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In Hawaii, NASA To Launch 'Fake Mission To Fake Space'

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:13pm

Starting Wednesday, six "astronauts" will live in a geodesic dome on a remote volcanic outcrop in an eight-month simulation of a Mars mission. Robert Siegel talks to commander Martha Lenio.

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In Hopes Of Fixing Faulty Genes, One Scientist Starts With The Basics

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 2:20am

Jennifer Doudna used to worry her science wasn't doing anything important. Then some basic research led her team to a discovery that could one day be crucial in healing some genetic diseases.

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What's In A Name? It Could Matter If You're Writing To Your Lawmaker

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 2:19am

To test subtle biases, researchers sent state legislators identical emails about voting requirements. Some emails came from a man with a "Latino" name, and others from an "Anglo" name.

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Slippery When Coated: Helping Medical Devices Resist Blood Clots

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 12:03pm

When blood flows over an artificial surface, whether it's an implanted pacemaker or tubing for a dialysis machine, there's an increased risk that a dangerous clot will form.

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American Intruder Lurks In Scottish Streams, Clawed And Hungry

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 11:35am

Scotland has some of the best trout fishing in the world. Now the North American signal crayfish is taking over waterways, threatening to wipe out native populations of insects those trout eat.

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Emotions Linger After Forgotten Events In Alzheimer's Patients

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 6:22am

A new study suggests that people with Alzheimer's can hold on to happy or sad feelings, even if they forget what triggered them. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with the study's author, Edmarie Guzman-Velez.

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Extra-Permanent Ink: Preserving Your Tattoos After Death

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 4:14pm

Got a killer tat? There's no reason for it to die with you. Thanks to a Dutch tattoo artist, if you sign the right forms and pay the right price, a lab can preserve your body art after you die.

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Extra-Permanent Ink: Preserving Your Tattoos After Death

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 4:14pm

Got a killer tat? There's no reason for it to die with you. Thanks to a Dutch tattoo artist, if you sign the right forms and pay the right price, a lab can preserve your body art after you die.

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The Tricky Nature Of Putting Science On Trial

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 3:58pm

The appeal for seven Italian scientists convicted of manslaughter after downplaying the possibility of an imminent earthquake has began. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with reporter David Wolman about the trial.

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Researchers Say Beavers Are More Than Simple Pests

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 6:42am

Most people think of beavers as pests — they cause floods and block irrigation. But as Mel Babik tells NPR's Scott Simon, she's finding a new use for the buck-toothed critters in the Yakima Basin.

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Despite New Sources, Europe Still Relies On Russian Oil

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 6:42am

Suma Chakrabarti, president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, tells NPR's Scott Simon about efforts to reduce Europe's energy dependence on Russia.

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Lawmakers Grill Dallas Health Officials On Ebola Response

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 6:42am

The WHO says the Ebola virus has claimed more than 4,000 lives. In Dallas on Friday, members of Congress pressed public health officials on their handling of the first Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S.

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SXSW Eco, Hub Of Environmental And Foodie Fervor

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 6:03am

Like its parent music, film and interactive festival, this conference is all about networking, which means parties. The young crowd takes full advantage of Austin's food trucks and bars.

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A Liberian Doctor Comes Up With His Own Ebola Regimen

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 3:28pm

At a government-run hospital in Liberia, Dr. Gabriel Logan is doing everything he can to save Ebola patients. That includes experimenting with an HIV drug as treatment.

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Answering Your Questions About Ebola Treatments And Vaccines

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 3:26pm

We answer listeners' questions about treatments and possible vaccines for Ebola.

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Sloppy Splinting Can Make A Child's Broken Arm Much Worse

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:08pm

A pediatrician who specializes in fixing broken bones in kids and teens says about 90 percent of the fractures he treats have been splinted improperly in a community ER or urgent care center first.

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Typhoon Vongfong Bears Down On Japan

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 9:03am

The storm, briefly classified a "super typhoon," will still have winds in excess of 100 mph when it hits Okinawa on Saturday.

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Stephen Hawking In Guest Vocal On Pink Floyd's New Album

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:28pm

The famous cosmologist will appear on a track titled "Talkin' Hawkin'" on the upcoming album The Endless River, set for released next month.

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Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:03am

Researchers have found a way to mass- produce the pancreatic cells that are insulin factories inside the body. The findings could eventually lead to treatments that would transform diabetes care.

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Help Wanted: Unlikely Geniuses To Solve Public Health Problems

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 8:53am

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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