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Foreign Policy Funding A Top Candidate For Cuts

Foreign aid is being attacked by presidential candidates and members of Congress. It looks certain that assistance to other countries, which makes up a miniscule percentage of the overall budget, is about to be cut even further.
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Gingrich's History On Health Care Gets An Exam

Some of the positions Gingrich took while at the helm of a health care think tank are getting another look. Ideas such as an insurance mandate and incentives to spur the use of computerized medical records are planks of the Democrats' health overhaul law.
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Geron To End Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Citing "capital scarcity" the Geron Corporation said it will abandon its research into using human embryonic stem cells to treat spinal cord injuries. Stem cell expert Leonard Zon discusses the announcement and what it means for the future of embryonic stem cell research.
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Strangers Can Spot Genetic Disposition For Empathy

Reporting in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers write that complete strangers are capable of spotting individuals with a genetic predisposition to empathy and sociable behavior. Author Sarina Saturn discusses the study, and how sociability has evolved across cultures.
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Building A Better Toilet

Toilets, as most of us know them, haven't changed much since the 1800s--they use a lot of water, and require an infrastructure that many communities can't afford. Ira Flatow and guests look at the problem of access to sanitation, and how engineers are making toilets better.

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