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Lava Flow In Hawaii Spares Homes, But Threatens To Cut Off Community

The state has sent National Guard troops to the town of Pahoa to assist with a road block and security.

Morning Edition

Selfies With Bears Prompt Warning From Park Rangers

Selfies with bears are showing up on Instagram. Rangers in South Lake Tahoe have been sufficiently worried to issue a warning: Wild bears are unpredictable, and could attack. #bearselfie

Morning Edition

Parasite Turns Bees Into Zombie-Like Creatures

Biologists are reporting signs of a possible zombie apocalypse. Well, at least for the honeybee population. A parasite that has been turning bees on the West Coast into zombie-like creatures has started infecting bees in the East, and biologists are still puzzled as to how it all works.

Morning Edition

A $1.3 Billion Question: What's The Future Of LA's iPad Program?

The departure of Superintendent John Deasy leaves the controversial program — and the future of the district's technology plans — up in the air.

Morning Edition

Virus Sleuths Chip Away At Ebola Mysteries

Big questions have bedeviled virus hunters for 38 years: Why do people differ in their response to Ebola? Is it becoming more or less dangerous? There's now more evidence about who gets sick and why.

Morning Edition

Doppelnamers: When Your Digital Identity Is Also Someone Else's

Finding your email double or Twitter twin is easier than ever, with Web searches and social media reminding us how un-special our names really are. So how do you stand out when others share your name?

All Things Considered

Ebola Researchers Banned From Medical Meeting In New Orleans

One of the top scientific conferences on tropical diseases will take place without the people who have the most recent and direct experience with Ebola in West Africa.

All Things Considered

Saving The Amazon Will Take More Than Stopping Loggers

In order to save the Amazon, it's not enough for deforestation to stop; areas that have been denuded also need recuperation. A Brazilian research scientist has released a report with the World Wildlife Fund that suggested actions to curb the effect of humans on the world's largest rainforest.

Apps Aim To Guide You On 'Sustainable Food' (Whatever That Means)

Consumers who care about how their food is produced have a growing number of apps they can turn to at the supermarket. The problem? Nailing down just what sustainability means when it comes to food.

Moving Past The Password, But At What Cost?

Apps working with a new Twitter service would simply ask for your phone number instead of a password. In exchange, the company would get some of the most valuable information about you.

The Risk Is Small, But Warnings About Cell Phones At Gas Pumps Persist

October 31, 2014
Gas pumps often warn against using cell phones, but there have been no credible cases of fires caused by cell phones. (Richard Masoner/Flickr)

There has never been a credible case of a cell phone sparking a fire at a gas pump. So why do we still see the warnings?

Ebola Expert Answers Nagging Questions About The Virus

October 31, 2014
Dr. Ian Lipkin is an infectious disease expert. (Columbia University)

Why didn’t Thomas Eric Duncan’s family contract Ebola? That’s one of several questions we pose to Dr. Ian Lipkin.

How Athletes Are Getting ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’

October 30, 2014
Mark McClusky is author of "Faster, Higher, Stronger." (Mary McHenry Photography)

Mark McClusky says for elite athletes today, pushing boundaries and breaking records is all about “the aggregation of marginal gains.”

A Computer Model Forecasts Ebola’s Future Path

October 30, 2014
Northeastern University has developed a modeling approach aimed at assessing the epidemic's progression in West Africa and its international spread. (mobs-lab.org)

With the virus in Africa, the U.S. and Europe, experts have created a computer model to predict where it could go next.

Soylent Isn't People; But Is It The End Of Food?

October 30, 2014
Soylent is a new meal-replacement substance meant to offer a complete nutritional alternative to traditional food. (Courtesy Soylent)

Soylent is a grey smoothie the consistency of pancake batter that claims it can replace all your food. On a crowded planet, is this the future of food? Plus: what does the Antares rocket crash mean for private space travel?

A Brief History Of Medical Quarantine

October 28, 2014
Kaci Hickox (R) speaks with civil rights attorney Norman Siegel from within her mandatory quarantine tent in Newark, NJ. (Steven Hyman)

The history of quarantines, from the Spanish Flu to polio to Ebola and the challenge of fighting an epidemic and fear of the epidemic.

Why Are Electricity Prices Expected To Skyrocket In New England This Winter?

October 27, 2014
Peggy Udden, of Norwood, Mass., shovels her driveway in Norwood, Feb. 5, 2014. (Steven Senne/AP)

New England families planning their heating budget for the coming winter might be in for a cold shock.

Climate Science Controversy On The Campaign Trail

October 27, 2014
Republican campaign signs cover a roadside shack near Alpine, Wyoming. (Leigh Paterson/Inside Energy)

Leigh Paterson of Inside Energy reports on how climate change in the classroom is playing out on the Wyoming campaign trail.

The Origin Of Sex As We Know It

October 24, 2014
Researchers found that internal fertilization and copulation was invented by ancient armored fish, called placoderms, about 385 million years ago in Scotland. (Flinders University)

Scientists say they have discovered the origin of copulation. Turns out it can be traced to an ancient lake in Scotland.

Coal Mining Threatens The Great Barrier Reef

October 24, 2014
A photo taken on September 22, 2014, shows fish swimming through the coral on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. (William West/AFP/Getty Images)

The reef is an underwater wonderland, but it’s facing multiple threats. Among them: the coal industry on Australia’s coast.

Study Raises Questions About Military Service Causing Chronic Suicidal Tendencies

October 23, 2014

A new study commissioned by the U.S. Army has found that the mental health of soldiers isn’t as different from civilians as the researchers previously thought.

Bottom Of The Sea Is ‘A World Of Surprises’

October 23, 2014
Boulder brain coral off the southwest coast of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Red lights from the ROV shining on the coral help scientists estimate its size. (NOAA)

The world’s oceans cover nearly two-thirds of the Earth’s surface, yet little is understood about the ocean floor.

Apollo Astronauts Discuss Future Of Space Exploration At MIT

October 23, 2014
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the Moon, speaks at MIT during a program "Celebrating 100 Years of MIT Aerospace," Wednesday. (Steven Senne/AP)

MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics is marking its centennial this week, with a symposium examining the past, present and future of aviation and space exploration. Its opening day brought eight Apollo-era astronauts together.

The Country At The Epicenter Of The Ebola Outbreak

October 22, 2014
Health workers carry the body of a woman suspected of contracting the Ebola virus in Bomi county situated on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (AP)

We’ll go to Liberia, and hear from a pastor and a physician at the epicenter of the Ebola crisis.

Where We're Going, We'll Probably Still Need Cars

October 21, 2014
This undated image provided by Google, shows an early version of Google's prototype self-driving car. For the first time, California's Department of Motor Vehicles knows how many self-driving cars are traveling on the state's public roads. The agency is issuing permits, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 that let three companies test 29 vehicles on highways and in neighborhoods. (AP)

The future of the car: from the fuels they’ll run on, to the materials they’ll be made of, to the computers that may drive them.

Comet Narrowly Passes Mars, NASA Orbiters

October 20, 2014
An artist's concept of comet Siding Spring and Mars. (NASA)

The comet Siding Spring came closer to Mars than any comet has come to a planet in recorded history.

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