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Why Google Is Going All In On Diabetes

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 6:03am

Google made a name for itself with search technology, but it has dabbled in moonshot projects like self-driving cars. Now the company's life science unit is looking for better diabetes treatments.

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Japan Reopens Town Shuttered By Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Sat, 09/05/2015 - 8:15am

The town of Naraha, which had 7,400 residents, was evacuated in the wake of a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011 that triggered the release of radiation at the power plant.

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Care To Buy An Island Off The Hamptons? Don't Mind The Foot-And-Mouth Disease

Sat, 09/05/2015 - 4:02am

The federal government is preparing to auction off Plum Island, a mostly undeveloped spot near some exceptionally pricy real estate. The catch? It was once used as a disease research lab.

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Take The Long Way Home: Spacefarers' Journey Prolonged By Space Junk

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 4:30pm

Three spacefarers heading to the International Space Station this week had to take a detour in order to avoid space debris. Researchers have yet to solve the problem of orbiting junk.

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Experimental Drug Provides New Approach To Fighting Alzheimer's

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 3:31pm

A new experimental drug is designed to slow down Alzheimer's by protecting brain cells from toxins associated with the disease. That's a different approach from other Alzheimer's drugs, which have tried to eliminate those toxins.

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When Pets Do Pot: A High That's Not So Mighty

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 9:02am

The rise of legal marijuana seems to be fueling a spike in the number of pets that become unhappily high off of pilfered treats. The dose is rarely fatal, but it can be a buzzkill.

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How Likely Is It, Really, That Your Athletic Kid Will Turn Pro?

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 3:38am

More than a quarter of parents in a recent poll say they hope their teens who play high school sports will become professional athletes. But sky-high parental expectations can have a dark side.

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Scientists Find Fern Whose Parents Are Separated By 60 Million Years Of Evolution

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 3:25pm

Scientists have found a fern whose parents are separated by some 60 million years of evolution. This story originally aired on February 24, 2015 on Morning Edition.

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Coast Guard: Tow Boat Collision On Mississippi Causes Oil Spill

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 12:26pm

Officials say the collision between two tow boats near Paducah, Kentucky, occurred last night. One of them is discharging oil into the river.

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Warning Calls Decoded: Squirrels Take Up Bird Alarms To Foil The Enemy

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 3:59am

It can take more than just a keen ear to figure out what animals are saying. Sometimes, scientists are learning, you have to talk back to map the rich networks of conversation in a forest.

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Illinois House Leaders Override Governor's Veto On Heroin Addiction Bill

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 8:01pm

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner partially vetoed the Heroin Crisis Act, which would have cleared the way for Medicaid to fund addiction treatments.

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Tree Counter Is Astonished By How Many Trees There Are

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:25pm

Earth is home to more than 3 trillion trees, a new map of forest density shows. That's more than anyone realized. But the total is also down about 46 percent since the first humans arrived.

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Why Freezing Didn't Keep Sushi Tuna Safe From Salmonella

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 9:55am

Freezing is usually considered a way to make raw fish safer. But a recent outbreak of Salmonella in frozen, raw tuna used in sushi across the U.S. highlights the limits of the food-safety technique.

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As More Adults Pedal, Their Biking Injuries And Deaths Spike, Too

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 3:43am

Hospital admissions caused by bike injuries have more than doubled in the past 15 years across the country. One doctor thinks the "Lance Armstrong effect" could be a reason for the jump.

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Huge Fish Farm Planned Near San Diego Aims To Fix Seafood Imbalance

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:50pm

The aquaculture project would be the same size as New York's Central Park and produce 11 million pounds of yellowtail and sea bass each year. But some people see it as an aquatic "factory farm."

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Economic Concerns Fuel Campaign To Save The Sage Grouse

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 3:29pm

Many in the West are backing an effort to keep the greater sage grouse off the endangered species list. By saving the bird, they feel they can save the culture and customs of the West as well.

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Smell Mapping: Using Your Nose To Retrace Your Steps

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 3:29pm

A University of California, Berkeley psychologist has found that people can create a map in their heads with scents as location markers. NPR replicates the experiment with a master sommelier, and discovers that olfactory navigation is lot more successful if you have a sophisticated nose.

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How Startups Are Using Tech To Mitigate Workplace Bias

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 3:29pm

The idea that everyone makes automatic, subconscious associations about people is not new. But now some companies are trying to reduce the impact of such biases in the workplace.

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Denmark Might Be Winning The Global Race To Prevent Food Waste

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:41pm

According to a recent report from the Danish government, Danes now throw away 25 percent less food than they did five years ago. Supermarkets are doing their part by selling older food at a discount.

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Hard Evidence: Teachers' Unconscious Biases Contribute To Gender Disparity

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:41am

Girls often outperform boys in science and math at an early age but are less likely to choose tough courses in high school. An Israeli experiment demonstrates how biases of teachers affect students.

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