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A Frightening Curve: How Fast Is The Ebola Outbreak Growing?

Health leaders now say the Ebola epidemic is growing exponentially. That means, if nothing changes in the next few weeks, we could see at least 60,000 Ebola cases by the end of 2014.

Look, Mom, I Finally Made It To Broadway!

NPR's Michel Martin will sit down with a panel of award-winning playwrights to ask about diversity in theater. Follow here or join us on Twitter on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, using #NPRMichel.

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A Coastal Paradise Confronts Its Watery Future

With rising seas, cities like Satellite Beach, Fla., are debating options: defend the shoreline to avoid destruction, or retreat, withdrawing homes and businesses from the water's edge.

Killing Comes Naturally To Chimps, Scientists Say

A new study bolsters the theory that chimpanzees kill rivals as an adaptation to their natural environment and not as a result of human impact.

Apple: iOS 8 Prevents Cooperation With Police Unlocking Requests

In the rollout of its new mobile operating system, Apple says it has made it technically impossible for the company to unlock phone data, even in response to a law enforcement warrant.

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From Coffee To Chicory To Beer, 'Bitter' Flavor Can Be Addictive

If you don't think you like bitter foods, try them again. Jennifer McLagan, the author of Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor, is on a mission to change hearts and minds.

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Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And Raise The Risk Of Diabetes

There's a new wrinkle to the old debate over diet soda: Artificial sweeteners may alter our microbiomes. And for some, this may raise blood sugar levels and set the stage for diabetes.

Europe's Family Tree Gets A New Branch

Genetic evidence from ancient humans and modern people suggests that travelers from northern Eurasia moved south several thousand years ago. They stuck around to have kids with early European farmers.

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Multispectral Imaging Could Reveal Secrets Of Martellus Map

A team of researchers are using multispectral imaging to uncover hidden text on a 1491 Martellus map, one of the most important maps in history. Lead researcher Chet Van Duzer thinks the discoveries will allow historians and scholars to see just how the map influenced cartography in its time.

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Study Of 'Flexible Brains' May Aid Injury Understanding

Physicist Danielle Bassett has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship based on her work studying the human brain. She talks with Melissa Block about the advances it may lead to.

Robots On The Dairy Farm

September 18, 2014
Nate Tullar shows off his Lely robotic milker at Tullando, his family farm in Orford, New Hampshire. (Charlotte Albright/VPR)

The task of milking cows has become fully automated with the help of agribots.

NASA Picks Companies To Launch US Astronauts Back Into Space

September 17, 2014
Members of a panel announce NASA's choice of Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station during a news conference at the Kennedy Space Center on Sept. 16, 2014, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (John Raoux/AP)

NASA said it will give more than $6 billion to private space companies that will launch Americans into orbit.

Practice Alone Does Not Make Perfect

September 17, 2014
New research debunks the popular theory that 10,000 hours of practice are required to gain expertise. (Amelia Berkeley/Flickr)

New research shows that the hours spent practicing are much less significant than previously thought.

Magnetic Pulses From Sun Will Make For Great Viewing

September 12, 2014
A solar flare captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on Sept. 10, 2014. (Screenshot of NASA video)

Two solar flares this week have sent a geomagnetic storm hurtling toward Earth, which will be seen in the form of auroras.

New App Helps Save and Identify Whales

September 11, 2014
Whale watching in Monterey Bay (John Krzesinski/Flickr)

A new app that can be used to identify and track whales is now available to the public.

Martine Rothblatt: The Tranhumanist, Transgender CEO

September 11, 2014
Martine Rothblatt

Martine Rothblatt is the highest paid female executive in America. Founder of Sirius Radio. She was once a man. Now she’s pushing digital mind clones for us all.

When To Merge?

September 10, 2014
Two studies look at the best way to merge in traffic. (Jeff Turner/Flickr)

Studies suggest different strategies work for different traffic conditions. But will drivers follow the best practices?

How Should We Talk About Animal Emotions?

September 9, 2014
Elephants are pictured in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, July 2014. (Karyn Miller-Medzon)

Studies show animals do experience emotions. So why don’t we use the language of human emotions to describe what animals feel?

Why There No Longer Is A ‘Typical’ American Family

September 9, 2014
A new study finds that the "typical" American family consisting of a breadwinner father and a homemaker mother -- as seen on the television program "Mad Men" -- no longer is the dominant family form. (AMC)

A new study finds that the family arrangement with a homemaker mother and breadwinner father that dominated the 1960s, no longer exists for the majority of Americans.

Psst! Your Data’s Showing

September 8, 2014
Online dating is as much a matter of online data collection as it is online matchmaking. (Don Hankins / Flickr)

We’ll talk to the co-founder of dating site OkCupid about human nature, love and the future of big data.

Just When You Thought Dinosaurs Couldn’t Get Any Bigger

September 5, 2014
An artist rendering of the newly named dinosaur, Dreadnoughtus schrani. (Illustration by Jennifer Hall via WHYY)

The Dreadnougtus measured 85 feet long and two and a half stories high, and weighed 65 tons. The skeleton was unearthed in Patagonia.

Could Legalizing Pot Reduce Accidental Deaths From Harder Drugs?

September 4, 2014
States with legalized medical marijuana have fewer overdose deaths from narcotics. Exploring the medical and legal implications of this surprising correlation. Pictured: Bill Britt, executive director of the Association of Patient Advocates, uses cannabis to help his ease the chronic pain he suffers due to an epilepsy and post-polio syndrome condition at his home in Long Beach, Calif. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

States with legalized medical marijuana have fewer overdose deaths from narcotics. Exploring the medical and legal implications of this surprising correlation.

Improbable Research That Makes You Laugh, Then Think

September 3, 2014
A group of distinguished Nobel laureates trying out the prize-winning safety bra at the 2010 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, established by Marc Abrahams. (Richard Baguley/Flickr)

We speak to Marc Abrahams, author of “This is Improbable Too: Synchronized Cows, Speedy Brain Extractors, and More WTF Research,” about oddball science that makes you laugh, and then think.

Move Over Barbie, Here Comes Madame Curie

September 3, 2014
Miss Possible is designing dolls based on real women, that come with apps to explore their work. (Miss Possible)

Two young women who studied engineering want to inspire girls to become scientists by offering dolls based on real people.

The Girl With Three Biological Parents

September 2, 2014
Alana Saarinen is one of only 30 to 50 people in the world who have DNA from three different people. (Screenshot via BBC)

Alana Saarinen is one of only 30 to 50 people in the world who have DNA from three different people.

The State Of America's Wine Industry

August 28, 2014
Some of the hundreds of earthquake damaged wine barrels cover and toppled a pair of forklifts at the Kieu Hoang Winery, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Napa, Calif. A powerful earthquake that struck the heart of California's wine country caught many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them and toppling wine bottles in vineyards around the region. (AP)

Drought in California, earthquake in Napa. We look at broken bottles and the health of the American wine industry.

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