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Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 2:06am

A Brooklyn waste treatment plant has become an unlikely lab for an ambitious effort to turn millions of tons of food scraps from New York City's apartments and restaurants into renewable energy.

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SXSW: Software, Apps Still Rule But A Hardware Resurgence Is On

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 3:57pm

Technology talk is often focused on software and programs that run inside our devices. But a "maker movement" is driving interest toward making the physical devices themselves.

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Casinos, Sites Of Excess, Might Actually Help Families Slim Down

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 3:00pm

A recent study finds that a casino's expansion was associated with an increase in family income in its community. In turn, that increase in household income helped lead to a decrease in childhood obesity.

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Earthbound Tensions Don't Reach Russian-American Space Partnership

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 3:00pm

U.S. astronaut Mike Hopkins is expected to land in Kazakhstan, and despite diplomatic tensions, the Russians plan to pick him up. It's another sign that U.S. and Russia remain tied at the hip in space.

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Memories Can Go Astray When We Step Outside Our Bodies

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 2:47pm

Virtual reality can make people feel like they are experiencing the world outside of their bodies. The sensation can make it hard for the people to remember what happened to them.

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The '60s Are Gone, But Psychedelic Research Trip Continues

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 5:32pm

Since the 1970s, hallucinogens have been classified as Schedule I drugs, indicating they have no medical use. But researchers say there are benefits and that work must continue.

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The Rebound, The Intersection Of Self-Containing Half Spaces

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 7:00am

Did you miss the MIT conference on sports analytics? Mike Pesca tells NPR's Rachel Martin about the new tracking technology used in basketball, which puts rebounding in whole new light.

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Concerns About Russia Fuel New Calls For Gas Exports

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 3:00pm

Russia is the world's top natural gas exporter, but the U.S. is the top producer. Jason Bordoff, director of the Center on Global Energy Policy, explains efforts to get American gas to Europe.

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U.S. Grave Science Marked By Risk Aversion And Bureacracy

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 3:00pm

In part two of a joint investigation by NPR and ProPublica, we look at the agency charged with bringing home and identifying the 83,000 American war dead. It's stymied by an extreme aversion to risk.

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Lawmaker Wants To Ban Orcas At San Diego's SeaWorld

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 2:41pm

The California Democrat, who says he was inspired by a controversial documentary, has proposed a bill to prohibit the park from keeping the animals.

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How Can We All Listen Better?

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:00am

Sound expert Julian Treasure says we are losing our listening in a louder world. He shares ways to re-tune our ears for conscious listening — to other people and the world around us.

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Can A Prosthetic Limb Feel?

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:00am

Physiatrist and engineer Todd Kuiken is building a prosthetic arm that connects with the human nervous system — improving motion, control and even feeling.

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How Do You Construct A Voice?

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:00am

Speech scientist Rupal Patel creates customized synthetic voices that enable people who can't speak to communicate in a unique voice that embodies their personality.

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What's It Like To Hear Color?

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:00am

Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind. But thanks to a device attached to his head, he can now "hear" color, which allows him to experience an element that was once invisible.

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Boy Meets Painting. Painting Grabs Boy. Boy Mystified

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 6:58am

What was it for you? A song? A movie? A poem? For me, it was a painting. I was grabbed by a work of art that said I know you. I've been waiting. And I fell. Totally. Why does that happen?

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Almost 500 Foods Contain The 'Yoga Mat' Compound. Should We Care?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 3:00pm

A report finds that azodicarbonamide wasn't just in Subway's bread: It's in hundreds of foods. While it has been linked to asthma in factory workers, the additive poses no known risk to consumers.

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Second Baby Cleared Of HIV. Rare Event, Or Hope For Others?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 3:00pm

A second child seems to have been cleared of the AIDS virus, thanks to heavy-duty drugs started just hours after birth. This spring researchers plan to test that approach in 60 more newborns.

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The Scientist Who Makes Stars On Earth

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 3:00pm

An astrophysicist is using something called the Z machine at Sandia National Lab to recreate the conditions on a white dwarf star — only for a few nanoseconds, but still, enough to study.

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From Yoga Mats To Your Loaf Of Bread, This Chemical's Not So Bad

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 3:00pm

If few people can pronounce the compound azodicarbonomida, why was it in Subway's bread? This question, raised by a popular food blogger, has put the curious food additive in the spotlight.

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Chinese Superstar Lifts Ivory Cause Onto His Shoulders

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 3:00pm

Former NBA star Yao Ming is very famous in China, and he's using his fame on behalf of conservation issues. Now a member of China's parliament, Yao is calling for a ban on the sale of ivory in China.

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