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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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The Takeaway

Inside The Wearable Tech Revolution

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The wearable revolution is just beginning. Yesterday, Apple unveiled its smartwatch—a product that analysts say could gross $10 billion in four years.

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PRI's The World

The wreck of a long-lost ship from the Franklin Expedition has been found in the Canadian Arctic

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

British explorer John Franklin departed England in 1845 to explore the Arctic — but he never returned. Now one of the two lost Franklin expedition ships has been found by the Royal Canadian Geological Society.

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The Sporkful

This Is The Sound Of Good Chocolate

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Trust us: you can tell a chocolate's quality by the sound it makes when you break it. Listen for examples of good vs. bad chocolate bars.
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Morning Edition

Built In Better Times, University Labs Now Lack Research Funding

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

When the National Institutes of Health budget doubled, some schools scrambled to build new laboratory buildings. But the funding has declined, leaving institutions struggling to pay for the buildings.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Our Brains Absorb Information - And How to Improve Learning

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

From birth, humans learn quickly, efficiently, and automatically, but there are ways we can improve how our brain's absorb new information.

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All Things Considered

Love And Sex In The Time Of Viagra — 16 Years On

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Longer lives means more decades of intimacy. Drugs that help male physiology match desire have affected more than just the body, men who take these pills say.

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All Things Considered

When Scientists Give Up

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

They were talented, idealistic risk-takers on the road to what they thought would be important medical discoveries. But when the funding for risk-takers dried up, these two academics called it quits.

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All Things Considered

U.S. Gets Middling Marks On 2014 'State Of Birds' Report Card

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Domestic cats, high-rises and vanishing habitat are taking a toll on more than 33 species of American birds, a comprehensive update reports. Still, wetland and coastal birds are faring better.

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PRI's The World

At the Darién Gap, the Pan-American Highway's 30,000 mile journey is interrupted by 100 miles of barely tamable jungle

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The Darién Gap is a small stretch of rugged, swampy terrain between Panama and Colombia. It's the only point in the 48,000 mile long Pan-American highway where the highway literally stops — because it can't go forward.

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PRI's The World

Here's the green success story of the California blue whale

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A new study of blue whales in the eastern Pacific has found that the population of the behemoths there has bounced back to near pre-whaling levels. But other populations of blues elsewhere are not doing nearly as well.

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The Takeaway

Why Cockroaches Make Good Robots

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Scientists have found an unusual partner to potentially help find people caught under rubble or monitor conditions in hard to reach places: The much-maligned cockroach.

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Scientists Doubt That Meteor Caused Crater In Nicaragua

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Authorities first said the 40-foot crater outside Managua's international airport was caused by a meteor that may have broken off from an Earth-passing asteroid. But scientists are skeptical.

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Can We Jump-Start A New Space Age?

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Looking over the state of U.S. science funding these days, it's hard to not to get depressed. But the BoldlyGo Institute challenges us to remember that the stakes are too high to give up.

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Morning Edition

In Some Jobs, Past Achievements May Work Against Female Workers

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

London Business School researchers find that the more competent and accomplished women are, the worse their performance evaluations — when it comes to managers with traditional gender attitudes.

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Morning Edition

More Than Half Of U.S. Bird Species Threatened By Climate Change

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A new Audubon report shows how climate change could affect the ranges of 588 North American bird species by the end of the century. Bald eagles, loons and orioles are among those facing major threats.

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Morning Edition

U.S. Science Suffering From Booms And Busts In Funding

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The federal budget for bioscience has undergone big swings since 2000. Some scientists are now out of work and others are abandoning the ambitious, creative ideas that fuel discovery.

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The Sporkful

Listen To Your Chocolate--It Can Tell You How Good It Is

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Dan learns what listening to chocolate can tell you about it, how our brains play tricks on our tongues, and why charging more for wine can make it taste better. 

The Leonard Lopate Show

Surprising Twist: Preventable Diseases Make a Comeback, Inheriting a Tenant, from Jihadi to CIA Informant

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The science of vaccination. Director Israel Horowitz and Kevin Kline on “My Old Lady.” Dennis Lehane's The Drop. A Jihadi extremist on becoming a CIA informant.