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A German village keeps the lights on with windmills and pig manure

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The tiny German village of Feldheim, about 50 miles southwest of Berlin, has sworn off fossil fuels and nuclear power. It produces every bit of its electricity and heat from local sources, and a key way it does that is by using manure from local farms.

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All Things Considered

Blood Test For Ebola Doesn't Catch Infection Early

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A highly sensitive blood test for Ebola exists, so why isn't it being used to test all returning health workers from West Africa? Because the virus isn't in the blood in the first stages of infection.

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The Takeaway

Ohio May Close Cincinnati's Last Abortion Clinic

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

If the Elizabeth Campbell Surgical Center is shut down, Cincinnati will be the nation's largest metropolitan area without an abortion provider.

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The Takeaway

Walter Isaacson on The History of the Future

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Here, author Walter Isaacson argues that big tech breakthroughs aren’t the work of solitary geniuses, but the result of collective cultural processes.

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Hawaii Lava Flow Less Than 100 Yards From Homes In Pahoa Village

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The flow, which began at Mount Kilauea in June, threatens to take out dozens of homes on the Big Island.

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Need Perspective? Watch Our Crazy Star, The Sun

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Astrophysicist Adam Frank often tells his students that one reason to study science is that it puts our lives in perspective. Take a look at this video of the sun, and you'll see what he means.

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Morning Edition

The Case Against Mandatory Ebola Quarantines For Health Workers

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The New England Journal of Medicine published an editorial against quarantining people who have worked with Ebola patients in Africa. Renee Montagne speaks with Dr. Lindsey Baden, one of the authors.

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The Takeaway

The Innovative and Creative Power of ADHD

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A University of Pennsylvania psychologist argues that we should consider people with ADHD to be highly imaginative people rather than people with a learning disability. 

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All Things Considered

Is 'Leaning In' The Only Formula For Women's Success In Science?

Monday, October 27, 2014

A science superstar at Caltech advises young women to not wait for encouragement to succeed. Just go do it, she says. But her admiring students say that approach doesn't work for everybody.

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All Things Considered

Ancient Viruses Lurk In Frozen Caribou Poo

Monday, October 27, 2014

A 700-year-old caribou dropping from northern Canada holds surprisingly well-preserved viruses. There's no evidence the viruses are dangerous, but they are scientifically interesting.

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Sandwich (Replacement) Monday: Soylent

Monday, October 27, 2014

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try Soylent, a meal-replacement substance. It's the thing to eat if you hate eating.

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Gladiator Gatorade? Ancient Athletes Had A Recovery Drink, Too

Monday, October 27, 2014

Gladiators guzzled a drink made from plant ash to help their bodies recover after a hard day of sword fighting, according to Roman accounts. New tests of old bones back up that idea.

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Morning Edition

Fear Of Blowing Big Calls May Affect How Umpires Do Their Jobs

Monday, October 27, 2014

New research suggests umpires are hesitant to make calls that change the course of the game, especially in games with high stakes.

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All Things Considered

From Brain To Computer: Helping 'Locked-In' Patient Get His Thoughts Out

Sunday, October 26, 2014

"When I first saw him he had a little bit of eye movement and that was really the only way he could communicate," says Eric Sellers, who helped a patient use a brain-computer interface to communicate.

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'Near-Space Dive' Sets New Skydive Record, 25 Miles Above Earth

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Google's Alan Eustace fell from an altitude of more than 135,000 feet, plummeting for some 15 minutes. The jump broke the record of 127,852 feet that Felix Baumgartner set in 2012.

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Ebola Vaccine Tester Feels A 'Real Satisfaction'

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Peter Hubbard is one of 20 volunteers in a human safety test of an experimental Ebola vaccine. He tells NPR's Scott Simon about why he signed up and how he has been feeling.

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The Takeaway

The Takeaway Weekender: The New Age of National Security, Nixon's 'Paranoia,' and a Folk Singer's Slow Fade

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender!

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All Things Considered

Wanted: Wind Turbine Mechanic — Must Be Daredevil, Skilled With Hands

Friday, October 24, 2014

Wind power is a growing part of the energy mix in the United States. And more wind turbines means there are new jobs for people to install and repair them. The job requires a unique skill set.

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'Freakish' Sunspot Wows Astronomers

Friday, October 24, 2014

AR 2192, the largest sunspot seen since the beginning of the current 11-year cycle that started in 2008, is producing strong solar flares.

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