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Hole Or Whole, Why Can Our Brains Hear The Difference?

Late summer tends to be a slow month for news. But at All Things Considered, we put on a two hour program, no matter what. So — without a trace of irony — one of our science correspondents offered to help fill some holes in the show with a series of stories about holes. Today he looks at how the brain copes with the ambiguity of "the hole idea," and "the whole idea."
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Sophisticated Prosthetics Help Liberate Disabled Adventurers

New technology is revolutionizing disabled peoples' ability to have the kind of outdoor adventures many had before losing functionality in their limbs. Amputees and people with spinal cord injuries are now off-road hand cycling, rock climbing and whitewater kayaking. Companies making innovative new gear describe cool recent innovations and challenges they're still working on. Disabled adventurers experienced and new to the scene talk about liberation through technology.
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Turning Off The Spigot In Western Kansas Farmland

If Kansas farmers keep pumping water out of the High Plains aquifer as they have in the past, the amount of water they can extract will start to fall in just 10 years or so, scientists predict. That will cause big changes in the agricultural economy. But reducing water use now could help delay and ease that disruption.
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Beachgoers In Spain Face Invasion Of Jellyfish

Known for its sparkling turquoise waters and white sand, Spain's Mediterranean beaches are developing a new reputation — for a growing number of jellyfish. Scientists blame overfishing and, possibly, climate change for the spike in stinging invertebrates.
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Battling Wildfires In The West

Thousands of firefighters are struggling to control a giant wildfire threatening Yosemite National Park and San Francisco's water supply.

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Far Out: Voyager 1 Might Be Over The Edge, Into Deep Space

For the past decade, scientists have been waiting for the Voyager 1 spacecraft to cross into deep space. New research suggests it has left the solar system, but other scientists say it's still inside the sun's sphere of influence. (This piece initially aired Aug. 19, 2013, on Morning Edition.)
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Tons Of Molten Glass Go Into Making Mirror For Giant Telescope

One of seven large mirrors for the 72-foot telescope will be spun cast at the University of Arizona on Saturday.
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On A Rocky Maine Island, Puffins Making A Tenuous Comeback

The windswept island about 6 miles off the coast was a haven for a hugely diverse bird population until fishermen decimated the birds' ranks. Puffins have been successfully reintroduced to Eastern Egg Rock, but warming ocean waters may be threatening their ability to survive. (This piece initially aired August 21, 2013 on All Things Considered.)
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Can The World Engineer A Cooler Climate?

A draft of the upcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report leaked this week, sparking a renewed interest in climate change. One of the debates is over geoengineering, large-scale manipulation of the climate by humans to reduce warming. Host Scott Simon talks with author Jeff Goodell about the future of and controversy surrounding geoengineering.
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The 'Consensus' View: Kevin Trenberth's Take On Climate Change

Climate skeptics point to 15 years of no warming trend as a reason to doubt global warming. But Kevin Trenberth at the National Center for Atmospheric Research can explain a good bit of that temperature plateau — and he argues the Earth has continued to warm appreciably, even though our thin blanket of atmosphere hasn't.

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