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To see the changes Edward Snowden wrought, just look at your smartphone

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Edward Snowden's biggest legacy may not come from changed laws or powers — it may just be the way that the debate over privacy has forced big companies like Apple and Google to safeguard its customers' information in more ways.

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A Crowd Of Scientists Finds A Better Way To Predict Seizures

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The winners of an online competition identified electrical patterns in the brain that often precede a seizure. The victors included a mathematician and an engineer, but no doctor.

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Morning Edition

Scientists Often Skip A Simple Test That Could Verify Their Work

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Scientists have published thousands of studies using immortal cell lines, but in many cases the cells in the experiments have been misidentified or contaminated. The problem could be avoided easily.

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After $4.75 Million Auction, Watson Will Get Nobel Medal Back

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

"In my opinion, a situation in which an outstanding scientist has to sell a medal recognizing his achievements is unacceptable," says Russian business tycoon Alisher Usmanov.

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All Things Considered

This Nursing Home Calms Troubling Behavior Without Risky Drugs

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The staff's goal was to reduce the prescription of antipsychotic drugs by 20 percent. In the first year, they cut use by 97 percent. How? By addressing the real reasons for agitation and aggression.

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All Things Considered

Curiosity's View Of 'Mt. Sharp' Offers New Clues About Water On Mars

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Robert Siegel talks with NASA scientist, John Grotzinger, about the origins of a mountain discovered by the Curiosity rover on Mars.

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Venison As Benison: Food Banks Score From Deer Overpopulation

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

With the start of hunting season, wildlife managers are tackling the overabundance of deer in parks around the country. Some of that meat is being salvaged and processed to distribute to the hungry.

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The Takeaway

Building a Case for Life on Mars

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

New evidence shows that early in the history of the planet, Mars likely had rivers, lakes, and oceans of water for tens of millions of years—potentially long enough for life to form.

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PRI's The World

Why this Great White Shark has fans and followers around the world

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

It's her ocean — we're just swimming in it. A Great White Shark named Lydia had a tracking device attached to her dorsal fin last year. Since then, she's logged over 27,000 miles and now she even has her own Twitter account.

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Searching For Proof Of The Unseen

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

From ghosts to gods, human beings have invested enormous effort trying to understand the invisible. The unseen world is, pretty much, the entire world, says commentator Adam Frank.

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Morning Edition

Mistaken Identities Plague Lab Work With Human Cells

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

A line of immortal cells, supposedly from a breast cancer patient, turned out to be from a type of skin cancer. The mix-up wasn't discovered until experiments around the world had been contaminated.

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Morning Edition

Nursing Homes Rarely Penalized For Oversedating Patients

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

An NPR probe finds many nursing homes are still prescribing schizophrenia drugs to calm dementia patients — despite FDA warnings — but only 2 percent of excessive-medication cases result in penalties.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: CIA Torture, Life on Mars, and Secret Alliances

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The Takeaway explores the newly released report on CIA torture programs, we look at the last findings from the Mars rover, and we look at America's cranberry surplus problem.

NASA Photos Show New Signs Of A Lake On Mars

Monday, December 08, 2014

The water and sediment flow might have been massive enough to build a mountain, NASA researchers say.

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PRI's The World

For many geeks, Anonymous is the gateway drug to political and social activism

Monday, December 08, 2014

Anonymous has evolved from a band of online pranksters into a legitimate group focused on social activism. But just how much impact is it making? It's uneven, but that doesn't mean the group isn't making a difference, especially in the lives of budding activists.

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Morning Edition

Oh, Snap! NASA Promises Best Photo Yet Of Faraway Pluto

Monday, December 08, 2014

A spacecraft on its way to Pluto has just woken up from hibernation. By next month, scientists expect to have the first good pictures of the dwarf planet. All of the others have been, well, crummy.

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Morning Edition

Old And Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem In Nursing Homes

Monday, December 08, 2014

Way too many residents of U.S. nursing homes are on antipsychotic drugs, critics say. It's often just for the convenience of the staff, to sedate patients agitated by dementia. That's illegal.

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Stephen Hawking Gets A Voice Upgrade

Sunday, December 07, 2014

The theoretical physicist has been using the same communication system for more than 20 years, until now. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Horst Haussecker of Intel about the new and faster technology.

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All Things Considered

NASA's Orion Completes First Test Flight

Saturday, December 06, 2014

NASA's Orion spacecraft — built to take a human crew into deep space — completed a successful test flight Friday. NPR's Arun Rath talks with landing and recovery manager Stuart McClung.

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All Things Considered

Coming Soon To A Filling Station Near You: $1.99 Gasoline

Friday, December 05, 2014

OnCue in Oklahoma City was the first place in the country to drop its price per gallon below $2. Several other cities are likely to get similarly cheap gas soon, an expert says.

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