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The Ebola Outbreak: 'A Dress Rehearsal For The Next Big One'

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is spreading at a frightening rate. To find out why this outbreak has been so deadly and what may lie ahead, we spoke with science writer David Quammen.
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In Quest To Harpoon A Comet, A Spacecraft Stalks Its Prey

The European Rosetta mission arrives at its target comet Wednesday morning. In the coming months, its lander unit will harpoon the space rock.
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How To Translate Sight Into Sound? It's All In The Vibrations

Melissa Block talks to Abe Davis, a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Davis helped author a paper on a visual system to detect sound.
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How To Cross 5 International Borders In 1 Minute Without Sweating

Nations need borders for security, for revenue, for defense, for identity. But for fun? Introducing borders that giggle.
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Why Fat Grizzlies Don't Get Diabetes Like We Do

Before hibernating, grizzly bears get fat fast — but they don't get metabolic problems like diabetes. Understanding how fat bears stay healthy could lead to better treatments for humans.
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Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreads Across Southeast Asia

The most effective drug we have against malaria is losing its potency in Southeast Asia. Doctors can still cure most forms of the disease, but it takes longer and more medications.
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After A Decade, Comet-Chasing Spacecraft Nearly There

The European Space Agency's Rosetta Mission has taken the long way to reach Comet 67/P. Later this week, it will finally arrive.
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What Has Lake Erie So Sick?

To learn more about harmful algal blooms like the one affecting Toledo, Ohio, Melissa Block talks with Dr. Jeffrey Reutter of Ohio State University.
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Chef Grills Steak, Volcano-Style, With Molten Lava

After Sam Bompas roasted marshmallows over lava at a volcano in Japan, he wanted to recreate the experience. So he asked a geologist and sculptor who'd built an artificial volcano to host a barbecue.
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Virus Hunters: Ebola and Tracking Viral Threats

Kojo talks with global virus hunters about their work, the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa and how "medical diplomacy" is impacting health from the most remote village to the biggest metro area.

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