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Our Most Popular Stories Of 2014: Ebola ... And Bed Rails?

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 5:12pm

In July, the Goats and Soda blog was born. We came into a world obsessed with Ebola. But our readers also loved stories about chocolate, bed rails and jet-setting viruses.

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Congress Could Find Energy Compromise With Hydropower

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 3:18pm

With the Republicans in the majority in both the House and Senate in Washington, there will be changes in energy policy in the next few years. Republicans are pledging to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and to delay or derail the Obama administration's clean air proposals.

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Researchers Create Artificial Organs On Microchips

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 3:18pm

Scientists are growing mock organs made of human cells to better study diseases and to help test drugs. Researchers at Johns Hopkins are working on a gut-on-a-chip.

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Where Could Ebola Strike Next? Scientists Virus Hunt In Asia

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 2:24am

A handful of ecologists knew for years that West Africa was at risk for an Ebola outbreak. Now they're figuring out where else in the world the virus could be hiding. Many signs point to Asia.

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These Froggies Went A Courtin' And Gave Birth To Live Tadpoles

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 3:21pm

Who needs eggs? Scientists have discovered an unusual frog species that gives birth to live tadpoles.

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Ebola Aid Workers Still Avoiding New York And New Jersey

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 2:49am

It's been months since a nurse who treated Ebola patients in Africa was quarantined by New Jersey's governor upon arrival at Newark airport. But a legacy of confusion about state travel rules remains.

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Food Psychology: How To Trick Your Palate Into A Tastier Meal

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 12:45pm

Ingredients and preparation matter in making a delicious dinner. But so do a lot of other external factors, from your mood to room lighting. Here, a guide to enhancing the pleasures of the plate.

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Potent Powdered Caffeine Raises Safety Worries

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 2:28am

With two young men dead, the Food and Drug Administration is considering banning sales to consumers of a highly concentrated form of pure caffeine. A lethal overdose is too easy, officials warn.

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Scientists Bring The Sun Down To Earth To Learn How It Works

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 3:20pm

Using a giant pulsed powered machine in New Mexico, researchers have recreated the conditions inside the Sun, and their results help reconcile theoretical models with how the Sun behaves.

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2014 Brought Lasting Action On Climate Change Policy

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 3:03pm

The EPA moved ahead with far-reaching polices to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. And the president struck a landmark deal with China to curb its carbon output as well.

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Tribute: The Man Who Linked Climate Change To Global Health

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 2:06pm

Dr. Tony McMichael was a lonely crusader. He wanted governments to pay attention to ways that earth's changing climate will affect the health of all — with the poor likely to suffer the most.

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Same-Sex Couples May Have More Egalitarian Relationships

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 3:22pm

Lourdes Garcia-Navarro talks to researcher Robert-Jay Green about how people behave in same-sex marriage compared with heterosexual marriage. Green has studied LGBT relationships going back to 1975.

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Doctors Not Cutting Back On Radiation For Breast Cancer Patients

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 3:11pm

Breast cancer treatment typically involves surgery and chemotherapy, followed by radiation. But growing scientific evidence shows that in most cases, women get more radiation than they actually need.

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Playlist: Stories That Will Spark Your Imagination

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 8:08am

These TED Radio Hour stories will make you curious and maybe even ignite some creative ideas of your own.

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Teaching Friends And Family How To Reverse A Drug Overdose

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 2:36am

Quick treatment with Narcan can save a life after an overdose of heroin or opioid pain pills. The year 2014 saw more cops, drug users and their families carrying Narcan "rescue kits."

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Scientists Discover That Drunk Birds Sing Like Drunks

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 4:23pm

The songs of zebra finches, long used as a model for how humans learn to use speech, get a little sloppy after a few drinks, a new study finds. Future research will look at how it affects learning.

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From One Man's Damaged Brain, A Treasure Trove Of Research On Memory

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 4:22pm

When Kent Cochrane survived a motorcycle accident in 1981, he emerged with types of amnesia so rare that his brain became one of the most studied in history. He died this year at 62.

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An Aspiring Martian Continues To Pursue The Red Planet

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 4:23pm

Heidi Beemer has dreamed of going to Mars since she was 8 years old. In January, NPR talked to her about her application to Mars One, which is still pending — now she explains she has a plan B, too.

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Dwarf Galaxy, Long Overlooked, Discovered In Our 'Hood

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 1:48pm

Tiny Kks3, 7 million light years distant, is made up mostly of star stuff that's just a billion or so years younger than the Big Bang.

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The Songs That Saved The Whales

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 3:26pm

A 1970 collection of humpback whale songs is the biggest selling natural recording of all time. It inspired artists from Judy Collins to Kate Bush and helped fuel a nascent environmental movement.

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