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Why People Take Risks To Help Others: Altruism's Roots In The Brain

8 hours 41 min ago

In the face of natural disasters and disease, there are always people who step forward to help. Their brains may tell why. This story originally aired on Sept. 22 on Morning Edition.

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A Bus Isn't The Only Thing That Can Be Powered By Poop

8 hours 53 min ago

Human waste can help things grow and even cook your dinner. It might sound gross, but don't worry, the odor has been removed. Plus: It's good for the environment!

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What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?

10 hours 4 min ago

A census of bacteria and viruses on the floors, toilets and soap dispensers of several bathrooms on a college campus turned up around 77,000 different types of organisms. Oh, joy.

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What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?

10 hours 4 min ago

A census of bacteria and viruses on the floors, toilets and soap dispensers of several bathrooms on a college campus turned up around 77,000 different types of organisms. Oh, joy.

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Starfish Illness Harms Other Sea Creatures

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:51am

Starfish in the Pacific northwest are being decimated by what's called wasting disease. Researcher Drew Harvell tells NPR's Scott Simon that warming seas are making it worse.

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Shrinking Glaciers Could Squeeze Washington's Water Supply

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 3:22pm

Washington state is home to more glaciers than any other state in the lower 48. And they're receding faster than ever before. That's a problem for the Pacific Northwest, where glaciers are crucial for drinking water, hydropower generation and salmon survival.

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How Can We Find More Time To Be Still?

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 8:21am

Pico Iyer says sitting still and reflecting is hard work, but we bring so much more to our experiences and relationships when we make time to think.

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Why Would Someone Choose Silence For 17 Years?

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 8:21am

For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental respect. For 17 of those years he didn't speak a word.

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How Do Years Of Silence Change Someone?

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 8:21am

For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental responsibility. For 17 years he didn't speak a word.

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Why Do We Undervalue Introverts?

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 8:21am

In a culture where being social and outgoing are celebrated, it can be difficult to be an introvert. Susan Cain argues introverts bring extraordinary talents to the world, and should be celebrated.

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Blind From Birth, But Able To Use Sound To 'See' Faces

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 3:19am

The area of the brain that recognizes faces can use sound instead of sight. That recent discovery suggests facial recognition is so important to humans that it's part of our most basic wiring.

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Sleep's Link To Learning And Memory Traced To Brain Chemistry

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 8:56am

During sleep, the brain locks in existing memories and can even form new ones. Scientists say they are starting to understand how that happens. A midnight snack may interfere.

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Turkey Looks For Energy In An Abundant Resource: Pistachio Shells

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 7:33am

Converting the shells into biogas could provide most of the heat for a planned city of 200,000, engineers say. There's precedent in Australia, where macadamia nut shells are generating power.

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WATCH: How Carbon Dioxide Travels Around The Globe

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 9:59am

A NASA computer model visualizes in detail where carbon dioxide is released, how it moves across the globe and how it's affected by the seasons.

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Bloodmobiles To Collect Plasma From West Africa's Ebola Survivors

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:12am

Researchers gear up tests in West Africa to see whether blood from Ebola survivors can help people who are sick with the disease. This is part of a broader effort to test therapies in West Africa.

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Invasive Surgery May Motivate Patients To Adopt Healthier Behaviors

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:06am

One challenge in evaluating the effectiveness of different medical procedures, is that patients behave differently after different procedures. Is this true for patients getting heart surgery?

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Are Modafinil's Brain-Boosting Benefits Hype Or Science?

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 3:24pm

Modafinil has been approved for treatment of narcolepsy, but it's often used to improve mental performance. The question is, does it work? A new study says probably not.

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Toxic Tau Of Alzheimer's May Offer A Path To Treatment

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 3:18pm

Faulty forms of the brain protein tau trigger tangles inside and outside brain cells of Alzheimer's patients. Scientists say figuring out how to stop bad tau's spread from cell to cell might be key.

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Comet Lander's Big Bounce Caught On Camera

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 1:46pm

An orbiting spacecraft caught the Philae lander bounding on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The lander sent home some scientific data before its batteries ran out.

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To End Food Waste, Change Needs To Begin At Home

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 2:47am

The U.S. throws out 35 million tons of food each year. While many restaurants, supermarkets and food firms are taking responsibility, many consumers are not. A pilot EPA program aims to change that.

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