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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.

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Domestic Violence, Kissinger on 'World Order,' and Cockroaches as Robots

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The Takeaway looks at domestic violence and the workplace in the wake of Ray Rice's firing, remote-controlled roaches, and Henry Kissinger discusses the future of U.S. foreign policy.

All Things Considered

Could Great Lakes Fisheries Be Revived Through Fish Farms?

Monday, September 08, 2014

This summer, Michigan's aquaculture industry took a step forward. And that has touched off a debate over whether the Great Lakes are an appropriate place for fish farming.

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PRI's The World

It could finally be 'case closed' on Jack the Ripper's real name

Monday, September 08, 2014

Many people have tried to crack the mystery of who was Jack the Ripper, but with no success so far. Now a new book claims to have finally unveiled the killer's identity using DNA evidence and new techniques of tracing it — but, of course, questions remain.

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All Things Considered

Researcher Urges Wider Genetic Screening For Breast Cancer

Monday, September 08, 2014

Genetic tests are recommended for women with a family history of breast cancer. One researcher says all women should be screened, but others say there's not enough evidence that they are at risk.

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Meteor Leaves 40-Foot Crater Near Managua's Airport

Monday, September 08, 2014

The space rock, thought to have broken off from an Earth-passing asteroid, left a hole 16 feet deep just outside the international airport in the Nicaraguan capital.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The Power of the Pardon, Another NBA Racism Scandal, and The Future of Immigration

Monday, September 08, 2014

The Takeaway looks at what it means to forgive 40 years after Richard Nixon was pardon, an NBA racism scandal involving the Atlanta Hawks, and part II of The Takeaway Job Fair debuts.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Life Lessons: Issues in Education, Our Digital Imprint, Coping with ADHD

Monday, September 08, 2014

The history of public school teaching in the United States. Ira Glass and Monica Bill Barnes on “Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host.” What is cyberconsciousness? Living with ADHD.

Radiolab

Mapping What You Cannot See, Cannot Know, Cannot Visit

Sunday, September 07, 2014

We live on a planet, next to a star that's part of a galaxy that's part of ... ah, here comes the new discovery. We are at the very tip of a giant galactic "supercluster." Take a look.
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U.S. Pacific Blue Whales Seen Rebounding Close To Historic Levels

Sunday, September 07, 2014

With their population estimated at roughly 97 percent of historical levels, blue whales off the West Coast are being called a conservation success story.

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At 60 Tons, This Dinosaur Feared Nothing

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Researchers have dug up the skeleton of one of the largest animals to have ever walked the earth. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to Matt Lamanna, who was part of the research team that made the discovery.

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Near-Earth Object To Come 25,000 Miles Close

Sunday, September 07, 2014

An asteroid named Pitbull will barely miss Earth on Sunday. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to Paul Cox of the citizen astronomer group Slooh about why it's so difficult to keep track of these space rocks.

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For Lack Of Mississippi Silt, The Gulf Is Losing Coastal Land

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Thousands of miles of Louisiana's coastline have been disappearing over the last century. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to fishing guide Ryan Lambert about what's happening to his community.

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Mapping What You Cannot See, Cannot Know, Cannot Visit

Sunday, September 07, 2014

We live on a planet, next to a star that's part of a galaxy that's part of ... ah, here comes the new discovery. We are at the very tip of a giant galactic "supercluster." Take a look.

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Up Close, The Lava Rolls From Bardarbunga

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Simon Redfeld of Cambridge is a volcano researcher who is literally scooping up lava at the active volcano in Iceland. NPR's Scott Simon talks to him about whether Bardarbunga is ready to blow.

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