In the past year or so, we’ve seen the rise of phrases like post-truth, alternative facts, and fake news. Many point the finger at the internet – a place where just about anyone can post just about anything they want, and where it’s easy to find information supporting your preconceived notions, no matter what those notions are.

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I always underestimate June. In my head, it marks the sad end of spring migration and all the giddy rediscovery that goes with it. Hearing the song of a warbler you haven’t heard in a year, seeing them and the Arctic nesting shorebirds in the full glory of their breeding plumage for just a few short weeks, and new local breeding birds arriving every day.

Such are the joys of May. I think of June as the doldrums between the spring and fall migrations. And June always proves me wrong.

Self-folding pasta could significantly cut the cost and carbon footprint of shipping dried pasta - a multi-billion dollar industry in the U.S.
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President Trump has clearly signaled that his administration won't make an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but one initiative he proposed this week might do just that. And other cuts could come from unexpected places.


The thesaurus lists over 80 different words for green, more than any other color. But Robert Finch believes this may still not be enough. At a time of year when many are rhapsodizing the flowers, Bob contemplates the richness and variety of leaf tones that nature crowds into the season.

Robert Finch is taking some time off to write a new book. In his absence we're replaying some favorite essays. This week's essay originally aired in June, 2013.

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On The Point, we talk with three authors who will be at this year’s Nantucket Book Festival.  Mindy Todd hosts.

The state Department of Agricultural Resources approved plans by the utility, Eversource, last week to spray herbicides along power lines in more than a dozen Cape and Vineyard towns.

Local officials and residents have long opposed the idea, saying the chemicals could contaminate the water supply. Truro State Senator Julian Cyr filed two bills on Beacon Hill to give towns more say in the state approval process. Kathryn Eident talked with Cyr to learn more about the pending legislation.

President Trump's announcement last week that he will withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement was not unexpected. Besides the fact that the news was leaked to the press a day in advance, Trump has been promising to do this since he was on the campaign trail. But Trump’s blatant disregard for climate science and his description of the Paris Agreement, itself, has drawn criticism from the science community.

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Reaction to President Trump’s announcement last week that he would withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement has been widely critical. Perhaps surprisingly, some of the harshest criticism is coming from within President Trump's own party, from an increasingly vocal core of Conservative climate activists.

John Holdren, President Obama’s top science advisor and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for eight years, described the decision as “unfortunate” – an eight or nine on a scale of one to ten, where ten is catastrophic.

The Juno mission is helping to uncover Jupiter's secrets.
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Living Lab Radio talks regularly with reporters at the weekly journal Nature to get an update on the stories they've been following. Here's our latest roundup of news with London-based reporter Heidi Ledford.

  • An Ebola vaccine has been approved for use in ongoing outbreak, though there’s no decision yet on whether to deploy it.

Photo by Lee Romney 2017

Bob Henry and Selina Trieff came to the Cape to paint in the 1950s. For six decades, they thrived in love and art. Bob’s work has always evoked a world that’s constantly shifting. Now, he’s navigating the shift of a lifetime