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Shots - Health News
11:06 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Behind The Scenes At The Lab That Fingerprints Microbiomes

Rob Knight, co-founder of the American Gut Project at the University of Colorado in Boulder, works in the lab where the samples are processed.
The American Gut Project

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 4:32 pm

The gut microbiome may soon reveal important answers to questions about our health. But those answers aren't yet easy to spot or quick to obtain.

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Science, Technology and Environment
7:33 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Oklahoma City To Hold Public Hearing On Oil Drilling Near Lake Hefner

Lighthouse at Lake Hefner
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Oklahoma City Utilities Department will hold a public hearing on a proposed drilling operation on the Lake Hefner Reservation on Thursday, December 18, according to a Facebook event posted by Oklahoma City Councilman, Ed Shadid.

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Health
3:43 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Abuse Of Synthetic Drugs Declines Across U.S.

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 1:46 pm

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Space
3:43 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Methane Bursts On Mars Could Hint At Previous Life

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 12:07 pm

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Something intriguing is happening on Mars. Instruments onboard the rover known as Curiosity are seeing bursts of methane entering the Martian atmosphere and then disappearing. NPR's Joe Palca reports.

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The Two-Way
3:31 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Google News Is Taken Offline In Spain, After A Call For Payments

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 4:01 pm

Reacting to a law that requires news sites in Spain to charge for their content, Google shut down its Google News service in the country Tuesday. The tech company and other news aggregators would face steep fines if they publish headlines and abstracts without paying.

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The Two-Way
12:40 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Apple Wins $1B iPod Antitrust Lawsuit

A California jury has found that Apple's iTunes 7.0 did not violate antitrust laws when it restricted files bought on other music services.

After deliberating for around three hours, the eight-member jury in the U.S. District Court in Oakland unanimously found that iTunes 7.0 was an improvement over the previous version of the software. Bloomberg reports that the finding means Apple can't be held liable for hindering competition even if it hurt its rivals.

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Shots - Health News
12:21 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Scientists Debate If It's OK To Make Viruses More Dangerous In The Lab

The coronavirus responsible for Middle East respiratory syndrome (green particles) seen on camel cells in a scanning electron micrograph.
NIAID/Colorado State University

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 3:26 pm

Imagine that scientists wanted to take Ebola virus and see if it could ever become airborne by deliberately causing mutations in the lab and then searching through those new viruses to see if any spread easily through the air.

Would that be OK?

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Goats and Soda
11:12 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Dengue Fever Strikes Millions. Now Scientists Hope To Strike Back

The dengue virus has an icosahedral shape, similar to the pattern on a soccer ball. Antibodies stop the virus by binding to its surface.
Laguna Design Science Source

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 2:19 pm

Dengue — aka "breakbone fever" — has been a tough nut to crack when it comes to making a vaccine.

The problem is that the mosquito-borne virus comes in four flavors, or strains. Vaccines that work on one strain haven't worked well on the others.

Now scientists at Imperial College London have discovered a potential way around this problem.

Immunologist Gavin Screaton and his colleagues have found molecules — specifically antibodies — in human blood that stop all forms of dengue.

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All Tech Considered
9:31 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Successful Tech Requires An Old-Fashioned Skill: Organizing People

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There is a new educational fad taking off across America: Everyone needs to learn how to code. Moms should code, girls should code, kids in every classroom in America should code. There are boot camps for it, academies to learn it, leagues to teach it. All with the promise that code will set you free.

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NPR Story
4:11 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Sony On The Defensive After Hackers Attack Its Computer Network

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 5:01 pm

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