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Ig Nobel Prizes Salute Science’s Strange and Silly

Thursday, November 27, 2014

In a Science Friday holiday tradition, we’re playing highlights from this year’s 24th First Annual Ig Nobel awards ceremony.

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Science Friday

Does Your Genome Belong to Your Family, Too?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Should doctors share information about your risky genes with your family, since they, too, might harbor that suspect DNA sequence?

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Science Friday

An Art Movement Where Art and Science Collide

Thursday, November 27, 2014

In the new art movement “art-sci,” artists take inspiration from science, use scientific techniques in their artwork, and inspire new science.

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Can Breeders Cure What Ails Our Breast-Heavy Turkeys?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The standard commercial American turkey is the product of decades of intense selective breeding. But breeding for efficiency and size has created new health problems scientists must grapple with.

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Morning Edition

Scientists Analyze Skeletal Remains From Vampire Graveyard

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Lab scientists are trying to understand why some corpses buried in northwestern Poland were singled out for special anti-vampire treatments, such as putting a sickle around the neck.

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Morning Edition

Search For Political Common Ground Is Difficult, Research Shows

Thursday, November 27, 2014

New research into the nature of intractable political conflicts might shed some light on how to address the perennial arguments that break out across Thanksgiving tables.

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Freakonomics Radio

Is America’s Education Problem Really Just a Teacher Problem?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

If U.S. schoolteachers are indeed “just a little bit below average,” it’s not really their fault. So what should be done about it?

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Specials

On Being: Uncovering The Codes For Reality

Thursday, November 27, 2014

In this special, week-long series from On Being: physicist James Gates explains how string theory research leads to the question, “Are we in the matrix?”

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All Things Considered

Colorectal Cancer Cases Are Dropping — Except Among Young Adults

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The number of Americans getting and dying from colorectal cancer has been dropping steadily except for one group — younger adults.

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All Things Considered

Shrinking Sea Ice Could Put Polar Bears In Grave Peril By 2100

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A new study looks at the future of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and finds that by the end of this century, the region might be ice-free for 2 to 5 months, something that puts bears in grave peril.

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All Things Considered

Lower Ozone Standard Would Raise The Compliance Bar For Business

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Public health groups say lower levels will benefit people who suffer from asthma or other respiratory illnesses. Business groups say it's another expensive hoop to jump through.

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Specials

On Being: Exoplanets and Love

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In this special, week-long series from On Being: astronomer Natalie Batalha leads us into the hunt for exoplanets -- Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system that might harbor life.

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All Things Considered

Ebola Is Changing Course In Liberia. Will The U.S. Military Adapt?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The U.S. had planned to build 17 treatment units across Liberia, one in each county's major town. Now that more cases are appearing in remote areas, the Army may need to rethink its strategy.

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PRI's The World

An MIT project crowdsources local solutions in the fight against climate change

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

When it comes to coping with climate change, crowdsourcing of small solutions around the world can be as important as big-ticket approaches. That's the philosophy behind the Climate CoLab project at MIT.

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All Things Considered

How Can Vultures Eat Rotten Roadkill And Survive?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Vultures consume toxic bacteria that would sicken or kill humans. Stouter immune systems, colonies of helpful microbes and potent stomach acid may help the carrion eaters gorge with abandon.

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Morning Edition

New Bird Species Sings Sweetly In Sulawesi

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Birds are one of the most widely studied forms of life on the planet. And, there are still new species out there to discover — as one young researcher found recently in a forest in Indonesia.

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Morning Edition

As Ebola Pingpongs In Liberia, Cases Disappear Into The Jungle

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A woman is thought to be spreading Ebola in a remote village. So health workers spend four hours trekking through the bush to track her down. By the time they make it, it's too late.

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Specials

On Being: The Science Of Healing Places

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

In this special, immunologist Esther Sternberg talks about new scientific research proving that good design can aid in our healing processes.

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All Things Considered

'Queen Of Carbon' Among Medal Of Freedom Honorees

Monday, November 24, 2014

Audie Cornish speaks with Mildred Dresselhaus about receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work in physics. The 84-year-old is a professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at MIT.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Elevating Excrement

Monday, November 24, 2014

Fecal transplants, wherein the stools from healthy people are transferred to the bowels of sick people to restore good microbes, are gaining popularity as a DIY procedure.

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