chat Trumps Quarantine To Combat TB

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Ebola isn't the first dangerous microbe to spur calls for quarantine in American cities. But as New York City's experience with drug-resistant tuberculosis suggests, isolation isn't always best.

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Is HIV Evolving Into A Weaker Virus?

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

In parts of southern Africa, HIV has picked up mutations that slow down its ability to grow inside a person's blood. That's a good sign. But will it be enough to make a difference in the epidemic?

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All Things Considered

Earliest Human Engraving Or Trash From An Ancient Lunch?

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Carved zigzag marks on a shell found more than a century ago have drawn new interest from archaeologists. The half-million-year-old lines aren't from an animal, and might be art from Homo erectus.

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PRI's The World

The 'Texas miracle' is fueling huge economic growth — and the climate change that may end it

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Texas is the biggest climate polluter in the U.S. It’s also is also extremely vulnerable to some of the impacts of climate change. But the state’s most prominent politicians say they don't believe that climate change is real. It all adds up to a big problem for Texas and the rest of us.

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Our Ability To Digest Alcohol May Have Been Key To Our Survival

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Our primate ancestors could consume alcohol 10 million years ago in the form of fermented fruit, researchers have discovered. The finding suggests that our relationship with alcohol is ancient.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Physics of Time

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Janna Levin, a professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College, talks about how an astrophysicist would describe time.

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PRI's The World

Is that a US Navy ship or a Star Destroyer?

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

For the first time, the US Navy has deployed a laser weapon on the high seas, ready to fry any drones or speedboats that might dare to attack. It's still a prototype for now, but it could be a first step in a new, lethal — and relatively cheap — era of naval combat.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Time of Your Lives

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Today’s show is a family meeting all about time: how it works, how to make the most of it, why we feel it differently, and what it means to be "part-time."

All Things Considered

FDA Considers Allowing Blood Donations From Some Gay Men

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The lifetime ban on blood from any man who has had sex with men dates to the 1980s, before there was a good test to screen for HIV. Critics say the policy is outmoded and needlessly discriminatory.

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PRI's The World

A new study suggests the HIV virus may be getting weaker

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

A new study suggests that HIV, like other diseases in history, may be getting less virulent over time. But the study's authors warn there's still plenty of danger from HIV/AIDS.

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The Takeaway

Global Leaders Confront Climate Change

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

As world leaders gather in Peru to discuss a global strategy for fighting climate change, President Obama pushes his own environmental policy ahead in the U.S.

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Confessions Of An Astrophysicist: I'm In Love With A Star

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Commentator Adam Frank says the best part of being a scientist is falling deeply, intimately in love with what you study, on a very specific level. Here, he waxes poetic on his connection to Mira.

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Morning Edition

NASA Prepares To Test New Spacecraft (That You've Likely Never Heard Of)

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The new vehicle, named Orion, is designed to carry humans into deep space. But most Americans aren't aware it exists.

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Morning Edition

Study Shows Riding The Quiet Car Is Crushing Your Spirit

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

An experiment in Chicago randomly assigned train and bus riders to either talk to the stranger next to them or commute quietly. The result? Even for introverts, silence leaves you sadder.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Inequality on The Big Screen, The NFL and Ferguson, and Cancer, Family, and Faith

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The Takeaway looks at Hollywood's focus on income inequality, we explore the NFL's connection to Ferguson, and one woman shares her struggle with breast cancer.