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A Conversation With Oliver Sacks

Doctor and best-selling author Oliver Sacks' latest book looks at who gets hallucinations and why. The neurologist on his decades-long career exploring the mysteries of the brain.

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What's The Forecast On Kepler-7B? Hot And Cloudy

Scientists publishing in Astrophysical Journal Letters say they've used space telescopes to record faint light from the distant planet to get a rough map of its atmosphere.
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Here's Something Congress Can Agree On: Helium

With the government on the brink of a shutdown, Republicans and Democrats in Congress have come together on a law to protect the Federal Helium Reserve. Legislation passed late last week will keep the gas used in party balloons flowing from the national stockpile.
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Space's Wild: 5 Cool Happenings Along The Final Frontier

Space organizations are taking potential leaps for mankind: SpaceX tries to reuse rocket parts, Orbital Sciences docks a craft to the International Space Station, and NASA is exploring the uses of 3-D printing. Spoiler: One of those uses is pizza.
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How Our Stone Age Bodies Struggle To Stay Healthy In Modern Times

In The Story of the Human Body, evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman explains how our bodies haven't adapted to modern conditions. The result is "mismatched diseases" — ailments that occur because our bodies weren't designed for the environments in which we now live.
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No Assembly Required: IKEA To Sell Solar Panels In U.K.

The Swedish housewares retailer, which is already using renewable energy to power many of its own stores, says it wants to tap into a growing demand for solar.
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Is Living With Extreme Wildfires The New Normal?

The Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona was deadly in part because of the how close a highly flammable forest was to a community. The U.S. once faced a crisis with structural fires, but managed to change regulations to turn the trend around. Experts say it will take a renewed effort to take on this newer fire threat.
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But Can Your Smartphone Pick The Fastest Checkout Line?

Shoppers are increasingly distracted by their smartphones at the checkout lines, and as a result they're less likely to make impulse purchases on items like candy or magazines. Writer Jon Nathanson tells host Rachel Martin that this change in habit is prompting retailers to come up with new ways to grab shopper's attention.
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Babies Smell Delicious, Just Like A Cheeseburger

A baby's scent triggers the reward circuits in women's brains, the same circuits that light up when an addict gets drugs or you eat a juicy cheeseburger, according to a study co-authored by University of Montreal researcher Johannes Frasnelli. He explains to host Rachel Martin why people want to nibble on their infants.
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The Fragile, Invisible Connections Of The Natural World

From the TED Radio Hour, writer and environmentalist George Monbiot tells the story of what happened when wolves were re-introduced to Yellowstone National Park after a 70-year absence.

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