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Ebola Is Changing Course In Liberia. Will The U.S....11/26/14
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.
How Can Vultures Eat Rotten Roadkill And Survive?
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.
New Bird Species Sings Sweetly In Sulawesi
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.
As Ebola Ping-Pongs In Liberia, Cases Disappear Into The Jungle
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.
'Queen Of Carbon' Among Medal Of Freedom Honorees
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.
Could Magnets Help Lessen The Impact Of Concussions In Football?
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.
Why People Take Risks To Help Others: Altruism's Roots In The Brain
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.
Starfish Illness Harms Other Sea Creatures
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.
Shrinking Glaciers Could Squeeze Washington's Water Supply
Washington state is home to more glaciers than any other state in the lower 48. And they're receding faster than ever before.
How Can We Find More Time To Be Still?
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.
Why Do We Undervalue Introverts?
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.
How Do Years Of Silence Change Someone?
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.
Why Would Someone Choose Silence For 17 Years?
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.
Blind From Birth, But Able To Use Sound To 'See' Faces
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.
Bloodmobiles To Collect Plasma From West Africa's Ebola Survivors
Researchers gear up tests in West Africa to see whether blood from Ebola survivors can help people who are sick with the disease. This is part of a broader effort to test therapies in West Africa.
Invasive Surgery May Motivate Patients To Adopt Healthier Behaviors
One challenge in evaluating the effectiveness of different medical procedures, is that patients behave differently after different procedures. Is this true for patients getting heart surgery?
Toxic Tau of Alzheimer's May Offer A Path To Treatment
Faulty forms of the brain protein tau trigger tangles inside and outside brain cells of Alzheimer's patients. Scientists say figuring out how to stop bad tau's spread from cell to cell might be key.
To End Food Waste, Change Needs To Begin At Home
The U.S. throws out 35 million tons of food each year. While many restaurants, supermarkets and food firms are taking responsibility, many consumers are not. A pilot EPA program aims to change that.
Patch Of Pacific Water Is Warmest In Decades
A stretch of unusually warm water is lingering off of the West Coast. Scientists are calling it "the blob." Fishermen are calling it the best the thing to happen to their industry in 20 years.
Yes, The Weather Is Polar. No, It's Not The Vortex
Meteorologists are annoyed by the hype around the phrase "polar vortex." This week's frigid snap, they say, was just a regular old cold front.
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