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Astronomers Glimpse Distant Planetary Nursery

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Images produced by a giant radio telescope array in Chile's Atacama desert show a nascent star and what's thought to be its solar system in the process of being born.

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All Things Considered

How Boy Bits First Came To Be

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Certain birth defects in male children are on the rise, and nobody knows why. Scientists say basic research into how external genitalia evolved in reptiles and rodents might offer a few clues.

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Science Friday

Apple Science, From American Beauty to Zestar

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Between new crosses and old heritage varieties, there’s a world of apples beyond the Red Delicious.

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Science Friday

George Washington Carver: Renaissance Man

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Carver was a painter, singer, and piano teacher, taught farmers the virtues of crop rotation, and developed hundreds of recipes for peanuts, sweet potatoes, soybeans and pecans.

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Science Friday

Spilling Our Guts: Decreased Diversity in the Human Microbiome

Thursday, November 06, 2014

How can hospital stays and the evolution from apes to humans change the diversity of our microbiome?

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Science Friday

U.S. High-Speed Internet Lags Behind on Price, Cost

Thursday, November 06, 2014

For less than $40 a month, residents of Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bucharest, and Paris can enjoy lightning-fast Internet download and upload speeds of 1,000 Mbps.

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Science Friday

Piecing Together the Puzzle of Insect Evolution

Thursday, November 06, 2014

One hundred researchers studied 144 insect species to fill in the blanks of insects’ evolutionary history.

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Science Friday

Opening Up the Synthetic Biology Toolkit

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Synthetic biologist Christopher Voigt and biotechnologist Stephen Streatfield discuss current trends in synthetic biology.

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Weekly Innovation: Harness Could Allow Dogs, Humans To Communicate

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a dog harness, equipped with speakers and vibrating motors, that could be used in search and rescue or to improve dog training.

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Discovery's Man-Swallowing Snake Stunt Stretches Credulity

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The channel promises to air an episode featuring a man in a protective suit who is swallowed alive by a giant green anaconda.

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Morning Edition

Republican Sweep Highlights Climate Change Politics In Alaska

Thursday, November 06, 2014

GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is set to head the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. It can be easier for her oil-reliant state to adapt to the changing climate rather than address its causes.

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Morning Edition

America's T. Rex Gets A Makeover

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Discovered in Montana in 1988, the Wankel T. Rex is a prize find — a nearly complete skeleton, now bound for display at the Smithsonian, in Washington, D.C. But first, those old bones need some work.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bill Nye; Scott Stringer; and Judicial Theory

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Bill Nye (the science guy); NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer; minorities in the midterms and future elections; and judicial activism versus judicial restraint.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Bill Nye Solves the Universe in 32 Minutes

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The bow tie-clad Science Guy joined us to talk about evolution, creationism and why death is scary, then had a mini-debate with a listener over the nature of consciousness.

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All Things Considered

How Much Is That MRI, Really? Massachusetts Shines A Light

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

A state law now requires insurers to reveal prices of their medical tests, and the variation is amazing, bargain hunters say. An MRI of the back is $614 at one place, $1,800 at another.

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From Blue Bleach To Hazmat Hacks, Students Take On Ebola Challenges

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

College students excel at thinking creatively under pressure. Now they're designing tools to confront the challenges of Ebola, including friendlier-looking protective gear and diagnostic aids.

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Despite Disasters, Explore We Must

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The crash of Virgin Galactic's spacecraft has renewed criticism of commercial space exploration. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says disasters and loss of life are the cost of pushing humanity's limits.

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Morning Edition

Why Your Brain Wants To Help One Child In Need — But Not Millions

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Donations to fight Ebola are lower than expected. One psychologist thinks the reason may be the impact of hopelessness. A really big problem makes people less likely to give.

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Researchers Tap Web Chatter To Figure Out Who's Sick

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

With the help of online data, doctors and public health officials are tracking the spread of illnesses and predicting where they might strike next. The analyses also provide clues for prevention.

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All Things Considered

Let's Clear This Up — In New York City, There's Only 1 Rat For Every 4 People

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Audie Cornish speaks with Jonathan Auerbach, a PhD student in statistics at Columbia University who endeavored to get a better estimate of the New York City rat population.

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