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The Best Science Books Of 2017

Dec 11, 2017

A Narwhal’s Slow, Anxious Heart

Dec 11, 2017

Invasion Of The Jellyfish

Dec 11, 2017

Is the public ready for Meat 2.0?

Dec 10, 2017
Impossible Foods

Impossible Foods, a Silicon Valley-based company, has rolled out its new Impossible Burger, genetically engineered from plant protein to look and taste as much as possible like red meat.

Another way to look at the fossil record? By examining coal.

Dec 10, 2017
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If you’re like most people, you probably think of coal as a chunk of black fossil fuel. Geologist Jen O’Keefe sees it differently: For her, each piece of coal is a window back in time. 

“I'm really interested in why we have coal in the first place, and what it can tell us about ancient environments,” says O’Keefe, a professor of geology and science education at Morehead State University. “We've got this great time capsule in our backyard that we can start to pick apart.”

After Cassini, where to next?

Dec 9, 2017
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The Cassini spacecraft just ended its 13-year orbit around Saturn in September, and scientists are already dreaming of where to send the next orbiter.

For the future of self-driving technology, look to ... bats?

Dec 9, 2017
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Venture near a cave at night, and you may glimpse a phenomenon that still stymies scientists: Thousands of bats streaming out of the cave at high speeds, using echolocation to avoid in-air collisions.

“All we know about science, physics, biology says that [bats are] doing an impossible task by echolocating in these large groups,” says Laura Kloepper, an assistant professor of biology at Saint Mary’s College in Indiana. “What we know about how echolocation works is that when they're in these groups, the signals from each bat should be interfering with each other.”

A Narwhal’s Slow, Anxious Heart

Dec 9, 2017

Microbes In Space! (But They’re Ours)

Dec 9, 2017

Dusting Off Voyager 1’s Thrusters

Dec 9, 2017

Invasion Of The Jellyfish

Dec 9, 2017

The Best Science Books Of 2017

Dec 9, 2017

How good is H&M’s clothing recycling program?

Dec 8, 2017
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The clothes we wear come with their own environmental baggage.

Consider that a cotton T-shirt requires roughly 700 gallons of water to produce. Each year, the production of polyester emits roughly 1.5 trillion pounds of greenhouse gases.

As the fashion industry faces more scrutiny for the environmental impact of its operations, some fashion brands are trying to be more sustainable — and are advertising that to their customers.

Chief among them is global fast-fashion giant H&M, which is aggressively positioning itself as a leader in sustainability.

12/08/2017: Age is just a data point

Dec 8, 2017

Is leaving the coveted 18 to 34 advertising demographic a steep descent into irrelevance, or are advertisers still paying attention to you once you make the jump? Plus, steady she goes … this economy has officially added jobs for 86 months in a row. So why aren’t wages moving? That and more of the week’s economic news on the Weekly Wrap with The New Yorker’s Sheelah Kolhatkar and The Wall Street Journal’s Kate Davidson.

Will Congress reconcile the GOP tax bill?

Dec 8, 2017

Sheelah Kolhatkar from the New Yorker and Kate Davidson from the Wall Street Journal join us to talk about this week’s business and economic news. They touch on the latest numbers out of the Labor Department released this morning and discuss the potential effects of the Republican tax bill on everyday Americans and big business. Kolhatkar and Davidson also talk about the process that the GOP tax bill has gone through and whether the House and the Senate can successfully reconcile their versions of the bill.

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Overcrowding at a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos is causing an increase in illness among children living there, say aid workers.

Doctors working at Moria camp have seen a rise in upper respiratory tract infections, colds, coughs, diarrhea and other illnesses associated with cramped and unsanitary conditions.

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You must listen to this: A first-person account by a young woman living under lockdown conditions in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen.

Yemenis were in shock on Dec. 4, when they learned that their longtime leader, Ali Abdullah Saleh, had been assassinated. Saleh had been a moderating influence on the Houthi rebels who control Sanaa. Now that Saleh's gone, Yemenis fear for their personal safety, their liberty and their country's future.

His father fled China and rode the escalator of globalization

Dec 8, 2017

Scott Tong's father escaped communist China on the first of two boats. The second boat sank. Thus began his journey to America and better life. He went to college, became an engineer and landed his dream job at IBM. He climbed the "escalator" of globalization and lived what has become the quintessential story of a successful immigrant. Tong himself went on to become a correspondent for Marketplace. But, as he writes in his new book, his father had a brother who wasn't so fortunate.

A Federal Government shutdown has been averted, for now. So what’s next for Washington after the tax overhaul gets done? Well, according to multiple reports out today, it’s infrastructure. The president is expected to release his long-awaited infrastructure plan in January. But the tax bill has some elements that have infrastructure experts concerned. 

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Is 18 to 34 still a coveted demographic?

Dec 8, 2017

I turned 35 on Monday. And sure, getting older sucks. But it’s not my hair thinning that gets me, or that thing with my knee. The real existential gut punch of it all is that on Monday, I aged out of the coveted 18-to-34 demographic.

For decades, the 18-to-34 age group has been considered especially valuable to advertisers. It’s the biggest cohort, overtaking the baby boomers in 2015, and 18 to 34s are thought to have money to burn on toys and clothes and products, rather than the more staid investments of middle age.

Christmas has always been about consumption

Dec 8, 2017

Holidays, Brought to You By is our series about all the stuff that’s become part of the culture and of the economy. Where did they come from and who thought of them?

Today, after weeks of often bitter wrangling, the Brits struck a last-minute, breakthrough deal on Brexit with their European Union partners. They agreed to some of the key terms of their departure from the EU. The United Kingdom will likely be told next week that it can now move on to talk about a future trade relationship with the bloc. Why should we care? Well, U.S. businesses have quite a bit of skin in this game.

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