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Amateur 'Planet Hunters' Find One With Four Suns

Amateur astronomers recently discovered a planet with four suns. The discovery itself is remarkable — but all the more so because it was made by amateurs. David Greene talks with Arfon Smith from the Adler Planetarium in Chicago about the discovery and the growing contributions that so-called "armchair" astronomers are making to the field.
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Despite Protest, College Plans To Slaughter, Serve Farm's Beloved Oxen

A Vermont college's decision to slaughter two oxen after one suffered an injury has sparked some serious debate. The college cited sustainability as one of its reasons, but some students and animal rights advocates say it's just not right to serve Bill and Lou for dinner.
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This Candy Is From Heaven (But Don't Eat It)

Maybe it's because Halloween is right around the corner, but when we saw this image, our first thought was nougat, a confection that's been around for centuries. But what we're looking at is a lot older — and more heavenly.
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Green Energy And All Things Tech With Alexis Madrigal

We talk with journalist and author Alexis Madrigal about putting today's tech stories in context and what energy entrepreneurs can learn from the past.

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Learning From the Things That Annoy Us

A professor spends his off-time tracking the little things in life that bother us. Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, tells us what poor parking, long waits in the doctor's office, and the controversial brussel sprout tell us about science.
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Winter Weather Predictions

Science Or Folklore? — The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts winter weather months in advance. Is that even scientifically possible? Meteorologist Jason Samenow, of The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang, talks about the science and art of seasonal forecasting, and why even the pros at NOAA sometimes get it wrong.

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