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The only Afghan to ever fly in space almost didn't make it back to Earth

Friday, October 24, 2014

Ahad Momand is the first — and only — Afghan to have gone into space. He was a national hero after his flight in 1988, but it nearly ended in tragedy after a computer malfunction stranded him in orbit without food or water.

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Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?

Friday, October 24, 2014

New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help us better understand and retain information.

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TED Radio Hour

Are All Human Beings Related?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Geneticist Spencer Wells describes how he uses DNA samples to trace our individual origins going back 2,000 generations.

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TED Radio Hour

Why Did Humans Migrate Out Of Africa?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Geneticist Spencer Wells tells the story of early humans, and our eventual migration from Africa.

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TED Radio Hour

What Are The Origins Of The Universe?

Friday, October 24, 2014

David Christian explains the history of the universe from the big bang, and how humans occupy little more than a millisecond on that cosmic timeline.

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TED Radio Hour

Why Do We Continue To Care About Dinosaurs?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Paleontologist Jack Horner explains what dinosaurs tell us about our own origins and what we can learn by attempting to revive a piece of the past.

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TED Radio Hour

Are We Evolving Into A Different Species?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Juan Enriquez argues that human evolution is far from over — Homo sapiens are becoming a new species right before our eyes.

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TED Radio Hour

Where Did Human Beings Originate?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Louise Leakey describes her family's long search for early human remains in Africa, and how unlocking that mystery is the key to understanding our past and our future.

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VIDEO: Talking While Female

Friday, October 24, 2014

For starters: Your voice is too squeaky, too loud; it lacks authority, is grating or obnoxious or unprofessional. Why is talking while female such an offense?

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A Wisecracking Biochemist Shares Her Kitchen ABCs

Friday, October 24, 2014

Shirley Corriher, author of Cookwise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking, has tips on taking the bitter bite out of coffee, and holding onto cabbage's red hue while it's in the pan.

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Morning Edition

European Scientists Conclude That Distant Comet Smells Terrible

Friday, October 24, 2014

A European spacecraft has picked up a foul odor emanating from a comet called 67P/C-G. Imagine sharing a stable with a drunk person and a dozen rotten eggs.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Ebola Tests NYC, A Window Into Black Film History, and Nixon's Paranoia

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Takeaway explores New York City's response to the Ebola virus, a new exhibit that reveals a lost chapter of black history, and a new web series about President Nixon.

How 'Foodies' Were Duped Into Thinking McDonald's Was High-End Food

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A viral video shows people lauding fare billed as an "organic" fast-food option that was actually McDonald's. It wasn't just pranksters playing tricks on these poor folks, but maybe their brains, too.

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All Things Considered

FDA Cracks Down On Fake Ebola Cures Sold Online

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to companies marketing products claimed to be cures for Ebola. One firm says it will drop such claims — but it's still selling the product.

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Science Friday

Hand Sanitizer May Increase BPA Absorption

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hand sanitizer and similar products could increase the amount of BPA absorbed by the skin.

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Science Friday

Fossil Find Pushes Back Neanderthal-Human Mixing

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Researchers say a leg bone discovered in a Siberian river bank belongs to a man who lived some 45,000 years ago.

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Science Friday

Making a Meal From a Mouthful of Seawater

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A manta ray can filter 240 gallons of seawater per minute.

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Science Friday

Nerve Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man to Move Legs Again

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The pioneering treatment uses cells from the nasal cavity and strips of nerve from the ankle to repair a spinal injury.

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Science Friday

Meet ‘The Innovators’ Who Made the Digital Revolution

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators shows how the digital revolution was a team effort.

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Science Friday

You Observed...Everything

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Science Club meets to discuss your observations of the world around you, from spider habitats to lunar eclipses.

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