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Meet the Mohawk Behind NASA’s Curiosity Mission

Thursday, July 03, 2014

NASA’s “Mohawk Man,” Bobak Ferdowsi, talks public and private space exploration, plans for Europa, and whether or not we’ll be putting a human on Mars.

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Science Friday

Celebrating Nature’s Summer Light Show, Fireflies

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The flashing of lightning bugs is a favorite part of a lazy summer evening, but there’s a lot of hidden nighttime drama.

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Science Friday

A Web of Doubt

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Author Charles Seife spots the falsehoods and fakes that make their way onto the information super highway.

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Science Friday

Ben Franklin: Sonic Explorer

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Ben Franklin’s sonic experiments included inventing a new musical instrument and testing the limits of the human voice.

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Science Friday

Do Your Patriotic Duty: Learn Math

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Mathematician Edward Frenkel says a well-educated public is essential to democracy—and that includes being knowledgeable about math.

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Did Supreme Court Tip Hand On Future Contraception Cases?

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The court's opinion that some for-profit firms don't have to provide women contraceptive coverage in the face of religious objections addressed only part of the legal battle over the mandate.

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Freakonomics Radio

A Better Way to Eat

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Takeru Kobayashi revolutionized the sport of competitive eating. What can the rest of us learn from his breakthrough?

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How Dark Chocolate, Not Milk Chocolate, May Help Blood Flow

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

In a small study, people with peripheral artery disease who ate dark chocolate could walk farther than those who ate milk chocolate. Compounds in dark chocolate may make it easier to keep moving.

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Can We Predict Which Teens Are Likely To Binge Drink? Maybe

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

We know some people are more at risk for abusing alcohol than others. Now scientists say they're getting closer to predicting which teenagers are most at risk.

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All Things Considered

Chicago And A Pair Of Counties Bring Lawsuit Against OxyContin Makers

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Two California counties and the city of Chicago, hard hit by OxyContin addiction, are suing the drug's manufacturers. Reporter Emily Green says they're charging that the drug-makers have contributed to an epidemic of prescription drug abuse.

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Costlier Digital Mammograms May Not Be Better For Older Women

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Digital mammograms are sharper and aid diagnosis, radiologists say. But these scans aren't significantly better than film scans in finding tumors in older women, a study finds. And they cost more.

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With Help From Extinct Humans, Tibetans Adapted To High Altitude

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

When it comes to living at extreme altitudes, Tibetans may have gotten a leg up from Denisovans, a species of archaic humans that lived about 50,000 years ago.

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Easy Method For Making Stem Cells Was Too Good To Be True

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Scientific papers that claimed stem cells could be made in the laboratory simply by dipping regular cells in acid didn't hold up under scrutiny. Now the work is being retracted because of errors.

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Morning Edition

Targeting Overweight Workers With Wellness Programs Can Backfire

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Companies say it pays to invest in employee health — productivity climbs and many costs of health care drop. But preserving worker privacy while encouraging fitness can be tricky.

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A Misspent Youth Doesn't Doom You To Heart Disease

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

You don't necessarily have to waste your days regretting the mistakes of your youth. People who drop bad habits by their 40s can slow or even reverse damage done to their arteries, a study finds.

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State Of The Painkiller Nation: Wide Variation In Prescription Rates

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Abuse of narcotic painkillers is a national problem. But it turns out that where you live can make a big difference in how likely you are to get a prescription for the medicines.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How to Get Better Health Care from Your Doctor

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Is diagnosis a lost art? Hear how to avoid dangerous tests, get the right diagnosis, and ask the important follow-up questions to avoid grave mistakes.

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The Takeaway

Under Her Skin: Crystal Miller

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Crystal Miller is 28-years-old. She found a lump in her breast in November 2013, and was diagnosed with breast cancer a month later. As a nurse and cancer researcher at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, Crystal struggles to ignore the disease statistics she knows so well.

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Older Adults Are Fatter Than Ever, Increasing Their Risk Of Illness

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

There's good news and bad news about aging boomers, a Census Bureau report finds. They're drinking less and voting more, but they're also heavier, which could mean less independence later.

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Under Her Skin: Anita Coleman

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Anita Coleman is 54-years-old. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, and suffered a relapse on February 21, 2014 after a regular mammogram came back suspicious. She recounts her first diagnosis, and how her family has helped her find the strength to fight the disease once again.

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