August 17, 2016 by Contributor in Archived
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Short Answers To Big Questions: The Power Of Earth's Magnetic Field

All Things Considered asked listeners to ask our resident astrophysicist big questions, so we can give you short answers. Today we explore magnetic fields and explain why they are so powerful on Earth. Transcript ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Sometimes it’s great to have an astrophysicist at your fingertips. You know what

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August 17, 2016 by Contributor in Archived
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How To Catch The Biggest Wave In The Universe

The Laser Interferometer Gravity-Wave Observatory looks for tiny changes in the length of the structure’s 2.5-mile-long arms. There are two detectors: one in Washington and one in Louisiana (pictured). This photo was taken before severe flooding that has deluged a large part of the state, including where the observatory is

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August 17, 2016 by Contributor in Archived
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What Does It Take To Map A Walrus Hangout? 160 Years And A Lot Of Help

A USGS wildlife biologist works with walruses resting on shore near Point Lay, Alaska. Large haulouts at Point Lay in recent years are unusual in terms of their timing, location and number, the Fish and Wildlife Service says, and are probably tied to global climate change and decreasing sea ice.

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August 17, 2016 by Contributor in Archived
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'Roaring Wind' Examines Extreme Weather, And The Power Of Air

Biologist Bill Streever sailed from Texas to Guatemala while doing research for his new book, And Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind. He says the wind was working against him “most of the time.” Transcript TERRY GROSS, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. I’m Terry Gross. We’re going to talk about

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August 17, 2016 by Contributor in Archived
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White House Announces New Fuel Efficiency Standards For Trucks, Buses

The Obama administration has announced new fuel efficiency standards for trucks and buses. Transcript AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: The Obama administration has adopted tough new fuel efficiency rules for large trucks. Manufacturers will have to reduce carbon emissions from big rigs, tractors, garbage trucks and buses. From member station WHYY in

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August 08, 2016 by Contributor in Archived
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Athletes Go For Gold With Red Spots Blazing

Michael Phelps shows signs of cupping on his way to another gold medal in Rio de Janeiro. Al Bello/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Al Bello/Getty Images Swimmer Michael Phelps won Olympic gold again Sunday while covered in red — red spots, roughly medal-size, all over his shoulders and back.

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