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Colorectal Cancer Cases Are Dropping — Except Among Young Adults

The number of Americans getting and dying from colorectal cancer has been dropping steadily except for one group — younger adults.

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Shrinking Sea Ice Could Put Polar Bears In Grave Peril By 2100

A new study looks at the future of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and finds that by the end of this century, the region might be ice-free for 2 to 5 months, something that puts bears in grave peril.

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Lower Ozone Standard Would Raise The Compliance Bar For Business

Public health groups say lower levels will benefit people who suffer from asthma or other respiratory illnesses. Business groups say it's another expensive hoop to jump through.

Those Phone-Obsessed Teenagers Aren't As Lonely As You Think

Teenagers may not need as much face-to-face interaction as earlier generations to feel connected. And that may explain why a study finds they're not feeling as lonely, either.

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Ebola Is Changing Course In Liberia. Will The U.S. Military Adapt?

The U.S. had planned to build 17 treatment units across Liberia, one in each county's major town. Now that more cases are appearing in remote areas, the Army may need to rethink its strategy.

Is Digital Learning More Cost-Effective? Maybe Not

Digital learning initiatives are spreading to schools across the country, but new research raises doubts about how well they work.

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How Can Vultures Eat Rotten Roadkill And Survive?

Vultures consume toxic bacteria that would sicken or kill humans. Stouter immune systems, colonies of helpful microbes and potent stomach acid may help the carrion eaters gorge with abandon.

Morning Edition

New Bird Species Sings Sweetly In Sulawesi

Birds are one of the most widely studied forms of life on the planet. And, there are still new species out there to discover — as one young researcher found recently in a forest in Indonesia.

Morning Edition

As Ebola Pingpongs In Liberia, Cases Disappear Into The Jungle

A woman is thought to be spreading Ebola in a remote village. So health workers spend four hours trekking through the bush to track her down. By the time they make it, it's too late.

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'Queen Of Carbon' Among Medal Of Freedom Honorees

Audie Cornish speaks with Mildred Dresselhaus about receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work in physics. The 84-year-old is a professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at MIT.

The Rise Of Robots In Our Everyday Lives

November 28, 2014
Kaname Hayashi, a project leader of Humanoid Robots "Pepper," talks with the robot at SoftBank Mobile shop in Tokyo, Friday, June 6, 2014. The cooing, gesturing humanoid on wheels that can decipher emotions has been unveiled in Japan by billionaire Masayoshi Son who says robots should be tender and make people smile. (AP)

Robot love, robot work, “killer robots” – we get the latest on robots moving deeper into life.

The Hard And Soft Rules Of Apple Cider

November 27, 2014
On Point host Tom Ashbrook raises a toast with a glass of fresh apple cider in the On Point studios. (Jesse Costa / WBUR)

All about hard cider. It’s all over these days. And sweet, fresh apple cider, too. We’ll look at the history and comeback.

Aristotle And The Invention Of Science

November 26, 2014
A 1597 map of Lesbos / Mytilene, Greece by Giacomo Franco. (Flickr / Creative Commons)

How Aristotle invented science. The great ancient Greek, and life on Earth.

This Thanksgiving, I’m Thankful For The Atlantic Cod

November 26, 2014
Janna Malamud Smith: To save the Atlantic cod, if it’s not already too late, we will need to make good decisions rather soon. Pictured: In 1936, codfish are salted before drying in Vinalhaven, Maine. (rich701/flickr)

To save Atlantic codfish, if it’s not already too late, we will need to make good decisions rather soon.

Doctor: Hard-To-Abuse Painkillers Won’t Fix Overdose Crisis

November 24, 2014
This product image provided by Purdue Pharma shows Hysingla, the first hard-to-abuse version of the painkiller hydrocodone. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 approved Hysingla, a once-a-day tablet for patients with severe, round-the-clock pain that cannot be managed with other treatments. (AP Photo/Purdue Pharma)

There’s a question of whether the new technology of addictive painkillers will help stem the epidemic or help fuel it.

