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Tuesday, Aug 14

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India Aims For The World's Biggest Health Care Overhaul

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Posh private hospitals give world-class care — and serve lattes. At government facilities, cancer patients sleep on the sidewalk. But the prime minister has a plan to help the poor.

Monday, Aug 13

12

To Fix That Pain In Your Back, You Might Have To Change The Way You Sit

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In the past century, many Americans have lost the ability to sit in a way that doesn't strain their backs. Specialists say we could take a lesson from excellent sitters from other cultures.

Sunday, Aug 12

15

Growers Are Beaming Over The Success Of Lasers To Stave Off Thieving Birds

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Laser beams that sweep erratically across crops have shown promise in protecting harvests from loss caused by birds. But researchers are still studying whether the beams may harm the animals' retinas.

Saturday, Aug 11

A Songwriting Mystery Solved: Math Proves John Lennon Wrote 'In My Life'

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John Lennon and Paul McCartney have differing memories of who wrote the music for "In My Life." A mathematics professor has spent 10 years working with statistics to decide once and for all.

Tuesday, Aug 7

20

Judge: App User Accused In Planning Charlottesville Rally Can't Keep Identity Hidden

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A woman known as "kristall.night," accused of helping organize white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Va., last summer, has lost a bid to keep her true identity secret from the courts.

Monday, Aug 6

21

YouTube, Apple and Facebook Ban Infowars, Which Decries 'Mega Purge'

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Alex Jones' Infowars site accused the companies of censorship. Apple said, "We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions."

Saturday, Aug 4

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Ai Weiwei Responds To Chinese Authorities Destroying His Beijing Studio

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The Chinese dissident artist tells NPR his studio is in the process of being demolished. The surrounding arts district, which Ai created, is also being destroyed.

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The Pot Breathalyzer Is Here. Maybe

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As marijuana legalization spreads, police are asking for better tools to detect drugged drivers. Some police are now working with researchers to try to bring a THC breathalyzer to market.

Thursday, Aug 2

23

Report: Japanese Medical School Deducted Points From Exam Scores Of Female Applicants

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Tokyo Medical University says it is investigating the reports. The points deduction was apparently aimed at keeping the number of female students at about 30 percent of the class.

Some Bacteria Are Becoming 'More Tolerant' Of Hand Sanitizers, Study Finds

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Researchers wanted to know why certain infections were increasing in hospitals. They were surprised by what they found.

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France Bans Street Harassment, Approving Hefty Fines For Cat-Callers

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The measure also expands protections for underage rape victims. The move, which has been months in the making, follows a recent video of a man hitting a woman on the street.

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What Is QAnon? The Conspiracy Theory Tiptoeing Into Trump World

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Followers of the "QAnon" conspiracy theory appeared at President Trump's campaign rally in Florida Tuesday. And, Wednesday, the White House press secretary was asked about the fringe group.

Monday, Jul 30

19

Some Amazon Reviews Are Too Good To Be Believed. They're Paid For

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In shadow marketplaces, positive reviews for Amazon products are bought and sold. The company says it's cracking down and that it estimates that less than 1 percent of reviews are fake.

Saturday, Jul 28

01

Episode 856: Yes In My Backyard

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There's a simple way to solve the housing crisis in U.S. cities. Only problem is, almost everybody hates it.

Tuesday, Jul 24

13

The 'Overparenting' Crisis In School And At Home

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Cutting kids' meat or doing their laundry can undermine their sense of self-worth, two books argue.

Monday, Jul 23

23

Why A Drop Of 4 Degrees Made A Big Difference For A Garment Maker's Bottom Line

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Clothing factories in India can get pretty hot. How does that affect worker productivity? Researchers looked to the lights and gained an unexpected insight.

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Pizza Physics: Why Brick Ovens Bake The Perfect Italian-Style Pie

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Brick transfers heat to dough more slowly than steel, allowing both crust and toppings to simultaneously reach perfection. In a home oven, that balance is elusive — but you might be able to get close.

Sunday, Jul 22

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Rome's Subway Expansion Reveals Artifacts From The Ancient Past

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Construction on a new subway line has uncovered marble busts, frescoes, mosaics, even ancient peach pits, dating back nearly 2,000 years. Archaeologists have also found an ancient military barracks.

Wednesday, Jul 18

12

Put Your Face In It: How Gaming Helped Me Understand My Dog

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If you want to know how a dog sees the world, ask yourself how you explore virtual spaces with your controller. No, really!

Monday, Jul 16

23

Japan's Ninja Shortage

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Japan's population is shrinking. It's harder and harder to find qualified people to fill a lot of jobs. Including ninjas.

Saturday, Jul 14

16

'Free But Not Free': Zimbabwe's Amateur Filmmakers Turn A Lens On Their Country

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For a contest after the ouster of Robert Mugabe, filmmakers responded to the question "What does it mean to be Zimbabwean?" Their short films featured some uncomfortable answers.

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A Surge In Meth Use In Colorado Complicates Opioid Recovery

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Last year, 280 Coloradans who died of a drug overdose had methamphetamine in the mix. That's up sharply from 2016 and more than five times the number in 2012.

Tuesday, Jul 10

19

How Postcards Solved The Problem Of Disappearing Rice

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Indonesia had a program to provide subsidized rice to the poor. But thousands of kilos didn't make it to the recipients.

Saturday, Jun 30

15

More States Opting To 'Robo-Grade' Student Essays By Computer

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Developers say they understand why teachers would be skeptical. But, they insist, computers already drive cars and detect cancer, so they can certainly handle grading students' essays.

Friday, Jun 22

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In Major Privacy Win, Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrant To Track Your Cellphone

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The sharply divided justices ruled that police need a search warrant to obtain cellphone location data.

Thursday, Jun 21

23

A Lost Secret: How To Get Kids To Pay Attention

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Maya kids do better on tests measuring attention, researchers say it's because these kids have something that many American kids have lost.

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Researchers Find Herpes Viruses In Brains Marked By Alzheimer's Disease

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Two herpes viruses that cause skin rashes in toddlers may accelerate Alzheimer's disease when they infect brain cells. The finding suggests antiviral drugs might help protect the brain.

Tuesday, Jun 19

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As Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise, Major Crops Are Losing Nutrients

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As the level of carbon dioxide in the air rises because of climate change, scientists are trying to pin down how plants are impacted. There's evidence that it's changing many important plants we eat.

Saturday, Jun 9

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How To Get Your Kids To Do Chores (Without Resenting It)

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In villages in Mexico, parents have accomplished what every mom and dad dreams of: Figured out a way to get to their kids to be helpful around the house. What's their secret?

Thursday, Jun 7

21

Math Bee: Honeybees Seem To Understand The Notion Of Zero

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Research shows that bees possess a mathematical ability once thought to exist only in dolphins, primates, birds and humans who are beyond the preschool years.