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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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Inhalable Chocolate? Ingestible Ideas From A Lab For The Senses

Sunday, November 09, 2014

A real-life Willy Wonka invites scientists, designers, composers, artists and chefs to collaborate on novel foods and other cultural confections.

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How Catchy Songs Lodge Their Hooks In Your Ears

Sunday, November 09, 2014

"Wannabe," by the Spice Girls, is the catchiest song in the U.K., according to a new study. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Ashley Burgoyne, a computational musicologist from the University of Amsterdam.

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All Things Considered

Obese Women Make Less Money, Work More Physically Demanding Jobs

Saturday, November 08, 2014

A 65 percent increase in a woman's weight is associated with a 9-percent drop in earnings. A recent study investigated what's behind that "obesity penalty," and why it hits women harder than men.

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All Things Considered

In Space, No One Can Hear You Sample

Saturday, November 08, 2014

NASA just released a collection of sound effects from both this world and deep, intergalactic space into the Public Domain. They are now available for all of us to enjoy and perhaps use to make music.

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Still Unknown In Virgin Space Crash: How Pilot Got Out

Saturday, November 08, 2014

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel about last week's tragic loss of the Virgin Galactic spaceship.

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The Ancient Art Of Cheese-Making Attracts Scientific Gawkers

Saturday, November 08, 2014

In England, cheese-making is an art stretching back hundreds of years. But recently, scientists have become interested in the microbes that make the country's artisan cheeses so tasty.

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Can A Smell-Emitting Fork Alter How We Savor Flavor?

Friday, November 07, 2014

Flavor is a combination of taste and aroma. So can a scent-emitting fork trick our brains into thinking we're tasting something, when we're only just smelling it? The Salt team tests it out.

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PRI's The World

These video chats helped thaw out the Cold War

Friday, November 07, 2014

US-Soviet relations hit a low point in the early 1980s, but one American and one Russian believed they could bring citizens of the two countries together. They succeeded in building an early video-chat system that allowed Americans and Russians to see and talk with each other across oceans.

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PRI's The World

International coalition moves to take down the dark side of the web

Friday, November 07, 2014

European authorities announced on Friday that Silk Road 2.0 and more than 400 so-called "dark" websites had been shut down in a raid. It was a rare big victory for law enforcement agencies trying to stop the flow of illegal trade on the "dark web."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Digging Up Ancient Artifacts, Human Remains, Lost Civilizations

Friday, November 07, 2014

For this week’s Please Explain we'll find out about the field of archaeology.

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Morning Edition

How A Tilt Toward Safety Stopped A Scientist's Virus Research

Friday, November 07, 2014

The U.S. government has stopped some experiments with dangerous viruses, saying the risks need to be reconsidered. Key work in one scientist's lab has been halted.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Digging, Roasting, Living with Less

Friday, November 07, 2014

How scarcity affects our daily lives. Assaf Gavron's novel The Hilltop. Michael Ruhlman tells us how to roast. And this week’s Please Explain is about archaeology.