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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

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

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

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

Mining Wikipedia Data to Track Disease

Thursday, November 13, 2014

By analyzing access to specific health-related pages on Wikipedia, researchers may be able to identify—or even forecast—potential disease outbreaks.

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Science Friday

Here Kitty, Kitty: The Genetics of Tame Animals

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Researchers discuss the possible genetic underpinnings that make certain cats and rats tame.

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Science Friday

Lacking Funding, Some Scientists Turn to the Crowd

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Scientists frustrated by a lack of research dollars are turning to crowdfunding.

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Science Friday

The First Touchdown on a Comet

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The European Space Agency’s Philae lander is the first probe to touch down on a comet.

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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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PRI's The World

Is the Internet equal around the world?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The buzz words of the moment seem to "net neutrality." But what does this mean and is Internet speed and access truly equal around the world?

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The Takeaway

We Landed on a Comet. What Now?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

With the Rosetta spacecraft secured on Comet 67P, scientists are hoping to discover where the building blocks of life came from and how we can identify life outside our planet.

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On Being

Bernard Chazelle — Discovering the Cosmology of Bach

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Recorded in The Greene Space at WQXR, computer scientist Bernard Chazelle has an original take on what music works in us — especially the music of J.S. Bach.

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On Being

[Unedited] Bernard Chazelle with Krista Tippett

Thursday, November 13, 2014

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Radiolab

Patient Zero - Updated

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The greatest mysteries have a shadowy figure at the center, Patient Zero. We hunt for Patient Zeroes from all over the map.      

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Athletes Have Gotten Faster, Higher, and Stronger

Thursday, November 13, 2014

We go behind the scenes with athletes, coaches, and scientists who are changing our understanding of human physical achievement and are redefining the limits of the human body.

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Freakonomics Radio

Why Do People Keep Having Children?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Even a brutal natural disaster doesn’t diminish our appetite for procreating. This surely means we’re heading toward massive overpopulation, right? Probably not.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Desperate Russia, A Fight Over Tobacco, and The Next Frontier in Space

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Takeaway looks at Russia's actions in Ukraine and its new energy deals with Iran and China, a small town that may ban all tobacco sales, and the next frontier in space exploration.