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The Two-Way
8:18 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Dallas Nurse Nina Pham, Now 'Ebola Free,' To Be Discharged Today

Nina Pham, 26, who became the first person to contract Ebola within the United States, is set to be released after testing free of the virus.
Uncredited AP

Dallas Nurse Nina Pham, who became the first person to contract Ebola on U.S. soil while treating patient Thomas Eric Duncan, is now free of the virus and will be discharged from a special facility at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., the NIH says.

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The Protojournalist
8:13 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Halloween High Jinks For Fun And Nonprofits

Evelyn FitzGerald, 2 months old, is in a Princess Leia — of Star Wars renown — costume made from recycled clothes by her mother Shenandoah Brettell of El Segundo, Calif. "I made the wig out of yarn and the belt out of felt," says Shenandoah, who listens to NPR member station KPCC.
Shenandoah Brettell

Making costumes from secondhand stuff is a part of the Halloween scene in 2014, according to Goodwill. We call it boocycling.

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The Two-Way
7:22 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Boko Haram Reportedly Abducts More Girls Despite Cease-Fire Deal

Earlier this month, people demonstrated in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, calling on the government to rescue girls taken from a secondary school in Chibok region in April. Now there are reports that militants of the extremist Boko Haram movement have kidnapped more girls.
Olamikan Gbemiga AP

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 8:23 am

As Nigeria awaits the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls under a cease-fire deal with their Boko Haram captors, reports have come in that another 25 women and girls were abducted within a day of the truce being announced Saturday.

The government in Abuja has condemned the latest reported abductions from two villages in the country's northeast Adamawa state by suspected militants from the extremist group.

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TED Radio Hour
6:23 am
Fri October 24, 2014

What Are The Origins Of The Universe?

"It's a story that, in one sense, makes us feel very small and very little." - David Christian
James Duncan Davidson / TED TED

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 7:50 am

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode How It All Began.

About David Christian's TED Talk

David Christian explains the history of the universe from the big bang, and how humans occupy little more than a millisecond on that cosmic timeline.

About David Christian

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TED Radio Hour
6:23 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Where Did Human Beings Originate?

"Who are we? That is the big question. And essentially we are just an upright-walking, big-brained, super-intelligent ape." - Louise Leakey
Courtesy of TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode How It All Began.

About Louise Leakey's TED Talk

Louise Leakey describes her family's long search for early human remains in Africa, and how unlocking that mystery is the key to understanding our past and our future.

About Louise Leakey

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TED Radio Hour
6:23 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Are All Human Beings Related?

Andrew Heavens TED

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 7:49 am

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode How It All Began.

About Spencer Wells' TED Talk

Geneticist Spencer Wells describes how he uses DNA samples to trace our individual origins going back 2,000 generations.

About Spencer Wells

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TED Radio Hour
6:23 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Why Did Humans Migrate Out Of Africa?

"When did we originate as a species? How long have we been divergent from each other?" - Spencer Wells
Andrew Heavens TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode How It All Began.

About Spencer Wells's TED Talk

Geneticist Spencer Wells tells the story of early humans, and our eventual migration from Africa.

About Spencer Wells

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Shots - Health News
6:12 am
Fri October 24, 2014

VIDEO: Talking While Female

NPR

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 8:27 am

Ask a woman if anybody has ever complained about her voice and, chances are, you'll get a story. Watch the above animated video, and you'll see what we mean.

Your voice is too squeaky, it's too loud, it lacks authority, it sounds childish, it's grating or obnoxious or unprofessional.

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The Two-Way
5:14 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Mali's First Ebola Case In Current Outbreak Is 2-Year-Old Girl

A volunteer receives the experimental Ebola vaccination "cAd3-EBO-Z" at the vaccines center in Bamako, Mali, earlier this month. Mali has become the sixth country in West Africa to report Ebola.
Alex Duval Smith EPA/Landov

Mali has become the sixth country in West Africa to confirm a case of Ebola, after a two-year-old girl who arrived from neighboring Guinea tested positive for the hemorrhagic virus.

WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib says of the young girl: "She travelled with her grandmother in Guinea and returned to Mali. We don't have all details of this trip."

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The Salt
4:03 am
Fri October 24, 2014

A Wisecracking Biochemist Shares Her Kitchen ABCs

A selection of foods discussed by Shirley Corriher at the National Press Club on Oct. 22.
Alison Bruzek/NPR

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 4:54 am

Biochemists aren't really known for their sense of humor. But we recently met one who was warm, inviting and downright hilarious. "When chemists don't know what something is, they call it a substance," quips Shirley Corriher.

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