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When Can A Big Storm Or Drought Be Blamed On Climate Change?

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Scientists wince when people blame every big tropical cyclone, heat wave or drought on a shifting climate. But now some are trying to figure out just what the evidence for such a link would be.

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Radiolab

Is That A Lark I Hear? A Nightingale? Surprise! It's A Bat

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

There are animals famous for their songs. Whales sing. Birds sing. We humans have Aretha, Elvis, Ray Charles, Pavarotti. But bats — who knew?
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Radiolab

George in New Jersey

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

What if the Galapagos Islands' most beloved creature turned up right next door in scenic Woodland Park, New Jersey?
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Experimental Drug Jams Ebola Gene To Fight The Virus

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

A drug being tested against Ebola makes use of new scientific insights that could prove useful for treating other illnesses, including one that is inherited.

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Is That A Lark I Hear? A Nightingale? Surprise! It's a Bat

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

There are animals famous for their songs. Whales sing. Birds sing. We humans have Aretha, Elvis, Ray Charles, Pavarotti. But bats — who knew?

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PRI's The World

Global wildlife populations have fallen by half — a stat that says it all

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

As humanity's population has roughly doubled since 1970s, the earth has lost roughly half of its non-human animals over the past four decades. That's the sobering conclusion of a new report from the World Wildlife Fund, which pins the blame for that decline squarely on humans.

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Death Toll From Japanese Volcano Rises

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Nearly 50 people are listed as dead from an eruption of Mount Ontake, located about 125 miles west of Tokyo.

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Morning Edition

From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Researchers have found a gene that affects how strongly you experience bitter flavors. And those who aren't as sensitive eat about 200 more servings of vegetables per year.

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The Takeaway

Audio Diary: A Doctor's Hope for West Africa

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Dr. Adam Levine, a volunteer with the International Medical Corps, has been keeping an audio diary to chronicle the grueling threat the Ebola virus presents in West Africa.

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New Tech City

Robots at War

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

We have the war machines, but the laws of modern warfare aren't written in computer code. How can robots programmed to fight also carry out war in a more humane way?

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WNYC News

The Other Pest Wreaking Havoc in New York

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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There are bedbugs, and then there are Asian long-horned beetles. Now, thousands of trees on Long Island are slated to be removed to stem a growing infestation.

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All Things Considered

Federal Judges Sends Wyo. Wolves Back To Endangered Species List

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Just two years after the Obama administration removed federal protections for wolves in the state of Wyoming, a federal judge has reinstated them, saying that the state's plan for managing the species was inadequate and largely unenforceable.

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'Human Flesh' Burger Is A Treat To Tempt The Walking Dead

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In a stunt to promote the next season of the hit zombie show The Walking Dead, London chefs have concocted a burger inspired by human flesh. They're giving them away Tuesday at a pop-up restaurant.

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Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags Is Enacted In California

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed SB 270, the first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in the U.S. It requires a 10-cent fee for the use of compostable or paper bags.

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Morning Edition

Instead Of Staring At Screens, These Kids Stared At Faces

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A recent study from researchers at UCLA found that kids who spent a week at outdoor camp — away from all electronic devices — got a lot better at picking up emotion in other people's faces.

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Aral Sea's Eastern Basin Has Dried Out, NASA Photos Show

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"For the first time in modern history, the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea has completely dried," NASA says, citing satellite photos from 2000 and 2014.

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When Science Gets Ahead Of Itself

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Scientists have found a that March discovery, touted as one of the most important scientific discoveries ever, may not be one at all. Astrophysicist Adam Frank weighs in on the scientific process.

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Morning Edition

Certain English Errors May Decipher Clues To Dying Languages

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Linguists try to understand the nuances of languages, and how they relate to one another. A computer scientist says the English mistakes of non-native speakers can reveal something about languages.

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Morning Edition

European Activists Say They Don't Want Any U.S. 'Chlorine Chicken'

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Most U.S. poultry is bathed in a little chlorine on the way to your plate. But that treatment is banned in Europe. Now "chlorinated chickens" are a sticking point in a trans-Atlantic trade deal.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The Rhinestone Cowboy, A Super Fan's Dream, and a MacArthur Genius

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Takeaway reviews the last song from Glen Campbell, the long-awaited comeback by the Kansas City Royals, and a MacArthur Grant winner discusses her research.