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Ebola Is Changing Course In Liberia. Will The U.S. Military Adapt?

November 25, 2014 - 5:59pm

The U.S. had planned to build 17 treatment units across Liberia, one in each county's major town. Now that more cases are appearing in remote areas, the Army may need to rethink its strategy.

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How Can Vultures Eat Rotten Roadkill And Survive?

November 25, 2014 - 11:24am

Vultures consume toxic bacteria that would sicken or kill humans. Stouter immune systems, colonies of helpful microbes and potent stomach acid may help the carrion eaters gorge with abandon.

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New Bird Species Sings Sweetly In Sulawesi

November 25, 2014 - 5:20am

Birds are one of the most widely studied forms of life on the planet. And, there are still new species out there to discover — as one young researcher found recently in a forest in Indonesia.

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As Ebola Pingpongs In Liberia, Cases Disappear Into The Jungle

November 25, 2014 - 3:51am

A woman is thought to be spreading Ebola in a remote village. So health workers spend four hours trekking through the bush to track her down. By the time they make it, it's too late.

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'Queen Of Carbon' Among Medal Of Freedom Honorees

November 24, 2014 - 5:36pm

Audie Cornish speaks with Mildred Dresselhaus about receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work in physics. The 84-year-old is a professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at MIT.

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Could Magnets Help Lessen The Impact Of Concussions In Football?

November 23, 2014 - 5:10pm

A researcher at Virginia Commonwealth University is experimenting with putting magnets in football helmets to dull the impact. NPR's Tess Vigeland speaks with neuroscientist Raymond Colello.

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Why People Take Risks To Help Others: Altruism's Roots In The Brain

November 23, 2014 - 7:14am

In the face of natural disasters and disease, there are always people who step forward to help. Their brains may tell why. This story originally aired on Sept. 22 on Morning Edition.

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A Bus Isn't The Only Thing That Can Be Powered By Poop

November 23, 2014 - 7:03am

Human waste can help things grow and even cook your dinner. It might sound gross, but don't worry, the odor has been removed. Plus: It's good for the environment!

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What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?

November 23, 2014 - 5:52am

A census of bacteria and viruses on the floors, toilets and soap dispensers of several bathrooms on a college campus turned up around 77,000 different types of organisms. Oh, joy.

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What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?

November 23, 2014 - 5:52am

A census of bacteria and viruses on the floors, toilets and soap dispensers of several bathrooms on a college campus turned up around 77,000 different types of organisms. Oh, joy.

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Starfish Illness Harms Other Sea Creatures

November 22, 2014 - 7:51am

Starfish in the Pacific northwest are being decimated by what's called wasting disease. Researcher Drew Harvell tells NPR's Scott Simon that warming seas are making it worse.

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Shrinking Glaciers Could Squeeze Washington's Water Supply

November 21, 2014 - 4:22pm

Washington state is home to more glaciers than any other state in the lower 48. And they're receding faster than ever before.

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How Can We Find More Time To Be Still?

November 21, 2014 - 9:21am

Pico Iyer says sitting still and reflecting is hard work, but we bring so much more to our experiences and relationships when we make time to think.

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Why Would Someone Choose Silence For 17 Years?

November 21, 2014 - 9:21am

For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental respect. For 17 of those years he didn't speak a word.

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How Do Years Of Silence Change Someone?

November 21, 2014 - 9:21am

For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental responsibility. For 17 years he didn't speak a word.

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Why Do We Undervalue Introverts?

November 21, 2014 - 9:21am

In a culture where being social and outgoing are celebrated, it can be difficult to be an introvert. Susan Cain argues introverts bring extraordinary talents to the world, and should be celebrated.

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Blind From Birth, But Able To Use Sound To 'See' Faces

November 21, 2014 - 4:19am

The area of the brain that recognizes faces can use sound instead of sight. That recent discovery suggests facial recognition is so important to humans that it's part of our most basic wiring.

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Sleep's Link To Learning And Memory Traced To Brain Chemistry

November 20, 2014 - 9:56am

During sleep, the brain locks in existing memories and can even form new ones. Scientists say they are starting to understand how that happens. A midnight snack may interfere.

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Turkey Looks For Energy In An Abundant Resource: Pistachio Shells

November 20, 2014 - 8:33am

Converting the shells into biogas could provide most of the heat for a planned city of 200,000, engineers say. There's precedent in Australia, where macadamia nut shells are generating power.

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WATCH: How Carbon Dioxide Travels Around The Globe

November 19, 2014 - 10:59am

A NASA computer model visualizes in detail where carbon dioxide is released, how it moves across the globe and how it's affected by the seasons.

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