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Patch Of Pacific Water Is Warmest In Decades

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A stretch of unusually warm water is lingering off of the West Coast. Scientists are calling it "the blob." Fishermen are calling it the best the thing to happen to their industry in 20 years.

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Big Data Companies Agree: Farmers Should Own Their Information

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Farmers depend on "Big Data" these days, but some worry the companies collecting information about their operations might misuse it. New privacy guidelines are supposed to protect farmers' interests.

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Yes, The Weather Is Polar. No, It's Not The Vortex

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Meteorologists are annoyed by the hype around the phrase "polar vortex." This week's frigid snap, they say, was just a regular old cold front.

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How Bacteria In The Gut Help Fight Off Viruses

Friday, November 14, 2014

Rotavirus kills more than a half-million kids around the world each year. Now scientists have evidence that the secret to stopping it is hiding in the trillions of bacteria of our microbiome.

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WATCH: Orphaned Sea Otter Pup Has Snack, Playtime

Friday, November 14, 2014

Found in late September along the California coast, "Pup 681" spent a month at the Monterey Aquarium before being transferred to her new home at the Shedd in Chicago.

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All Things Considered

Controversy Over Scientist's Shirt Mars Celebration Of Comet Landing

Friday, November 14, 2014

A scientist who contributed to this week's triumphant comet landing mission has upset people by wearing a loud shirt that some say is sexist. On Twitter, people have dubbed the dispute "shirtstorm."

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PRI's The World

Google is teaming up with environmental groups to help fight illegal fishing

Friday, November 14, 2014

Google has teamed up with two other organizations with the hope of fighting illegal fishing on the high seas. The digital mapping organization SkyTruth and marine advocacy group Oceana are pushing to create technologies that can help change the way we fish.

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Climate Change To Make Lightning More Common, Study Says

Friday, November 14, 2014

Researchers writing in the journal Science say that if the rate of global warming goes unchecked, the frequency of lightning strikes will increase by 50 percent.

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Comet Lander Deploys Drill, But Could Lose Power Tonight

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fearing that Philae's batteries won't last past Friday, engineers are looking at possible ways to help it get more power from its solar panels. One ray of hope: Its comet is heading toward the sun.

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TED Radio Hour

Why Do We Create Stereotypes?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Psychologist Paul Bloom explains why prejudice is natural, rational and even moral — the key is to understand why we depend on it, and recognize when it leads us astray.

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Morning Edition

With Drought The New Normal, Calif. Farmers Find They Have To Change

Friday, November 14, 2014

Three years of severe drought in California is forcing farmers and ranchers to make some tough choices. In some cases, they're rethinking everything about their business and finding new opportunities.

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Morning Edition

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Separates Fact From Fiction In 'Interstellar'

Friday, November 14, 2014

The astrophysicist has been tweeting about the science behind the film. In an interview with NPR, Tyson goes beyond those tweets, into wormholes, relativity and even some spoilers.

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On The Media

Listen To a Comet Sing

Friday, November 14, 2014

This week, the European Space Agency’s Philae space probe landed on comet 67P/Churyumov Gerasimenko.     

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Why The 'Invasivores' Haven't Pounced On Bear Meat

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bear is traditional American grub, and hunting bear for meat can help control overpopulation. But bear meat isn't going to make its way into restaurants or onto the average dinner table anytime soon.

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Radiolab

Patient Zero Extra: Ebola

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Robert Krulwich and our Senior Editor Soren Wheeler call up David Quammen to get a scientific perspective on the current Ebola outbreak.

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All Things Considered

After Bouncy Landing, Philae Lander At Rest On Comet

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Scientists have established contact with the lander, but they're not sure where on the comet it is. The lander apparently bounced after touching down, and its future may be uncertain.

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All Things Considered

Feds List Gunnison Sage Grouse As Threatened Species

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The bird is now protected under the Endangered Species Act, which could stop some oil and gas development in Colorado and Utah — and will likely start a number of legal challenges.

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All Things Considered

Hurricane Sandy Stranded Dialysis Patients. Lessons Learned?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A quarter of the dialysis patients who were in New York City when Hurricane Sandy hit missed at least one treatment due to power outages. Yet, not many are prepared for the next disaster.

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Science Friday

‘New Environmentalism’ Moves Beyond Pollution and Climate Change

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gus Speth, a longtime Washington insider, says it’s time to consider consumerism, economic instability, and a functional democracy as core environmental issues.

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Science Friday

Horns, Claws, and Teeth: The Animal Weapons Arms Race

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Doug Emlen, author of “Animal Weapons,” unpacks the evolutionary arms race that pushes horns, claws, teeth and other animal defenses to the extreme.

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