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“They look like mountain bikes on steroids”

In Nature, NPR, Travel, Weekend Edition on January 20, 2013 at 4:08 pm

You likely have never heard of “fat biking,” but it’s one of the fastest-growing segments of the cycling industry. From station KUAC in Fairbanks, Alaska, hear how Alaskans are getting (and enjoying?) outdoors…even in subzero weather.

Bike shop owner Kevin Breitenbach rides a fat bike in the White Mountains National Recreation Area in Alaska in March.[npr.org / Josh Spice]

Bike shop owner Kevin Breitenbach rides a fat bike in the White Mountains National Recreation Area in Alaska in March.
[npr.org / Josh Spice]

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Necks for Sex

In International, NPR, Travel on January 18, 2013 at 5:09 pm

A quick read on “necking” in the male giraffe community. Now this would have been neat (traumatizing??) to see on a school zoo trip.

“…It’s circulating in the rodent reservoirs”

In Health, International, NPR, Science, Travel on January 17, 2013 at 11:32 pm

Well this is comforting. Hear microbiologist Elisabeth Carniel discuss the reemergence of the plague.

A copper engraving from 1656 shows a plague doctor in Rome wearing a protective suit and a mask. / Artwork by Paul Furst /Wikimedia.org

A copper engraving from 1656 shows a plague doctor in Rome wearing a protective suit and a mask. / Artwork by Paul Furst /Wikimedia.org

Now microbiologists have evidence that strains of the plague may be able to reactivate themselves and trigger new outbreaks — even after lying dormant for decades.

OFICINA DE EMPLEO…and a flash mob

In International, Music, NPR, Travel on January 14, 2013 at 10:02 pm

I’m just as sick of flash mobs as you are…but the setting, timing, and song choice for this one…you can’t help but smile.

“Spanish unemployment tops 26 percent, and most economists forecast that rate will get worse before it gets better.”

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Stalking a Giant Squid

In All Things Considered, NPR, Science, Technology, Travel on January 13, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Scientist Edie Widder on All Things Considered discusses her amazing video footage (first-ever) of the giant squid and her technique to capturing the elusive sea creature in action. Discovery Channel will be airing a documentary in late January.

Courtesy of Edie Widder/Discovery Channel

Courtesy of Edie Widder/Discovery Channel

“The reason we know giant squids exist is that they happen to float when they die. But we really [have] only explored 5 percent of the ocean, and I think we’ve explored that in the wrong way. I think we’ve scared a lot of animals away. So what about the stuff that doesn’t float when it dies?”

Two Albums, Two Toddlers, and One Mini-Van

In Music, NPR, Pop Culture, Travel, Weekend Edition on January 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Morning Edition Sunday interviewed the husband-wife duo that make up Big Harp, a “low-key folk-rock laced with subtle irony and dark humor” band signed by indie favorite Saddle Creek Records. Their sophomore album, Chain Letters, will be released later this month. Hear the story and check out their sound.

“I didn’t start touring, playing music until I was like 25, and Hank was born when I was 26, so I only had a year of doing it the other way,” he says. “It was really fun, but this way it feels a lot healthier. We wake up early in the morning don’t stay out too late.”

“By the time I reach Patagonia in 2020, about 80 to 90 percent will be wired.”

In Technology, Travel on January 11, 2013 at 12:51 am

Journalist Paul Salopek is embarking on a 7 year *walk* around the world…

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