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Is It Too Late To Defuse The Danger Of Megafires?

Millions of acres of forest in the Southwest are overgrown — and ripe to ignite as climate change intensifies drought and heat. Selective thinning and other efforts aim to reduce the risk of catastrophic fires, but those efforts may not be enough to overcome ever-bigger, ever-hotter fires.
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Failure Of Lilly Drug Is Latest Alzheimer's Setback

It's the latest setback in a field marked by failure. Earlier this month, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson said they were dropping development of a similar experimental drug after big clinical studies showed it wasn't working.
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David Eagleman Gets Inside Our Heads

In his book Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain neuroscientist David Eagleman says "most of what we do and think and feel is not under our conscious control." Eagleman discusses the book, and his latest research on the possible link between time perception and schizophrenia.
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Curiosity Rover Zaps A Rock, Starts To Roll

Not long after touchdown, the Curiosity rover tested its ChemCam instrument by blasting a nearby rock with a laser. Now it's rolling toward Glenelg, a rocky area in the Gale Crater, to do more zapping and some drilling. Mars Science Lab deputy project manager Richard Cook talks about what the rover might find.
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'Carbon Nation' Tackles Climate Change, By Ignoring It

The documentary film 'Carbon Nation' aims to get viewers to make more climate-friendly energy choices but director Peter Blyck says he isn't trying to change anyone's views on climate change. Byck discusses the film, and his "common sense" approach to curbing CO2 emissions.
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Mapping The Birthplace Of Modern Languages

Reporting in Science, researchers write that many of today's most widely spoken languages, like English, Spanish and Hindi, can be traced back to ancient tongues in present-day Turkey. Evolutionary biologist Quentin Atkinson talks about investigating language evolution using the same methods geneticists use to trace flu virus outbreaks.
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Tree Rings Tell Tales Of Ancient Fires And Climate

Tom Swetnam says tree rings tell the tale of how climate, fire and people interacted hundreds and thousands of years ago. Today that interaction continues, and Swetnam says climate change is causing earlier snowmelt--which can lead to bigger, hotter blazes. Brett Fay joins to talk about predicting the movements of a wildfire.
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James McClintock: "Lost Antarctica"

Giant predatory worms, 50-foot algae, sea spiders and leopard seals are some of the creatures living between the ice and snow of Antarctica. A leading expert on Antarctica explains what's in this fragile ecosystem and why it's under attack.

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