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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Demanding Democracy, Disappearing Bees, and Careers in Tech

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Takeaway examines pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, the mystery behind colony collapse disorder, and evolving careers in technology.

Radiolab

2 Ways To Think About Nothing, One Mo' Time

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Let's compare two kinds of nothing: an empty patch of deep space and an empty piece of paper that was once beautiful. There's nothing to see in either. Or is there?
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What Drives Abortion: The Law Or Income?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

About 5 million women worldwide are admitted to hospitals each year because of complications after an abortion. But the key to stopping these injuries may have nothing to with changing the law.

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2 Ways To Think About Nothing, One Mo' Time

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Let's compare two kinds of nothing: an empty patch of deep space and an empty piece of paper that was once beautiful. There's nothing to see in either. Or is there?

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Unmasked, Cancer Survivors Face The Symbol Of Their Torture

Sunday, September 28, 2014

For some survivors of head and neck cancer, the mask each had to wear to guide beams of radiation therapy remains a potent symbol. Some destroy the mask afterward. Others see a new beginning.

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Tiny Spanish Island Nears Its Goal: 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Sunday, September 28, 2014

El Hierro, the most remote of Spain's Canary Islands, used to import thousands of tons of diesel each year. Now a new power plant will let the island run entirely on renewable energy.

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India Zooms To Mars Much More Cheaply, But With Trade-Offs

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A U.S. probe cost $637 million to get to Mars; an Indian mission cost about a tenth as much. There are at least a few reasons why, both teams agree — starting with the differing shapes of each orbit.

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GMO Wheat Investigation Closed, But Another One Opens

Friday, September 26, 2014

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture say they cannot figure out how genetically modified wheat got into an Oregon field. Now GM wheat has been found growing in Montana, too.

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All Things Considered

N.J. Braces For Future Disasters By Fleeing, And Fortifying, The Coast

Friday, September 26, 2014

Federal funds are supporting two different disaster-prevention approaches — coastal retreat, or people leaving flood zones, and coastal defense, or building infrastructure to protect at-risk areas.

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All Things Considered

Florida's Manatees: Big, Beloved And Bitterly Contested

Friday, September 26, 2014

In one coastal community, some residents are trying to get manatees off the endangered species list. But manatee advocates say the sea cows, threatened by ecotourism, need more protection, not less.

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Soundcheck

Deaf Brains Are Different Than Hearing Brains

Friday, September 26, 2014

In her new book, I Can Hear You Whisper, journalist Lydia Denworth writes about choosing to get a cochlear implant for her deaf son.

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PRI's The World

One scientist calls the largest marine sanctuary in the world a volcano of fish

Friday, September 26, 2014

In the Pacific Ocean, west and south of Hawaii, is what was until recently one of the largest marine sanctuaries on earth. Now, however, it has been expanded — to nearly six times its original size. And scientists are thrilled.

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PRI's The World

Women are the face of India's Mars mission, but they're still the exception

Friday, September 26, 2014

When India celebrated the success of its first Mars mission, a photo of middle-aged female scientists draped in saris became the viral face of that triumph. But that doesn't mean female scientists face an easy path, and Rhitu Chatterjee says much more needs to be done for gender equality.

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Radiolab

Everything Dies, Right? But Does Everything Have To Die? Here's A Surprise

Friday, September 26, 2014

Meet two animals. Both are teeny. Both live in water. Both mature extra fast. But while one dies in about a week, the other — well, prepare to be amazed.
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The Takeaway

USAID Steps Up to Fight Ebola

Friday, September 26, 2014

Nancy Lindborg, assistant administrator for USAID, describes the multi-pronged approach the agency is taking to curb the spread of the Ebola epidemic. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What To Know About Black Bears in New Jersey

Friday, September 26, 2014

On Sunday, a black bear killed a Rutgers student who was hiking in Northern New Jersey. Attacks are rare -- and this is the first fatal attack in the state since 1852.

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Everything Dies, Right? But Does Everything Have To Die? Here's A Surprise

Friday, September 26, 2014

Meet two animals. Both are teeny. Both live in water. Both mature extra fast. But while one dies in about a week, the other — well, prepare to be amazed.

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Soundcheck

Jill Sobule Plays In Studio; The Science And Sound Of Language

Friday, September 26, 2014

Jill Sobule makes a record out of an old charm bracelet, and plays some of it live; Lydia Denworth explores how sound shapes our world as infants. 

Supermarkets Waste Tons Of Food As They Woo Shoppers

Thursday, September 25, 2014

In the U.S., consumers account for the biggest share of waste in the food chain. Demand for stocked shelves and unblemished produce, and confusion over date labels lead to mountains of tossed meals.

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To Predict Nobel Winners, Skip Vegas And Check The Fine Print

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A careful analysis of the number of times research is cited in subsequent scientific papers can shed light on who is most likely to pick up a Nobel Prize.

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