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Sifting Soils for New Approaches to Antibiotics

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Researchers report that they’ve isolated a new type of antibiotic compound from soil-dwelling bacteria that previously couldn’t be cultured.

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Science Friday

Bill Nye on the Origins of Evolution

Thursday, January 08, 2015

When it comes to evolution, Bill Nye the Science Guy won’t be denied.

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Science Friday

Can Diet and Exercise Affect Your Genes?

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Researchers are examining how exercise, diet, and your environment play a role in gene expression.

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Science Friday

Mapping White-Nose Syndrome’s Lethal Course in Bats

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Bats infected with white-nose syndrome use up twice as much energy during hibernation as uninfected bats.

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Science Friday

CES 2015: Smart Mirrors, Autonomous Cars, and Safer Home Security

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Re/code reviewer Lauren Goode gives her rundown of the best tech at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show.

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PRI's The World

Winter may be knocking on your window, but 2014 was the warmest on record

Thursday, January 08, 2015

A finding that 2014 beat out 1998 as the earth’s warmest year on record should put an end to speculation that global warming has stopped. And the record hot temperatures came without the usual assist from El Niño.

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Texas Abortion Case May Hinge On Definition Of 'Undue Burden'

Thursday, January 08, 2015

A federal appeals court this week is once again weighing whether Texas restrictions on clinics that perform abortions are too onerous for women who seek the procedure. How far is too far to drive?

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The Takeaway

Dirt Doesn't Hurt

Thursday, January 08, 2015

About 2 million Americans a year are infected with drug-resistant bacteria, but researchers have high hopes for a new antibiotic that uses bacteria found in our soils.

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Morning Edition

Specialists Split Over HPV Test's Role In Cancer Screening

Thursday, January 08, 2015

An HPV test could replace the Pap smear for many women, two groups of physicians say. But other doctors, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, still urge dual testing.

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Freakonomics Radio

Why Doesn’t Everyone Get the Flu Vaccine?

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Influenza kills, but you’d never know it by how few of us get the vaccine.

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All Things Considered

Brain Scans May Help Predict Future Problems, And Solutions

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Brain imaging can help researchers tell if people are more likely to be able to quit smoking or have trouble with reading. But those tests aren't yet ready for the doctor's office or classroom.

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All Things Considered

Why The U.S. Still Bans Blood Donations From Some U.K. Travelers

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Rules governing who can donate blood in the United States have recently changed. But anyone who spent more than three months in the UK between 1980 and 1996 is still prohibited from donating.

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All Things Considered

Cape Cod's Offshore Wind Project In Jeopardy

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

A controversial offshore wind project under development in Cape Cod has lost both of the buyers for its power. Without financing, Cape Wind is missing deadlines to deliver.

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All Things Considered

Scientists Hit Antibiotic Pay Dirt Growing Finicky Bacteria In Lab

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

A natural compound kills germs that have become resistant to antibiotics, researchers say. If it works in humans, it could help combat diseases like tuberculosis.

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Why Some Chefs Just Can't Quit Serving Bluefin Tuna

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Japanese sushi chefs often can't resist bluefin tuna on offer. Some American chefs can't either, even though conservation groups and marine biologists have been badgering them about bluefin for years.

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Morning Edition

A Bed Of Mouse Cells Helps Human Cells Thrive In The Lab

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Researchers have developed a powerful method for growing human cells in the laboratory that has led to some unusual findings. Cell tests suggest a malaria drug might work against cervical cancer.

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All Things Considered

Kids May Not Benefit From Extended Isolation After Concussions

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

New research suggests isolating children with concussions for more than two days may do more harm than good compared to adults.

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Going Dry: The Benefits Of A Month Without Booze

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Even a brief breakup with alcohol can impart measurable health rewards, a small but intriguing experiment suggests. Indeed, the concept of a dry January is gaining traction in the U.K.

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Setting The Record Straight For Alan Turing

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The world lost a young genius because people were uncomfortable with whom he was inclined to love, says commentator Adam Frank. The future of computing may have been very different if he'd been alive.

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The Takeaway

This Land is Your Land

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The D.C. power shift is putting pressure on the amount of public land controlled by government. Leading the charge is the new House Natural Resources Committee chair, Rep. Rob Bishop.

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