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Howling Babies Drove Prehistoric Warriors Into Battle?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Can a colicky baby's piercing scream be militarized? As in, made (literally) into a weapon of war? Oh, absolutely, says this scholar, smiling ever so slightly.
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Howling Babies Drove Prehistoric Warriors Into Battle?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Can a colicky baby's piercing scream be militarized? As in, made (literally) into a weapon of war? Oh, absolutely, says this scholar, smiling ever so slightly.

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All Things Considered

California Blue Whales On The Rebound, Study Says

Saturday, September 13, 2014

California blue whales are rebounding to historic levels after being hammered by whaling, a University of Washington study says. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Trevor Branch, co-author of the study.

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Northern Lights Put On Show, Thanks To Large Solar Flare

Saturday, September 13, 2014

If you weren't far enough in the north — or well-rested enough – to see the show, don't worry: stunning images were posted to Twitter and elsewhere. Here's a selection.

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Hey-Diddle, A Fiddle And A Moon-Jumping Cow? NPR Moos Investigates

Saturday, September 13, 2014

For Cow Week, NPR's Wade Goodwyn blows the lid off of a children's nursery rhyme. He talks to Modern Farmer correspondent Tyler LeBlanc about whether a cow could jump over the moon.

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The Takeaway

The Takeaway Weekender: Single Americans, Robot Cockroaches, and a Scottish Movie Star

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender! 

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WNYC News

NYC's Beekeeping Scene Is Buzzing

Friday, September 12, 2014

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Beekeepers and honey connoisseurs celebrate the bug they love in a week-long festival in New York City.

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The Takeaway

Half of All North American Birds Threatened by Climate Change

Friday, September 12, 2014

The National Audubon Society says many species will be forced to find new habitat over the next 65 years. Some will survive, but many others will not.

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How Do You Catch Ebola: By Air, Sweat Or Water?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Americans have many questions — and misconceptions — about the deadly virus that's rapidly spreading in West Africa. We asked two scientists to explain more about how Ebola is transmitted.

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The Takeaway

One Success Story in Saving the Planet

Friday, September 12, 2014

We've actually managed to reverse some of the damage we did to the ozone layer. Could the international cooperation that solved that problem be repeated with other environmental issues?

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What Makes A Star Starry? Is It Me?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Draw a planet (a circle, right?). Now draw a star (a pointy thing, yes?). Now ask yourself, aren't stars all round? Our sun is. So why do we make them pointy? Come learn the answer.

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Solar Flare Could Trigger Auroras Tonight For Northern U.S.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The X-class Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, that erupted on the sun on Wednesday is not expected to cause major disruptions to the electrical grid or communications.

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PRI's The World

Here's how to keep that old cell phone you're about to toss from becoming toxic e-waste in a developing country

Friday, September 12, 2014

You've seen the new iPhone 6. You want one. You buy one. So what do you do with your old iPhone to make sure it doesn't end up in some e-waste toxic pile in West Africa? We've got a few recommendations from an e-waste expert.

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TED Radio Hour

Could Genetics Hold The Answer To Curing Autism?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Geneticist Wendy Chung describes what it's like to chip away at the mysteries of autism, and the excitement of uncovering tiny but critical clues.

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TED Radio Hour

How Do You Build A Toaster ... From Scratch?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Designer Thomas Thwaites explains what compelled him to build a toaster, literally from the ground up.

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TED Radio Hour

How Do Simple Questions Lead To Big Discoveries?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage talks about three people who inspired him to be curious: his dad, a former Earth-science teacher, and physicist Richard Feynman.

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TED Radio Hour

How Far Can Curiosity Take You?

Friday, September 12, 2014

As a kid, director James Cameron was fascinated with exploring the world around him — everything from pond water to bugs. Those childhood obsessions led him some of the deepest places underwater.

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TED Radio Hour

Are Microbes The Next Frontier?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Biologist Nathan Wolfe says the unseeable world of microbes is fertile ground for new discoveries.

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Morning Edition

Scientists Name Swamp-Creature Fossil After Mick Jagger

Friday, September 12, 2014

They discovered signs of a water nymph that lived 19 million years ago. It's called Jaggermeryx naida because in imagining this creature, they were reminded of Jagger by its "mobile and tactile lips."

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Changing Environment, Law and The 'War on Terror,' and Making 'Eleanor Rigby'

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Takeaway explores the legality of attacking ISIS, a report that shows that the ozone layer is in recovery, and actor James McAvoy on his film "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby."