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Ebola In The Air: What Science Says About How The Virus Spreads

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 11:29am

Turns out, Ebola is transmitted through the air, but it's not very good at spreading through the airborne route. What in the heck does that mean? We dig into the science to clear up the kerfuffle.

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Taking Stock Of America's Toxic Sites And The Millions Living Near Them

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 4:04pm

A recent National Geographic article looks at toxic waste sites in the U.S. and the more than 49 million Americans who live near them. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with writer Paul Voosen about his piece.

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Millennials Might Be 'Generation Twin.' Is That A Bad Thing?

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 3:57pm

Between 1981 and 2012, 1 million extra twins were born in the U.S. One economist says all of those twins could be hurting the economy — but another expert points out some perks of twinhood.

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The Mystery Of The Missing Brains

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 6:45am

For decades, a rare collection of human remains sat in a basement closet at the University of Texas. A new book tells the story of that collection — and the enduring mysteries that surround it.

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How Dogs Understand What We Say

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 3:06am

Dogs pay close attention to the emotion in our voices, but what about the meaning of words? A clever experiment with 250 canines shows that dogs understand more of our speech than previously thought.

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Could Turkey Breeders Cure The Ailments Of Our Big-Breasted Birds?

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 6:03am

The standard commercial American turkey is the product of decades of intense selective breeding. But breeding for efficiency and size has created new health problems scientists must grapple with.

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Scientists Analyze Skeletal Remains From Vampire Graveyard

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 3:42am

Lab scientists are trying to understand why some corpses buried in northwestern Poland were singled out for special anti-vampire treatments, such as putting a sickle around the neck.

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Search For Political Common Ground Is Difficult, Research Shows

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 3:42am

New research into the nature of intractable political conflicts might shed some light on how to address the perennial arguments that break out across Thanksgiving tables.

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Colorectal Cancer Cases Are Dropping — Except Among Young Adults

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 3:53pm

The number of Americans getting and dying from colorectal cancer has been dropping steadily except for one group — younger adults.

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Shrinking Sea Ice Could Put Polar Bears In Grave Peril By 2100

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 3:53pm

A new study looks at the future of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and finds that by the end of this century, the region might be ice-free for 2 to 5 months, something that puts bears in grave peril.

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Lower Ozone Standard Would Raise The Compliance Bar For Business

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 3:53pm

Public health groups say lower levels will benefit people who suffer from asthma or other respiratory illnesses. Business groups say it's another expensive hoop to jump through.

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Ebola Is Changing Course In Liberia. Will The U.S. Military Adapt?

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 4:59pm

The U.S. had planned to build 17 treatment units across Liberia, one in each county's major town. Now that more cases are appearing in remote areas, the Army may need to rethink its strategy.

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How Can Vultures Eat Rotten Roadkill And Survive?

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:24am

Vultures consume toxic bacteria that would sicken or kill humans. Stouter immune systems, colonies of helpful microbes and potent stomach acid may help the carrion eaters gorge with abandon.

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New Bird Species Sings Sweetly In Sulawesi

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 4:20am

Birds are one of the most widely studied forms of life on the planet. And, there are still new species out there to discover — as one young researcher found recently in a forest in Indonesia.

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As Ebola Ping-Pongs In Liberia, Cases Disappear Into The Jungle

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 2:51am

A woman is thought to be spreading Ebola in a remote village. So health workers spend four hours trekking through the bush to track her down. By the time they make it, it's too late.

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'Queen Of Carbon' Among Medal Of Freedom Honorees

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 4:36pm

Audie Cornish speaks with Mildred Dresselhaus about receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work in physics. The 84-year-old is a professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at MIT.

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Could Magnets Help Lessen The Impact Of Concussions In Football?

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 4:10pm

A researcher at Virginia Commonwealth University is experimenting with putting magnets in football helmets to dull the impact. NPR's Tess Vigeland speaks with neuroscientist Raymond Colello.

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

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 6:14am

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

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 6:03am

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?

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 4:52am

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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