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Sending Poetry To Mars

Poets from around the globe have been sending Haikus to a group of scientists in hopes their verse may make it to the planet Mars. Host Rachel Martin has the story.

Booze Restores Vigor, 9 Of 10 Charlatans Agree

In the old days, a case of the nerves, constipation or a general lack of vitality could lead someone to try a patent medicine. Though filled with sketchy ingredients, the old remedies may have worked sometimes, too.

TED Radio Hour: The Hackers

What if there were a way to hack into your brain and make your life better?Neurosurgeon Andres Lozano is doing just that. He told TED Radio Hour host Guy Raz how.

When Power Goes To Your Head, It May Shut Out Your Heart

If your boss is a jerk, there might be a scientific reason for it. A new study suggests feeling powerful dampens the part of the brain that helps us connect with others.

Wine Waste Finds Sweet Afterlife In Baked Goods

The mushy pile of seeds, skins and stems left over after grapes are pressed used to be one of winemaking's biggest sustainability problems. But instead of heading to the dump, these days, some grape pomace is being reborn in a host of ways, including a nutrient-packed flour substitute.

Look For Shooting Stars During This Weekend's Perseid Peak

With a new moon and dark skies, the best meteor shower of the year should be a good show Sunday and Monday nights if the weather cooperates.

Old Hawaiian Menus Tell Story Of Local Fish And Their Demise

An ecologist wondered if Hawaiian menus might help explain what happened to Hawaii's sea turtle population. But the menus revealed another marine tragedy: that local fish numbers had dropped to about a tenth of what they once were.

Why Aren't More Girls Attracted To Physics?

Even as the gender divide in some areas of science has diminished, a stubborn gap has persisted in high school physics. A new study finds that girls are more likely to take physics if they see women in their communities working in science, technology, engineering and math.

Experimental Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise In Early Trial

In a preliminary study, a new type of vaccine offers strong protection against malaria when given at high doses. The study was extremely small and short-term. But health leaders say they are cautiously optimistic about the approach.

Swinging CO2 Levels Show The Earth Is 'Breathing' More Deeply

Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere cycle up and down as plants take it up in the summer and let some of it out in the winter. Over the past 50 years, these "breaths" have gotten larger, as plants in the Arctic are taking up more carbon dioxide during the warmer summers.