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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Jinxes Houston Astros With Premature Tweet

Superstitious Houston Astro fans can blame Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for their team's collapse Monday in the American League Division Series.

Morning Edition

Study May Ease Drinking Water Worries About Fracking

A new study of drinking water in areas where fracking is used to extract natural gas found that contamination is not common and it probably did not come from deep underground.

Morning Edition

Experiment Tests If Teacher-Student Relationship Helps Performance

A study measured the performance of kindergartners who either had close or distant relationships with their teachers. It found that students reminded of close relationships solved problems faster.

In The Classroom, Common Ground Can Transform GPAs

The Hidden Brain podcast explores the connections between students and teachers. It turns out finding things in common between pupils and instructors could be a tool for closing the achievement gap.

Morning Edition

Workers Are Tearing Down Tokyo's Hotel Okura, And History's Going With It

The landmark Hotel Okura's design didn't meet the need for more rooms for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Now, an icon of Japanese mid-century modern architecture will disappear.

Weekend Edition Sunday

The Bacterial Cloud We All Carry Could Be As Unique As A Fingerprint

Scientists have discovered that everyone emits their own "microbiome cloud," a plume of the microbes we all carry around in and on our bodies.

For International Day Of The Girl, A Battle Of The Hashtags

Do a quick search of #DayoftheGirl and you'll find dozens of related hashtag campaigns. Does that help further the cause or water down the message?

This Week In Data Collection News, And The Privacy Paradox

As California tightened its digital privacy protections, news involving Google, Pandora and other firms highlighted the way companies increasingly rely on data about their users. How much do we care?

Weekend Edition Saturday

Abandoned, But No Wasteland: Chernobyl Offers Animals Room To Thrive

Nearly 30 years after a catastrophic nuclear meltdown, something interesting is happening in Chernobyl: In an environment long abandoned — and deemed unsafe — by humans, wildlife is flourishing.

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Volkswagen Faces Uphill Battle In Repairing Tarnished Reputation

Volkswagen faces two enormous repair jobs: fixing its polluting diesel cars and its battered reputation. Both may be much harder to fix than anything other scandal-plagued car companies have faced.

Climate Change And The Next Genocide

October 13, 2015
The bare landscape of Crimea, Ukraine, offers little protection in warfare, and German infantrymen hug the ground to escape enemy fire, Jan. 7, 1942.  (AP)

We’ll talk with historian Tim Snyder, who sees resource wars behind past genocides and says climate change now raises the danger again.

A New Way to Prevent Lyme Disease?

October 12, 2015
A deer tick under a microscope at the University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown, R.I.  (AP Photo/Victoria Arocho, File)

Massachusetts is one of the top states in the country for Lyme Disease. Now, researchers are developing a new treatment that could prevent it altogether.

Electricity Treatment Offers Hope To Brain Cancer Patients

October 9, 2015

For the first time in more than a decade, there’s a new treatment for patients with a common and deadly form of brain cancer.

What Chinese Scientist’s Nobel Win Says About Science In China

October 9, 2015
Tu Youyou, the first Chinese woman to win a Nobel prize for medicine, attends a symposium organized by China's National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) and other departments in Beijing on October 8, 2015. Tu said she was "not really surprised" to be recognized after a remarkable career, which saw her team test a breakthrough malaria drug on themselves during the chaos of the Cultural Revolution. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Tu Youyou has became the first Chinese Nobel laureate in natural science, but she’s not part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Week In The News: Kunduz Bombing, TPP Politics, South Carolina Floods

October 9, 2015
A manhole begins to spill over with floodwaters as high tide approaches at Dorchester Road at Sawmill Branch Canal in Summerville, S.C., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.  (AP)

Russia goes big in Syria. The US hits a hospital in Kunduz. Hillary flips on the TPP. An epic flood in South Carolina. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

NOAA: Global Bleaching Event Threatens World’s Coral Reefs

October 8, 2015
Alice Lawrence, a marine biologist, assesses the bleaching at Airport Reef in American Samoa in February 2015. (XL Catlin Seaview Survey)

It’s only the third time in history that we’ve seen such an event, and it’s potentially disastrous for the world’s oceans.

