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The Algae Is Coming, But Its Impact Is Felt Far From Water

From China's Yellow Sea to the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, agricultural waste in the water system is fueling spectacular algae blooms. The masses of slime cause dead zones in the water and major losses in tourism revenue in affected towns. But the algae fight doesn't begin at the water's edge; it starts in the fields and pastures.
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An Engineer Beats The Physics Of Traffic

William Beaty, an electrical engineer, has come up with a "traffic fluid dynamics" theory to explain traffic jams, and tells host Rachel Martin how drivers can help smooth out the waves of traffic flow.
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With Ice Cubes, The Larger The Better

Dan Pashman of the Sporkful podcast is worried that you may not be thinking enough about the ice in your drink. Bad ice could leave your drink warm and watery. He tells host Rachel Martin how to fix the problem.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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