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Caffeine Gives Athletes An Edge, But Don't Overdo It

Friday, August 01, 2014

Studies show the caffeine in just a few cups of coffee enhances performance in a wide range of sports. But more isn't better, and concentrated caffeine can be lethal.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Chilling Effect

Friday, August 01, 2014

We’ll look at the chilling effect that government surveillance is having on journalists who cover national security, intelligence, and law enforcement. Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis talks about his new play “Between Riverside and Crazy,” along with director Austin Pendleton and Stephen McKinley Henderson, who stars in it. Time magazine’s Bryan Walsh explains how invasive alien species are causing environmental and economic problems. This week’s Please Explain is all about freezing, canning, and pickling!

PRI's The World

A Liberian describes the hard reality of Ebola: 'You're running even from people you love'

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The ebola crisis has so overwhelmed some hospitals in Liberia, that patients are being treated in their homes. Markets in border areas are being closed, as well as schools. Liberia's Information Minister Lewis Brown says the country's frightened health care workers need counseling.

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Should We Return The Nutrients In Our Pee Back To The Farm?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A group of environmentalists in Vermont aren't at all squeamish about "pee-cycling." A local hay farmer is using their pee as fertilizer as they run tests to find out how safe it is for growing food.

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Kentucky Buoys Noah's Ark Park With Millions In New Tax Breaks

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Christian theme park, featuring a 510-foot-long replica of the ark, is getting $18 million in new incentives from the state's tourism board.

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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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Science Friday

Can’t Stop Worrying? Blame It on Your Habenula

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The habenula is a pea-sized part of the brain that tracks our expectations of negative events.

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Science Friday

Can Animals Go Mad?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

From depressed dogs to anxious gorillas, author Laurel Braitman explores mental illness in animals.

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Science Friday

How Ultramarathons Affect the Heart, Blood, and Brain

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Exercise scientists Tamara Hew-Butler and Greg Whyte talk about how the body changes after dozens of hours in motion.

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Science Friday

Will Big Data Answer Big Questions on Health?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Google's latest big idea is called "Baseline Study"—an effort to catalog the DNA of thousands of healthy people, along with their blood, urine, saliva, breath, and tears.

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Science Friday

Tapping Into Musical Memory

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A new documentary, Alive Inside, exposes the connections between music and memory.

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Science Friday

Ebola Outbreak Continues in West Africa

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ebola specialist Daniel Bausch provides an on-the-ground view of treating the disease in West Africa.

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Hospitals Fight Proposed Changes In The Training Of Doctors

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Institute of Medicine this week urged Congress to allocate to community clinics more of the $15 billion it spends annually on training new doctors. But hospitals say that's the wrong prescription.

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Scientists Say The Moon Is Hiding A Lumpy Middle

Thursday, July 31, 2014

It turns out that our nearest neighbor in space is sort of a squashed sphere. The lead author of a new paper published in Nature describes it as "a lemon with an equatorial bulge."

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Studio 360

Jennifer Lopez, Pink Floyd, and other Celebrity Bugs

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Every year, thousands of new species of creatures are identified. Since naming something after oneself is considered a diva move in the scientific community, many choose the next best thing: the name of a real-life diva.

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What Somebody's Mummy Can Teach You About Heart Disease

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mummies from Ancient Egypt, Peru and the U.S. all show signs of hardened arteries. But why? Researchers say bad hygiene, open hearths and maybe some deeply ingrained genetic factors were to blame.

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Morning Edition

Is Fracking To Blame For Increase In Quakes In Oklahoma?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Oklahoma is experiencing more earthquakes, and some scientists say they're caused by wastewater disposal wells. Linda Wertheimer learns more from energy reporter Joe Wertz of StateImpact Oklahoma.

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Fishko Files

Let There Be Light

Thursday, July 31, 2014

As World War Two was ending in the mid 1940s, John Huston began to make a film for the US Army on veterans who’d been psychologically damaged in battle. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, the film “Let There Be Light” was filled with gripping footage of ailing veterans.  But the film never saw the light of day until thirty-five years later.  Here is this Fishko Files (first aired in April 2012)…

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Freakonomics Radio

How Much Does Your Name Matter? (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A kid's name can tell us something about his parents -- their race, social standing, even their politics. But is your name really your destiny?

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Problem Drinking In Midlife Linked To Memory Trouble Later

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

One study suggests middle-aged adults with a history of problem drinking may be twice as likely to develop serious memory issues as the years wear on.

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