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In Midst Of Drought, Why Not Harvest Water From The Air?

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:42pm

All Tech Considered explores some experimental and lesser-used technologies for harvesting and disinfecting water.

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Using Investments And Technology To Rebuild Hawaii's Koa Forests

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:42pm

One company is attempting reforestation with an innovative business model. Investors can track the coveted trees using digital IDs. Their money goes to plant new trees that won't be harvested.

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Using Investments And Technology To Rebuild Hawaii's Koa Forests

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:42pm

One company is attempting reforestation with an innovative business model. Investors can track the coveted trees using digital IDs. Their money goes to plant new trees that won't be harvested.

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The Great 'Beyond': Contemplating Life, Sex And Elevators In Space

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 12:51pm

Astronomer Chris Impey discusses the future of space travel, sex in space and the connection between science and Buddhism. Impey is the author of Beyond: Our Future in Space.

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Two Guys In Paris Aim To Charm The World Into Climate Action

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 2:24am

It's a nightmarish job: No exercise or fresh air and little food and sleep for days at a time, all in an effort to convince 200 countries to save Earth's climate and the planet. Can they do it?

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If Science Could 'Clone A Mammoth,' Could It Save An Elephant?

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 4:13pm

De-extinction technology could soon bring back lost species — or preserve endangered ones. In her new book, evolutionary biologist Beth Shapiro explores the scientific and ethical challenges.

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Planetary Society Set To Launch Solar Sail Experiment

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 2:47pm

The first of two satellites carrying the sail is set to launch later this month. A second, scheduled for launch next year, will go into higher orbit to fully test the concept.

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Planetary Society Set To Launch Solar Sail Experiment

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 2:47pm

The first of two satellites carrying the sail is set to launch later this month. A second, scheduled for launch next year, will go into higher orbit to fully test the concept.

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In 'Rise Of Animals,' Sir David Attenborough Tells Story Of Vertebrates

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 7:09pm

The 89-year-old British naturalist's two-part special explores fossil evidence on how evolution moved past bugs and worms and trilobites, and how the Chinese are helping fill gaps in that knowledge.

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At 13 Billion Light-Years Away, Galaxy Is Farthest To Be Measured From Earth

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:23pm

A new glimpse of what the universe looked like in its youth has been captured. Researchers say light from galaxy EGS-zs8-1 has spent the past 13 billion years traveling to Earth.

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At 13 Billion Light Years Away, Galaxy Is Farthest To Be Measured From Earth

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:23pm

A new glimpse of what the universe looked like in its youth has been captured. Researchers say light from galaxy EGS-zs8-1 has spent the past 13 billion years traveling to Earth.

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Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach Milestone

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 3:30pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with Pieter Tans of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Earth System Research Laboratory about greenhouse gas emissions surpassing 400 parts per million.

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Scientists Crack A 50-Year-Old Mystery About The Measles Vaccine

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 7:58pm

When the U.S. introduced the measles vaccine, childhood deaths from all infections plummeted. Scientists think they might know why: Benefits of the measles vaccine go way beyond the measles.

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A Fish With Cancer Raises Questions About Health Of Susquehanna River

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 4:53pm

The smallmouth bass with a malignant tumor was caught late last year near Duncannon, Pa. Officials say it's the first time such a tumor has been found in the state on that type of fish.

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DNA 'Printing' A Big Boon To Research, But Some Raise Concerns

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 3:56pm

Companies are assembling and churning out tailored stretches of DNA faster and more cheaply than ever before. The tool speeds research into diseases of plants and people. But what about eugenics?

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California Prepares For Difficult Fire Season Amid Drought

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 3:30pm

Firefighters in California depend on water from lakes and reservoirs to help fight wildfires. But water levels have fallen because of the ongoing drought, and some water sources may be too low to use.

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At Long Last, Taxidermied Hyenas In Chicago Get Their Own Diorama

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 3:30pm

After years tucked away in the Reptile Hall at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, four striped taxidermied hyenas are finally getting their own diorama.

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Florida Governor Leaves D.C. Meeting Empty-Handed

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 7:17pm

Despite a "good conversation" with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Gov. Rick Scott gets no sign that Florida will receive the more than $1 billion he wants for health care.

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Missing Link Microbes May Help Explain How Single Cells Became Us

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 3:47pm

Near a field of deep sea vents between Norway and Greenland, scientists discovered the DNA of microbes that seem to be primitive archaea, but with a lot more genes — typical of complicated creatures.

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Edison's Talking Dolls Can Now Provide The Soundtrack To Your Nightmares

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 4:02pm

Thomas Edison built and sold about 500 dolls back in 1890. Now, new technology has made hearing their supercreepy voices possible for the first time in decades. (Thanks, technology.)

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