Science

4:01pm

Wed April 23, 2014
Business

Blockbuster Trades Are Changing The Face Of Pharmaceuticals

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 11:06 pm

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The pharmaceutical industry is undergoing some sweeping changes so the past few days, some major deals have been announced. The first involving a trio of big named companies: GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis and Ely Lily. The second is a proposed deal between Quebec-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals and California's Allergan, the maker of Botox. That deal is valued at $45 billion. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.

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12:33pm

Wed April 23, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

Music That Burns, Literally

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 4:49 pm

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7:43am

Wed April 23, 2014
Shots - Health News

Dirty Money: A Microbial Jungle Thrives In Your Wallet

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 7:23 am

Even some euro bank notes may need a good scrubbing. Like dollar bills, these notes are made from cotton and they harbor an array of bacteria.
Thomas Leuthard The Preiser Project/Flickr

You may have heard that dollar bills harbor trace amounts of drugs.

But those greenbacks in your wallet are hiding far more than cocaine and the flu. They're teeming with life.

Each dollar bill carries about 3,000 types of bacteria on its surface, scientists have found. Most are harmless. But cash also has DNA from drug-resistant microbes. And your wad of dough may even have a smudge of anthrax and diphtheria.

In other words, your wallet is a portable petri dish.

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6:18pm

Tue April 22, 2014
It's All Politics

Green GOP Group Caught Between 'Rock And A Hard Place'

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 7:11 pm

Volunteer Tom Strain carries debris from an empty lot as part of an Earth Day cleanup effort in Camden, N.J. The Earth Day events celebrated on April 22 promote a sustainable and clean environment.
Mel Evans AP

On Earth Day 2014, it wasn't easy being green in the Republican Party. Just ask Rob Sisson, president of ConservAmerica.

ConservAmerica is a membership organization created in 1995 to keep the environmental spirit of GOP President Theodore Roosevelt alive in his party. Back then, the group was known as Republicans for Environmental Protection.

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4:50pm

Tue April 22, 2014
Sports

A Knuckleball No More: World Cup Soccer Ball Gets A Redesign

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 1:12 pm

John Eric Goff, the chair of the physics department at Lynchburg College, explains the science of the 2014 World Cup soccer ball. The Adidas Brazuca is expected to perform better than the version used in South Africa in 2010.

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4:06pm

Tue April 22, 2014
Technology

The Wonders Of The Year 2014, As Told By Isaac Asimov

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 6:38 pm

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A moment now remember how the future looked 50 years ago today.

(SOUNDBITE OF DOCUMENTARY, "FUTURAMA")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Welcome to a journey into the future, a journey for everyone today, into the everywhere of tomorrow.

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On this date in 1964, the New York World's Fair opened. It offered visions of a better future, much of it based on technology. A popular exhibit was this one: General Motors' "Futurama."

(SOUNDBITE OF DOCUMENTARY, "FUTURAMA")

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1:39pm

Tue April 22, 2014
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Mercury Moves In Mysterious Ways

Have you ever slowly revved up the engine on your car (when it's in neutral) until the whole vehicle begins to shake a little? Press the peddle a little more and the car stops shaking. Ease off the pedal and let the engine slow and then you hit the shaking again.

It's supremely cool.

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7:10am

Tue April 22, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

Introducing A Divorce Rate For Birds, And Guess Which Bird Never, Ever Divorces?

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 7:06 pm

Robert Krulwich/NPR

There is love. And then there's albatross love.

In his new book, The Thing With Feathers, Noah Strycker says albatrosses have a knack for coupling. "These globe trotters, who mate for life and are incredibly faithful to their partners, just might have the most intense love affairs of any animal on our planet," he writes.

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3:29am

Tue April 22, 2014
Shots - Health News

Powerful Narcotic Painkiller Up For FDA Approval

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 12:34 pm

Morphine and oxycodone (the active ingredient in Oxycontin) are strong narcotic pain relievers on their own. Moxduo, a drug now up for FDA approval, would combine morphine and oxycodone in a single capsule.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

The Food and Drug Administration is trying to decide whether to approve a powerful new prescription painkiller that's designed to relieve severe pain quickly, and with fewer side effects than other opioids.

While some pain experts say the medicine could provide a valuable alternative for some patients in intense pain, the drug (called Moxduo) is also prompting concern that it could exacerbate the epidemic of abuse of prescription painkillers and overdoses.

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8:16pm

Mon April 21, 2014
Shots - Health News

Who's Protecting Whom From Deadly Toxin?

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 11:06 pm

Questions are swirling around a science journal's decision last year to publish a description of a newly discovered botulinum toxin while omitting key genetic details that researchers would normally disclose.

The unusual case highlights important unresolved issues in how to balance scientific openness with the worry that biological information could potentially be misused.

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