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Morning Edition

Rats! New York City Tries To Drain Rodent 'Reservoirs'

Friday, August 29, 2014

Health officials want to reduce the rat population, so they're hiring extra exterminators, sealing up holes and teaching regular New Yorkers how to make homes and gardens less rat-friendly.

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All Things Considered

What We Really See When We Go See A Movie

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dr. Tim Smith, a visual scientist at the University of London, discusses how our brains perceive what's seen on the big screen. How do we process images, events and stories that we see in the movies?

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All Things Considered

Night Of The Cemetery Bats

Thursday, August 28, 2014

And you thought cemeteries were for the dead. A nighttime census of leafy Bellefontaine in St. Louis reveals at least two species of bats. Parklike graveyards provide key habitat for urban wildlife.

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Scientists Study How We Evolved To Stand On Our Own Two Fins

Thursday, August 28, 2014

They examined an African fish that can breathe air and walk on its fins, discovering insights into the transition from sea to land some 400 million years ago.

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Morning Edition

Ebola Is Rapidly Mutating As It Spreads Across West Africa

Thursday, August 28, 2014

For the first time, researchers have tracked the spread of Ebola, almost in real time, during an outbreak. The virus is quickly changing its genetic code. But it's unclear what the mutations mean.

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Science Friday

Science in the Writers’ Room

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hollywood T.V. and film writers explain how they balance scientific accuracy and storytelling.

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Science Friday

Making Hollywood’s Digital Doubles

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Now that Hollywood’s visual effects wizards can create convincing “digital actors,” will we still need the real thing?

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Science Friday

From the Lab to the Silver Screen: The Birth of CGI

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Animator Tom Sito explains how scientists and engineers kickstarted Hollywood’s digital animation revolution.

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Science Friday

Making Hollywood’s Digital Doubles

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Now that Hollywood’s visual effects wizards can create convincing “digital actors,” will we still need the real thing?

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Science Friday

Less Flashy Fossils Offer Paleoclimate Clues

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Uncharismatic microfauna, such as insects and mollusks, are giving scientists at La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles a glimpse of the city's cool, humid past.

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Science Friday

Science in the Writers’ Room

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hollywood T.V. and film writers explain how they balance scientific accuracy and storytelling.

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Science Friday

Electric Bacteria Form Nanowires, Shoot Out Electrons

Thursday, August 28, 2014

USC's Moh El-Naggar says engineers hope to harness bacterial energy using fuel cells.

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Science Friday

Science in the Writers’ Room

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hollywood T.V. and film writers explain how they balance scientific accuracy and storytelling.

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Science Friday

Unraveling the Mysteries of Black Holes

Thursday, August 28, 2014

High energy x-rays provide a rare glimpse into the behavior of black holes.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

African Elephants Could Be Extinct In 100 Years

Thursday, August 28, 2014

100,000 African elephants were killed between 2010 and 2012. If nothing changes, these elephants could be extinct in 100 years.

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The Takeaway

Say Goodbye to Bad Memories

Thursday, August 28, 2014

What if you could take any one unpleasant memory and rewrite it to have sunnier associations? Researchers say they’ve managed to transform bad memories into good ones in mice.

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Morning Edition

An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones

Thursday, August 28, 2014

In the moonscape of Death Valley, one mystery stands out: boulders that seem to creep along the desert floor when nobody's looking. Thanks to video and GPS, scientists now think they know why.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Elephants, Endorsements and Ethics

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Poachers are killing elephants in Africa at alarming levels, The New York Times refuses to endorse Governor Cuomo, Jules Feiffer; and changes are coming to the way we book flights.

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The Threat of America's Next War, Action on Climate Change, and Rewriting Bad Memories

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Today The Takeaway explores America's strategy in Iraq and Syria, the president's plan for climate change, and some new research that may allow humans to control their own memories.

Freakonomics Radio

Who Runs the Internet? (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The online universe doesn't have nearly as many rules, or rulemakers, as the real world. Discuss.

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