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Building Me: A Puzzlement

Friday, September 05, 2014

I am made of atoms. Seven-thousand-trillion-trillion of them. How did I teach them to tie my shoes? Or did they teach me?

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WNYC News

At Columbia, Tension Rises Over Sexual Assault

Friday, September 05, 2014

Columbia University students receive more sexual violence education than ever before. But Emma Sulkowicz and other survivors of assault say serial rapists remain free to roam campus. 

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Morning Edition

Replacing An Ambulance With A Station Wagon

Friday, September 05, 2014

There's nothing like an ambulance when you really need one, but they're expensive, and a lot of people who call an ambulance would actually be better served with a different, cheaper kind of care.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Food Fridays Returns!

Friday, September 05, 2014

Food Fridays are back! Find out where to get some of the best NYC foods. Chef Tony Geraci talks about transforming school lunch. How to forage. Please Explain is all about rice.

WNYC News

Health Insurance Spikes — But Less Than Expected

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Insurers asked state regulators for premium increases close to 13 percent for next year. Albany is allowing about half that.

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How Do We Stop Ebola? WHO Declares War On The Virus

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Over the next six months, about 20,000 people will get Ebola. Half will likely die. To stop the virus, the World Health Organization says it needs thousands of health care workers and $600 million.

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PRI's The World

Universities are screening students from West Africa for Ebola as they return to school

Thursday, September 04, 2014

There are an estimated 10,000 students from Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea attending American colleges and universities. Many US campuses have put Ebola health screening measures in place to make sure students aren't infected.

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All Things Considered

Budget Cuts Hobble The World Health Organization's Ebola Response

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Melissa Block talks to New York Times correspondent Sheri Fink about how budget cuts at the World Health Organization have hurt the United Nations agency's response to the Ebola crisis.

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All Things Considered

Remembering Shacki: Liberia's Accidental Ebola Victim

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Shacki Kamara went out to buy his aunt some tea. Then she heard from the neighborhood kids: "They shot Shacki." He died the next day. Eva Nah is still asking why.

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Johnson & Johnson Pushes Ahead With Ebola Vaccine

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The vaccine would target the Zaire species of Ebola that's now spreading through West Africa. The vaccine worked well in tests on macaque monkeys, and it could be tested in humans starting in 2015.

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Science Friday

From Exotic Garden to Eco-Haven

Thursday, September 04, 2014

A former millionaire's estate is becoming an environmental haven and training ground.

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Science Friday

Randall Munroe Asks, ‘What If?’

Thursday, September 04, 2014

In his new book What If?, xkcd comic artist Randall Munroe answers his reader’s hypothetical questions with math and science.

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Science Friday

Hello, Stranger, Wanna Share a Cab?

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Researchers found that potentially 95 percent of cab rides in New York City could have been shared.

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Science Friday

To Master Test Material, Give Your Brain a Break

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Salvador Dalí and Thomas Edison took very brief naps when they were stuck on artistic and scientific problems.

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Science Friday

Supermassive Dinosaur Would Have ‘Feared Nothing’

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Scientists estimate the dinosaur Dreadnoughtus schrani would have weighed as much as a Boeing 737.

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Science Friday

The Wilderness Act Turns 50

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Fifty years ago this week, legislation set aside over nine million acres of official wilderness.

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More Homes Go Smoke-Free, But Exposure Remains A Health Threat

Thursday, September 04, 2014

People are getting the message about the dangers of secondhand smoke at home, a CDC study says. But half of smokers still light up in the house, putting the health of relatives and friends at risk.

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A Few Ebola Cases Likely In U.S., Air Traffic Analysis Predicts

Thursday, September 04, 2014

What are the chances somebody with Ebola will fly to the U.S. by late September? One team of scientists says it could be as high as 18 percent. And the risk is even higher for the U.K.

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PRI's The World

Why isn't the rest of the world helping fight the Ebola outbreak?

Thursday, September 04, 2014

When there's a devastating earthquake almost anywhere around the globe, health care workers and humanitarian groups rush in. But in the case of Ebola in West Africa, only three countries — China, Cuba, and Uganda — have sent in medical teams. And the disease is outstripping the resources.

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Health Law Gets Reprieve As Appeals Court Agrees To Rehear Key Case

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals' decision overrides a July ruling by a three-judge panel that imperiled subsidies for people buying insurance in states that rely on the federal exchange.

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