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If an aerial drone fleet housed in a state of the art bunker sounds like something out of a sci-fi film, you're not far off. David Brown with The Texas Standard for KUT in Austin speaks with John Horgan, writer for the Scientific American online and teacher at the Stevens Institute for Technology.

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Zipping through the solar system, 310 million miles from Earth, a comet is carrying an invention by a North Texan. The goal: Analyze the building blocks of life.

Study Up for ‘Think’: A Guide to Good Writing

Oct 2, 2014
Rebecca Goldstein

Steven Pinker tells new ways to wield the pen - or keyboard - in his new book, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.  Pinker joins Think today at noon to speak with Krys Boyd about crafting clear, compelling, and elegant prose.

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Paleontologists and volunteers went on a big dig on Wednesday in Ellis County. They worked to remove part of a mammoth skeleton from a sand and gravel pit. 

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There are many factors that come into play while growing up. Teenagers have a lot to think about when it comes to the future, and as recent studies have proven, the crucial influence in determining life outcomes takes place during the adolescent years. Psychology professor Laurence Steinberg joins Krys Boyd at 1 p.m. on Think to discuss these findings and how parents can update their understanding of younger generations.

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We tend to associate "studying" with “hitting the books” -- lots of discipline and focus. At 1 p.m. on Think, education reporter Benedict Carey of the New York Times explains how new brain science affirms the wandering mind over a one-track approach. His new book is called How We Learn.

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The football players at SMU will be wearing something new under their helmet this season. At the first game of the season, SMU’s Mustangs will all be wearing helmets outfitted with ballistics-grade kevlar.

Study Up For 'Think': What We See When We Read

Aug 21, 2014
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How do the words we read on a page translate into the images we see in our head? Peter Mendelsund, Associate Art Director for Alfred A. Knopf Books, joins Krys Boyd on Think today. At 1 p.m., he’ll discuss the neuroscience behind reading, which he covers in his book What We See When We Read.

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Two summers ago, the Mars Curiosity rover made its landing on the red planet. Approximately thirty-five million miles from Earth, the $2.5 billion robot has had faced its ups and downs. At noon, Marc Kaufman, author of Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission, talks with Krys Boyd on Think about the rover’s journey so far.

The secret to more productive meetings? You might simply need to stand up.

This we know, to some degree. Just take as examples the growing popularity of standing desks, which took off after a flurry of reports found that sitting for long periods of time can significantly, negatively, impact employees' health.

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