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Alan Alda Challenges Scientists to Answer: What Is Sleep?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Alan Alda’s “Flame Challenge” asks scientists to answer the big questions that keep them up at night to 11-year-olds around the world.

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Science Friday

The Best Science Books of 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Science writers Deborah Blum and Annalee Newitz join Ira to share their favorite science books of 2014.

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Science Friday

DIY Holiday Gift Hacks

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Avoid the long lines and hack your holiday gifts, from homemade perfume to 3-D printed ornaments.

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Science Friday

Food Failures: Cookie Science Secrets

Thursday, December 11, 2014

In this episode, Cooking for Geeks author Jeff Potter gives home bakers tips on how to achieve cookie perfection using different sugars, fats, and flours.

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Science Friday

Evidence Mounts for Liquid Water on Mars

Thursday, December 11, 2014

NASA reveals new evidence for a large lake that could have existed for millions of years on Mars.

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The Takeaway

Chinese Govt. Makes Millions Selling Cigarettes

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Andrew Martin investigates China's multi-billion dollar tobacco industry—and the rise of cancer—for the latest issue of the magazine.

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Does Snoring Leave Tots More Vulnerable To Childhood Obesity?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Young kids who don't get enough shut-eye, or who are noisy breathers when they doze, are more likely to have weight issues as adolescents, a British study suggests.

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Debunking Vaccine Myths Can Have An Unintended Effect

Thursday, December 11, 2014

People concerned about potential flu vaccine side effects may be less likely to get the shot after learning that their worries are more misplaced than they were to start with.

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From Potatoes To Salty Fries In School: Congress Tweaks Food Rules

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The giant federal spending bill that's expected to go to a vote Thursday will give schools some flexibility in implementing nutrition standards. Also a winner: the potato lobby.

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All Things Considered

Boredom On The Border Between Liberia And Guinea

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

To stop the spread of Ebola, Liberia shut down its border crossings to Guinea. That might have been wise from a medical point of view, but it's bad for the economy — and the restless residents.

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Making The Human Condition Computable

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Technological advances are making it easier for you and your doctor to track your health and to find treatments for complex diseases. But the technology may be costly and there are privacy pitfalls.

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WNYC News

Nine Hours on a Gurney at New York Presbyterian

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Local residents, nurses and doctors voice complaints about wait times and other problems at New York Presbyterian's hospitals in northern Manhattan.

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Doctors Lag In Adopting Cheaper, Faster Radiation For Breast Cancer

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Three weeks of radiation works just as well as six weeks for most women with early stage breast cancer. But doctors have been slow to make that switch. Money may be one big reason why, a study says.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Time Persons of the Year . . . Ebola Fighters

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

TIME health editor Siobhan O'Connor and nation editor Ben Goldberger talk about the selection of Time's Persons of the Year -- the Ebola fighters. 

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A Crowd Of Scientists Finds A Better Way To Predict Seizures

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The winners of an online competition identified electrical patterns in the brain that often precede a seizure. The victors included a mathematician and an engineer, but no doctor.

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Morning Edition

Scientists Often Skip A Simple Test That Could Verify Their Work

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Scientists have published thousands of studies using immortal cell lines, but in many cases the cells in the experiments have been misidentified or contaminated. The problem could be avoided easily.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brooke Gladstone Is Back From Liberia

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

On the Media's Brooke Gladstone returns from a reporting trip in Liberia and tells us what she learned.

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Why Aren't World Leaders Angrier About Violence Against Women?

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

That's what South African activist Bafana Khumalo wants to know. He's spoken out for 20 years. He protested at the White House today and will accept an award for his efforts tomorrow.

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All Things Considered

This Nursing Home Calms Troubling Behavior Without Risky Drugs

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The staff's goal was to reduce the prescription of antipsychotic drugs by 20 percent. In the first year, they cut use by 97 percent. How? By addressing the real reasons for agitation and aggression.

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WNYC News

New York Christians Flock to Health Care Alternative

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

For health sharing ministries, any medical service deemed "unbiblical" is out.

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