Health & Science

Humans
6:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Why People Take Risks To Help Others: Altruism's Roots In The Brain

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 12:26 pm

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When someone does something utterly selfless, you might think, oh, they're just a generous kind of soul. But new research suggests altruism may be hardwired in the brain. Reporter Michelle Trudeau has more.

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Goats and Soda
6:03 am
Sun November 23, 2014

A Bus Isn't The Only Thing That Can Be Powered By Poop

Mango trees would be grateful for the nutrients in human poop.
Noah Seelam AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 4:07 pm

What can you do with human waste? Besides flushing it?

That's a question that came to mind when we read about the United Kingdom's first-ever "Bio-bus." It's a tour bus that runs between the cities of Bristol and Bath. The tank is filled with biomethane gas generated from food waste and human excrement.

And it turns out that the bus isn't the only example of poo power.

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Goats and Soda
6:03 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Anesthesia Miracle: No Power, No Oxygen Tanks, No Problem

A nurse anesthetist practices using the Universal Anesthesia Machine on an uncomplaining patient.
John Sampson/JHMI

Waking up during a surgery would be a nightmare, yet that's a regular problem for patients in low-income countries. Sketchy power grids mean the lights often go out, and with them, the anesthesia machine. In other cases, there are too few oxygen tanks for a surgery, so it's canceled.

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Shots - Health News
4:52 am
Sun November 23, 2014

What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?

Even cleaning a bathroom daily didn't much affect the make-up of the community of microbes living there, scientists say.
Claire Eggers NPR

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 1:56 pm

The invisible world of the bathroom isn't pretty — unless you're a microbe. After scanning the microbial zoo of four public restrooms recently, a team of researchers found a diverse swarm of characters that persisted for months despite regular cleaning of the facilities.

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Environment
6:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Starfish Illness Harms Other Sea Creatures

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 10:21 am

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All Tech Considered
6:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Terrible Video Game, Great Fundraiser: Meet Desert Bus For Hope

This is Desert Bus. This is it --€” plus the occasional bus stop.
Desert Bus

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 10:21 am

What would you give to watch someone else play what's arguably the world's worst video game — for nearly a week?

It turns out, people have given millions, as part of a fundraiser called Desert Bus for Hope.

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All Tech Considered
4:49 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Tech Week: Uber Under Fire, The Vision Behind Google's Lollipop

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has apologized for comments made by Senior Vice President Emil Michael, who at a private dinner last week suggested uncovering personal details about journalists.
Will Oliver EPA/Landov

Uber's public-relations nightmare dominated the week's technology news. A senior executive at the ride-sharing firm suggested that Uber should dig up dirt about media critics of the company. The comments came after Uber faced negative press over a promotion in France featuring scantily clad female drivers.

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Goats and Soda
4:33 am
Sat November 22, 2014

You Might Be Surprised When You Take Your Temperature

Temperatures are taken two ways at Casablanca's airport: with an infrared body scanner (left) and a handheld thermometer (right).
Abdeljalil Bounhar AP

What's your temperature?

That's the question of the hour. The Ebola virus has made taking your temperature part of everyday conversation. People in West Africa are doing it. People returning from the region are doing it. And so are the overly paranoid in the United States.

For anyone who's been exposed to the virus, a body temperatures of 100.4 or higher has been deemed the point of concern. The goal, of course, is that magic number: 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

Except 98.6 degrees isn't so magical after all. In fact, that might not be your normal temperature.

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Technology
5:06 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Electric Bikes, On A Roll In Europe, Start To Climb In U.S.

Joel Bowman, 66, rides his e-bike six miles daily to his job at Emory University in Atlanta.
Courtesy of Joel Bowman

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 4:09 am

For Joel Bowman, decades of bike commuting started feeling like hard work. So the 66-year-old Atlanta resident recently switched to an electric bicycle, and now when he rides Bowman feels like the wind is at his back.

An e-bike looks a lot like a regular bike, but with an integrated electric motor, and it doesn't burn gasoline like an old-fashioned moped. As you pedal, an e-bike gives you a powered boost when you need it.

They are getting more popular in Europe, but in the United States, e-bikes still have to overcome the stigma of being just a toy for old people.

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Health Care
3:33 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Georgia's 'Coverage Gap' Leaves Many Uninsured

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 5:36 pm

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