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An NPR Reporter Raced A Machine To Write A News Story. Who Won?

Tue, 2015-05-19 23:27

Machines are taking on jobs that once seemed robot-proof. But can a machine replace radio reporters? We pit a human against a machine to find out.

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Live On Pakistani TV: A Call-In Show About Sex

Tue, 2015-05-19 23:25

Sex is a topic not often broached in a conservative Muslim country like Pakistan. Yet a cable TV program hosted by a male doctor has proved popular, particularly among 30-something women.

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She's Got One Of The Toughest Diseases To Cure. And She's Hopeful

Tue, 2015-05-19 23:25

Drug-resistant tuberculosis is a growing problem. It's spread through the air. It can kill you. And it's incredibly difficult to treat. But a program in Peru shows that the disease can be cured.

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How A Bigger Lunch Table At Work Can Boost Productivity

Tue, 2015-05-19 23:24

Some firms use motion sensors and wireless tags to find out how people actually work. That can yield useful data, such as which free snacks tend to draw people into break rooms where they congregate.

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Many Native American Communities Struggle With Effects Of Heroin Use

Tue, 2015-05-19 23:21

Native Americans have some of the highest substance abuse rates compared to other ethnic groups. Alcohol and meth are the drugs of choice. Now, cartels are taking advantage of lax police enforcement.

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Earth's First Snake Likely Evolved On Land, Not In Water

Tue, 2015-05-19 16:03

Genetic sleuthing and comparisons of recently discovered fossils with living snakes point to a "protosnake" ancestor that likely had tiny hind legs and lived about 120 million years ago.

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Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's Son, Hospitalized

Tue, 2015-05-19 15:26

The former Delaware attorney general is being treated at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. In 2013, he underwent surgery after being diagnosed with a brain lesion.

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Reddit's New Harassment Policy Aimed At Creating A 'Safe Platform'

Tue, 2015-05-19 15:06

Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the site wants to encourage a variety of views, within limits. "It's not our site's goal to be a completely free-speech platform. We want to be a safe platform," she says.

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Tea Tuesdays: Cold Weather, Gogol And The Rise Of The Russian Samovar

Tue, 2015-05-19 14:24

The giant, metal, hot-water urns are at the center of Russian tea culture — and national identity. How that came to be may have as much to do with Russian literature as common usage.

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Home-brewed Morphine Is Just Around The Corner

Tue, 2015-05-19 14:10

What if microbes could ferment sugar into narcotics, like the way yeasts make beer? That day is quickly approaching. This week scientists report all the steps needed to make morphine in yeast.

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Pressure To Act Unethically Looms Over Wall Street, Survey Finds

Tue, 2015-05-19 13:54

About half of the financial professionals surveyed say their competitors have behaved unethically or illegally to gain an advantage. And many say compensation and bonuses can create bad incentives.

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After A Big Victory For ISIS, Iraqi Forces Look To Regroup

Tue, 2015-05-19 13:52

With a victory in Ramadi, the Islamic State controls a city just 70 miles from Baghdad. Many civilians are on the move, and Iraq's armed forces are again looking weak.

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After A Month, The 7 Questions Hillary Clinton Answered From The Media

Tue, 2015-05-19 13:26

Clinton ended a nearly month-long avoidance of press questions, and addressed the release of her e-mails, foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation, the state of Iraq and more.

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Rabbis Diversify To Connect To Students; Just Don't Bring Up Israel

Tue, 2015-05-19 13:19

As the number of religious young people declines, Hillel International is trying to build a "big tent" Judaism for secular and religious students alike. But some say that tent may not be big enough.

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What Does 'Raw' Mean? When It Comes To Almonds, You Might Be Surprised

Tue, 2015-05-19 13:11

By law, all California almonds must be pasteurized or treated with a fumigant — processes aimed at preventing foodborne illness. But critics say the treatments taint flavor and mislead consumers.

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FTC And States Sue Sham Cancer Charities

Tue, 2015-05-19 13:01

Donations to four charities allegedly went toward officials' personal travel, jet ski outings and tuition payments.

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Wanna Go To Fit City? List Ranks America's 50 Fittest Metro Areas

Tue, 2015-05-19 13:00

The new American Fitness Index is out, with some good news and bad news. Five cities fell five or more slots; Washington, D.C., finished first, followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul.

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LA City Council Votes To Raise Minimum Wage To $15 By 2020

Tue, 2015-05-19 12:42

The increase — from $9 per hour — could cover as many as 800,000 people. LA is the biggest U.S city to raise its minimum wage to $15.

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Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful ... This Great Teacher Abides By The Scout Law

Tue, 2015-05-19 12:28

For 27 years, Romy Vasquez has been leading Boy Scout Troop 780 in South Central LA. Where, he says, it's easier to find a gang to join than a Boy Scout troop.

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Eyes In The Sky: Styrofoam Drones Keep Watch On Rainforest Trees

Tue, 2015-05-19 12:28

The autopilot toy planes, equipped with cameras, help conservationists detect illegal logging and mining earlier in the remote parts of the Amazon basin.

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