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How Israel Fuels a Black Market for Organs

Monday, August 18, 2014

A mixture of religious law and cultural practices have led many Israelis to reject organ donation, creating a desperate market of patients who will do anything for a transplantable organ.

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Broken Teeth And Fake-umentaries: Another Shark Week Gone By

Monday, August 18, 2014

Alastair Bland looks at the dangers to real sharks and the hazards of pseudo-documentaries as another Shark Week draws to a close.

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The Takeaway

Inside Iran's Legal Human Organ Trade

Monday, August 18, 2014

Iran is the only country worldwide where the practice of selling one's kidney for profit is legal and regulated. It is also one of the only places that has no waiting list for organs.

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Thinking Like A Scientist Can Help Overcome Allure Of Appearances

Monday, August 18, 2014

What can a near-encounter with poison hemlock tell us about childhood development and problems of induction? Commentator Tania Lombrozo explains.

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Morning Edition

How Does Winning Math's Fields Medal Affect Productivity?

Monday, August 18, 2014

An analysis by two economists finds that winners of the medal, the most significant prize in mathematics, become significantly less productive in their chosen field of study after they win the prize.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How to Multi-Task and Better Manage Your Time at Home and at Work

Monday, August 18, 2014

A psychologist and neuroscientist explains how new research into attention and memory can help us navigate information overload.

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New Cameras Will Map Florida's Reefs

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A scientific survey of coral reefs off the Florida keys is being done using the same fish-eye camera lenses that Google uses to capture street views. Scientists will use the images for research.

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Cold Winter Depleted Some Coastal Fish Populations

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The extreme cold weather on the East Coast last winter has meant that some fishermen have smaller catches this summer. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to fishing forecaster Mitchell Roffer in Florida.

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Fighting (Tasty) Invasive Fish With Forks And Knives

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Invasive fish like snakeheads and Asian carp are threatening to wipe out aquatic ecosystems across the U.S. So chefs and environmental agencies are encouraging their communities to eat them up.

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The Machine That Tried To Scan The Brain — In 1882

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The inspiration for modern MRI brain scanners was built before World War I began, the Titanic sank, and humans took flight. Now neuroscientists are trying to give its inventor his due credit.

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For City Dwellers, Stargazing Can Make For A Stellar Vacation

Saturday, August 16, 2014

For those willing to travel a bit, venture out and allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness, many places still offer the chance to enjoy the soul-lifting sight of a starry night sky.

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Making Scripts And Science Match

Saturday, August 16, 2014

How can screenwriters make sure the science and medical details of their shows are true to life? NPR's Scott Simon talks with Kate Langrall Folb of Hollywood, Health & Society, who helps them out.

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Scientists Test The World's Seas On Ocean Sampling Day

Saturday, August 16, 2014

For one day this summer, scientists from around the globe decided to find out what's in our oceans' water. We go to the coast of Savannah, Ga., to find out what exactly they were looking for.

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Startups Pitch Cricket Flour As The Best Protein You Could Eat

Friday, August 15, 2014

Cricket flour is a thing, and it's showing up in protein bars and baked goods. A few companies are testing the water to see if Americans can get on board with cricket as an alternative to meat or soy.

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BackStory

Earthrise: Behind the Lens

Friday, August 15, 2014

With the American History Guys

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Has Health Law Helped Young People Get Mental Health Treatment? Maybe

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Affordable Care Act has allowed many young adults to stay on their parents' insurance. A study suggests the coverage may be helping more of them get treatment for mental health issues.

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PRI's The World

Shark photographer Michael Muller goes uncaged to capture the best photos

Friday, August 15, 2014

Photographer Michael Muller's love of sharks takes him into the water and outside of the protection of cages to get as close as possible to his animal subjects. He also photographs celebrities — but won't admit which group is scarier to shoot.

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The Takeaway

Take a Real Vacation

Friday, August 15, 2014

Science says your brain needs it.

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When Snails Lose Their Way

Friday, August 15, 2014

There are happy snails. There are lonely snails. And there are lost snails. This one is lost. Totally. But it sings.

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Radiolab

When Snails Lose Their Way

Friday, August 15, 2014

There are happy snails. There are lonely snails. And there are lost snails. This one is lost. Totally. But it sings.
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