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Hackers Teach Computers To Tell Healthy And Sick Brain Cells Apart

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Scientists are still better than computers at assessing a neuron's health by looking at its shape. But an effort that includes an international series of hackathons could help speed the process.

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The Takeaway

Frustrated with U.S., Amazon Tests Drone Delivery in Canada

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

It's a bird ... It's a plane ... It's an Amazon drone carrying a package weighing less than 55 lbs.

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Meet The Bacteria That Make A Stink In Your Pits

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Scientists say they've identified the bacteria that emit that rank smell after a hard workout. Future deodorants might target that bad actor rather than blocking sweat glands or nuking all bacteria.

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The Takeaway

State Secrets Revealed? H Bomb Architect Moves Forward With Memoir

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Physicist Ken Ford witnessed the hydrogen bomb's creation, an event he tries to shed some light onto in his new memoir. But the U.S. government says his book contains state secrets.

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U.S. Promises To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Up To 28 Percent By 2025

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The new target was submitted to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change Tuesday. It is part of a plan for a new international treaty to be hammered out in December in Paris.

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How Many Stars Are There?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The night sky carries the weight of many meanings for humanity. Astrophysicist Adam Frank directs us to a short video addressing the sum of the stars in the sky.

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Morning Edition

No Easy, Reliable Way To Screen For Suicide

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Clinicians correctly predict a suicide attempt about half the time — no better than a coin toss. Certain tests of involuntary responses, although still experimental, aim to improve the odds.

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Morning Edition

After Snowden, The NSA Faces Recruitment Challenge

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

To keep its code-breaking prowess, the National Security Agency must recruit scores of the brightest students in math and computer science each year. The Snowden revelations are hurting those efforts.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Amazon Drones, State Secrets, and Stolen Nazi Art

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Takeaway explores a new delivery service being pushed by Amazon, a new memoir on the hydrogen bomb, and a film the chronicles the story of a stolen work of art.

All Things Considered

Want To Do A Little Astrophysics? This App Detects Cosmic Rays

Monday, March 30, 2015

Two physicists keen to detect a a very rare, high energy particle think you and I can help. The researchers are working on an app that would allow any smartphone to detect rare particles from space.

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All Things Considered

Videos On End-Of-Life Choices Ease Tough Conversation

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A program in Hawaii aims to reduce the number of older people who spend their final days of life in a hospital. Hawaii has one of the highest rates of hospital deaths for those over age 65 in the U.S.

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A Day's A Day The World Around — But Shorter On Saturn

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Researchers have finally determined the length of a day on the ringed planet (gas shrouds any landmarks, so it was tough). Precision matters: A faster spin influences the speed of surface winds.

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Indiana's HIV Spike Prompts New Calls For Needle Exchanges Statewide

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Southeastern Indiana is battling an HIV outbreak. The new cases are mostly linked to injection drug use and have reignited a debate over needle exchanges, which are currently illegal in the state.

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Birder Finds Panama Packed With Species, But No Harpy Eagles

Saturday, March 28, 2015

There are more species of birds in Panama than all of North America. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Ray Brown, host of the radio program Talkin' Birds, who just returned from the country.

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Calif. Governor Can't Make It Rain, But Can Make Relief Money Pour

Friday, March 27, 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed his sweeping $1.1 billion emergency drought relief bill Friday. It funds water infrastructure improvements like flood control and aid for farmworkers.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Too Many (Medical) Tests

Friday, March 27, 2015

Dartmouth's Dr. H. Gilbert Welch argues that the real problem with health care isn't that people get too little, but too much that's of little value.

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The Takeaway

How Far One Astronaut Will Go to Age More Slowly Than His Twin

Friday, March 27, 2015

At 250 miles above the earth's surface, astronaut Scott Kelly will experience time a bit slower than his twin brother back home. Meaning, at the end of a 342 day trip, he'll be younger.

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Is There Any Way To Screen The World's Pilots For Suicidal Tendencies?

Friday, March 27, 2015

There are questionnaires that aim to identify people at risk of killing themselves. But the tests are flawed — and it's not at all clear they'd be effective in assessing the mental state of pilots.

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TED Radio Hour

What Can Bonobos Teach Us About Play?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Primatologist Isabel Behncke Izquierdo explains how bonobos learn by constantly playing. She says play isn't frivolous; it appears to be a critical way to solve problems and avoid conflict.

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TED Radio Hour

How Can Playing A Game Make You More Empathetic?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Why is it so hard to feel empathy for strangers? Because we're stressed by them, says neuroscientist Jeff Mogil. His research suggests one way to reduce that stress: play Rock Band together.

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