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Scientists have unlocked the secret to why so many supermarket tomatoes are tasteless. The findings mean there’s hope for delicious, marketable and affordable tomatoes. The miracles of modern agriculture mean tomatoes are available nearly year round. But ever wonder why those supermarket tomatoes turn out mushy and flavorless? That’s because growers favor bulky tomatoes with high yields and long shelf lives, and flavor got lost along the way.

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A Florida-based company made history this week by winning federal approval for a private mission to the moon. The development is unprecedented in the private space industry.

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The Gulf Coast is home to the most endangered sea turtle in the world: the Kemp’s Ridley. The fate of the turtles depends on the region’s coastal wetlands, where tropical storms, and oils spills have taken their toll. Here's a look into the uncertain future of the delicate ecosystem.

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A British biotech company wants to release genetically modified mosquitos in Florida to slow the spread of the Zika virus. The fate of the program rests with the small community of Key Haven, and many residents are skeptical.

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The future is bright for a proposed solar power plant in the capital of the Sunshine State.

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Florida Democratic Senator and former astronaut Bill Nelson is welcoming NASA’s Commander Scott Kelly back home.

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Monarch butterflies have long used the St Marks Wildlife Refuge as a stopover on the marathon migration to Mexico. But lately the monarchs are struggling.

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Florida’s fishing industry has dealt with its fair share of problems, with oil spills and grouper shortages. But as Matthew Seeger reports, an article from Florida Taxwatch exposes another problem- ecological damage caused by a hungry little troublemaker known as the lionfish.

Tallahassee Looks to More Sustainable Future

Jan 30, 2014

Tallahassee Looks to More Sustainable Future

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The sight of a spider can send people shrieking with fear. But researchers in a Tallahassee lab see great potential in spider webs. They’ve used them to make a unique material they hope will offer an eco-friendly alternative to the stuff inside current-day technological devices.  

Just outside the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory building, researcher Eden Steven is collecting a material so low-tech, it’s found in the corners of most of our garages. He’s looking for spider webs.

Do We Need Humans?

We’ve been promised a future where robots will be our friends, and technology will make life’s daily chores as easy as flipping a switch. But are we ready for how those innovations will change us as humans? In this episode, TED speakers consider the promises and perils of our relationship with technology.

Saturday, August 17th at Noon on 88.9 and 11am on 89.1
 

It is the fundamental issue of our time: Energy; where we get it; how we use it; what happens then. It powers our homes and our economy; it creates troubled alliances and disturbing divisions; it empowers and impoverishes; it enables almost all that we do and now threatens all that we have become.

NPR's Science Friday, Fridays at 2pm

Jun 25, 2013

Covering the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies, Science Friday is the trusted source for news about science, technology, and other cool stuff. Each week host Ira Flatow mixes it up with people in the know and those who want to be. It's brain fun, for curious people.

For over 22 years, Science Friday has brought the top stories in science to radio listeners and given them a chance to join in the discussion by asking questions and making comments during the live broadcast.

Science takes center stage this week as we play games about scientific discoveries both intentional and accidental. We'll get brainy with our Very Important Puzzler, Radiolab host Jad Abumrad, as he talks about his quest to become a science vampire. Plus, we roll the dice on clues about our favorite board games and find out the premises of fake TV show adaptations, from Finding Emo to Oy! Story.

Sunday, June 16th at 7pm on 88.9 and 6pm on 89.1

Oil and Water

Environmentalists and oil executives don’t often sit down to talk to each other. In this program you'll hear two candid conversations with prominent alternative energy advocates and top energy executives who have very different visions for powering the future.You'll also hear from Pulitzer Prize winning author Steve Coll, who wrote a revealing profile of Exxon Mobil and its campaign to discredit climate science.

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A $100 million line item in President Barack Obama’s proposed federal budget for next fiscal year could jump start a space project made all the more urgent by two close asteroid encounters from earlier in the year.

NASA plans to start work on a mission that will send astronauts to an asteroid in the next eight years.  Scientists say the program is the next step toward humans colonizing space. Call it “manifest galaxy.”

“The plan calls for a robotic spacecraft to capture an asteroid and tow it to a stable orbit around the moon,” said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.).

Are you a world traveler? Carb completist? Pokémon addict? We have the game for you. Also this week, revisit the 20th century with Billy Joel, write novels the Robert Ludlum way, and catch words with a subtle silent "t". Plus, we talk "Fifty Shade Of Gray" with our V.I.P. (that's "Very Important Puzzler"), superstar sex doctor Dr. Ruth Westheimer.  Sunday, April 7, 2013- 7pm on 88.9/6pm 89.1.

Science takes center stage this week as we play games about scientific discoveries both intentional and accidental. We'll get brainy with our Very Important Puzzler, Radiolab host Jad Abumrad, as he talks about his quest to become a science vampire. Plus, we roll the dice on clues about our favorite board games and find out the premises of fake TV show adaptations, from Finding Emo to Oy! Story.

FAMU Winning Race Toward Reproducing Sun's Energy

Mar 7, 2013
Thomas Andrew Gustafson

Florida A&M University’s Center for Plasma Science and Technology isn’t focused on collecting solar power but making it. In July 2012 the Center’s fusion reactor reached the first phase toward duplicating what happens on the surface of the sun.

Gazing up at the night sky is simultaneously humbling and utterly thrilling. This hour, we'll hear from TED speakers who share an infectious sense of wonder and curiosity about our place in the universe and what lies beyond our skies.

Listen to the TED Radio Hour on 88.9 WFSU-FM at noon this Saturday, April 6th.

SpaceX Liftoff Success, But With Problems In Orbit

Mar 1, 2013

The SpaceX Falcon 9 - a nine-thruster rocket - reached orbit successfully from liftoff in Cape Canaveral, Florida. But in orbit the SpaceX Dragon capsule experienced issues. The liftoff today is the company's second resupplying mission to the International Space Station as part of a $1.6 billion contract with NASA.

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How the U.S. should deal with Iran on that country’s nuclear aspirations is a hot topic right now.  Tom Flanigan reports a true expert on that issue was in Tallahassee this week and wasn’t shy about sharing his thoughts…

Brian Katulis is senior fellow at the progressive-leaning Center for American Progress in Washington D-C.  He says he visits someplace in the Middle East at least once a month.  That gives him a unique perspective on the state of relations between Iran and pretty much the rest of the world.