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Thu February 14, 2013
Shots - Health News

Scientists Pass The Hat For Research Funding

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 10:28 am

Car commercial? Nope. Jessica Richman, Zachary Apte (center) and William Ludington are looking to the crowd for money to fund uBiome, which will sequence the genetic code of microbes that live on and inside humans.
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When the X-ray was invented, people clamored to get one. Not for any medical reason, but just to see what was typically hidden inside their bodies.

Something like that seems to be happening with DNA sequencing technology. First it was companies offering to sequence people's genomes. Now it's learning all about your microbiome, the collection of microorganisms living on and in your body.

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5:05am

Thu February 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: LBJ And Lady Bird Johnson's Love Letters Go Public

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 7:02 am

Lady Bird Johnson and President Lyndon Johnson at an election rally in 1964.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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4:40am

Thu February 14, 2013
Animals

Pets Feel The Love On Valentine's Day

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 12:05 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Chocolate is bad for dogs and cats, but that doesn't mean they won't be feeling the love on this Valentine's Day. The National Retail Federation says Americans will spend more than $800 million on gifts for their pets - from heart-shaped treats to heart-healthy vitamins. And in honor of Valentine's Day, the ASPCA hosted an online dating show to match humans and animals in need of a home. They called that event "Puppy Love." It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:40am

Thu February 14, 2013
Around the Nation

Canada Is Ready For Attacking Zombies

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 12:05 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. This summer, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Preparedness 101, a just-in-case guide for of a zombie pandemic. Yesterday, a Canadian parliament member asked the foreign minister how his country's preparing for zombies. The foreign minister said he's dedicated to the proposition that...

(SOUNDBITE OF PARLIAMENT SESSION)

JOHN BAIRD: Canada will never become a safe haven for zombies, ever.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Here, here!

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4:40am

Thu February 14, 2013
Sports

Pistorius In Custody After Girlfriend's Death

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 12:05 am

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4:27am

Thu February 14, 2013
The Two-Way

'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius In Custody After Girlfriend's Shooting Death

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 10:50 am

Oscar Pistorius of South Africa leaves the starting blocks of the men's 400-meter race at the 2012 London Olympics.
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South African Paralympic and Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius "has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend," The Associated Press reports from Pretoria.

Reeva Steenkamp was shot and killed inside Pistorius' home early Thursday, police say.

The AP adds that:

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3:51am

Thu February 14, 2013
Africa

Olympic Athlete Charged With Girlfriend's Murder

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 4:40 am

Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder after his girlfriend was shot dead Thursday at his home in South Africa. Pistorius is the sprinter and double-amputee known as "Blade Runner."

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Thu February 14, 2013
NPR Story

Clashes Mark Bahrain's 2nd Anniversary Of Uprising

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 12:05 am

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Two years ago today, more than 100,000 people rallied in the Gulf nation of Bahrain; a peacefully protest against the rule of their autocratic king. Despite harsh government repression, the protests continue. Many Bahrainis are critical of U.S. support for the country's monarch despite the growing popular opposition.

Independent producer Reese Erlich reports from Bahrain's capital, Manama.

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Thu February 14, 2013
NPR Story

Obama Tries To Move Spotlight Off Deficit Reduction

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 12:05 am

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Pre-school is one example of how President Obama says the government can play a constructive role in the U.S. economy. In his State of the Union speech, President Obama tried to refocus a debate that, for two years, has been all about cutting. The president is highlighting government programs that even many Republicans support.

Here's NPR's Scott Horsley.

SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: The U.S. economy is slowly recovering from the Great Recession, but President Obama says the government could be doing more to help.

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Thu February 14, 2013
NPR Story

Scientist Gets Research Donations From Crowd Funding

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 8:44 am

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What do you do when you're a scientist and you have no job and no money for your research? If you're Ethan Perlstein, you try crowd funding. He raised $25,000 to investigate where the drug methamphetamine is stored in the brain.

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