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The Takeaway

Fracking Chemicals Found in PA Drinking Water

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

In Bradford County, Pennsylvania, new research has found that a chemical used in fracking operations has made its way into drinking water that was sampled from three homes in the region.

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The Takeaway

Scientists Close In on Alzheimer's Cure

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Researchers at Duke University blocked the progression of memory loss in mice, and they hope to do the same for humans. 

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The Takeaway

How the NRA Twisted Gun Science and Silenced Researchers

Friday, April 10, 2015

In the early '90s, CDC research showed that households with a gun had higher rates of violent deaths. The NRA questioned the science and worked to cover it up.

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The Takeaway

Science May Speak, But Money Talks

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Politicians often ignore facts because they don't align with their ideology. But scientists hype research to secure more funding. 

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Living Cancer

The War On Cancer Hasn't Been Won

Monday, March 23, 2015

Medical researchers have made only modest progress treating the most common cancers since the war on cancer was declared in 1971.

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The Takeaway

Sugar Lobby Scores Sweet Deals by Souring Government Research

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Takeaway discusses how the influential and powerful sugar industry has shaped government research on dental care for years.

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The Takeaway

Think Our Voting System is Color Blind? Think Again.

Friday, February 27, 2015

A new study from researchers at Harvard suggests that racial bias still plays a big role in the voting system.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Tell Us Something About An Obscure President

Monday, February 16, 2015

It's Presidents Day and it's REALLY cold out. Join us for an indoors-only activity: learning something new about an obscure US president.

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Living Cancer

What Causes Breast Cancer? These Mothers and Daughters May Hold a Clue

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Many things raise the risk for cancer, including exposure to various toxins and radiation. But our knowledge about the range of chemicals that can trigger cancer is limited.

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The Takeaway

Research Lab Lets Animals Suffer for Profits

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

For the past 50 years, the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center has been making the meat industry more efficient and productive by utilizing aggressive and sometimes cruel methods.

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The Takeaway

The Science of Decision-Making

Monday, January 12, 2015

Why do we struggle to keep even our best New Year’s resolutions? We delve into the latest research about the science of decision-making to find out.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Thanksgiving Day Special

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from The Takeaway! This episode are just a few of our staff favorites from the past year.

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On The Media

A Dreary Mythbuster

Friday, October 31, 2014

We often hear that mass shootings are not on the rise, despite our gut feelings to the contrary. But new research finds they are, in fact, happening more often.   

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On The Media

Grabbing the Gavel

Friday, October 24, 2014

A new study finds that TV ads attacking state supreme court justices during elections influence both who makes the bench and how the law is laid down. 

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The Takeaway

Combating Gender Bias in Health Research

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Many scientific studies focus only on male subjects, which has serious consequences for female patients. A new program aims to address gender bias in research.

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PRI's The World

No matter where in the world you are, opting out of childhood vaccines can be a catastrophic choice

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The new NOVA special, "Vaccines: Calling the Shots," explores the lingering global resistance to vaccination campaigns. Case studies from around the world explain just how bad the impact can be when groups opt out of childhood shots.

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PRI's The World

The wreck of a long-lost ship from the Franklin Expedition has been found in the Canadian Arctic

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

British explorer John Franklin departed England in 1845 to explore the Arctic — but he never returned. Now one of the two lost Franklin expedition ships has been found by the Royal Canadian Geological Society.

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The Takeaway

Say Goodbye to Bad Memories

Thursday, August 28, 2014

What if you could take any one unpleasant memory and rewrite it to have sunnier associations? Researchers say they’ve managed to transform bad memories into good ones in mice.

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PRI's The World

It turns out turtles have something to say

Monday, August 18, 2014

Experts used to believe that turtles were entirely mute and deaf. But that turns out to be false, according to researchers in Brazil who say they have recorded turtle vocalizations for the first time.

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PRI's The World

Jennifer Lopez has a species of water mite named after her. Really

Thursday, July 31, 2014

What do Barack Obama, Jennifer Lopez and Bob Marley have in common? Think science and species.

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