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August 30, 2014 | NPR · In Ukraine, worried officials in the southeastern part of the country beefed up their defenses on Saturday as rebel forces slowly moved west following the recent capture of a strategic seaside town.
 
August 30, 2014 | NPR · Arun Rath talks to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer about NATO and EU options for confronting Russian aggression in Ukraine.
 
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Jun 17, 2014 — Scientists have evidence that beats in the brain — in the form of rhythmic electrical pulses — are involved in everything from memory to motion. And music can help when those rhythms go wrong.
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May 26, 2014 — When Milena Channing was 29 years old she was blinded by a stroke. But the injury left her with connections from her eyes to the part of the brain that detects motion.
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Jan 22, 2014 — Scientists have shown that damage to the brain's "white matter" is responsible for many of the developmental problems that very premature infants often face. Now researchers have also demonstrated that it's possible to prevent that sort of damage in mice.
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Dec 26, 2013 — An experimental technique called optogenetics is starting to change the way researchers look at the brain. The tool allows them to switch entire brain circuits on and off using light, and may help figure out what's going wrong in brain ailments from epilepsy to depression.
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May 3, 2012 — Researchers found that only 20 percent of riders using shared bicycles wear helmets, despite the risk of injury. We took to the streets of Washington, D.C., to ask bicyclists, with and without helmets, about their choices.
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Dec 15, 2011 — Researchers think the treatment encourages brain cells to form new connections, allowing the brain to rewire itself to compensate for damage caused by a stroke.
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Nov 17, 2011 — Each year more than 60,000 babies are born weighing less than 3.3 pounds. As scientists learn more about how brain injuries occur among these very premature infants, it could point the way to possible prevention and repair strategies.
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Jun 1, 2011 — An Oregon woman woke up from dental surgery with an English-Irish-sounding accent. Hers is a rare disorder usually caused by an injury to the part of the brain that controls speech.
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May 16, 2011 — In the first hour of Talk of Nation, debt ceiling explainer, and the opinion page looks at Haiti's inauguration. In the second hour, recovering for brain injury, and horse trainer Graham Motion.
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Sep 10, 2010 — Top Pentagon spokesman, Geoff Morrell, wrongly told reporters Thursday that military members with combat-related brain trauma weren't eligible for the Purple Heart. His mistake was later fixed but it suggested how far the Pentagon still has to go.
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