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New Discovery Of World's Oldest Stone Tools

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Researchers in Kenya uncover tools dated to 3.3 million years ago, long before the first humans, as we know them, walked the Earth.

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All Things Considered

Personalizing Cancer Treatment With Genetic Tests Can Be Tricky

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Genetic profiling of cancer cells can help guide treatment, but such profiles can be ambiguous. Results would be more accurate if all labs tested normal cells from each patient, too.

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U.S. Predicted To Be Net Energy Exporter In Next Decade; First Time Since 1950s

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Citing a boom in natural gas and shifts in demand, the Energy Information Administration says the U.S. could stop being a net energy importer "sometime between 2020 and 2030."

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The Takeaway

World's Last Male Northern White Rhino Gets Team of Armed Guards

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

In the 1980s, the total population of all northern white rhinos hung around 2,000, but now there is only one male left and few females.

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PRI's The World

Some of Pearl Harbor's unknown victims will get a second chance at identification

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Defense Department has announced plans to exhume the remains of almost 400 sailors and Marines who died aboard the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Officials are confident they can identify most of the remains with modern DNA technology and reunite them with their families.

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Some Doctors Still Dismiss Parents' Concerns About Autism

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Most children don't get diagnosed with autism until they start school, a study finds, though the signs may be visible much earlier. Earlier diagnosis means more time to get therapy.

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The Takeaway

The Road to a Sustainable Future

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

With a crisis on nearly every continent, world governments are negotiating a set of  goals focused on ending extreme poverty, preventable diseases, and curbing climate change. 

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Einstein's Universe Turns 100

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Einstein's greatest lesson may be that reality is not what it seems; what we perceive as real is a distortion due to how our brains take in the world around, and within, us, says Marcelo Gleiser.

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The Takeaway

Turning Human Corpses Into Compost

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Urban Death Project wants to bring sustainability and peace to our social practices of death and dying by taking deceased human bodies and turning them into nutrient rich compost. 

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Morning Edition

Fun With Physics: Finding The Speed Of Light With Peeps

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

When your Peeps have gone stale, it's time to donate their marshmallow bodies to science — specifically, for measuring the speed of light.

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Morning Edition

The Space Station Gets A Coffee Bar

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Italy is sending a high-tech espresso machine to the International Space Station. And NASA is worried it might be too popular.

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All Things Considered

No Rest For Your Sleeping Brain

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

No wonder the brain needs so much energy. The same coordinated activity that allows you to retrieve a specific memory, like what you had for breakfast, continues at rest and even during sleep.

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If Walls Could Talk: What Lead Is Doing To Our Students

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A new study says Massachusetts' aggressive effort to lower lead exposure has also improved student performance.

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Morning Edition

Big Bills A Hidden Side Effect Of Cancer Treatment

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cancer treatment is increasingly expensive, even for patients who have insurance. Some doctors advocate discussing the costs of cancer treatment as they would hair loss, pain or other side effects.

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Kitchen Science: We Used Peeps To Calculate The Speed Of Light

Monday, April 13, 2015

There's a new use for those stale Easter marshmallows you still have lying around: calculating a constant that governs the universe.

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Morning Edition

Why Some Doctors Hesitate To Screen Smokers For Lung Cancer

Monday, April 13, 2015

Medicare now pays for some long-term smokers to get an annual test. These scans could save thousands of lives each year, but some doctors still worry risks outweigh benefits.

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Morning Edition

The Hidden Cost Of Mammograms: More Testing And Overtreatment

Monday, April 13, 2015

Each year the U.S. spends billions of dollars on unnecessary tests and treatments that result from inaccurate mammograms, some scientists say. They're calling for more selective screening.

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Specials

The Adaptors: An Earth Day Special

Monday, April 13, 2015

“The Adaptors” looks at people who are working to counteract energy and climate crises, from farmers finding new ways to work and live, to garage tinkerers and DIY inventors.

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All Things Considered

No, Yes, Definitely: On The Rise Of 'No, Totally' As Linguistic Quirk

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The New Yorker's Kathryn Schulz has a theory for what's behind the use of the phrase "No, totally" as a way to agree with someone. She points to an English word that we've lost: "Nay."

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Stephen Hawking Covers Monty Python's 'Galaxy Song'

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The renowned physicist is featured in a soon-to-be-released video of the classic song from the 1983 film The Meaning of Life.

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