Health & Science

TED Radio Hour
8:23 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

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 10:41 am

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
8:23 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Are All Human Beings Related?

Andrew Heavens TED

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 9:49 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
8:23 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 9:50 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
8:23 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Are We Evolving Into A Different Species?

"We have a whole lot of power over what lives or dies on this planet and we have to think very carefully about what that means and how we're using it." -Juan Enriqez
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 11:11 am

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode How It All Began.

About Juan Enriquez

Juan Enriquez argues that human evolution is far from over — Homo sapiens are becoming a new species right before our eyes.

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TED Radio Hour
8:23 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Why Do We Continue To Care About Dinosaurs?

"Even as a paleontologist, I imagine them fighting, I imagine them roaming around; they still fuel my imagination." - Jack Horner
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 10:37 am

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

About Jack Horner's TED Talk

Paleontologist Jack Horner explains what dinosaurs tell us about our own origins and what we can learn by attempting to revive a piece of the past.

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Health
3:53 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Doctor With Ebola In Isolation At New York Hospital

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 6:03 am

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The Two-Way
3:53 am
Fri October 24, 2014

European Scientists Conclude That Distant Comet Smells Terrible

The Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko smells of rotten eggs, drunk people and horses.
ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 11:35 am

A European spacecraft orbiting a distant comet has finally answered a question we've all been wondering: What does a comet smell like?

"It stinks," says Kathrin Altwegg, a researcher at the University of Bern in Switzerland who runs an instrument called ROSINA that picked up the odor.

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The Two-Way
11:05 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Recently Returned From Africa, Doctor Tests Positive For Ebola At NYC Hospital

Police officers stand outside the home of Craig Spencer, a Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, on Thursday in New York. Spencer tested positive for the virus, according to preliminary test results, city officials said.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 9:29 am

A patient at a New York City hospital has tested positive for Ebola, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference Thursday.

According to a statement from Doctors Without Borders, a doctor returned to the United States Oct. 12 after working with Ebola patients in Guinea.

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All Tech Considered
5:50 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Calling 911 On Your Cell? It's Harder To Find You Than You Think

The Fairfax County 911 Center in Virginia takes calls during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It was relatively easy to locate callers when most people used landlines. But most 911 calls now come from cellphones, which can pinpoint a callers' location only within 100 to 300 meters.
Greg E. Mathieson Sr. Mai/Landov

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 5:57 pm

Today's mobile phones can do almost everything a computer can. But we still need them for their most basic purpose: making phone calls — especially in emergencies.

Yet existing technology can't always pinpoint a caller's location, particularly when a 911 caller is indoors.

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed new regulations for wireless carriers to help address the problem, but so far, wireless providers are resisting the changes.

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The Salt
4:53 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

How 'Foodies' Were Duped Into Thinking McDonald's Was High-End Food

McDonald's Organic/youtube

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 2:24 pm

We all know that how a food is packaged and marketed can influence our choices, no matter how hard we try to shake the effect. Haven't you ever found yourself contemplating a row of wines, trying to decide which bottle to buy, and then opting for the one with the higher price tag, the prettier label or the more tempting descriptors?

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