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A $1 Microscope Folds From Paper With A Drop Of Glue

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Engineers at Stanford University have designed a microscope that fits in your pocket and costs less than a dollar to make. Here's the best part: You put the microscope together yourself.

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The Takeaway

The ACA & Combating Serious Illnesses

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The Affordable Care Act has changed the healthcare landscape in the United States, particularly for Americans fighting serious illnesses.

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The Takeaway

The GMO Debate: Listeners Respond

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Yesterday we had a conversation centering around the GMO debate. Many of you were listening closely, and The Takeaway got tons of comments and phone calls in response to the segment.

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A Giant Appears At The Edge Of An African Roadway

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

If the task is to think backward, to an important moment in history, here's a stunning way to do it: It's a jewel of a monument alongside a road in South Africa.

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Morning Edition

Old Ship Logs Reveal Adventure, Tragedy And Hints About Climate

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Volunteers are combing through old ships' logbooks for the Old Weather project. It aims to help scientists better understand the climate today by looking at conditions of the past.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Power Play, Revisiting GMOs, and Comfortable Airplane Seats

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The Takeaway explores the extremism of ISIS, how the ACA has changed the landscape for those with serious illnesses, and who's to blame for the torture of reclining airline seats.

All Things Considered

To Save A Species, Scientists Trick Jays With An Egg Bait-And-Switch

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Scientists hope to protect the endangered marbled murrelet with a new strategy: tainted decoy eggs that give the bird's predator a bit of tummy trouble.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

We Don't Have to Drink Polluted Water

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Every year, 80 million pounds of pesticides are used on residential lawns in this country, and the chemicals that we put in our yards seep into our drinking water. But that can change.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Raising Bees in the City: A Hands-on Guide

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

An urban beekeeper explains how to to be a city beekeeper and why urban beekeeping might help restore the bee population after years of mysterious bee deaths.

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The Takeaway

The Return of the Extinct Passenger Pigeon

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Once the most populous vertebrate in North America, the passenger pigeon went extinct nearly 100 years ago. Now, a group of scientists is figuring out a way to bring them back.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: An Hour of Unconventional Wisdom

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Today, The Takeaway explores the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the comeback of passenger pigeons, and a change of heart in the GMO debate.

The Takeaway

Cracking the Myths About 'Evil' Genetically Modified Food

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Activists have long condemned GMOs for a host of problems, but the pro-nature movement may have turned anti-science, and it's threatening our ability to feed the world.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How to Be More Creative, Raise Bees and Have a Healthier Yard

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

A call for more profit-sharing and employee-owned companies. Philippe Petit on creativity. An urban beekeeper shares tips. The environmental hazards of using pesticides on your lawn!

More Evidence That ADHD Drugs Don't Curb Ultimate Height

Monday, September 01, 2014

Some earlier research hinted that Ritalin and Adderall can hamper a child's growth. But a study of adults who took the drugs as kids now suggests any such effect is only temporary.

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Morning Edition

Our Use Of Little Words Can, Uh, Reveal Hidden Interests

Monday, September 01, 2014

When we talk, we focus on the "content" words — the ones that convey information. But the tiny words that tie our sentences together have a lot to say about power and relationships.

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Citizen Scientists On A Mission To Find Frogs

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Summer is high season for "frogging." The North American Amphibian Monitoring Project has hundreds of volunteers crisscrossing the country to get a better handle on the fate of the nation's frogs.

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Study Finds Nothing Special About Breakfast

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Maybe we don't need to eat our Wheaties. Linda Wertheimer talks to Emily Dhurandhar, lead author of a study that finds breakfast may not be the most important meal of the day.

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The Salmon Cannon: Easier Than Shooting Fish Out Of A Barrel

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Alarmed by the rapid decline of wild salmon populations, a company has invented a novel way to help migratory fish over blocked rivers. It uses air pressure to fire them out of a cannon.

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Federal Judge Blocks Texas Restriction On Abortion Clinics

Friday, August 29, 2014

Requiring every center that performs abortions to meet all the standards of a surgical center is excessively restrictive, says the federal district court judge who blocked the state rule Friday.

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Science Friday

Experimental Therapy Saves Monkeys From Deadly Dose of Ebola

Friday, August 29, 2014

ZMapp, the cocktail of antibodies used to treat two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus, spared 18 severely ill monkeys from death.

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