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Does A Foreign Accent Mess Up Our Memory Of What's Said?

It can be hard to decipher what a non-native speaker is saying. But that might not always be a bad thing when it comes to understanding or remembering, scientists say.
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Deaf Jam: Experiencing Music Through A Cochlear Implant

After swapping hearing aids for a cochlear implant, Sam Swiller's taste in music shifted dramatically, from grunge rock to folk. Now scientists are trying to improve how implants relay music.
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Addiction Takes A Toll On An Unlikely Friendship

Lance Rice, a recovering heroin addict, became friends with Nina Rossi, whose house he robbed in 2013. The friendship waned after Rice had a relapse, but they still have kind words for each other.
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Helping Postal Workers Fend Off An Age-Old Problem: Dog Bites

Los Angeles was the top city for dog attacks on postal workers last year. A training program teaches letter carriers how to protect themselves.
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Assault On Salt: Uruguay Bans Shakers In Restaurants And Schools

The tiny nation has some of Latin America's highest rates of obesity, hypertension and heart disease. The capital Montevideo has tried to intervene by making salt on the table illegal.
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Ebola Doctor To Grads: Enter The Suffering Of Others

Dr. Kent Brantly, one of the Americans who contracted Ebola last year, was invited back to his medical school to deliver the commencement address. NPR's Rachel Martin highlights some of his speech.
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Sex Ed Works Better When It Addresses Power In Relationships

Most school sex education programs stick to the nuts and bolts of biology. Teenagers who also talk about what makes for a good relationship are more likely to avoid pregnancy and STDs, a study finds.
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Who Did This To Peru's Jungle?

When the price of gold skyrocketed, illegal miners flooded into the country's Amazon basin, eager to find even the tiniest bits of the precious metal. Trees and villagers have paid a price.
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What If Americans Ate Like South Africans And Vice Versa?

In a two-week diet swap, they got burgers and fries. We got kale salad and corn porridge. Guess whose bowels fared better?
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USDA To Certify Non-GMO Foods With New Label

The government runs organic and antibiotic-free labeling programs, but has stayed out of the non-GMO labeling fray. That is, until a food company asked the USDA for help, and the agency obliged.

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