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Ghosts of Early Language May Linger in the Brain

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Chinese adoptees living in Canada, who now speak only French, still process Chinese sounds as native speakers do, even if they have no conscious recall of word meaning.

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Science Friday

Food Failures: The Science of Sides

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Find out how to avoid Turkey Day trip-ups in the latest episode of our “Food Failures” series.

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PRI's The World

The northeastern US isn't quite a winter 'wonderland' for refugees from warmer countries

Thursday, November 20, 2014

For new refugees coming to the US, there's always culture shock. But for refugees moving the Northeast, there are real challenges that come from settling in a cold, snowy part of the country.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Wall of Snow in Buffalo

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Another two or three feet of snow is expected in Erie County today, on top of the 70 inches Buffalo already got. Blame the lake effect, our guest says, but not the polar vortex.

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Sleep's Link To Learning And Memory Traced To Brain Chemistry

Thursday, November 20, 2014

During sleep, the brain locks in existing memories and can even form new ones. Scientists say they are starting to understand how that happens. A midnight snack may interfere.

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Turkey Looks For Energy In An Abundant Resource: Pistachio Shells

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Converting the shells into biogas could provide most of the heat for a planned city of 200,000, engineers say. There's precedent in Australia, where macadamia nut shells are generating power.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Snowstorms; Smoking; and Science Meets Art

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The wall of snow in Buffalo; the Nelson Mandela Foundation's CEO; a look at who still smokes; science and public art collide in Times Square; and optimism can make you unhappy.

PRI's The World

Kickstarter is going to the Moon in a new crowdfunded space mission

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

You've always paid for space missions with your tax dollars, but now you can get even more involved thanks to a British team that's using Kickstarter to fund a new lunar probe. Donors will even get a chance to leave their hair on the Moon if they fork over enough cash.

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WATCH: How Carbon Dioxide Travels Around The Globe

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A NASA computer model visualizes in detail where carbon dioxide is released, how it moves across the globe and how it's affected by the seasons.

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The Little Comet Probe That Could

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

You may be carrying comet dust in your bones and blood. Probe Philae has shown that, now, we can go collect the original stuff. That's where science becomes magical, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser.

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Morning Edition

Bloodmobiles To Collect Plasma From West Africa's Ebola Survivors

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Researchers gear up tests in West Africa to see whether blood from Ebola survivors can help people who are sick with the disease. This is part of a broader effort to test therapies in West Africa.

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PRI's The World

Can Hemingway help break down the barriers between the US and Cuba?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The marlin that featured in Ernest Hemingway's classic book, "The Old Man and The Sea," is under threat from overfishing and pollution. That's why Hemingway's grandson is using the book's name to demand the end of the American embargo on Cuba and the start of cooperation to help save the fish.

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PRI's The World

Boozy birds in the Canadian Yukon can end up in the drunk tank

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

If you think drinking and driving is bad, just imagine drinking and flying. That's what some birds in Canada's Yukon territory are doing with the aid of fermented berries, so local animal health officials have prepared a tiny place for the birds to sleep it off.

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Culture Of Psychological Science At Stake

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Amid a raging debate about study replication, commentator Tania Lombrozo says it isn't just a few contested findings at stake, but the future of the field.

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Morning Edition

Invasive Surgery May Motivate Patients To Adopt Healthier Behaviors

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

One challenge in evaluating the effectiveness of different medical procedures, is that patients behave differently after different procedures. Is this true for patients getting heart surgery?

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Are Modafinil's Brain-Boosting Benefits Hype Or Science?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Modafinil has been approved for treatment of narcolepsy, but it's often used to improve mental performance. The question is, does it work? A new study says probably not.

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All Things Considered

Toxic Tau Of Alzheimer's May Offer A Path To Treatment

Monday, November 17, 2014

Faulty forms of the brain protein tau trigger tangles inside and outside brain cells of Alzheimer's patients. Scientists say figuring out how to stop bad tau's spread from cell to cell might be key.

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Comet Lander's Big Bounce Caught On Camera

Monday, November 17, 2014

An orbiting spacecraft caught the Philae lander bounding on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The lander sent home some scientific data before its batteries ran out.

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The Takeaway

Following Philae Through the Universe

Monday, November 17, 2014

It's been five days since the Rosetta spacecraft’s Philae lander successfully touched down on comet 67P. For a check-in on Philae we turn to Eric Hand, a reporter for Science Magazine.

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The Takeaway

After Years in Limbo, Senate to Vote on Keystone XL

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Keystone XL pipeline has been in political limbo for years. Sen. John Hoeven explains why Congress has decided to move forward on Keystone legislation now.

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