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Major support for the Living Lab is provided by the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment. Additional support is provided by Lee McGraw and the Elizabeth B. McGraw Foundation and by the Kendeda Fund.

From Left: Alecia Orsini, Heather Goldstone, Jenny Junker
From Left: Alecia Orsini, Heather Goldstone, Jenny Junker
Credit Maura Connolly Longueil

Living Lab Radio on The Point is Produced by Dr. Heather Goldstone, with Production Assistance with Jenny Junker and Alecia Orsini. The Executive Producer is Mindy Todd.



The Point
11:24 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Why Corals Are Losing the War Against Sponges

Most Caribbean coral reefs are now covered with more algae and sponges then coral.
Credit Heather Goldstone / WCAI

Coral reefs may look benign but, really, they're war zones. Pollution and climate change have tipped the scales against corals, in favor of sponges.

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Science & Environment
12:54 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

SLIDESHOW: Photos Celebrate Beauty and Importance of Ocean Microbes

Tiny Giant #5: Last flight of the sea butterfly. This pteropod, Limacina helicina, is a tiny marine snail that swims using feet that have been modified into wings. Pteropods are often referred to as “sea butterflies”.
Credit: Laura Lubelczyk, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in collaboration with Dr. Erica Goetze, University of Hawaii

Marine microbes support the entire ocean food chain, provide the oxygen we breathe, and may even help soften the blow of climate change. They're also gorgeous.

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Science & Environment
11:55 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Six (Strange) Science Stories to Start the New Year

Science is not all cut and dry, scientific method and clear, hard facts. It’s full of creative people and odd phenomena.

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Science & Environment
9:52 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

2014 in Science: Rosetta Takes Home the Gold

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as captured by one of Rosetta's cameras on August 16, 2014.

Living Lab's end-of-year coverage focuses on advances and trends in ocean and space science, from Alvin to Rosetta. But no one list can capture a year of scientific advances.

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Science & Environment
12:14 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Advising the President on Science "the Job of a Lifetime"

Dr. John Holdren is President Obama's top science advisor.

Climate action may well be a significant part of President Obama's legacy, and Dr. John Holdren is the man helping him translate science into policy.

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Power Source: Part 10
8:08 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Diverging Views on the Future of New England's Energy System

Solar Panels at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
Credit Daniel X. O'Neil / flickr

New England’s energy system is at a crossroads. Economics and climate concerns are driving a shift away from coal and oil, but experts remain divided on where to go from here.

If you want to get a sense of New England’s energy systems – past, present, and future – Sandwich is a good place to go. It’s the oldest town on Cape Cod, founded in 1639.

“It’s very nice, and I think it’s very historical,” says Takayuki Terai, a visitor from Japan. “I like this kind of New England atmosphere very much.”

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Science & Environment
12:33 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Designing Games That Are Educational Works of Art

Designed by a sculptor and a doctor, Ani-Gram-It teaches biological concepts with an artistic touch.

Artist and designer Alex Wolf believes games can and should be works of art that bring science to life for children.

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Science & Environment
11:46 am
Tue December 9, 2014

The Nation's First Research Ship, Seen from the Crew's Perspective


A new book provides a glimpse of what life was like for the sailors, rather than scientists, aboard an ocean-going research ship in the mid-twentieth century.

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Science & Environment
11:48 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Father of Computer Science Also Left a Mark on Biology

Alan Turing, 1951
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Alan Turing is best known for inventing the modern computer and breaking the German Enigma code during World War II. He also left a lasting legacy in the field of biology.

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Living Lab
2:24 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Mama Stamberg's FAMOUS Cranberry Relish Recipe

There's probably no recipe more famous (or infamous) among NPR listeners than Mama Stamberg's cranberry relish.

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