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Crocodile Meets Godzilla — A Swimming Dino Bigger Than T. Rex

Thursday, September 11, 2014

It roamed land and sea and snacked on giant fish. The first few spinosaurus bones were discovered a century ago, but destroyed in WWII. A more complete, second specimen reveals a terrifying predator.

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All Things Considered

SeaWorld Hopes New Orca Habitats Will Stem A Tide Of Criticism

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The theme park says a 2013 documentary critical of its captive orca attraction has hurt its bottom line. Now, it's pushing back with a social media campaign and plans for new habitats for its whales.

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All Things Considered

Fossil Of 'Jaggermeryx' Found Namesake In Another Stone

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Scientists have named an extinct pig-like creature with big lips after Mick Jagger. Their findings will be published in the September issue of the Journal of Paleontology.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Whole World, in Our Hands

Thursday, September 11, 2014

We've entered an age in which humanity is changing the Earth itself, from the seas to the land to the atmosphere. Is "The Human Age" a new beginning — or the beginning of the end?

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Radiolab

Souls Tumbling In The Light

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Every fall, birds head south and, around Sept. 11, New York sends two beams into the sky. When birds and lights collide, that could mean trouble — but New York is surprisingly gentle.
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Science Friday

Can Conservation Efforts Save the Birds?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A look at the effects of conservation efforts and climate change on bird populations in North America.

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Science Friday

After 40 Years, a Blue Whale Population Bounces Back

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Blue whale populations are only a fraction of what they once were globally, but a California population has nearly made a comeback.

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Science Friday

The Science of ‘Sameness’: Developing Generic Medications

Thursday, September 11, 2014

As of 2010, generic drugs comprise almost 80 percent of the American pharmaceutical market, compared to 10 percent in 1960.

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Science Friday

A Jovian Moon With Earth-Like Tectonics

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa may undergo processes similar to plate tectonics on Earth.

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Science Friday

Keeping an Eye on Eruptions Around the World

Thursday, September 11, 2014

At least 20 volcanoes are probably erupting as you read these words.

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Science Friday

Understanding the Urban Ecosystem

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Researchers say road salt and dissolving concrete have contributed to increased salinization in urban streams.

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Some Things You Can Do In Your Sleep, Literally

Thursday, September 11, 2014

For those who think there are not enough hours in the day, researchers may have just offered you a solution. The brain can continue tasks even while asleep, a study finds. Texting not included, alas.

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Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn't

Thursday, September 11, 2014

In many countries, eggs aren't refrigerated and they're still considered safe to eat. But in the U.S., we have to chill them, because we've washed away the cuticle that protects them from bacteria.

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Ozone Levels Bounce Back, Showing First Increase In 35 Years

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NASA says that a ban on CFCs enacted in the 1980s has contributed to a 4 percent rebound since 2000 in atmospheric ozone in mid-northern latitudes.

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Freakonomics Radio

How to Save $1 Billion Without Even Trying

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Doctors, chefs, and other experts are much more likely than the rest of us to buy store-brand products. What do they know that we don’t?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Humans Influence the Earth and Each Other

Thursday, September 11, 2014

How human beings have shaped the future of planet Earth. The son of  a convicted terrorist rejects extremism and violence. “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.” A look back at Benghazi. 

All Things Considered

Souls Tumbling In The Light

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Every fall, birds head south and, around Sept. 11, New York sends two beams into the sky. When birds and lights collide, that could mean trouble — but New York is surprisingly gentle.

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All Things Considered

Illegal Loggers Suspected In Death Of Peruvian Activist

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Audie Cornish talks to geographer David Salisbury about his friend Edwin Chota. Chota — the Peruvian activist who advocated that land that was being illegally logged should be given to indigenous groups — was murdered deep in the Amazon jungle on Sept. 1. The murder was not reported until this week because of the remote location.

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The Comeback Of The Endangered Colorado Orange, An Apple

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Colorado Orange is no orange; it is an apple, with a unique texture and citrus taste. There's a new effort to bring it and other endangered Colorado apples back from the brink of extinction.

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PRI's The World

No matter where in the world you are, opting out of childhood vaccines can be a catastrophic choice

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The new NOVA special, "Vaccines: Calling the Shots," explores the lingering global resistance to vaccination campaigns. Case studies from around the world explain just how bad the impact can be when groups opt out of childhood shots.

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