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Listening In on Elephant ‘Mating Pandemonium’

Thursday, August 07, 2014

In a “mating pandemonium” event, a group of elephants roar after a pair of elephants mate.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Depressed Dogs, Anxious Cats

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Like humans, animals can become depressed and anxious and can suffer from disorders like OCD and PTSD, and many zoo animals are on anti-depressants.

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All Things Considered

Butterfly Shifts From Shabby To Chic With A Tweak Of The Scales

Thursday, August 07, 2014

By playing with the physics of wing color, scientists get a glimpse into how butterflies get their colors, and how quickly they can evolve from brown to brilliant.

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The Takeaway

Is an Ebola Vaccine on the Horizon?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Two American health workers infected in Liberia were treated with an experimental serum before they returned to the U.S. for treatment last week. That treatment is still in the trial phase, likely years away from clinical use. 

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House Calls Keep People Out Of Nursing Homes And Save Money

Thursday, August 07, 2014

In the case of an elderly patient with multiple medical problems, having a team of health workers deliver care to the home can be cheaper than expensive stays in nursing homes and emergency rooms.

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The Takeaway

Good Vibrations: A Bag of Potato Chips and the Science of Sound

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Every day, sounds waves are hitting us and moving us, and if a camera is running we now know that sound can be reconstructed from the motions of the room. That's thanks to Abe Davis, a graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science at MIT who recently reconstructed the audio of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” using only video images of the small distinct vibrations of the sound hitting items in the same room, such as a bag of potato chips or a house plant.

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What A Balloon Shouldn't Do, But For Some Reason Does

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Tether a balloon to the floor of a car, step on the gas, and watch the balloon do something it shouldn't. Ask why. Then discover the answer. Then feel smart.

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On Being

Adele Diamond — The Science of Attention [remix]

Thursday, August 07, 2014

What Adele Diamond is learning about the brain challenges basic assumptions in modern education. Her work is scientifically illustrating the educational power of things like play, sports, music, memorization and reflection. What nourishes the human spi

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On Being

[Unedited] Adele Diamond with Krista Tippett

Thursday, August 07, 2014

What Adele Diamond is learning about the brain challenges basic assumptions in modern education. Her work is scientifically illustrating the educational power of things like play, sports, music, memorization and reflection. What nourishes the human spi

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Morning Edition

Are Terminal Illness Decisions Affected By Negative Stereotypes?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Millions of people around the world face difficult choices at the end of their lives. Researchers delved into whether stereotypes affect medical decisions when it comes to terminal illness.

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Morning Edition

Will Americans Buy Bug Snacks? Maybe ... If They're Funny And Cute

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The "ick factor" has kept consumers in the U.S. from eating crickets, locusts and mealworms. To convert skeptics, bug-food advocates are trying to win them over with sleek packages and clever names.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Justice for Sale, A Visual Microphone, and Morgan Spurlock

Thursday, August 07, 2014

1. Justice for Sale | 2. Ethiopia Through the Eyes of Author Dinaw Mengestu | 3. Good Vibrations: A Bag of Potato Chips and the Science of Sound | 4. Morgan Spurlock's Latest Horror Show: '7 Deadly Sins'

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Black Plague Returns

Thursday, August 07, 2014

In 2013, some 600 were sickened and more than 90 people died from a plague outbreak in Madagascar.

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Freakonomics Radio

Should Tipping be Banned? (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, August 07, 2014

It's awkward, random, confusing -- and probably discriminatory too.

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Radiolab

Lucy and Kanzi

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Just how close can we get to our closest primate relatives? That's the question at the heart of our show Lucy -- a question that we try to answer by getting to know a chimp named Lucy, and a bonobo named Kanzi.

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Mass. To Make Big Food Wasters Lose The Landfill

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

By October, the state will have the most ambitious commercial food waste ban in the U.S. Institutions that produce more than a ton of waste a week will have to find new uses for their scraps.

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Do You Want To Be Happy? Don't Set Your Expectations Too High

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Pretty much everyone thinks that rewards bring happiness, but it's not the size of the payoff that matters, researchers say. Rather it's whether the reward exceeds your immediate expectations.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What's In Store For Those Old Payphone Kiosks?

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The current contract to service NYC's payphones expires this October. Here are the various proposals being floated to re-purpose the old kiosks all around us (free WIFI anyone?).

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Brief Counseling May Not Help With Most Drug Problems

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Studies show that a chat with a doctor during a routine checkup can sometimes be enough to curb problem drinking. But the model doesn't work as well with problem drug use.

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PRI's The World

The key to some big endangered species crime investigations is a small lab in Oregon

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Trying to figure out where that confiscated rhino horn came from? Is that guitar made from a piece of endangered tropical hardwood? You might find the answers to your questions at the US Fish & Wildlife Service's Forensic Lab in Ashland, Oregon, the only one like it in the world.

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