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Science Friday

Bridging the Rift: Oculus' Answer to Virtual Reality

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Technological and design innovations inside the Oculus Rift make virtual reality poised for a mass-market debut.

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Science Friday

Decoding Secret Communication Between Plants

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A new study in Science says that certain parasitic plants spy on their hosts through RNA exchanges.

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Science Friday

Close-Up With a Comet

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft is the first probe to orbit a comet.

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Science Friday

Food Failures: Concocting Condiments

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Culinary scientist Ali Bouzari dips into the chemistry behind condiments, from hot sauce to mustard.

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Science Friday

Is Healthy Soil the Low-Tech Solution to Climate Change?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

In her book The Soil Will Save Us, writer Kristin Ohlson concludes that the low-cost, low-tech solution to climate change may be directly underfoot—in healthy soil.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Arguing Against Suicide

Thursday, August 14, 2014

"We can still save each other," says Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It. In the wake of Robin Williams's death, it's time to have an open conversation about the impact of suicide, and how we can stop being "scared" of reaching out to those who need help.

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Beneath These Masks Is An Artist Conflicted By Junk Food

Thursday, August 14, 2014

James Ostrer slathered himself and a few friends with cream cheese and then piled candy, doughnuts and fries on top. As he photographed these human sculptures, he found a sort of catharsis.

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A Fiasco At The Burial Ground, A Prank At The Shop: Covering Ebola

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Jason Beaubien reports on his body temperature (you won't believe it), a burial fiasco (you won't believe that either) and a prank that made his driver laugh.

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Morning Edition

Reporter's Notebook: A Not-So-Grand Tour Of Ethiopia's Top Hospital

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The reporter asks the nurse what the hospital needs. The nurse says, "If you don't help me, why do you ask me?" Welcome to Black Lion, said to be the country's best hospital.

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Morning Edition

Who Gets First Dibs On Transplanted Liver? Rules May Change

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Location, location, location too often trumps medical need, some doctors say. But another solution to making the distribution of scarce organs fairer worries some transplant surgeons and patients.

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Death By Salt? New Study Finds Too Much Sodium Is A Global Killer

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It's not just Americans who are oversalted. A new study reports that sodium takes a global toll, attributing 1.65 million deaths from cardiovascular disease to sodium consumption.

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All Things Considered

UNICEF Report: Africa's Population Could Hit 4 Billion By 2100

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

UNICEF predicts that Africa will have more than 4 billion people by 2100. Depending on how Africa's governments handle the upswing, that could mean a boom in the economy or a rise in mass poverty.

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All Things Considered

The Trouble With Saying 'Set Free' When Talking About Suicide

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Robin Williams' death has renewed focus on the issue of suicide, in the media and in the medical community. Psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Minne speaks with Melissa Block about how a high-profile suicide like Williams' may affect vulnerable populations struggling with depression.

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All Things Considered

West African Doctors Plead For Access To Experimental Ebola Serum

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Ebola outbreak has taken a particularly high toll on health workers, with more than 100 cases of health workers infected with the disease. West Africans are now requesting access to experimental drugs that have been used on Western health workers.

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PRI's The World

As the Ebola crisis rages, West African villagers are warned away from fruit bats

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Scientists are warning West African villagers to stop hunting bush meat and to stay away from fruit bats as they circle in a possible animal source for the latest Ebola outbreak. The Ebola virus lives in fruit bats, scientists believe, and is threatening communities who are already facing the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history.

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Schoolchildren Who Add Hand Sanitizer To Washing Still Get Sick

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Researchers say that in countries where clean water and soap are plentiful, there may be no additional benefit from installing sanitizer dispensers in classrooms.

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The Takeaway

The Fine Line Between Humor and Mental Illness

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Robin Williams has become today's symbol of tortured comedic genius - and now a new generation of comedians are plucking the depths of despair for material. 

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Many Big Employers Plan To Offer Skimpy Health Options Despite Law

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

These low-benefit plans are part of a strategy that lets workers and employers avoid health law penalties but may not provide substantial coverage.

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At Niger's School For Husbands, The Lesson Is 'Space Your Children'

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Its birthrate is the world's highest: seven kids per woman. There's not enough fertile land to feed everyone. So Niger is telling its men that a big family is not the only way to be a Big Man.

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Morning Edition

Biologists Choose Sides In Safety Debate Over Lab-Made Pathogens

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The debate about whether it's OK to engineer and study microbes that could prompt a human pandemic has reignited. Each side now has a website and its own list of Nobelists and superstar supporters.

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