Rae Ellen Bichell

Rae Ellen Bichell appears in the following:

Saving For A Wedding When You Make 53 Cents A Day

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.


On Orders From Mao, Researchers Set Off On Nobel-Winning Drug Work

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.


If You're Poor, There's No Way To Save Money, Right? Wrong!

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?


Life On $1.25 A Day: Plenty Of Worries But Still Time For Tea

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?


Asian Countries Have Nordic Berry Fever, And Finland Can't Keep Up

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.


No More Standing By The Spigot: Messaging App Alerts Water Availability

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.


Women, There's A Reason Why You're Shivering In The Office

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.


How Finns Make Sports Part Of Everyday Life

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.


A 3-D Food Lab And Restaurant Wants To Turn Yuck Into Yum

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.


'Into The Wild' Author Tries Science To Solve Toxic Seed Mystery

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.


How Animals Hacked The Rainbow And Got Stumped On Blue

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.


After Losing Parents To Ebola, Orphans Face Stigma

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.


Fair-Trade Condoms: Latex That Lets You Love The World

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.


In Sierra Leone, A Lockdown ... Or A Time To Reflect?

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.


Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn't

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.


In Just 6 Generations, Butterflies Brighten Their Colors

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.


Butterfly Shifts From Shabby To Chic With A Tweak Of The Scales

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.


Shades Of The Middle Ages: The Plague Popped Up In China And Colorado

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.


A Nasty Weed May Have Helped Ancient Humans Keep Their Teeth

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.)


This Dirty Little Weed May Have Cleaned Up Ancient Teeth

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."