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Retraction Watch Revisited

Friday, May 02, 2014

Ivan Oransky is a doctor and journalist and founder, along with Adam Marcus, of a blog called Retraction Watch. The site monitors scientific journals and investigates why articles were retracted. Brooke talks with Oransky, who says that since he and Marcus started the site in 2010 retractions have become more and more frequent.

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On The Media

Portraying Medicine: The Perils of Painting By Numbers

Friday, May 02, 2014

A special hour of stories about reporting on medical science. The misreporting of the effect of vaccines on autism, tracking retractions in medical journals, and a century old hoax that went uncorrected for forty years.

On The Media

Battling Bad Science

Friday, May 02, 2014

Stories about new innovations in health appear almost daily in the media, but the claims are frequently overblown, misleading, or completely false. In a TED talk from July, 2011, journalist Ben Goldacre talks about how to spot and avoid bad science.

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Last Chance Foods

Last Chance Foods: Say Yes to Nopales

Thursday, May 01, 2014

They're spiky on the outside, but they have a heart of slime — nopales are a Mexcian favorite that can be found in grocery stores and bodegas throughout the city. Food writer Lesley Téllez shares advice on how to shave off the spines, unleash the ooze, and cook up some tasty stuffed nopales. 

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Mamma Mia! Italian Chains Make Fast-Food Fare Look Light

Thursday, May 01, 2014

A new report details the diet-busting fare at popular Italian chains, like Maggiano's 1,680-calorie shrimp scampi pasta dish. It has about three times the calories of one Big Mac.

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Doctors Think The Other Guy Often Prescribes Unnecessary Care

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Three out of 4 physicians say that their fellow doctors order wasteful tests or procedures at least once a week, a nationwide poll finds.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Arianna Huffington Tries to Teach Leonard About Meditation

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Arianna Huffington looks at how our relentless pursuit of success has led to an epidemic of burnout and stress-related illnesses, and an erosion in the quality of our relationships, family life, and even our careers.

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All Things Considered

Contagious Aphrodisiac? Virus Makes Crickets Have More Sex

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Researchers have stumbled upon a virus that makes crickets horny before it kills them. Inducing your host to mate more is a great way for a virus to spread its own genes.

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The Takeaway

Should Sexual Assault Stats be Part of College Rankings?

Thursday, May 01, 2014

One Congresswoman thinks so—she’s pushing for U.S. News & World Report to incorporate assault data into its ranking methodology.

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All Things Considered

'Provocative' Research Turns Skin Cells Into Sperm

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Scientists were able to make immature sperm cells. If they can make the sperm viable, researchers could help men who thought they'd never have kids. But the findings also raise ethical questions.

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Here's The Scoop On Jackfruit, A Ginormous Fruit To Feed The World

Thursday, May 01, 2014

It's the largest tree fruit in the world. It's nutritious. And because it's pretty easy to grow, it has the potential to be a star in the developing world. But ... does it taste good?

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Science Friday

SciFri: Forty Years of Mindbending Success with the Rubik’s Cube

Thursday, May 01, 2014

The Rubik’s Cube has over 43 quintillion different starting combinations.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Squarepusher Rocks with Bots

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Electronic musician Squarepusher talks about writing Music for Robots.

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Science Friday

SciFri: App Chat: Apps to Mind Your Money

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Forget balancing a checkbook. Today there are better ways for the budget-minded to keep track of bank balances.

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Science Friday

Food Failures: Foraging Dos and Don'ts

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Professional forager Tama Matsuoka Wong gives tips for picking wild plants safely and sustainably.

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Science Friday

Elephants Use Different 'Words' to Signal Danger

Thursday, May 01, 2014

African elephants use different types of rumbles to signal danger from bees or humans.

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Science Friday

Male Researchers May Increase Stress in Lab Mice

Thursday, May 01, 2014

The gender of a researcher might influence the stress levels of laboratory mice.

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Science Friday

Nothing to Sneeze At

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Sneezes and coughs generate gas clouds that can spread germs farther than previously imagined.

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Love That Gel Nail Polish, But Know It Doesn't Come Risk-Free

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Popular gel nail polishes last for weeks, but the ultraviolet light used to cure them may cause premature skin aging and increase risk of cataracts, doctors say.

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New Virus Related To Smallpox Is Found In Republic Of Georgia

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Two men have been infected with a virus newly discovered in dairy cattle, scientists say. The disease causes blisters on the hands and arms, and other symptoms similar to those caused by smallpox.

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