President Obama’s Climate Deal Doesn’t Go Far Enough

November 19, 2014
Jon D. Lee: Climate reform needs to start now, and it needs to start everywhere. Pictured: A coal-fired plant in Juliette, Ga. (John Amis/flickr)

Mitch McConnell is right. Sixteen years is too long to wait for change.

This Is Your Brain On A Bike

November 17, 2014
The MindRider helmet is designed to track the cyclists's mind performance while riding. (MindRider/Facebook)

If you’re an avid cyclist, you may already track your miles and calories. But have you ever imagined trying to track your state of mind?

The Economics Of Keystone XL

November 17, 2014
Some of more than 350 miles of pipe awaiting shipment for the Keystone XL oil pipeline is stored at Welspun Tubular, in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP)

The Keystone Pipeline is closer than ever to being built. We look at the politics and the economics of Keystone.

Why It Matters That The World’s Two Biggest Polluters Forged A Climate Accord

November 17, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping drink a toast at a lunch banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014.  The United States and China pledged Wednesday to take ambitious action to limit greenhouse gases, aiming to inject fresh momentum into the global fight against climate change ahead of high-stakes climate negotiations next year. (Greg Baker/ AP)

The fact that the U. S. and China, the world’s two largest carbon emitters, have forged a climate accord will be a game changer at the U. N. Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015.

Neil deGrasse Tyson On The Joy of Science

November 14, 2014
Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks at the Hart Recreational Center at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester on Thursday night. (Dan Vaillancourt/College of the Holy Cross)

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson loves science, and he wants the rest of us to love it as much as he does.

What Chemicals Are Going Down The Fracking Well?

November 14, 2014
A worker checks a dipstick at an Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. hydraulic fracturing operation at a gas drilling site outside Rifle, Colorado. (AP)

Despite one company’s decision to disclose what chemicals it uses in fracking, others in the oil and gas industry are less willing.

Camera Used In Space Missions Sold For $275,000

November 14, 2014
This September 2014 photo released by RR Auction of Boston, shows the Hasselblad camera body and Zeiss lens carried into orbit onboard NASA's Mercury-Atlas 8 mission in 1962 where it was used by astronaut Wally Schirra, and again on Mercury-Atlas 9 in 1963 where it was used by astronaut Gordon Cooper. (Courtesy RR Auction)

The first Hasselblad camera body and Zeiss lens taken into space more than a half-century ago has been sold at auction for $275,000.

Worcester Polytech Inaugurates Its First Female President

November 14, 2014
Visitors line up to take their photo inside a space suit exhibit during the Worcester Polytechnic Institute "TouchTomorrow" education and outreach event in June 2012. (NASA HQ PHOTO/Flickr)

A self-described space nerd, Laurie Leshin is a space scientist who’s had academic posts and a gig at NASA.

Winter Is (Still) Coming

November 14, 2014
Cole Baldock works to clear snow , Wednesday morning, Nov. 12, 2014, in Denver. A powerful storm made up of the remnants of Typhoon Nuri moved into the intermountain West on Monday and has settled across the central part of the country, plunging temperatures below zero in some locations and dropping a light snow that has snarled traffic. (AP)

Winter is coming. The Polar Vortex, the Omega Block, and forecasting just how cold it will get.

Week In The News: Obama In Asia, Net Neutrality, Lame Duck Congress In Action

November 14, 2014
The picture released by the European Space Agency ESA on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 was taken by the ROLIS instrument on Rosetta's Philae lander during descent from a distance of approximately 3 km from the 4-kilometer-wide (2.5-mile-wide) 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet. (AP)

US-China climate pledge. Keystone and the lame duck congress. A comet landing. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Novelist William Gibson, Out With A New Sci-Fi Novel

November 13, 2014
Abandoned barn Sci-fi edit. (rollingsmoke/Flickr)

Gibson visits Radio Boston’s studio to talk about his new book, The Peripheral, and to reflect on the past, present and future.

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