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Thursday, Nov 29

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'Talent Wants Transit': Companies Near Transportation Gaining The Upper Hand

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Businesses like Amazon and McDonald's are building offices near bus and train lines to attract and keep top talent in a tight labor market.

Tuesday, Nov 27

'We're Taking A Stand': Google Workers Protest Plans For Censored Search In China

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Several employees shared a letter with NPR calling on the tech giant to halt its reported work on a search engine project tailored to Chinese censorship demands.

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China Expands Research Funding, Luring U.S. Scientists And Students

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In a quest to rapidly advance its scientific depth and breadth, China is recruiting scientists from around the world. Some from the U.S. say the greater funding for school and research is freeing.

Friday, Nov 16

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Texas Students Will Soon Learn Slavery Played A Central Role In The Civil War

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The state's previous social studies standards listed three causes for the Civil War: sectionalism, states' rights and slavery, in that order.

Thursday, Nov 15

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Startup Offers To Sequence Your Genome Free Of Charge, Then Let You Profit From It

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A full genome sequence costs about $1,000. But Nebula Genomics expects that companies and researchers would defray the cost in exchange for key medical information about the person involved.

Tuesday, Nov 13

How Big Is Amazon? Its Many Businesses In One Chart

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Amazon means shopping. It also makes movies and smart locks, publishes books, operates stores, and helps other companies deliver packages and run websites. How many Amazon brands will you recognize?

Monday, Nov 12

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Sourdough Hands: How Bakers And Bread Are A Microbial Match

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In Robert Dunn's new book, Never Home Alone, he explores our symbiotic relationship with food: Not only do we impact the bacteria in our food, but the microbes in our food imprint our bodies.

Saturday, Nov 10

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Vitamin D And Fish Oil Supplements Mostly Disappoint In Long-Awaited Research Results

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After years of debate, a major government funded study failed to find any overall benefit of taking widely used supplements to protect against heart disease or cancer.

Wednesday, Oct 31

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How Yellow Fever Turned New Orleans Into The 'City Of The Dead'

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Some years the virus would wipe out a tenth of the population, earning New Orleans the nickname "Necropolis." The gruesome disease killed thousands, scapegoated immigrants and upheld white supremacy.

Tuesday, Oct 30

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When Adolescents Give Up Pot, Their Cognition Quickly Improves

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When researchers convinced a group of young people to stop smoking pot, their cognition quickly improved. This adds to research warning against teen pot use, despite marijuana's growing acceptance.

Monday, Oct 29

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Bill Of The Month: A $48,329 Allergy Test Is A Lot Of Scratch

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A California college professor never imagined that trying to figure out what was causing her rash could wind up costing so much.

Thursday, Oct 18

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Grandma Was Right: Sunshine Helps Kill Germs Indoors

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All kinds of bacteria live with us indoors, and some can make us sick. A new study shows that rooms exposed to light had about half the live bacteria found in rooms that were kept in darkness.

Wednesday, Oct 17

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Not Just For Cows Anymore: New Cottonseed Is Safe For People To Eat

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Cottonseed is full of protein but toxic to humans and most animals. The USDA has approved a genetically engineered cotton with edible seeds. They could eventually feed chickens, fish — or even people.

Thursday, Oct 11

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Human Retinas Grown In A Dish Reveal Origin Of Color Vision

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Our ability to see colors develops in the womb. Now scientists have replicated that process, which could help accelerate efforts to cure colorblindness and lead to new treatments for diseases.

Sunday, Oct 7

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China Makes A Big Play In Silicon Valley

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"The Chinese figured out that technology is the key to wealth and power, and the source of technology is still the West for China," says one China and tech watcher.

Wednesday, Oct 3

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How The Chinese Government Works To Censor Debate In Western Democracies

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China's leaders try to muzzle free expression beyond their borders, inside liberal democracies, when speech contradicts the Communist Party line on issues like the status of Tibet and Taiwan.

Tuesday, Oct 2

Going It Solo: The Complicated Financial Lives Of Freelancers

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For a growing population of independent workers, the flexibility of contract work comes with the headache of dealing with taxes and other issues that employers would normally handle.

Monday, Oct 1

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Supreme Court Turns Away Billionaire Who Wanted To Turn People Away From Calif. Beach

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The lengthy case pitted surfers against a venture capitalist. On Monday, advocates for public access are hailing the court's decision to decline the case as a victory.

Saturday, Sep 29

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No Cash Needed At This Cafe. Students Pay The Tab With Their Personal Data

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For free coffee, students can provide their names, phone numbers, email, majors and interests. This information is then provided to corporate sponsors who want to "diversify students' career choices."

Friday, Sep 28

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Drugmakers Play The Patent Game To Lock In Prices, Block Competitors

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Pharmaceutical companies like Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, often win patents for incremental changes with debatable value. Now there's a twist involving an opioid addiction treatment.

Monday, Sep 24

Mosquitoes Genetically Modified To Crash Species That Spreads Malaria

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Scientists demonstrate that a "gene drive" can rapidly spread a genetic mutation through a species, perhaps providing a potent new weapon against malaria. But there are plenty of skeptics.

Saturday, Sep 22

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Workplace Wellness Plans Offer Big Incentives, But May Cost Your Privacy

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Uncertainty over federal standards for these cost-saving programs could trigger different perks for employees, and change what they must do to qualify.

Thursday, Sep 20

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'Savior Of Film,' Henri Langlois, Began Extensive Cinema Archive In His Bathtub

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One of the most important figures in the history of filmmaking never made a film. Langlois created the Cinémathèque Française, where he preserved and exhibited movies from many countries and eras.

Tuesday, Sep 18

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Woman Rides Bicycle To 183.9 MPH — A World Record

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Denise Mueller-Korenek, 45, has become the fastest human ever to ride a bicycle over open ground, racing in the draft provided by a dragster.

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Rice University Says Middle-Class And Low-Income Students Won't Have To Pay Tuition

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Full scholarships are earmarked for all students whose families have income between $65,000 and $130,000. Below that income level, grants will bolster the aid package even further.

Under Pressure, WeWork Backs Down On Employee Noncompete Requirements

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Under scrutiny by the New York attorney general, the co-working giant, which has 3,300 U.S. employees, got rid of legal language that restricted where former employees could work.

Wednesday, Sep 12

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If 'Free College' Sounds Too Good To Be True, That's Because It Often Is

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More than a dozen states offer what are known as free college programs. But a new review finds states vary wildly in how they define both "free" and "college."

Sunday, Sep 9

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Infectious Theory Of Alzheimer's Disease Draws Fresh Interest

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Money has poured into Alzheimer's research, but until very recently not much of it went toward investigating infection in causing dementia. A million dollar prize may lead more scientists to try.

Thursday, Sep 6

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What Happens When A.I. Takes The Wheel?

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In his new book Autonomy, Lawrence Burns, formerly with General Motors, argues that self-driving, electric cars are inevitable. In an interview with NPR, he addresses the now — and the future.

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Hospitals Prepare To Launch Their Own Drug Company To Fight High Prices And Shortages

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A consortium of hospital systems and three foundations is moving ahead with a nonprofit drugmaker that would produce some of the generic medicines health care facilities need the most.