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Dolphin Deaths Alarm Scientists

The animals are washing ashore at a higher rate than the last 26 years. Host Scott Simon speaks with Charley Potter, collection manager for marine mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, about the response along the Mid-Atlantic.
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N. America's Oldest Known Petroglyphs Discovered In Nevada

The carvings etched into limestone boulders near Pyramid Lake in western Nevada show that the early North Americans were surprisingly creative artists. The carvings, which are at least 10,000 years old, are abstract, geometric designs including shapes that look like diamonds and trees.
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The STEM Gender Gap

The number of girls and women studying the sciences has steadily increased each year, but there is still a gender gap in higher education and the work force. Researchers Andresse St. Rose and Catherine Riegle-Crumb and Linda Kekelis, executive director of Techbridge, discuss the social and environmental factors that contribute to this disparity.
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Dinosaurs: Big Digs And Local Fossil Finds

We get the latest on fossil finds in our region and learn about some of the challenges scientists face in collecting dinosaur remains and other ancient specimens.

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New Efforts To Curb The Overuse Of Antibiotics In Animals And People

Each year, 2 million people contract antibiotic-resistant infections and 23,000 die. A discussion about the threat of a post-antibiotic age and new efforts to curb the overuse of antibiotics in animals and people.

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Eating On Mars? Be Sure To Pack The Tortillas

It's not the hard work that will make astronauts lose it on long planetary missions — it's boredom. And something that can become very boring very fast is a rote menu. A simulated Mars mission reveals why cooking for others will be vital on long space journeys, and why wraps rule.
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What's Making Headlines Outside Of Washington?

Congress has gone home for its annual August recess, so Tell Me More takes a look at headlines in places across the country. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks with Mike Leary from the San Antonio Express-News and Dana Coffield of The Denver Post.
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China Says It Will Stop Taking Organs From Executed Inmates

The official in charge of China's transplant program says that starting in November, the country will begin moving to a voluntary organ donor program.
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Kepler Space Telescope Is Beyond Repair, NASA Says

Two of the four gyroscope-like wheels that keep the planet-hunting probe pointed in the right direction aren't working. NASA is exploring whether there might be other research projects Kepler can still carry out.
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Tornado Tech: How Drones Can Help With Twister Science

To understand how and why tornadoes form, some researchers are taking to the skies with small unmanned aircraft. The drones, outfitted with an array of sensors, can provide valuable data about the storms, and don't require people to be in harm's way. The goal is to increase the warning time before storms become deadly.

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