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On Natural Selections each week, join a short conversation on the natural world. Topics range from evolutionary biology to geology and wildlife, from climate science to animal and human behavior.

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The program is hosted by NCPR news director Martha Foley joined by naturalist Dr. Curt Stager of Paul Smith's College.

Support for Natural Selections is provided by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park, and by Paul Smith's, the College of the Adirondacks.

New Book: Deep Future

"The course we take in the coming decades will affect not just the next hundred years, but the next hundred thousand years of life on this planet." --Curt Stager

Deep Future
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Nature features

Curt Stager on On Point

Curt StagerListen to Dr. Curt Stager as the guest on On Point, 3/24/11, talking about his new book, Deep Future: the Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth.

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Natural History
This bird likes livers, kidneys, entrails — anything it can pluck that's freshly dead. But what if you served it ... a painting?
 
A secretive, nocturnal species that lives on a remote island off the coast of Mexico had not been spotted since 1936. Scientists have concluded it is genetically distinct from mainland neighbors.
 
The Smithsonian is set to unpack something it's never had before: a rare, nearly complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. It's a gift from a Montana museum that says this T. rex deserves to be famous.
 
A 325 million-year-old fossil find shows that the gill structures of modern sharks are actually quite different from their ancient ancestors.
 
Curators say they'll use the big grant from Boeing to better highlight how exploratory flight — from the Spirit of St. Louis to the <em></em>Starship Enterprise — has transformed the world.
 
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Natural Selections with hosts Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager airs Thursday mornings during The Eight O'Clock Hour.

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Natural Selections: Old-Style Camping

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss camping the old-fashioned way, before nylon, goretex, and bottled water.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Roller Coasters

Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley discuss the how and why of roller coasters.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Ants

Ants may be small, but they are rather sophisticated and even "diabolical," as Martha Foley puts it, when she and Dr. Curt Stager take on ants.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Yellow Perch

Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley discuss the habits and habitat of the neophyte angler's favorite, the yellow perch.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Evolutionary Adaptation

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss sickle cell anemia as a case study in the pros and cons of evolutionary adaptation.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: The End of the World

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk Doomsday--how the sun and earth will die, how the universe will end.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Tool-Using Animals

The ability to use tools has separated man from animals for many scientists. That line may not be as clear as once believed. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about animal intelligence and the use of tools by different animal species.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Handedness

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about "handedness" in people, lobsters and toads.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Cowbirds

Cowbirds are one of the few birds to parasitize other birds' nests. Martha and Curt discuss its habits.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Asteroids

Asteroids have left their mark on the earth and moon, but how big do they need to be in order to make it through the earth's atmosphere?  Go to full article

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