Science & Health

Goats and Soda
5:02 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Ebola Vaccine Hailed As 'Game Changer' In Fight Against The Virus

A woman receives the rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine at a clinical trial in Conakry, Guinea. The vaccine appears effective after only one shot.
Cellou Binani AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 6:53 pm

Doctors Without Borders is calling it a "champagne moment." The World Health Organization says it's a "game changer."

In a small trial, an experimental vaccine protected 100 percent of participants who were at high risk for the virus. Although the results are preliminary, they offer new hope of finally stamping out the virus in West Africa — and preventing the next epidemic.

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Environment
4:43 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

As Beijing Prepares To Host Winter Olympics, Where Will It Get The Snow?

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 6:53 pm

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Environment
3:36 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

As The West Craves Drought Relief, El Nino May Do More Harm Than Good

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 6:53 pm

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News of the historic drought in the West is giving way to a lot of hype over predictions of a strong El Nino forming in the Pacific Ocean.

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Health
3:36 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Planned Parenthood Controversy Raises Questions About Fetal Tissue Research

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 6:53 pm

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Around the Nation
3:36 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

As Midwest Dams Reach End Of Life, Soaked States Can't Handle Repair Costs

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 6:53 pm

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TED Radio Hour
8:36 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Can Healthy Eating Reverse Some Cancers?

Healthy diets help prevent, even reverse, some health conditions. Dr. Dean Ornish believes it can also do the same for cancer.
Courtesy of TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Fighting Cancer

About Dean Ornish's TED Talk

Dr. Dean Ornish studied how lifestyle changes could help people with chronic heart disease; he wanted to figure out if there was a way to do the same with patients with some types of cancer.

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TED Radio Hour
8:36 am
Fri July 31, 2015

How Will Open-Source Research Help Cure Cancer?

Dr. Jay Bradner believes open-source research is necessary in the fight against cancer.
Courtesy of Bradner Lab

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Fighting Cancer

About Jay Bradner's TED Talk

Giving away something that could make you a billion dollars sounds foolish. But Dr. Jay Bradner believes it's essential to share even the most prized scientific discoveries if we hope to find a cure for cancer.

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TED Radio Hour
8:36 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Is Our Narrow Focus On Cancer Doing More Harm Than Good?

"The goal of me as a cancer doctor is not to understand cancer ... the goal is to control cancer," says Dr. David Agus.
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Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Fighting Cancer

About David Agus' TED Talk

Dr. David Agus believes that current research is too narrowly focused on the specifics of cancer. Instead, he thinks broader, more interdisciplinary methods are needed to control and treat cancer.

Read the study mentioned in Dr. Agus' interview in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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TED Radio Hour
8:36 am
Fri July 31, 2015

What's A Better Way To Detect Cancer?

"We have 21st-century medical treatments and drugs to treat cancer, but we still have 20th-century procedures and processes for diagnosis," says Jorge Soto.
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Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Fighting Cancer

About Jorge Soto's TED Talk

We often discover cancer after it's too late to treat. Jorge Soto is in the process of creating a simple, fast and cheap method for early cancer detection and all it takes is a few drops of blood.

About Jorge Soto

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The Two-Way
8:35 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Tonight, Look For A Rare (But Not Quite Blue) Moon

People are silhouetted against a nearly full moon as they ride an attraction at Worlds of Fun amusement park Thursday in Kansas City, Mo. July 31 marks the second full moon of the month, a rare occurrence that has come to be known as a "blue moon."
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:34 am

Updated at 11 a.m. ET

Get ready for a very rare event tonight — a blue moon.

But don't expect to see a new hue. A blue moon, at least according to the modern definition of the term, has nothing to do with color. It simply means a second full moon in the same calendar month.

As NASA explains in the video above: "Most blue moons appear pale gray and white, just like the moon you've seen on any other night."

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The Two-Way
7:18 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

New York Court: Chimps Are Still Property, Not People

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 7:51 am

What has thumbs and no habeas corpus entitlement? Chimpanzees. A Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled Thursday that chimps are still viewed as property, not people, under the law.

The lawsuit was filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project, a group that wanted two research chimps — named Hercules and Leo — out of confinement.

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The Salt
4:42 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps 'Detox,' Too

Mineral supplements, ape-style: A female chimp called Kana eats clay in the Budongo Forest of Uganda.
A.Schel Budongo Conservation Field Station/Animal Ecology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 6:24 pm

Chimpanzees are like us in many ways. They can cook, they enjoy a good drink here and there, they share about 95 percent of our DNA.

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Environment
3:34 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

AP Study Finds Viruses Linked To Raw Sewage In Rio De Janeiro Olympic Waters

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 5:24 pm

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World
3:33 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 5:24 pm

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Energy
3:31 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Shell Announces Plans To Eliminate 6,500 Jobs

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 5:42 pm

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Oil companies are coming to terms with the prospect that oil prices could stay low for years. Today, Royal Dutch Shell announced it's laying off 1,600 workers. NPR's John Ydstie reports.

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