Rae Ellen Bichell appears in the following:
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Even people who tread the line between deep and extreme poverty can manage to pull off a wedding. For one woman in Bangladesh, it took clever planning and seizing every opportunity.
Monday, October 05, 2015
In the 1960s, Chairman Mao Zedong ordered scientists to find a malaria antidote to help ailing soldiers in North Vietnam. Today's Nobel Prize for medicine went to one of those researchers.
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Even the poorest of people in the poorest of countries manage their cash. But banks may not want their business, so they might have to hire a money guard or join a ... merry-go-round?
Friday, September 25, 2015
United Nations member states pledged Friday to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030. That's defined as surviving on $1.25 per person per day. What is life really like on that amount?
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Japan, China and South Korea have discovered bilberries, lingonberries and cloudberries, which grow wild in Lapland. Exporters want to find a way to cultivate them to better control the supply.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
A startup in India — where an aging, ad hoc system limits water availability — is using text messages to let people know when their faucets should work, so they don't waste hours awaiting the deluge.
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Air conditioning standards are based on the needs of a 155-pound man. Researchers say it's time to admit that women don't need to be chilled as much and crank up the thermostat.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
In Finland, 90 percent of adults take part in sports or exercise at least twice a week. The Nordic nation far outpaces the U.S. in adult sports participation. Free and easy access to facilities helps.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
A group of top chefs, food scientists and tech geeks have set up a lab in Belgium to master 3-D food printing. Their goal: to create nutritionally enhanced foods that appeal to the pickiest palates.
Friday, May 01, 2015
Jon Krakauer has long been haunted by the question of how the subject of his book died in the Alaskan wilderness. In a journal, he and a scientist show that the seeds he consumed can contain a toxin.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
There's more than one way to make color, nature tells us. And more than one way to use it to your own advantage.
Friday, October 03, 2014
UNICEF estimates that thousands of children in West Africa have lost parents to Ebola. Convincing communities to accept and care for these children isn't always easy.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Thistle extract, carrot dye and fair trade labels aren't just for tea. Condoms with fair trade and vegan certifications are moving into a market dominated by Trojan and Durex.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Sierra Leoneans scramble for supplies as a three-day, countrywide lockdown approaches. International medical professionals doubt the move will do much to halt the spread of Ebola.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
In many countries, eggs aren't refrigerated and they're still considered safe to eat. But in the U.S., we have to chill them, because we've washed away the cuticle that protects them from bacteria.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
It's a mystery how butterflies manage to make their brilliant wing colors, but Yale physicists got a glimpse when they took the question to the lab, breeding dull brown butterflies into purple ones.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
By playing with the physics of wing color, scientists get a glimpse into how butterflies get their colors, and how quickly they can evolve from brown to brilliant.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Is this 2014 or 1348? The plague — yes, the infamous Black Death — was reported in China and Colorado. It's the same disease as the Middle Ages pandemic. Only now we know how to treat it.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Archaeologists have found that for a period of about 7,000 years, people were eating a weed that may have helped them avoid cavities. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on July 16.)
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Turns out that for 7,000 years, snacking on nutsedge may have helped people avoid tooth decay. But at some point, the root it lost its charm. By the 1970s, it was branded "the world's worst weed."