Could 'The Martian' Fix The Dysfunction Of Washington Politics?

October 8, 2015
The space adventure book-turned-movie offers a valuable lesson in how politics and public policy should be conducted: as a shared endeavor aimed at problem solving. (Courtesy 20th Century Fox)

The space adventure book-turned-movie offers a valuable lesson in how politics and public policy should be conducted: as a shared endeavor aimed at problem solving.

A Tribe Called Us: E.O. Wilson On Human Evolution

October 7, 2015
Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist E.O. Wilson

“Group selection, or the intense competition between groups helped develop the best angels of our nature,” says Edward O. Wilson. “Our ability to form alliances, show mercy, compassion, risking our lives for someone not related, the best qualities.”

Nobel Highlights Key Role Of DNA Repair

October 7, 2015
Professor Sara Snogerup Linse, left explains why the laureates were awarded as Goran K. Hansson (center) and Claes Gustafsson, members of the Nobel Assembly sit during a press conference at the Royal Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Sweden's Tomas Lindahl, American Paul Modrich and U.S.-Turkish scientist Aziz Sancar won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for "mechanistic studies of DNA repair." (Fredrik Sandberg/TT News Agency via AP)

The winners of the prize in chemistry have helped researchers develop cancer drugs that stop cancer cells from repairing their DNA.

No Such Thing As A 'Healthy Glow': The Case Against Letting Kids Use Tanning Beds

October 7, 2015
A 17-year-old -- who has been using tanning beds since she was 14 -- prepares a tanning bed for a session, Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Tallahassee, Fla.  The Massachusetts House is now considering a bill to ban tanning bed use by minors. (Phil Coale/AP)

Eleven states ban minors from using tanning beds. A dermatologist too familiar with diagnosing skin cancer says that Massachusetts should join them.

The Science Of Caffeine: America’s Favorite Drug

October 6, 2015
Maine author Murray Carpenter spent years looking at how caffeine helps, hurts and hooks us. (dongga BS/Flickr)

We hear all about a drug that many people use every day. This particular drug, in its pure form, is a white powder that gives people energy and focus.

What Makes Us Happy, And How Happiness Makes Us Healthy

October 6, 2015
An unidentified Iranian woman practices in an outdoor session of a Laughter Yoga class (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Happiness expert Dr. Nancy Etcoff joins us to talk about how we can become happier — and how happiness makes us healthier.

Research Showing Neutrinos Have Mass Awarded Nobel Prize

October 6, 2015
The portraits of the winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2015 Takaaki Kajita (L) and Arthur B McDonald are displayed on a screen during a press conference of the Nobel Committee to announce the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics on October 6, 2015 at the Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden. Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Canada's Arthur B. McDonald won the Nobel Physics Prize for work on neutrinos. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

Physicists Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada won the prize for the discovery that the subatomic particles called neutrinos have mass.

Why A Novelist With A B.S. In Physics Says Science Is Still A Boy’s Club

October 5, 2015
Eileen Pollack was one of the first two women to graduate from Yale with a B.S. in physics. (Courtesy Beacon Press)

Here’s a question for every woman who’s ever loved science but didn’t pursue it as a career: why?

Nobel Prize Winner William C. Campbell

October 5, 2015
Scientist William C. Campbell talks on the phone at his home in North Andover Monday. (Mary Schwalm/AP)

We talk with Dr. William C. Campbell — scientist and Massachusetts resident — who woke up Monday to news that he had won the Nobel Prize.

3 Scientists Win Nobel Prize For Parasite Treatments

October 5, 2015
Urban Lendahl (right), Secretary of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine, addresses a press conference of the Nobel Committee to announce the winners of the 2015 Nobel Medicine Prize on October 5, 2015 at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. Irish-born William Campbell, Satoshi Omura of Japan and China's Youyou Tu (their portraits are displayed on the screen in background) are the laureates of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

William Campbell, Satoshi Omura and Youyou Tu have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

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