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Lilly First Tenant in Science Center

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A science complex under construction along the East River got its first official tenant yesterday. The research division of drug company Imclone Systems will take over four floors once the first tower is completed next summer. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg has said ...

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Study: Air Pollution May Lower IQ

Monday, July 20, 2009

A study measuring the effects of air pollution on pregnant mothers suggests their children might have slightly lower IQ’s. Researchers placed air monitors on the mothers during pregnancy, tracked the children for five years, and then measured their IQ’s. Doctor Frederica Perera says those in ...

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Natural History Museum Stores Endangered Species Tissues

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Tissue samples from endangered species will now be stored at the Museum of Natural History, under a new agreement with the U.S. Parks Service. The museum already freezes its own samples taken from whales, butterflies, and other creatures in seven cryovats. They look like giant, ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Eggs for Sale

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Empire State Stem Cell Board recently announced that stem cell researchers in New York can use public money to pay women who donate their eggs for research. Brooke Ellison, 2006 state senate candidate, quadriplegic and advisory board member to the Genetics Policy Institute and Fr. ...

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City Launches "Big Apps" Competition

Monday, June 29, 2009

The city is hopping on the iPhone "app" bandwagon. Mayor Bloomberg is hoping software developers will take new data the city's posting online and turn it into applications for fun and profit. Take restaurant inspection grades.

BLOOMBERG: I think somebody could create an iPhone app that ...

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Give Bees a Chance

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Give bees a chance -- so says a group of renegade beekeepers. They want the city to legalize beekeeping instead of fining people up to $2,000 for tending a hive.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer declared his support for beekeeping, which he says is a step ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Rocky Road Ahead

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Ray Young, the chief financial officer of General Motors, talks about GM’s bankruptcy. Then, Damon Lester, president of the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers, and Greg Williams, former owner of the recently closed Huntington Chevrolet in Huntington Station, NY., discusses the effect GM’s bankruptcy has ...

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Multi-State Group to Protect Sea Waters

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Five states, including New York and New Jersey, have formed a working group to protect the waters between Montauk and the Chesapeake. Governors Paterson and Corzine inked a pledge today to cooperate on issues like conservation and fisheries. Governor Corzine says the new multi-state group ...

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Queensboro Bridge Marks Centennial

Monday, June 01, 2009

(Sound of Sunnyside Drum Corps performing.)

One hundred years ago this week, the Queens Borough Bridge opened across the East River to join together Manhattan and Queens. And yesterday, leaders from the two boroughs met in the center of the bridge to kick off the centennial ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Rock that Shaped the World

Monday, May 25, 2009

Uranium may just look like yellow dirt, but it's altered the course of human history and shaped the modern world. In his new book Uranium: War, Evergy and the Rock that Shaped the World reporter Tom Zoellner examines the paradox of this powerful element: that the stability of our ...

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Hospitals Pledge to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thirty-five of the city’s largest public and private hospitals are joining Mayor Bloomberg’s effort to reduce carbon emissions. Rohit Aggarwala is spear-heading the initiative, which has already launched programs for Broadway theaters and university campuses. He says the hospitals account for about two percent of ...

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The University of Trash

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Composting could be a class at the University of Trash. The experimental university, an art project at the Sculpture Center in Long Island City, relies on the public to propose its curriculum. The University of Trash is what artists Michael Cataldi and Nils Norman call ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Robocup!

Friday, May 01, 2009

Elizabeth Sklar, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Brooklyn College and organizer of the Robocup Jr. competition, on artificial intelligence, high school robotics teams, and - of course - dancing robots. ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Women Explorers

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Three women explorers are being honored for their pioneering scientific discoveries at the 7th annual Women of Discovery Awards. We’ll be joined by conservationist and ecologist Aparajita Datta, Lion expert and biologist Leela Hazzah and marine geophysicist Maya Tolstoy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Great Void

Monday, April 27, 2009

Miles O’Brien, freelance space reporter and former CNN chief science/technology/environment correspondent, talks about the void in leadership at NASA and what it means for the shuttle program.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Birds Of A Feather

Monday, April 27, 2009

Richard Dolbeer, former National Coordinator for the (USDA) Airport Wildlife Hazards Program and the man behind birdstrike.org, discusses the newly-public FAA data on the dangers of bird strikes to commercial airplanes, and why JFK is considered one of the worst airports in the country when it comes to ...

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JFK Leads Nation in Bird Strike Damage

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Federal Aviation Administration has released its data on bird strikes and JFK tops the list in terms of planes that were substantially damaged or destroyed through collisions with birds.

At least 30 bird strike accidents occurred at JFK since 2000, followed by Sacramento International Airport ...

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Better, Faster, Stronger, Smarter

Thursday, April 23, 2009

New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot explores the world of neuro-enhancing drugs.

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Auto Show Attendees Fixated on the Economy

Thursday, April 09, 2009

The New York Auto Show opens to the public today at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. WNYC's Ilya Marritz attended a preview for industry people and found no one has escaped the down economy.

REPORTER: Rene Abdallah is a good example of how the Detroit's problems ...

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Toxic Lead

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

In the 1970’s lead was everywhere, from gasoline and paint to toothpaste tubes and toys. In her book Toxic TruthLydia Denworth tells the story of two men- Clair Patterson and Herbert Neddleman- who fought a bitter, three decade long struggle to protect children from lead exposure.

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