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Designing A Bridge For Earthquake Country

Scientists estimate a more than 60 percent chance of a major earthquake hitting the San Francisco Bay Area within 30 years. Marwan Nader, lead design engineer for the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, discusses features that give the bridge the flexibility to withstand the 'Big One.'
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Exploring The Deepest, Darkest Spots On Earth

Very few people will ever visit the ocean's depths. This hour, Ira Flatow talks with a few who have, like divers Sylvia Earle and John McCosker, who've discovered flashing fish and spotted sharks in the deep. And filmmaker James Cameron joins to discuss his dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench.
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Dutch Government Set To Reconsider Restrictions On Bird Flu Study

The conflict over publishing controversial bird flu research may come to a head next Monday, as the Dutch government meets to consider whether it should lift controls that have kept a scientist from openly discussing his work with the deadly virus.
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How Movie Makers Use Science To Make Magic

From the muscle-bound dad in The Incredibles, to the dinosaurs running wild in Jurassic Park, to Brad Pitt aging backward as Benjamin Button, Ira Flatow and guests look at the evolving technology used to create characters and visual effects on the silver screen.
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Rewash That Pre-Washed Bag Of Lettuce? Don't Bother (Probably)

Some listeners took issue with our off-the-cuff recommendation that they rewash already washed lettuce on All Things Considered yesterday. Today correspondent Dan Charles explains why there's not really a right answer.
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Discovery Lands At The Smithsonian

Space shuttle Discovery has officially arrived at its new home at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

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Government Takeover Of Farm Subsidy Would Save Billions, Economist Says

Crop insurance is a sticky issue in the debate over the shape of the farm bill this year. But what if a simplified version of the program could save taxpayers billions of dollars? One economist says it could.
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Your Salad: A Search For Where The Wild Things Were

Tracing the source of contamination in fresh foods grown in the ground is hard work, and companies spend a lot of money trying to keep Salmonella and other bugs out while allowing nature to run its course. But it's not easy.

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