Science

9:08am

Mon April 2, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

To Map Or Not To Map The Brain? That's Tonight's Question

Originally published on Mon April 2, 2012 10:35 am

Thomas Deerinck and Mark Ellisman Portraits of the Mind

"Mind is such an odd predicament for matter to get into," says the poet Diane Ackerman. "If a mind is just a few pounds of blood, dream and electric, how does it manage to contemplate itself? Worry about its soul? Do time and motion studies? Admire the shy hooves of a goat? Know that it will die?

...How can a neuron feel compassion?"

Yes, how?

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11:14am

Fri March 30, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Neuroscientists Battle Furiously Over Jennifer Aniston

Originally published on Fri March 30, 2012 1:54 pm

Stephen Lovekin, Carlos Alvarez, Kevin Winter Getty Images

Think of Jennifer, or as we like to call her, "Jen." Jen of the dazzling smile, Jen of the gorgeous chin, Jen with her hair down, Jen tousled, Jen as Rachel, Jen with Brad; Jen without Brad, Jen with Vince, Jen at the Oscars, and, of course, Jen as a neuron in the medial part of the temporal lobe.

Maybe you missed that last Jen.

A few years ago, a UCLA neurosurgeon named Itzhak Fried, while operating on patients who suffer from debilitating epileptic seizures, discovered what he now calls the "Jennifer Aniston Neuron."

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2:00am

Fri March 30, 2012
Science

How Much BPA Exposure Is Dangerous?

Originally published on Fri March 30, 2012 9:01 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene.

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1:50am

Fri March 30, 2012
Science

Policy On High-Risk Biological Research Tightened

The Obama administration has announced a new policy to handle the risks posed by legitimate biological research that could, in the wrong hands, threaten the public.

The move comes in response to a huge debate over recent experiments on bird flu virus that got funding from the National Institutes of Health. Critics say the work created mutant viruses that could potentially be dangerous for people, or give terrorists a road map for making a bioweapon.

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10:49am

Thu March 29, 2012
From Scratch

Fadi Ghandour, Founder Of Aramex

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 8:30 am

Host Jessica Harris speaks with Fadi Ghandour, the founder of Aramex, a company often referred to as "the Fedex of the Middle East." Aramex was the first company from the Arab world to be listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Harris also speaks with Fred Swaniker, co-founder of African Leadership Academy.

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