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Report: Climate Change Creates Public Health Costs

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 4:24pm

One chapter of the White House's new climate report focuses on the serious impact climate change has on human health — everything from heat-related illnesses to increased allergies and asthma due to changes in growing seasons and air quality. Melissa Block speaks with Brian Stone, director of the Urban Climate Lab at Georgia Institute of Technology, about the public health effects of climate change.

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Despite Warnings On Warming, Public Response Remains Lukewarm

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 4:24pm

The National Climate Assessment report indicates that the increasingly erratic weather resulting from global warming has already lead to more flooding, wildfires and drought across the U.S. The report is rich in data about the cause and effects of climate change, just as past reports have been. So why has the public and political response to these dire warnings been so half-hearted? Robert Siegel talks to Bill McKibben, author of Oil and Home: The Education of an Unlikely Activist, about it.

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Scientists Help Galapagos Finches Get Rid Of A Nasty Nest Pest

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 2:33pm

Cotton balls laced with insecticide just might be the answer to a parasitic fly that has been killing off young finches in the Ecuadorian islands since 1997.

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No More Bromine: Coke, Pepsi Drop Controversial Ingredient

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 1:43pm

Chemistry is complicated; that includes ingredients in artificially flavored fizzy drinks. Soda makers bowed to pressure to drop brominated vegetable oil, but its safety hasn't been very well studied.

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A Faster Human: Are We Unique In Our Ability To Get Better?

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 12:41pm

For decades, the speed of racehorses and dogs has stagnated. But humans keep getting faster. On the 60th anniversary of the first time a human ran a mile in under four minutes, we ponder why.

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Chemist Turns Software Developer After Son's Cancer Diagnosis

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 2:37am

The parents of a young boy made a terrible discovery while looking through photographs they had taken of him as a baby. They noticed a white dot where a black pupil should have been.

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Monterey Bay An 'Ocean Buffet Open For Business' This Spring

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 2:31am

Thanks to upwelling, an influx of marine and wildlife is taking place in one of the world's largest underwater canyons in California.

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Even Penguins Get The Flu

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 11:03pm

Adelie penguins, which breed in huge colonies on the rocky Antarctic Peninsula, harbor a version of the avian influenza virus. But this strain doesn't make humans or the birds sick.

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USGS: Okla. Fracking Has Increased Chance Of 'Damaging Quake'

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 7:42pm

The U.S. Geological Survey and its state counterpart issued a joint statement saying magnitude 3.0 temblors had increased by 50 percent since October.

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Max Planck Goes To Florida, Invites Brain Scientists To Join

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 3:25pm

Germany's famous Max Planck Society has opened a brain research institute in Jupiter, Fla. It's another move in the international competition to attract the best brain researchers.

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The Lime Shortage: Still Messing With Your Margarita

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 11:03am

Several factors are straining lime production in Mexico from heavy rains to a disease infecting trees. But criminal gangs are adding to the high prices by stealing from orchards and hijacking trucks.

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Computer Game Eyewire Aides Scientist Mapping Eye Nerve Cells

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 4:00am

MIT scientist Sebastien Seung at MIT invented the game to help him make a map of the cells in the mammalian retina. A year later, he says the game is producing valuable science.

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Climate Change Warming Up Business In The Arctic

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 3:53pm

Climate change has caused rapidly melting ice and thawing permafrost in the Arctic. Once inhospitable to business ventures, economic forecasters are now predicting some $100 billion will be invested there over the next decade. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Isaac Arnsdorf of Bloomberg about the boom.

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Listen To These Lovely Cats. No, Actually, Don't

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 4:05am

They are so sleek, so graceful, with such gorgeous eyes, tufted ears — but then they speak. And you think, "Oh no! Why? Why?"

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Playing Matchmaker To Empty Jobs And Those Seeking Them

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 5:04pm

Hundreds of thousands are out of work, yet employers say they struggle to fill positions. Oil refineries in L.A. often have temporary work, but even entry-level jobs require specialized training.

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Organic Farming Factions Spat Over Synthetic Substances

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 6:18am

There's a long list of pesky exceptions to the rules organic farmers have to follow for using pesticides and fertilizers. This week, a battle erupted over those exceptions.

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How A Pan, A Lamp And A Little Bit Of Water Can Trap A Stink Bug

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 3:08pm

It's stink bug season. Robbie Harris of WVTF offers a new trap for these odorous pests: a low-tech solution thought up by Virginia Tech scientists, which can be made for just a couple of bucks.

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Rock-Paper-Scissors Strategy Could Be More Than Mere Child's Play

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 12:03pm

Scientists have found that the game is less random than it appears because winners tend to replay their winning choice and losers try something else — but according to a predictable pattern.

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'Wassup, Sheep?' He Asked

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 9:37am

How come so many species of domesticated animal — dogs, pigs, cows, ducks, geese, rats, horses — have smaller brains than their wild ancestors? Oh, and humans too!

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Out Of Skin Cells, Sperm: A 'Provocative' Fertility Treatment

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 3:54pm

Scientists made human sperm from the skin of men who couldn't make their own sperm naturally. If they prove this actually works, it could mean new ways to treat male infertility.

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