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The Great Bluff That Led To A 'Magical' Pill And A Sexual Revolution

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

In the '50s, four people collaborated to create a pill so women could enjoy sex. They fibbed about their motivations and skirted the law. Jonathan Eig details the history in The Birth of the Pill.

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Eating Comfort Foods May Not Be So Comforting After All

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

It's tempting to seek out the mac and cheese or a pint of ice cream after a terrible, horrible, no good day. But fresh research suggests such comfort foods might not be mood boosters after all.

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'Blood Moon' Eclipse To Be Visible Throughout U.S.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Weather permitting, on Wednesday morning you'll be able to see the second lunar eclipse visible in North America in a series of four that runs through next year.

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3 Scientists Win Nobel In Physics For Development Of Blue LED

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

American Shuji Nakamura, and Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan, will share the prize for co-developing a blue light-emitting diode that triggered a revolution in lighting technology.

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Morning Edition

3 Win Nobel In Physics For New Light Source

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Scientists — 2 from Japan and 1 from the U.S. — have won the Nobel Prize in physics for the invention of blue light-emitting diodes — a new energy efficient and environment-friendly light source.

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Morning Edition

Why Saying Is Believing — The Science Of Self-Talk

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Self-help videos tell women to learn to love their bodies by saying nice things to themselves in the mirror. Can shushing your harshest critic actually rewire the brain?

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All Things Considered

3 Neuroscientists To Share Nobel Prize In Physiology Or Medicine

Monday, October 06, 2014

The $1.1 million prize will be split between John O'Keefe of University College in London and a husband-and-wife team, May-Britt and Edvard Moser of the Norwegian University in Trondheim.

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The Takeaway

How We Got to Now: Quest for Light and Cleanliness

Monday, October 06, 2014

Science and technology writer Steven Johnson explains that once inventions were made to give us light and clean, people realized how enslaved we had been by dark and dirt. 

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Putting A Critical Eye On Brain Imaging Studies

Monday, October 06, 2014

Studies based on fMRI scans are released frequently. But how do you know what's for real? Commentator Tania Lombrozo points to MIT's Nancy Kanwisher for tips on how to become a discerning consumer.

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3 Win Nobel Prize In Medicine For Discovering Brain's 'Inner GPS'

Monday, October 06, 2014

The scientists, one working in Britain and a husband-and-wife team from Norway, will share the award for work that began in the 1970s and spanned decades.

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All Things Considered

Dolphins: Adorable, Playful, Not As Smart As You Might Think

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Dolphins are often considered the geniuses of the ocean. But some researchers have begun to challenge that notion, saying many mammals have similar skills and dolphins might not be that special.

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The World's Largest Cave Chamber Rises 1,000 Feet

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Newly measured, the world's largest chamber is as tall as the Eiffel Tower. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to long-time caver, Andy Eavis, who has explored the ethereally beautiful underground cave.

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WNYC News

The Science of Spirituality: What Happens to Our Brains When We Meditate?

Sunday, October 05, 2014

WNYC
With the blessing of both the scientific community and the Dalai Lama, Dr. Richard Davidson is using neuroscience to make meditation go mainstream.

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Dancer Needed To Move To Think

Saturday, October 04, 2014

From the TED Radio Hour, an idea worth spreading: When she was 7, Dame Gillian Lynne's mother took her to a doctor, worried she had a learning disorder. The diagnosis? She was just born to dance.

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GMOs Are Old Hat. Synthetically Modified Food Is The New Frontier

Friday, October 03, 2014

Scientists hyping synthetic biology say it may one day give us biofuels, drugs and organisms that will solve hefty global problems. But synthetic biology food is already here, and causing controversy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Does The Wrong Sperm Mean 'Wrongful Birth'?

Friday, October 03, 2014

An Ohio mother says she asked her sperm bank for donor #380, but got #330 instead—and instead of looking like her partner, her baby is mixed-raced. Now she's suing. 

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Canada Identifies Ship Found From 1846 Arctic Expedition

Friday, October 03, 2014

The announcement that a vessel from the doomed Franklin team had been found came last month, but now archaeologists say they've determined that it's the HMS Erebus.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Siri Meets Her Grandpa

Friday, October 03, 2014

WNYC
Tomorrow is Siri's birthday, and to test her skills, we played her a 1962 recording of an IBM 704 computer singing "Daisy Bell." Will Siri recognize her own voice-sythesized forebears?
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VIDEO: Glimpse The History Of Life In A Beer

Friday, October 03, 2014

It took more than a billion years of evolution to yield the biology behind a beer. Here, we bring you a video celebration of the science in a cold one.

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The Takeaway

How We Got to Now: A Guide to Great Ideas

Friday, October 03, 2014

Science and technology writer Steven Johnson explores the unintended, widespread consequences of gadgets and ideas developed to correct small problems.

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