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Your Choice In Utensils Can Change How Food Tastes

Cutlery, dishes and other inedible accoutrements to a meal can alter our perceptions of taste, according to researchers. And it might be more about our brains than our tongues.

Shuttle Atlantis Lands For Good At Kennedy Space Center

After traveling 125 million miles in orbit, the shuttle is now on display about 10 miles from where it launched and landed on its final mission just under two years ago.

Obama: U.S. Should Lead Assault on Climate Change

This week President Obama announced his plan to tackle climate change, including proposals to regulate gas and coal emissions, and brace the nation for rising seas. David Roberts, who covers energy and climate change for, talks about what to expect from the plan — and how much the president can accomplish without the help of Congress.
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Mark Tercek: "Nature's Fortune"

Kojo chats with Mark Tercek, president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy, about the areas where he believes the interests of the environmental movement overlap with those of "Corporate America."


Aiming For 'Wild and Crazy' Energy Ideas

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, backs energy technologies that are too risky for investors, but offer a potentially huge payoff — if they work. The agency has gambled on flywheels, compressed air energy storage, lithium-air batteries, even wind-energy kites.

Put Down Oil Drill, Pick Up The Test Tube: Making Fuel From Yeast

Synthetic biologist Jay Keasling has already taught yeast to make the leading anti-malarial drug. His next project takes the technology a step further, using yeast to turn plant waste into diesel — and maybe gasoline and jet fuel, too.

Tips For Surviving A Mega-Disaster

NASA has a plan to fend off giant asteroids, but what about tsunamis, earthquakes, storms that last 45 days and mammoth floods? Earth scientists say science-based strategies can help communities prepare for the worst of the worst.

Economists Have A One-Page Solution To Climate Change

Tax fossil fuels in proportion to the amount of carbon they release. That's it; that's the whole plan.

A Look At The Nastiest And Cleanest U.S. Beaches

The Natural Resources Defense Council released its annual beach report card, detailing the levels of bacteria measured at beaches across the nation. Several beaches on the East Coast get gold stars..


As People Head Into Space, PayPal Says It Will Follow Them

Many people know how to buy things in cyberspace. But what about doing business in outer space? That's the question PayPal wants to answer. Citing the looming era of space tourism, the company is starting the Galactic project with the SETI Institute, to "make universal space payments a reality."