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Help Wanted: Unlikely Geniuses To Solve Public Health Problems

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The Grand Challenge is a new tradition in the world of public health: asking anyone (and everyone) to come up with innovations. The latest assignment: design cooler protective gear for Ebola teams.

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Morning Edition

Research May Give Potential Homicide Victims A Heads Up

Thursday, October 09, 2014

New research in Chicago finds that homicide victims are concentrated among a tiny network. Tracing that network might lead to public health measures to protect would-be victims.

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Freakonomics Radio

How to Raise Money Without Killing a Kitten (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The science of what works -- and doesn't work -- in fund-raising

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Infant Mortality, Jamming on a Banjo, and Living Well Until 78

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The Takeaway explores America's high rate of infant deaths; Musician Mike Doughty jams on the banjo with John Hockenberry, and we examine why our golden years are truly great.

WNYC News

More Flooding To Come in Region's Coastal Areas

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

A report from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows areas like Jamaica Bay in Queens could see 10 times more flooding by 2045. 

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All Things Considered

Climate Change Worsens Coastal Flooding From High Tides

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Flooding from extreme tidal swings was once just a rare nuisance for coastal cities. But rising sea levels have increased the frequency of these nuisance floods as much as tenfold since the 1960s.

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All Things Considered

Love Pine Nuts? Then Protect Pine Forests

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

An expensive delicacy among nuts, pine nuts are foraged — not farmed — from distant forests. In some places, the delicate ecosystems that produce the nuts are disappearing.

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All Things Considered

Chemistry Nobel Given To Scientists For Work On Optical Microscope

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Three scientists will share the prize for developing microscopes that can study living cells in fine detail. Working independently, they took on a problem that many had assumed couldn't be solved.

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PRI's The World

How small is small? Try looking at the nano-dimension

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to three scientists who developed a way to see the world at an even smaller scale. But even though our ability to see into the "nano-dimension" is new, the use of nanotechnology is older than you might think.

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How To Take A Nobel Prize-Winning Picture

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

This year's Nobel Prize in chemistry went to a team that came up with a way to take a closer look at the secret lives of living cells. It could make biomedical research a lot easier.

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The Takeaway

Fears of Ebola Touch Liberians in U.S.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

A Liberian-American immigrant explains how his community both in the United States and abroad has been affected by the deadly Ebola virus.

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Indonesian Cave Paintings As Old As Europe's Ancient Art

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Figures found on the walls of a prehistoric cave in Indonesia are at least 35,400 years old or more, scientists say. That might mean the earliest art developed independently in different regions.

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The 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Was Quite A Show

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The total lunar eclipse today that could be seen over North America and across the Asia-Pacific region, had the added feature of a reddish hue caused by sunlight filtered through Earth's atmosphere.

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PRI's The World

Pig-nosed turtles are adorable — and that's made them the target of traffickers

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Pig-nosed turtles are so cute that thousands of them are being smuggled by animal traffickers to be sold as exotic pets. But while they're adorable as babies, they grow up to become big, feisty animals that many people abandon  — a problem for a species that's considered threatened.

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Scientists Share Chemistry Nobel For Breakthrough In Microscopy

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Two Americans and a German get the prestigious prize for pushing back the limits of what was long thought of as an insurmountable barrier to viewing individual molecules.

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Protests Disrupt Telescope Groundbreaking In Hawaii

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

After years of planning, Hawaii's Thirty Meter Telescope broke ground Tuesday. But a group interrupted the ceremony, angry about the telescope's location on a mountain held sacred by Native Hawaiians.

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Morning Edition

One U.S. Hospital's Strategy For Stopping Ebola's Advance

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

There are no known cases of Ebola in Connecticut. But a leading Hartford hospital is already updating its infection controls to stop the virus before it gets a foothold.

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New Tech City

How the Techies Parent

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Parenting in world of screens means tough choices with no right answers. So we asked techies -- the people who design our apps and devices -- what rules they set for their own kids. 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Ebola Claims Life of Dallas Patient, ISIS Advances Near Turkey, and Family Secrets Revealed

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The Takeaway explores the Ebola in the state of Texas, the fight against ISIS, and the long lost family secrets of the AIDS epidemic.

WNYC News

Astorino Calls for a Ban on Flights from West Africa

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The Republican gubernatorial candidate said that there aren't enough safeguards in place.

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