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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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Gecko 'Astronauts' No Longer Lost In Space

Sunday, August 03, 2014

A group of geckos "lost" in space was found last week — they were the subjects of a scientific experiment. They're the latest in a long line of animals that humans have sent beyond the atmosphere.

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The Gift Of Graft: New York Artist's Tree To Grow 40 Kinds Of Fruit

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Syracuse artist Sam Van Aken is developing a that will bloom in pink, purple and red in the spring and bear 40 different fruit in the summer and fall. It's one part art, one part agricultural marvel.

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Treating Ebola With An Experimental Serum: Why It Might Help

Saturday, August 02, 2014

In 1995, doctors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo skimmed serum rich in antibodies from the blood of Ebola survivors to treat other patients. It's a 19th century approach. Does it work?

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Radiolab

Guess Who's Been Waiting In The Lobby For A Hundred Million Years?

Saturday, August 02, 2014

The M-Thing. It's patient. It's modest. It's relentless. It stays.

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Guess Who's Been Waiting In The Lobby For A Hundred Million Years?

Saturday, August 02, 2014

The M-Thing. It's patient. It's modest. It's relentless. It stays.

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Breast-Feeding Is Still Difficult For Many Moms

Friday, August 01, 2014

Access to lactation specialists is slowly improving in the U.S., according to a CDC survey. And that can help many women who want to breast-feed stick with it longer, health officials say.

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PRI's The World

After a long journey from Africa, a new tropical disease sets up shop in Florida

Friday, August 01, 2014

A nasty tropical disease that causes extreme joint pain and can leave sufferers unable to sit up for weeks has shown up in the US for the first time. Florida health officials say at least two cases of chikungunya appear to have been transmitted by local mosquitoes, and a reporter who's been covering the story says officials fear a wider outbreak.

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How Cultures Move Across Continents

Friday, August 01, 2014

Researchers have mapped the travels of 150,000 artists, politicians and religious leaders over the past 2,000 years. The videos reveal how cultural achievements ebb and flow across the U.S and Europe.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Invasive Species Are Wreaking Havoc

Friday, August 01, 2014

Lion fish, zebra mussels, emerald ash borer, phragmites, and kudzu are among the 50,000 alien species that have taken off in the United States.

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Caffeine Gives Athletes An Edge, But Don't Overdo It

Friday, August 01, 2014

Studies show the caffeine in just a few cups of coffee enhances performance in a wide range of sports. But more isn't better, and concentrated caffeine can be lethal.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Chilling Effect

Friday, August 01, 2014

We’ll look at the chilling effect that government surveillance is having on journalists who cover national security, intelligence, and law enforcement. Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis talks about his new play “Between Riverside and Crazy,” along with director Austin Pendleton and Stephen McKinley Henderson, who stars in it. Time magazine’s Bryan Walsh explains how invasive alien species are causing environmental and economic problems. This week’s Please Explain is all about freezing, canning, and pickling!

PRI's The World

A Liberian describes the hard reality of Ebola: 'You're running even from people you love'

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The ebola crisis has so overwhelmed some hospitals in Liberia, that patients are being treated in their homes. Markets in border areas are being closed, as well as schools. Liberia's Information Minister Lewis Brown says the country's frightened health care workers need counseling.

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Should We Return The Nutrients In Our Pee Back To The Farm?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A group of environmentalists in Vermont aren't at all squeamish about "pee-cycling." A local hay farmer is using their pee as fertilizer as they run tests to find out how safe it is for growing food.

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Kentucky Buoys Noah's Ark Park With Millions In New Tax Breaks

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Christian theme park, featuring a 510-foot-long replica of the ark, is getting $18 million in new incentives from the state's tourism board.

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PRI's The World

Jennifer Lopez has a species of water mite named after her. Really

Thursday, July 31, 2014

What do Barack Obama, Jennifer Lopez and Bob Marley have in common? Think science and species.

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Science Friday

Will Big Data Answer Big Questions on Health?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Google's latest big idea is called "Baseline Study"—an effort to catalog the DNA of thousands of healthy people, along with their blood, urine, saliva, breath, and tears.

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Science Friday

How Ultramarathons Affect the Heart, Blood, and Brain

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Exercise scientists Tamara Hew-Butler and Greg Whyte talk about how the body changes after dozens of hours in motion.

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Science Friday

Can Animals Go Mad?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

From depressed dogs to anxious gorillas, author Laurel Braitman explores mental illness in animals.

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Science Friday

Can’t Stop Worrying? Blame It on Your Habenula

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The habenula is a pea-sized part of the brain that tracks our expectations of negative events.

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