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Scientists Sniff Smelly Comet

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Rosetta spacecraft has detected the scent of a comet...and it stinks.

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Science Friday

Countering Memory Loss With Cocoa Compounds

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Researchers try to counteract age-related memory decline with cocoa flavanols.

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Science Friday

Ebola Vaccines Fast-Tracked As Outbreak Slows

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Jon Cohen, a staff writer covering the outbreak for Science magazine, says that despite the vaccines’ success in monkeys, their efficacy in humans is far from guaranteed.

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Science Friday

Creature Double Feature

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Witness two tales that will make your skin crawl and your mind reel with fear and curiosity.

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Science Friday

Doctors ‘Unwrap’ a 3,000-Year-Old Mummy

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Radiologists use CT scans to piece together the life, and death, of Egyptian mummies.

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Science Friday

A Haunted House Turned Scientists’ Lab

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Scientists turn Pittsburgh’s ScareHouse into a real-world lab to discover why some brains thrive on fear.

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Science Friday

Behind the Monster Music: Why Some Tunes Scare Us

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin and Sound Opinions co-host Jim DeRogatis discuss the neuroscience of spooky songs.

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Meet ‘The Innovators’ Who Made the Digital Revolution

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators shows how the digital revolution was a team effort.

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Fossil Find Pushes Back Neanderthal-Human Mixing

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Researchers say a leg bone discovered in a Siberian river bank belongs to a man who lived some 45,000 years ago.

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Science Friday

Hand Sanitizer May Increase BPA Absorption

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hand sanitizer and similar products could increase the amount of BPA absorbed by the skin.

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Making a Meal From a Mouthful of Seawater

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A manta ray can filter 240 gallons of seawater per minute.

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Nerve Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man to Move Legs Again

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The pioneering treatment uses cells from the nasal cavity and strips of nerve from the ankle to repair a spinal injury.

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Science Friday

You Observed...Everything

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Science Club meets to discuss your observations of the world around you, from spider habitats to lunar eclipses.

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PRI's The World

The race is on to make a better Ebola test kit

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

It takes a health worker in a medical lab to test for Ebola. Now private companies are looking for cheaper, easier test kits to slow the spread of the epidemic. There are plenty of entrants in the race to develop the first one.

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The Takeaway

How Nigeria Became 'Ebola Free'

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The World Health Organization said on Monday that Nigeria is now "Ebola free" after 42 days with no new cases. Excellent detective work helped Nigeria fight the disease.

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PRI's The World

Emergency medical care is a rare but fragile sign of progress in Haiti

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A brand-new ambulance service in Haiti, the country's first, is working remarkably well. But it's a lonely moment of progress in the country's slow rebuilding process, and the rest of the health care system is still lagging behind.

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Science Friday

Rooting Out the Plant Microbiome

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Scientists are uncovering the importance of the plant microbiome for fighting off pathogens and increasing crop yields.

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Science Friday

More Than Cornflakes

Thursday, October 16, 2014

John Harvey Kellogg and his brother, W.K., are known today for their most famous discovery—corn flakes—but invented many other health foods along the way.

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Forensic Entomologists Hunt Down Insects to Help Catch Criminals

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To help piece together a crime scene, forensic entomologists examine the insects found in the area.

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Environmental Detectives Use Genetic Tools to Track Invasives

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A recently developed technique called "environmental DNA" allows invasive species trackers to get a time-sensitive fingerprint of which species are living where—including underwater.

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