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Weekly Innovation: Better Luggage Checking ... And Tracking

Air France and KLM have developed two gadgets — the eTrack and the eTag — that let you drop off your bag without checking it with an agent and track it during your trip.

Morning Edition

A T. Rex Treks To Washington For A Shot At Fame

The Smithsonian is set to unpack something it's never had before: a rare, nearly complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. It's a gift from a Montana museum that says this T. rex deserves to be famous.

All Things Considered

Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed

Benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the U.S. Patients and addicts often mix them with prescription painkillers — sometimes to deadly effect.

All Things Considered

Yearly Homecoming Makes For A Springtime Fish Frenzy

Each April, the shad come back to the Delaware River to spawn, and thousands of anglers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania eagerly await them. Celebrating their annual return is a local spring tradition.

Saturn Might Have A New Baby Moon Named Peggy

The Cassini spacecraft spotted a disturbance in the sixth planet's outermost main ring that is thought to be caused by a tiny moon.

Giant South American Bird On The Run In The U.K.

The bird, which newspapers say stands 6 feet, can run 40 mph and is "capable of disemboweling a human," escaped last month from a farm in Hertfordshire after apparently being spooked by a local hunt.

Apple Upgrade Tracks Customers Even When Marketing Apps Are Off

Apple's Bluetooth-based customer tracking system, iBeacon, just got better, if you ask marketers. But privacy researchers aren't so sure.

Can It Be? Parrots Name Their Children, And Those Names, Like Ours, Stick For Life

"Oh Romeo, oh Romeo," cried Juliet. Being human, she and her boyfriend had names. Is there any other animal that does this? Has names for each other? Oddly enough, yes!

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Teen Sexting Not So Bad?

Many parents probably hope their teens will never share explicit cellphone messages or photos. But some researchers and parents now say sexting might just be a normal part of teen development.

Morning Edition

Voodoo Dolls Prove It: Hunger Makes Couples Turn On Each Other

To see if low blood sugar sours even good relationships, scientists used an unusual tool: voodoo dolls representing spouses. As hunger levels rose, so did the number of pins.

‘Blood Moon’ Begins Series Of Lunar Eclipses

April 14, 2014
Path of the Moon through Earth's umbral and penumbral shadows during the Total Lunar Eclipse of April 15, 2014. (Fred Espenak via NASA.gov)

Stargazers are in for a treat if they’re willing to stay up late tonight. A rare lunar eclipse will begin around 2 a.m. Eastern time.

Climate Change Countdown

April 14, 2014
Activists of the international environmentalist organization Greenpeace pose with posters in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, April 13, 2014, to support clean energy. After a one week meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Berlin the final document which was  released on Sunday said that a global shift to renewable energy from fossil fuels like oil and coal are required to avoid potentially devastating sea level rise, flooding, droughts and other impacts of warming. (AP)

An urgent call to act on climate. A top UN panel says we have just 15 years to avoid calamity.

Seeking A Sweet Maple Syrup Harvest In New Hampshire

April 10, 2014
The woods on the Bascom Maple Farms property in autumn -- before the sugar season starts.

Harvesting syrup from maple trees is one of the nation’s oldest agricultural traditions. And these days, it’s big business. But global warming is causing unease among local growers.

Eco-Friendly Funerals And Death In America Today

April 10, 2014
In this September of 2013 photo released by the University of Michigan Health System, families lay flowers on a casket containing donors’ cremated remains at the University of Michigan Medical School’s annual memorial service in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP)

New trends in eco-friendly funerals and burials—how they reflect how we’re dealing with death.

Professor Says Papyrus Fragment Raises Important Questions About Early Christianity

April 10, 2014
New testing finds that this piece of papyrus, which refers to Jesus speaking of a wife, is very likely an ancient document. (Harvard University, Karen King/AP)

BOSTON — Professor Karen King joins WBUR’s Morning Edition to discuss the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife — a fragment of papyrus that refers to Jesus speaking of a wife. Researchers at Harvard, MIT and Columbia have concluded that the fragment is very likely an ancient document from the 8th century.

Lemurs Leap Onto The Big Screen In New Documentary

April 9, 2014
A new documentary film out in IMAX theaters introduces us to the world of lemurs. (Warner Bros./IMAX)

The tree-dwelling primates are one of our closest ancestors. We talk with the primatologist and screenwriter behind the IMAX film.

Researchers Experiment With Algae-Based Biofuel

April 9, 2014
Algae can be processed into any liquid fuel product around, like kerosene and diesel. (Stina Sieg/KJZZ)

The military and energy companies have already experimented with algae-based biofuel. But it has yet to be brought to the masses.

Experimental Paralysis Treatment Hailed As ‘Groundbreaking’

April 8, 2014
From left, Andrew Meas, Dustin Shillcox, Kent Stephenson and Rob Summers, who are the first four to undergo task-specific training with epidural stimulation at the Human Locomotion Research Center laboratory, Frazier Rehab Institute, as part of the University of Louisville's Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center in Louisville, Kentucky. (University of Louisville)

Four paralyzed men who underwent the experimental treatment involving electric current were able to make some voluntary movements.

On Perception (And Pancakes): How The Brain Keeps Vision Stable

April 8, 2014
(diditalbob8/flickr)

Scientists have discovered a brain mechanism that smooths our field of vision so that we don’t notice certain subtle visual changes — such as a croissant becoming a pancake in an otherwise identical scene.

MGH Addiction Specialist Defends 12-Step Programs

April 7, 2014
A man holds a chip AA members receive to mark sobriety. (Bernardo Fuller/Flickr)

Last week, Radio Boston featured an interview with the author of “The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry.” MGH addiction recovery specialist, Dr John Kelly, joins us to respond.

Earthquake Fear Rises In California

April 4, 2014
A picture taken on January 19, 1994 in Los Angeles shows a bulldozer tearing down a section of the Santa Monica Freeway that collapsed during the massive Northridge earthquake. A huge earthquake this week in Chile and two minor quakes in California are raising concerns if California is prepared in the even of another major earthquake.(Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Two small quakes in California and a massive one in Chile are raising concerns about whether California is prepared.

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