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High Schools Seek A Safer Path Back From Concussion

Monday, January 26, 2015

Returning immediately to demanding physical or mental activities after a concussion can be bad for the brain, neuroscientists agree. But what about after symptoms resolve? How much rest is best?

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Morning Edition

DNA Blood Test Gives Women A New Option For Prenatal Screening

Monday, January 26, 2015

A simple blood test can analyze bits of fetal DNA leaked in the mother's bloodstream. It's less risky than invasive alternatives like amniocentesis, but it doesn't tell as much about fetal health.

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Morning Edition

Obama Proposes New Protections For Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The president recommends more than 12 million acres of the region receive the highest level of protection available for public lands.

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All Things Considered

Study Says Creativity Can Flow From Political Correctness

Saturday, January 24, 2015

There is a common belief that requiring the use of "politically correct" language in the workplace stifles creativity. Researchers decided to see if that notion held up to scrutiny.

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All Things Considered

'How Do You Tell Your Kids That You've Got Alzheimer's?'

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Writer Greg O'Brien was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease five years ago. He describes what it was like to hear the news — and break it to his family.

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Will Environmentalists Fall For Faux Fish Made From Plants?

Friday, January 23, 2015

A handful of chefs and food companies are experimenting with fish-like alternatives to seafood. But the market is still a few steps behind plant-based products for meat and dairy.

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All Things Considered

Leaky Blood Vessels In The Brain May Lead To Alzheimer's

Friday, January 23, 2015

As vessels become more porous, researchers say, they allow toxins in the bloodstream to reach, and damage, delicate brain cells and raise the risk for dementia.

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Brewers Gone Wild: Taming Unpredictable Yeast For Flavorful Beer

Friday, January 23, 2015

A handful U.S. craft brewers are reviving an age-old way of making beer that was practically unthinkable a decade ago. Welcome to the wacky world of Brett, a local yeast that can impart funky flavors.

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Taking Antibiotics During Travel Fosters Drug-Resistant Germs

Friday, January 23, 2015

Many of us take antibiotics when we get tummy troubles in developing countries. Scientists say this opens the door for a dangerous visitor in the GI tract. These microbes can stick around for months.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What the Future Has in Store for Your Brain

Friday, January 23, 2015

For this week's Please Explain, guest host Manoush Zomorodi heads to the frontiers of neuroscience.

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The Takeaway

Measles Hit Epicenter of Anti-Vaccine Movement

Friday, January 23, 2015

Over the few years, a number of Southern California parents have decided against vaccinating their children. A new measles outbreak in the area has public health officials concerned. 

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Morning Edition

Why NFL Teams Should Reconsider Giving Coaches The Heave-Ho

Friday, January 23, 2015

Research finds the systematic elimination of losing coaches by NFL teams generally leads to weaker performance among those teams in the following few years.

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Morning Edition

A Blind Woman Gains New Freedom, Click By Click By Click

Friday, January 23, 2015

Blind since birth, Julee-anne Bell learned to get by better on her own with echolocation, a method explored in this week's Invisibilia. But along the way, she found that independence came with costs.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Cosmo Presents... A Science Textbook

Friday, January 23, 2015

"Science…for Her!" has finally combined two of your favorite things: your seventh grade science textbook and Cosmo.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Looking into the Future of Abortion Debates and Neuroscience

Friday, January 23, 2015

Manoush Zomorodi guest hosts. Researching the future of the brain. John Tiffany has a vampire play. Katha Pollitt reframes the abortion debate. Megan Amram on Science...for Her!

Ecologist's Airborne Scanners See The Forest And The Trees — All Of Them

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Gregory Asner has loaded a plane with lasers, spectrometers and computers to create models so detailed, they distinguish between and count plant species in even the densest biomes, like the Amazon.

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Goosebumps And Gas: New Data From Rosetta Probe Describes Comet

Thursday, January 22, 2015

We're learning more about the comet that a European Space Agency paired up with its Rosetta probe last fall. For one thing, it has "goosebumps" on steep cliff faces. It's also highly porous.

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Investment Fund Pours Cash Into Cleaner, Greener Fish Farming

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Aqua-Spark is the world's first investment fund for sustainable aquaculture. So far it has bet on an alternative fish feed that could take pressure off the oceans and a tilapia farm in Mozambique.

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All Things Considered

Atomic Scientists' 'Doomsday Clock' Ticks Forward

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board is warning that "the probability of global catastrophe is very high" unless quick action is taken.

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Finding Crime Clues In What Insects Had For Dinner

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Forensic scientists can find crime-solving evidence in the tiniest details, such as the insects that arrive at the scene to feed on the decomposing corpse.

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