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Science Friday

Rooting Out the Plant Microbiome

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Scientists are uncovering the importance of the plant microbiome for fighting off pathogens and increasing crop yields.

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Science Friday

Forensic Entomologists Hunt Down Insects to Help Catch Criminals

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To help piece together a crime scene, forensic entomologists examine the insects found in the area.

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Science Friday

Is Your ‘Priceless’ Painting a Fake? Better Ask a Scientist

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Techniques from physics and chemistry can help scientists and art historians sniff out art forgeries.

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Science Friday

The 'First' Battle of Gas Versus Electric

Thursday, October 16, 2014

As plug-in electric vehicles struggle to carve out a slice of today's auto market, it's worth remembering the first such battle—at the turn of the 1900s.

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A Balanced Diet For World Food Day: Bugs, Groundnuts And Grains

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Termites and mung beans are among the ingredients that can bring better nutrition to the 800 million undernourished people in the lower-income world.

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PRI's The World

A couple returns to their 'heaven' near the Fukushima nuclear disaster

Thursday, October 16, 2014

How do you decide when it's safe to go home after a nuclear accident? Three and a half years after the Fukushima disaster, the government says the clean-up is mostly completed in one nearby town. But only half the residents have returned.

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The Takeaway

Who Has The Power To Stop Ebola?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A senior health director for the International Rescue Committee says there needs to be more international coordination, but West African communities also have the power to end Ebola.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The Politics of Ebola, Medicaid, and Space Travel

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Takeaway explores the Ebola crisis in the face of the 2014 midterm elections, the race for the governor's office in Florida, and the future of space travel.

New GMOs Get A Regulatory Green Light, With A Hint Of Yellow

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Farmers will be able to plant types of corn and soybeans that can tolerate doses of two weedkillers. It may be one of the most significant developments the world of weedkilling in more than a decade.

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PRI's The World

Not everyone wants the clean-up in Fukushima to be over

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It's been three and a half years since the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, and clean-up is still going. The area is still too dangerous for residents to return, but an army of decontamination employees has created its own small economy in the area, keeping a small number of businesses alive.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How Will We Live in 2050?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How will climate change impact New York City by 2050? Matthew Schuerman and Janice Huff talk about the series that looks at climate change and the ramifications for our city.

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PRI's The World

What's the difference between a drone and a toy? The pilot

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

You can buy a drone at a toy store, but are those really drones? It all depends on who's doing the flying and why — but some government agencies are having problems figuring out what's allowed and what's not.

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PRI's The World

This backcountry cook you've never heard of is a legend at Yosemite National Park

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ever heard of Sing Peak in Yosemite National Park? Turns out, it has nothing to do with music. It honors the park's Chinese immigrant past — and an amazing backcountry chef named Tie Sing. A park ranger at Yosemite did some digging and unearthed the hidden history of Sing and the immigrants who helped create the park we know today.

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The Takeaway

Ebola Spreads in U.S.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A second healthcare worker in Texas has been diagnosed with the disease, and the World Health Organization predicts that there will be 10,000 new Ebola patients per week by December. 

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The Never-Ending Climb Of Mount Science

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says the mystery that surrounds us will always be here; there is no complete or final knowledge, and this fact gives science a unique character.

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New Tech City

She'd Pay Anything to Go to Space

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lina Borozdina took out a second mortgage. Anousheh Ansari forewent motherhood. All either of them wanted was to see earth from above, and the way they tell it, it's worth the sacrifice.

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All Things Considered

Study Finds Human Stem Cells May Help To Treat Patients

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

For the first time, scientists are reporting that human embryonic stem cells may be helping treat patients — in one instance, the cells seem to been enabling some blind people to see better.

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Morning Edition

Embryonic Stem Cells Restore Vision In Preliminary Human Test

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cells derived from embryos appear to have improved vision in more than half of the 18 patients who had become legally blind because of two progressive, currently incurable eye diseases.

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All Things Considered

Long After Fracking Stops, The Noise Lives On

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Most of the noise created by natural gas development is temporary. After drilling and fracking, the workers and equipment are gone. But compressor stations can stay noisy for years — even decades.

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All Things Considered

Can Changing How You Sound Help You Find Your Voice?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Women's voices are often criticized, especially at work. We're called "shrill," told we "lack authority." Here's the story of two women who changed their voices in a quest to be heard.

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