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For U.S.-China Deal On Greenhouse Gases, The Devil Is In The Details

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Scientists say a new deal between the U.S. and China on greenhouse gases is a positive move toward new models for controlling emissions, but that it won't keep the Earth from dangerous levels of warming.

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All Things Considered

Successful Comet Landing A Major Step For Space Exploration

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The European Space Agency on Wednesday successfully landed a probe on the surface of a comet — something that has never been done before. But scientists say the lander may not be fully secure.

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All Things Considered

What Exactly Are 'Monster Storms' And 'Bomb Cyclones'?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The northern U.S. is getting a blast of unseasonably cold weather, thanks to what has been dubbed a "bomb cyclone." The Washington Post's Jason Samenow explains that and other odd weather terms.

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PRI's The World

Barack Obama and Xi Jinping look to a future with lower carbon emissions

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

After months of negotiations, the US and China have agreed to set targets for lowering their carbon emissions. It’s not going to solve climate change. But the deal is something to build on.

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The Takeaway

Inside an Epic 4-Billion Mile Space Chase

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

It's taken 10 years and 4 billion miles, but the Rosetta spacecraft has finally placed a lander on a comet. The next step? Gain critical information about our solar system.

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PRI's The World

What's a comet smell like? Scientist Monica Grady is keen to find out

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

More than 10-years after the European Space Agency launched the Rosetta satellite from Earth, a special lander touched down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It's the first successful comet landing in history.

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PRI's The World

This new scientific journal is kind of like YouTube, but without the cats

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Each year, a couple hundred billion dollars are wasted on scientific experiments that can't be reproduced. And if they can't be reproduced, it's almost as if they didn't happen. Scientist Moshe Pritsker has tried to figure out a way to reduce that failure rate.

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PRI's The World

This bike path is made entirely of solar panels

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Netherlands opened up a 230-foot stretch of bike path. It's made entirely of solar panels, generating enough energy to power several homes.

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Comet Landing A Success: European Craft Makes 'Fairly Gentle Touchdown'

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Millions of miles from Earth, the Philae robotic lander has settled on the comet's surface, the European Space Agency says.

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China And U.S., Titans Of Carbon Pollution, Move To Cut Gases

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

China and the U.S. account for more than a third of greenhouse gases — making it vital that any broad climate plans include the pair.

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Morning Edition

How Animals Hacked The Rainbow And Got Stumped On Blue

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

There's more than one way to make color, nature tells us. And more than one way to use it to your own advantage.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Deal With China; Dark Money; Documentaries; and Dads

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The DOC NYC film festival opens tomorrow; the paternity leave penalty; “dark” money in the 2014 midterms; a carbon deal with China; and the science of trust.

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: An Epic Space Chase, a Global Migrant Crisis, and a Fight Against Voter Apathy

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Takeaway looks at the 4-billion mile mission of the Rosetta spacecraft, the migrant crisis from the U.S. to Europe, and the ways voting in the United States could be easier.

Tennis Players Are Getting Their First Servings Of Sabermetrics

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Players and managers in major team sports have leveraged sophisticated data analyses for years to improve game-time performance. Now one-on-one athletes are picking up Moneyball tactics, too.

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All Things Considered

Regulators Ban Cod Fishing In Gulf Of Maine As Stocks Dwindle

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The federal government is shutting down cod fishing in the Gulf of Maine for the next six months. But fishermen, who now face an uncertain future, dispute the government's cod counts.

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How 'The Hot Zone' Got It Wrong And Other Tales Of Ebola's History

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Do people with Ebola actually cry tears of blood? What happens if the U.S. Army thinks you might have Ebola? We catch up with science writer David Quammen to discuss truths and myths about the virus.

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Morning Edition

Researchers To Attempt Robotic Landing On Comet's Surface

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Putting a probe on a comet's surface would be a first for mankind. But it doesn't look like it will be easy.

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All Things Considered

Fraught U.S.-Russia Relationship Could Undermine Nuclear Security

Monday, November 10, 2014

A former head of the Los Alamos National Laboratory has worked with Russia for years on securing loose nukes and upgrading facilities in the former Soviet Union. Siegfried Hecker is now writing a book about two decades of of nuclear cooperation.

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All Things Considered

These X's Are The Same Shade, So What Does That Say About Color?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Never mind the physics. Color isn't just a particular wavelength of light, it turns out. It's a fascinating mix of context and what's happening outside and inside your head.

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Solar Bike Path Opens This Week In The Netherlands

Monday, November 10, 2014

Integrating solar panels into a bike commuter path, a special roadway outside Amsterdam will generate power that's then funneled into the national energy grid.

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