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Meter small

Current Event July 25, 2014

Getting It Right: The Story of How Scientists Measured a Meter


The United States is one of only a handful of countries that doesn't use the metric system. Most of the world calculates distances in meters. The creation of the meter in 1792 was based on the need to agree on a uniform system of measurement. But the first time scientists tried to determine the length of a meter, they made some mistakes. Listen to this public radio story to learn why accuracy is necessary.

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Mers virus

Current Event July 23, 2014

CDC Loses Track of Contagious Viruses, Increases Focus on Lab Safety

Life Science

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently lost track of dangerous samples of anthrax and the flu. Investigation into lab safety shows a breach of protocol, especially since scientists continue to experiment with more dangerous types of viruses. Listen to this public radio story to learn why lab safety is important.

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Current Event July 10, 2014

Companies Walk "Thin" Line Between Encouraging Healthy Behavior and Interfering


As healthcare costs rise and obesity becomes a national problem, companies look for innovative ways to encourage employees to stay thin and healthy at work. But some have gone overboard and employees complain they are interfering with their freedoms. Listen to this public radio story to learn what compares are doing to try to control their health care costs.

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Space thief

Current Event May 8, 2014

Space Thief

Earth and Space Science Engineering Space Systems

An American scientist was able to beat other countries to reach a comet first by “stealing” another scientist’s space craft. 31 years later, he’s on a mission to restore it to its original mission.

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Salmon migration affeted by drought

Current Event April 1, 2014

Salmon Migration Affected by Drought

Life Science Earth and Space Science Environment

The severe drought in California has affected the usual salmon migration. Typically the fish swim 270 miles from fresh water in Northern California to the Pacific Ocean. But because of low water levels, California hatcheries are ensuring their migration by transporting them in climate-controlled trucks to the ocean.

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Current Event February 13, 2018

A Tiger’s Roar Tells Us A Lot

Animals KERA Sound

You can tell a lot from a tiger’s roar. A researcher in Texas is using the sound of tigers’ vocalizations to track and protect them in national parks and in the wild around the world. By monitoring tigers acoustically, researchers can track their location and know whether a tiger is a male or female, its weight, and other characteristics. Listen to learn why this project is helping tigers in captivity and in the wild.

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Cells role in cancer

Science Middle School

Preventing Cancer at a Cellular Level

Life Science Health Genetics Human body Cells

More money is spent on treating cancer than preventing it within the United States. However, scientists are getting closer to finding out if cell growth within our bodies promotes already existing cancer. Scientists are examining microscopic cells to test if certain spices and foods affect the reduction of cell growth. Listen to learn about the budget behind cancer research and how human behavior can increase the chance of cancer.

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Science High School

Da Vinci and Patterns of Tree Branches

Life Science

Trees can stand up to 100-mile an hour winds during strong hurricanes. Why do some trees survive and others don’t? The answer may be in a mathematical pattern in tree growth—first observed by Leonardo da Vinci. The rule states that smaller tree branches have a precise, mathematical relationship to the branch they came from. A scientist that is studying how air flows around objects is also studying this pattern in tree branches and looking for an explanation. Listen to hear more about these observations about trees and mathematics in nature.

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Hubble telescope celebrates 24 years in space

Current Event April 3, 2014

Hubble Telescope Celebrates 24 Years in Space

Earth and Space Science Engineering Space Systems

The Hubble Telescope has been transmitting data from space for 24 years. It has endured several changes in U.S. Presidents and it will continue to stay in space until at least 2020. What have we learned from the Hubble Telescope over the last two decades?

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Current Event April 9, 2014

Chemo Makes Food Distasteful

Health Engineering

Chemotherapy has been known to make patients nauseous. The science behind the nausea shows that the medicine does affect the taste cells. But doctors have found alternative methods for patients to “taste” during chemotherapy.

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Animal smuggling

Current Event April 11, 2014

Animal Smuggling

Life Science Animals

The illegal animal smuggling trade is right behind drugs and weapons smuggling because there is a large market actively seeking exotic, illegal animals. Smugglers have found many creative ways to sneak animals in, from stuffing them in pant legs to tires.

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Childrens author

Current Event May 28, 2014

Children’s Author Gets Kids Excited about History by Making it Gross

Life Science Health

A children’s book author decided the best way to get kids excited about is to tell stories through the lens of history’s grossest events. Mosquitos and bugs that carry illnesses such as yellow fever play a prominent role in her stories. Listen to this audio story and ask your students how they feel about “gross history.”

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Should we keep or kill the last vile of smallpox

Current Event May 20, 2014

Should We Keep or Kill the Last Vials of Smallpox?

Civics/Government Life Science Health

The disease smallpox was successfully eliminated in 1977, but two research facilities still hold the last samples of the smallpox virus. The World Health Organization is going to vote soon on the future of the smallpox samples. Should we keep the virus to study it or completely destroy it because it could get into the wrong hands? Listen to this story and discuss.

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Climate change to stay

Current Event May 12, 2014

Climate Change to Stay

Earth and Space Science Climate Change

A recent report by the U.S. government shows the most definitive evidence so far that climate change is happening and it’s being driven by people. Extreme weather and rising sea levels are just some of the consequences. Communities are trying to build preventative infrastructure, but it is costly.

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Climate change makes food grow fewer nutrients

Current Event May 16, 2014

Climate Change Makes Food Grow Fewer Nutrients

Climate Change Nutrition

Climate change will not only create extreme weather, but scientists have found that areas with more carbon dioxide grow less healthy crops. Although these crops are much larger in size, they lack nutrients such as zinc and iron. Listen to these findings on the long-term impact of CO2 on crops.

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Could collecting animals for science be hurting some endangered species

Current Event June 23, 2014

Could Collecting Animals for Science be Hurting Some Endangered Species?

Life Science

A new research article has ruffled the feathers of some scientists. The study questions whether it’s damaging endangered populations of birds and other species to collect them for scientific study. Many scientists see the collection of rare animals as a way to discover diseases and understand the past, while some ethicists see collection as a threat to small endangered animal populations. Listen to this audio story to learn more.

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Choosing vaccinations

Current Event May 2, 2014

Choosing Vaccinations

Health Engineering

A rising number of parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children due to a variety of reasons. Doctors are alarmed at this rise of unvaccinated children, which may be connected to a series of measles cases.

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Animal manure causes water pollution

Current Event January 6, 2014

Animal Manure Causes Water Pollution

Life Science Environment

Animal manure creates the necessary nutrients, phosphorous and nitrogen, to help plants grow. However, water sources surrounding animal farms are also heavily polluted, mainly due to phosphorous in the water beds. Find out how farmers are trying to be economic about the environment.

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Effect of overpopulation determined by debt

Current Event January 3, 2014

Effect of Overpopulation Determined by Bet

Life Science Mathematics

There are over 7 billion people on Earth today, double the population 45 years ago. A famous bet was made between an economist and biologist to determine if a world at risk of overpopulation will adapt and survive. Listen to this story with students to learn the results.

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Paleo diet cavities

Current Event January 15, 2014

Paleo Diet Cavities

Health Ancient Civilization Nutrition

The remains of hunter-gatherers were found in a cave dating back 12,000 to 15,000 years ago. These people did not grow food, but rather, foraged for it. What interests scientists is that the hunter-gatherers were found with cavities, despite the “paleo diet.” Listen to this story to learn the culprit of cavities.

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