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The Future Of Your Doctor's Office

As technology costs rise and billing and electronic records become more complicated, many doctors find it hard to afford the costs of remaining independent. Since 2000, the percentage of doctors running their own practice has dropped from 57 percent to 39 percent. Many practices are being absorbed by large health organizations or are developing new models, like consortiums, to share costs. Those who manage to stay independent often can only do so by charging patients directly rather than taking insurance. We speak with doctors and health care professionals about the future of the doctor's office.


A Star-Crossed 'Scientific Fact': The Story Of Vulcan, Planet That Never Was

For decades, astronomers believed there was another planet in our solar system, tucked just out of sight. Then Albert Einstein figured out it wasn't there. Author Thomas Levenson explains.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.

2 Degrees In Paris: The Global Warming Set To Dominate Climate Conversation

As world leaders gather in Paris to talk about climate change, one phrase that will dominate conversations is "two degrees." Global leaders will discuss how to prevent global temperatures from warming by more than two degrees since the industrial revolution.

Payoffs For Prediction: Could Markets Help Identify Terrorism Risk?

In a terror prediction market, people would bet real money on the likelihood of attacks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen Carter about whether such a market could predict — and deter — attacks.

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