Health & Science

Health & Science
1:01 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Robotic Exo-Skeleton Allows Paralyzed Madison Vet to Stand Up and Walk

Dan Rose's $130,000 exo-skeleton suit was a donation from a non-profit called "Soldier Socks."
Credit Erin Toner

You probably remember learning about exo-skeletons back in biology class – beetles have them. So do lobsters. Well now, we can add humans to that list.

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Health & Science
10:23 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Responders Ready If Rail Mishap Occurs

More than 200 freight trains travel through the metro area each week, some comprised solely of tank cars.

Milwaukee Fire Department Deputy Chief Aaron Lipski says emergency responders are specially trained to handle train derailments, including ruptured tank cars transporting hazardous cargo through urban areas.

Recent rail mishaps, including tragic derailments in Canada and Texas have put the focus on rail safety here and in other urban centers.

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Environment
5:48 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Why Do Some Clouds Drop Rain, While Others Don't?

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Recent storms in California haven't been enough to save the state from a serious drought. And now, the rainy season is winding down. Scientists are trying to understand why some storms unload lots of rain and snow in California and others don't. As Lauren Sommer reports from member station KQED in San Francisco, there could be a link to dust storms thousands of miles away.

LAUREN SOMMER, BYLINE: The sky over the Pacific Ocean is looking pretty ominous - big dark gray clouds in the distance.

I think it feels like rain.

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Shots - Health News
5:03 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Why My Wife Didn't Choose A Double Mastectomy

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 6:51 pm

Yet another entertainment figure has gone public with her decision to have a double mastectomy after a breast cancer diagnosis. Samantha Harris is the latest in a series of entertainers who've decided on that surgery as treatment for the disease.

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Planet Money
4:08 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Across The Atlantic, Glimpse An Alternate Internet Universe

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 8:53 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Already for many Americans, there are few options when it comes to high-speed broadband. And the reason, says Zoe Chace with our Planet Money team, goes back to a moment when the U.S. decided to go one way and the rest of the world went another.

ZOE CHACE, BYLINE: That moment, March 14th, 2002, a bunch of people from the Federal Communications Commission pondering an existential question. There's this brand-new cable coming into your home with the Internet on it. What is this thing?

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