Vucetich Discusses Long-Running Predator-Prey Study

Melissa Block speaks with John Vucetich, a wildlife ecologist from Michigan Technological University who is leading the wolf-moose winter study at Isle Royale National Park. The park is located in the northwest corner of Lake Superior. The study is in its fifth decade.

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Coast Guard Tries To Lead Fuel Tanker To Nome

Melissa Block speaks with Capt. Beverly Havlik, from the Coast Guard ice-breaker Cutter Healy, who talks about the challenges of helping a Russian tanker make its way through the Arctic ice to Nome, Alaska.

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Researcher Discusses Ohio Fracking, Earthquakes

Melissa Block interviews John Armbruster, a seismologist with Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, part of Columbia University, about why he believes the waste from fracking in Ohio has led to the earthquakes there. He says the injection of waste water from the fracking process created pressure on nearby faults, and he expects the quakes to continue — even after the process is stopped.

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Fracking Byproducts May Be Linked To Ohio Quakes

Melissa Block interviews John Armbruster, a seismologist with Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, part of Columbia University, about why he believes the waste from fracking in Ohio has led to the earthquakes there. He says the injection of waste water from the fracking process created pressure on nearby faults, and he expects the quakes to continue — even after the process is stopped.

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Ornithologist Discusses Causes Of Bird Downings

Melissa Block speaks with Kevin McGowen, ornithologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, about the phenomenon of bird downings. Approximately 1,500 migratory birds died on Monday night after crashing into a Wal-Mart parking lot in Utah.

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After 10 Years, Segway Falls Short Of High Hopes

Melissa Block and Guy Raz mark the 10th anniversary of the public unveiling of the balancing scooter called the Segway — a device that was predicted to change our world. It only did 10 percent of the volume expected and became something of a joke.

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Northern Lights Glow In Southern States

Melissa Block talks to Robert Moore of the University of West Georgia’s physics department about a surprising display of the northern lights Monday night that went as far south as Mississippi, Arkansas and Georgia itself.

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Scientists Find Youngest Planet Ever Observed

Astronomers have come across the youngest planet ever observed, at just 2 million years old. It’s called LkCa 15 b, and it’s still in the early stages of forming. Melissa Block talks to Adam Kraus of the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy about the discovery.

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Proposed Alaska Mine Faces Fierce Opposition

In Alaska’s picturesque Bristol Bay region, developers are looking to build an enormous copper and gold mine. They promise the effort will be carried out in an environmentally responsible way — and provide area jobs. But fisherman, conservationists and native groups have joined efforts to thwart the mine, fearing it will pollute fish and wildlife. Melissa Block talks about the battle for Bristol Bay with reporter Daysha Eaton of member station KDLG in Dillingham, Alaska.

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Ark. Archivist Finds Missing Moon Rock

Last week, an archivist in Arkansas was sifting though boxes of papers from President Bill Clinton’s gubernatorial years when he came across a surprise — a piece of the moon. The moon rock had been missing for about 30 years, and it was just one of about 180 moon rocks that are currently at-large. Melissa Block talks with retired senior special agent for NASA Joseph Gutheinz about the other missing rocks.

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Study: Women’s Memory More Receptive To Low Voice

Melissa Block and Lynn Neary learn from researcher Kevin Allan of the University of Aberdeen King’s College in Scotland that women remember better when spoken to in a low-pitch voice. This helps women to pick a suitable partner.

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Obama Signs Patent Overhaul Bill

Hoping it will spur innovation, President Obama signed a bill Friday overhauling the nation’s patent laws. The law switches to a “first to file” rule for granting patents. It also allows new challenges to existing patents. But critics say it will not help individual inventors get their ideas to market. Melissa Block talks to NPR’s Laura Sydell for more.

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Obama Signs Patent Overhaul Bill

Hoping it will spur innovation, President Obama signed a bill Friday overhauling the nation’s patent laws. The law switches to a “first to file” rule for granting patents. It also allows new challenges to existing patents. But critics say it will not help individual inventors get their ideas to market. Melissa Block talks to NPR’s Laura Sydell for more.

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‘Deer Capital’ Of Texas Struggles With Drought

Melissa Block talks with Llano, Texas, Mayor Mike Reagor about the ongoing drought in his city. The river that runs through town is extremely low. Llano has been dubbed the “deer capital of Texas” — and Reagor says the deer, with little to drink, are withering in the heat. Reagor is also a rancher, and he says he’s selling cattle because of the drought.

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Solar Panel Company Declares Bankruptcy

In 2010 President Obama gave a speech at the plant of a solar panel manufacturer in Fremont, Calif., saying “the future is here.” That company, called Solyndra, has now declared bankruptcy. Melissa Block speaks with Bay Area business reporter George Avalos about what went wrong.

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Why Is It Hard To Predict A Hurricane’s Intensity?

Melissa Block speaks with Hugh Willoughby, meteorology and research professor at Florida International University, about why it is so hard to predict the intensity of hurricanes. He says it’s much easier to make a good prediction about where a storm will go than it is to predict how strong it will be. He says one thing that will make hurricane predictions better in the future is the steady march toward more powerful computers.

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Earthquake Shakes East Coast

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake shook the East Coast Tuesday. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the quake was about 40 miles northwest of Richmond, Va. Melissa Block talks to NPR’s Chris Joyce for more.

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Downgraded Tropical Storm Brings Rain To Haiti

Tropical Storm Emily brought heavy rains to the Caribbean — and it has now been downgraded. But it is still dumping lots of rain on Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Special concerns remain about what might happen in Haiti. Hundreds of thousands of people are still living in tents or makeshift shelters more than a year and a half after the massive earthquake there. Melissa Block speaks with Father Tom Streit, a University of Notre Dame professor who is in Haiti.

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