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WATCH: Chimps In Uganda Look Both Ways Before Crossing

Friday, April 17, 2015

A 29-month study of chimpanzees in Uganda's Kibale National Park reveals that many have learned a valuable survival skill — to look both ways before crossing a busy highway.

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TED Radio Hour

What Makes A Life Worth Living?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says we can achieve one of the most elusive needs — self-actualization — by finding a state of "flow" in our work or our hobbies.

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TED Radio Hour

Why Do We Need Sleep?

Friday, April 17, 2015

What do we know about one of our most basic needs: sleep? Not a lot, says circadian neuroscientist Russell Foster. We know we need to do it to stay alive, but much about it remains a mystery.

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TED Radio Hour

How Did Abraham Maslow Change Psychology?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Brandeis Psychology professor Margie Lachman works in the same office where Abraham Maslow developed his hierarchy of needs. She describes his lasting influence on psychology.

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Espresso In Orbit: SpaceX Craft Brings Coffee Machine To Space Station

Friday, April 17, 2015

The coffee on the International Space Station is about to get much better. The SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule linked up with the station Friday morning, bringing a long-awaited ISSpresso machine.

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Use Of E-Cigarettes Triples Among U.S. Teens

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Even as the use of traditional cigarettes and most other tobacco products dipped or stayed the same from 2013 to 2014, the use of e-cigarettes climbed among students in high school and middle school.

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'Mad Cow' Disease In Texas Man Has Mysterious Origin

Thursday, April 16, 2015

It's only the fourth case of the deadly disease in the U.S. And it has doctors on an international hunt. How did a disease linked to contaminated beef in the U.K. more than a decade ago get to Texas?

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PRI's The World

Deep sea robot salvages sunken British treasure from a record depth

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A British-led salvage group has recovered several tonnes of silver coins from the incredible depth of three miles beneath the stormy south Atlantic.

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PRI's The World

To prevent the next Ebola, scientists try to catch new viruses before they break out

Thursday, April 16, 2015

With the Ebola outbreak not yet behind us, global health workers are already scrambling to prevent what could be the next big outbreak of an emerging disease caused by a virus that jumped from animals into humans. In Tanzania, an organization is trying a new approach to tracking these new viruses and preventing another pandemic.

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Scientists Probe Puppy Love

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Research shows the mutual gazing between pooches and people spurs release of a "trust hormone" in both. The results suggest dogs really may love us back.

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Science Friday

Hr2: Zero-G Coffee Cup, Geek Physics, Science Documentaries

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A coffee cup suitable for space travel, how Rhett Allain uses physics to answer pop culture and everyday science questions, and a look at science on screen, from old to new.

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Science Friday

Hr1: News Roundup, Waning Western Water, Remote Microbiome, Less Dark Dark Matter

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Science blogger Rachel Feltman gives us her top stories this week, a look at snowpack in the Sierra Nevada, studying the microbes that live on and in residents of a remote Amazonian village, and a new look for dark matter.

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Men Strive To Give More To Charity When The Fundraiser Is Cute

Thursday, April 16, 2015

If you're wondering how to get more people to contribute to your online charity drive, consider a photo of you smiling. Even better if you're an attractive woman. Biology is to blame, researchers say.

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The Takeaway

Scientists Close In on Alzheimer's Cure

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Researchers at Duke University blocked the progression of memory loss in mice, and they hope to do the same for humans. 

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The Takeaway

Dr. Jane Goodall on Her Lifelong Work and New Film

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall discusses her research and conservation efforts, and the new Disneynature film, "Monkey Kingdom."

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Morning Edition

Students' Work Ethic Affected By Peer Groups, Desire To Be Popular

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Teachers can become frustrated when students don't seem to try hard when it comes to schoolwork. There's a surprising explanation of why some students might not be putting their best effort forward.

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Morning Edition

How Almonds Became A Scapegoat For California's Drought

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The relentless drought has turned almonds into a target for water conservationists who bemoan that it takes one gallon of water to grow one almond. Growers say the bad rap is unfair and misleading.

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Morning Edition

Tylenol Might Dull Emotional Pain, Too

Thursday, April 16, 2015

People who took acetaminophen responded less strongly to happy or sad photos in a small study. It's one of several studies suggesting that there's an overlap with pain and other feelings.

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Nut So Fast, Kind Bars: FDA Smacks Snacks On Health Claims

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The FDA has issued a warning letter to Kind about the labeling of its fruit-and-nut snack bars. It argues that the bars contain too much fat to bear the label "healthy" printed on the wrapper.

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Morning Edition

Why Knuckles Crack

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A little MRI video seems to settle the decades-old debate about that loud pop of the joints: It's all about bubbles. But imagine an air bag inflating, not the bursting of a balloon.

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