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The 'First' Battle of Gas Versus Electric

Thursday, October 16, 2014

As plug-in electric vehicles struggle to carve out a slice of today's auto market, it's worth remembering the first such battle—at the turn of the 1900s.

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Science Friday

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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PRI's The World

Keeping disease and people separate isn't easy, even at Ebola treatment centers

Monday, October 13, 2014

Health workers are contracting Ebola, leading many people to take a look at the facilities that treat Ebola patients. Here's how one treatment center in Liberia tries to move its workers and patients through to cut down on the risks of transmission.

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Science Friday

Is MSG Bad for Your Health?

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Four decades of scientific studies suggest the food additive MSG may not deserve its toxic reputation.

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Science Friday

Taking the Temperature of Rising Seas

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Researchers are trying to better understand ocean water temperatures, which is an important factor in rising sea levels.

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Science Friday

The Race to Contain, Rather Than Cure, Ebola

Thursday, October 09, 2014

With production of experimental treatments slow-going, rapid diagnostic testing could be the best bet for containing the ongoing Ebola outbreak.

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Science Friday

How Did the Violin Get Its Shape?

Thursday, October 09, 2014

From its role in biological systems to cultural products, “shape is information that can tell us a story,” says biologist Dan Chitwood.

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Science Friday

Your Home, Your Bacteria

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The surfaces in a home reflect the distinct blend of bacteria that inhabit the people that live there.

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Science Friday

How to Make Quark Soup

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Brookhaven National Laboratory cooks up tiny ephemeral batches of quark-gluon soup that are said to be the most "perfect" fluid ever discovered.

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Science Friday

Atul Gawande: On Being Mortal

Thursday, October 09, 2014

In his book Being Mortal, surgeon Atul Gawande argues that more medicine may not be better medicine in end-of-life care.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Medicine Can Improve Life — and Death

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Medicine can improve our lives, but surgeon and writer Atul Gawande wants medical care to also  improve the way we die.

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Science Friday

A Whiff of What’s to Come: What Sense of Smell Says About Health

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Older adults’ sense of smell might be a strong indicator of their risk of mortality within a five-year span.

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Science Friday

Community Labs Practice Do-It-Yourself Biology

Thursday, October 02, 2014

In DIY biology labs across the country, citizen scientists take the tools of synthetic biology into their own hands.

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Science Friday

Catching a Glimpse of an Eclipse

Thursday, October 02, 2014

This month, North America will be under the skies of a full lunar eclipse on October 8 and a partial solar eclipse on October 23.

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Science Friday

Do Chimps Have Culture?

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Researchers say a real-world case of “monkey see, monkey do” might model the origins of human culture.

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Science Friday

Mining the Internet for Clues to Chinese Censorship

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Protests continue in Hong Kong, but only glimpses of the activity make it into mainland China due to censorship.

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Science Friday

Dance and Physics Collide in ‘Quantum’

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Choreographer Gilles Jobin took inspiration from the movements of physics for his piece Quantum.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Surprise Medical Bills and Other Major Health Care Costs

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal on why we're being billed for treatment by doctors we've never even met.

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PRI's The World

New mobile clinics are helping aid workers treat Ebola patients in Liberia

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Liberia is ground zero of the Ebola outbreak. In Liberia's capital, Monrovia, aid workers are trying new mobile clinics to help them contain the outbreak.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What to Know about the Enterovirus 68

Monday, September 29, 2014

NYC Health Department deputy commissioner Dr. Jay Varma offers guidance on the enterovirus 68 outbreak.

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