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This Week On Metro Connection: Wild Cards

From the environment to school lunches to a local campaign designed to get us dancing in our underwear, we'll bring you an eclectic array of stories on this week's "Wild Cards" show.

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AIDS Scientists Encouraged By Antibodies That Hit Monkey Virus

A monkey virus that's a stand-in for HIV plummeted to undetectable levels when animals got potent antibodies of a type recently discovered in some humans. A single antibody injection was enough to do the job.
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A Scientific Tour Of The Mysterious 'Dark Universe'

Just in time for Halloween, David Greene talks to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson about the mysterious "Dark Universe" that surrounds us.
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Why Are Kids Who Get Less Candy Happier On Halloween?

In a psychology study using Halloween candy, kids who got a candy bar and a piece of bubble gum were less satisfied than kids who got just a candy bar. The study shows that when we think about experiences, we are significantly biased by how the experience ends.
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Burn, Bury Or Scorch? Why Destroying Syria's Chemical Weapons Is Hard

The ingredients used to make chemical weapons aren't environmentally friendly, and until recently the process of disposing of those weapons wasn't either. New rules make disposal safer, but are also a major stumbling block to the dismantling of Syria's stockpiles.
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In Sandy's Wake, Flood Zones And Insurance Rates Re-Examined

It's been a year since Hurricane Sandy knocked the mid-Atlantic states for a loop. Scientists say that as sea level rises, such storms are likely to occur more often. But the new, more realistic flood maps could boost flood insurance rates. Will politics trump science?
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Astronaut Chris Hadfield Brings Lessons From Space Down To Earth

The former International Space Station commander achieved Internet stardom with his in-space rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." After three missions and a total of six months in space he shares what he's learned in a new book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.

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How Much Water Actually Goes Into Making A Bottle Of Water?

The bottled water industry says it uses water far more efficiently than other beverages. But water activists say that few companies in the beverage industry are calculating their total water footprint.
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A Japanese iPhone Gadget Teases The Tummy With Food Smells

Scentee draws power from an iPhone to blast you with the smell of hearty meat or lavender. But could the synthetic smell of meat trick your brain into thinking you're eating meat instead of plain rice?
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Scientists: Asian Carp Breeding In Great Lake Tributaries

A U.S. Geological Survey study finds that the Asian grass carp is living and breeding in the Sandusky River, which flows into Lake Erie.

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