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PRI's The World

Ebola's spread to Nigeria presents a whole new level of risk

Friday, August 15, 2014

The medical relief agency Doctors Without Borders says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is like fighting a war, and the battle has now reached Nigeria. With huge, tightly-packed cities, the country could be in serious trouble if cases aren't contained.

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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

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

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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Science Friday

App Chat: Being Social Without Leaving a Trace

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A growing number of apps allow users to post ephemeral or anonymous messages—and they're catching on quickly with millennials.

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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

Sylvia Earle’s ‘Mission Blue’

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Oceanographer Sylvia Earle bears witness to troubling changes in our oceans in the documentary Mission Blue.

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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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PRI's The World

Liberia doesn't have many doctors, and it's battling Ebola with minimal supplies

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Doctors in West Africa are having a tough time battling Ebola since they're lacking the most basic supplies — like gloves and masks. Dr. Roseda Marshall, the chair of pediatrics at the University of Liberia's Dogliotti College of Medicine, says the world is wasting time while the epidemic spreads.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How to Contain and Control the Ebola Outbreak

Friday, August 08, 2014

West Africa is in the midst of the largest Ebola outbreak ever recorded. For this week's Please Explain, an infectious disease expert talks about where it comes from, how it spreads, and how it can be contained.

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PRI's The World

The ethical debate over the use of an untested Ebola drug

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Was it right to give an experimental serum to two people infected with Ebola? Was it right to give it to white Americans and not Africans? Kevin Fitzgerald, who's a medical ethicist at Georgetown University and a Jesuit priest, discusses the circumstances.

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Science Friday

Close Your Eyes and Listen to the Night Sky

Thursday, August 07, 2014

If the bright “supermoon” drowns out the Perseid meteor shower this year, why not listen for meteors instead?

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Science Friday

Can Science Build a Better Piano?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Scientists have created a 3D acoustical scan of the piano's resonance—and say it could help refine the art of piano-making.

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Science Friday

Algorithm Turns Everyday Objects Into Microphones

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Sound waves trigger tiny vibrations in objects. By studying the vibrations, researchers can recreate the sounds that caused them.

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Science Friday

Can an Experimental Therapy Be Used to Treat Ebola?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

A look at the experimental therapy used to treat two Americans who were infected with Ebola.

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Science Friday

Behind the Scenes at the City Morgue

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Forensic pathologist Judy Melinek’s memoir Working Stiff goes behind the scenes at the New York City morgue.

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Science Friday

Giving Viruses a License to Kill...Cancer

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Scientists transform common viruses like measles and herpes into potential cancer treatments.

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Science Friday

"Lucy" Debunked

Thursday, August 07, 2014

A neurobiologist reveals sci-fi thriller Lucy’s neuroscience bloopers.

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Science Friday

Listening In on Elephant ‘Mating Pandemonium’

Thursday, August 07, 2014

In a “mating pandemonium” event, a group of elephants roar after a pair of elephants mate.

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