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Why People Take Risks To Help Others: Altruism's Roots In The Brain

Sunday, November 23, 2014

In the face of natural disasters and disease, there are always people who step forward to help. Their brains may tell why. This story originally aired on Sept. 22 on Morning Edition.

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A Bus Isn't The Only Thing That Can Be Powered By Poop

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Human waste can help things grow and even cook your dinner. It might sound gross, but don't worry, the odor has been removed. Plus: It's good for the environment!

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What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A census of bacteria and viruses on the floors, toilets and soap dispensers of several bathrooms on a college campus turned up around 77,000 different types of organisms. Oh, joy.

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Starfish Illness Harms Other Sea Creatures

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Starfish in the Pacific northwest are being decimated by what's called wasting disease. Researcher Drew Harvell tells NPR's Scott Simon that warming seas are making it worse.

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All Things Considered

Shrinking Glaciers Could Squeeze Washington's Water Supply

Friday, November 21, 2014

Washington state is home to more glaciers than any other state in the lower 48. And they're receding faster than ever before.

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Artificial Intelligence, Really, Is Pseudo-Intelligence

Friday, November 21, 2014

Commentator Alva Noë argues that we don't need to be alarmed that our machines are rapidly outstripping natural-born human cognitive power: We've got a millions-of-years head start.

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TED Radio Hour

How Can We Find More Time To Be Still?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pico Iyer says sitting still and reflecting is hard work, but we bring so much more to our experiences and relationships when we make time to think.

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TED Radio Hour

Why Would Someone Choose Silence For 17 Years?

Friday, November 21, 2014

For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental respect. For 17 of those years he didn't speak a word.

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TED Radio Hour

How Do Years Of Silence Change Someone?

Friday, November 21, 2014

For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental responsibility. For 17 years he didn't speak a word.

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TED Radio Hour

Why Do We Undervalue Introverts?

Friday, November 21, 2014

In a culture where being social and outgoing are celebrated, it can be difficult to be an introvert. Susan Cain argues introverts bring extraordinary talents to the world, and should be celebrated.

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Morning Edition

Blind From Birth, But Able To Use Sound To 'See' Faces

Friday, November 21, 2014

The area of the brain that recognizes faces can use sound instead of sight. That recent discovery suggests facial recognition is so important to humans that it's part of our most basic wiring.

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Science Friday

Would You Trust a Robot to Schedule Your Life?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Given access to your Google calendar, a personal assistant named Amy will happily schedule all your appointments. The catch? She's a machine—a digital personal assistant.

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Science Friday

Into the Wormhole: The Science of 'Interstellar'

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It’s a sci-fi epic set among black holes, wormholes, and tesseracts. But director Christopher Nolan and physicist Kip Thorne say Interstellar doesn’t break the laws of physics.

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Science Friday

Food Failures: The Science of Sides

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Find out how to avoid Turkey Day trip-ups in the latest episode of our “Food Failures” series.

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Science Friday

Ghosts of Early Language May Linger in the Brain

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Chinese adoptees living in Canada, who now speak only French, still process Chinese sounds as native speakers do, even if they have no conscious recall of word meaning.

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Science Friday

Meet The Brain Scoop’s Emily Graslie

Thursday, November 20, 2014

YouTube science star Emily Graslie takes viewers behind the scenes of natural history museums with “The Brain Scoop.”

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Science Friday

‘Hot’ for Turkey

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Female wild turkeys parse the courtship performances of males to determine their genetic potential.

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PRI's The World

The northeastern US isn't quite a winter 'wonderland' for refugees from warmer countries

Thursday, November 20, 2014

For new refugees coming to the US, there's always culture shock. But for refugees moving the Northeast, there are real challenges that come from settling in a cold, snowy part of the country.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Wall of Snow in Buffalo

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Another two or three feet of snow is expected in Erie County today, on top of the 70 inches Buffalo already got. Blame the lake effect, our guest says, but not the polar vortex.

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Sleep's Link To Learning And Memory Traced To Brain Chemistry

Thursday, November 20, 2014

During sleep, the brain locks in existing memories and can even form new ones. Scientists say they are starting to understand how that happens. A midnight snack may interfere.

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