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New lawn 'mooers' keep the grass trimmed in East London's parks

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The town council in Havering, England, has turned to cows instead of lawnmowers to keep parks and other green spaces neat and trim. Locals say traditional grazing promotes biodiversity and could save half a million dollars over 10 years.

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The Takeaway

A New Plague? Ebola Outbreak 'Out of Control'

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

With more than 1,600 reported cases, Richard Preston, a writer for The New Yorker and author of "The Hot Zone," a book about the origins of Ebola, says the situation in West Africa is starting to become "out of control" and look distinctly medieval.

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Hawaii, Which Almost Never Has Hurricanes, Is Getting Ready For 2

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Hurricanes Iselle and Julio are both expected to weaken into tropical storms before approaching the islands later this week, but residents are being urged to stock up on supplies.

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Morning Edition

Employers Forced To Judge Job Candidates' Career Trajectory

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Analysis of freelance jobs suggests employers are conservative when it comes to hiring, and dislike candidates who have done a lot of different things.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Milton Glaser, Global Forces, and Local Proposals

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Legendary “I Heart NY” designer Milton Glaser has a new campaign focused on climate change awareness. He shares his new logo and slogan. Plus: a new report shows the vast majority of New Yorkers who are ticketed for minor offenses are black or Hispanic; ideas for what to do with the thousands of old phone booths scattered around the city; and a look at the global forces behind a local neighborhood, Sunset Park, Brooklyn.  

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Russian Gang Rips off The Internet, A Violent Boyhood in Sierra Leone, and a Fresh New Feminist Voice

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

1. The Watchmen at The White House | 2. A New Plague? Ebola Outbreak 'Out of Control' | 3. 'Hello, Comet!' Europeans Make Space History | 4. Roxane Gay Breaks The Rules With 'Bad Feminist'

Morning Edition

The Ebola Outbreak: 'A Dress Rehearsal For The Next Big One'

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is spreading at a frightening rate. To find out why this outbreak has been so deadly and what may lie ahead, we spoke with science writer David Quammen.

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Boil, Burn Or Explode? How You Die In Space

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

You've seen it in the movies: Somebody gets caught in space without a spacesuit and explodes. Or freezes. Or gets fried by radiation. But which is it? Astrophysicist Adam Frank weighs in.

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All Things Considered

How To Translate Sight Into Sound? It's All In The Vibrations

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Melissa Block talks to Abe Davis, a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Davis helped author a paper on a visual system to detect sound.

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All Things Considered

In Quest To Harpoon A Comet, A Spacecraft Stalks Its Prey

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The European Rosetta mission arrives at its target comet Wednesday morning. In the coming months, its lander unit will harpoon the space rock.

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Radiolab

How To Cross 5 International Borders In 1 Minute Without Sweating

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Nations need borders for security, for revenue, for defense, or identity. But for fun? Introducing borders that giggle. 

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How To Cross 5 International Borders In 1 Minute Without Sweating

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Nations need borders for security, for revenue, for defense, for identity. But for fun? Introducing borders that giggle.

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Why Fat Grizzlies Don't Get Diabetes Like We Do

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Before hibernating, grizzly bears get fat fast — but they don't get metabolic problems like diabetes. Understanding how fat bears stay healthy could lead to better treatments for humans.

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Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreads Across Southeast Asia

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The most effective drug we have against malaria is losing its potency in Southeast Asia. Doctors can still cure most forms of the disease, but it takes longer and more medications.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The No-Sleep Secret

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Renata Pellegrino, senior research associate at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the lead author of "A Novel BHLHE41 Variant is Associated with Short Sleep and Resistance to Sleep Deprivation in Humans", and Dr. Allan Pack, Head of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania, explain how a gene mutation may be responsible for those people who seem to do just fine with barely five hours of sleep a night.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Time For a Truce, Fast-Food Goes On a Diet, and The Creative Power of Pairs

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

1. U.S. General Killed in Afghanistan | 2. Hope For Africa's Economic Powerhouse | 3. Welcome to The Fast-Food Renaissance | 4. Missouri Votes to Guarantee The Right to Farm | 5. The Creative Power of Pairs

After A Decade, Comet-Chasing Spacecraft Nearly There

Monday, August 04, 2014

The European Space Agency's Rosetta Mission has taken the long way to reach Comet 67/P. Later this week, it will finally arrive.

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All Things Considered

What Has Lake Erie So Sick?

Monday, August 04, 2014

To learn more about harmful algal blooms like the one affecting Toledo, Ohio, Melissa Block talks with Dr. Jeffrey Reutter of Ohio State University.

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Chef Grills Steak, Volcano-Style, With Molten Lava

Monday, August 04, 2014

After Sam Bompas roasted marshmallows over lava at a volcano in Japan, he wanted to recreate the experience. So he asked a geologist and sculptor who'd built an artificial volcano to host a barbecue.

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Taste For Rare, Wild Pangolin Is Driving The Mammal To Extinction

Sunday, August 03, 2014

The meat of this scaly, ant-eating creature has become a luxury food for some newly rich Asians. But all eight pangolin species are now threatened by extinction, with two critically endangered.

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