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April 17, 2014 | NPR · Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
 
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April 17, 2014 | NPR · A typical UPS truck now has hundreds of sensors on it. That's changing the way UPS drivers work — and it foreshadows changes coming for workers throughout the economy.
 
April 17, 2014 | NPR · Brazil is the spiritual home of soccer and a world powerhouse in the sport. It's woven into the Brazilian psyche. Wins and losses have had repercussions in other realms — including politics.
 

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April 16, 2014 | NPR · Ukrainian tanks arrived in the city of Kramatorsk Wednesday morning. By the time they rolled out of the city, they were flying Russian flags. People in Kramatorsk tell the story of what happened.
 
April 16, 2014 | NPR · NATO has announced a strengthening of its forces near the alliance's eastern border. Gen. George Joulwan, the former NATO supreme allied commander for Europe, discusses the plan.
 
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April 16, 2014 | NPR · A 325 million-year-old fossil find shows that the gill structures of modern sharks are actually quite different from their ancient ancestors.
 

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April 12, 2014 | NPR · As pro-Russia demonstrators continue their tense standoff in Eastern Ukraine, police are conspicuously absent from city streets.
 

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April 13, 2014 | NPR · As the anniversary of last year's marathon bombing approaches, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with correspondent Carrie Johnson about the investigation and legal wrangling yet to come.
 

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Jan 10, 2014 — Words matter when it comes to medicine. By comparing placebo pills labeled as migraine medicine with medicine labeled placebos, doctors figured out that half of the pain relief of medication comes from a person's belief in its effectiveness.
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Jun 17, 2013 — The ruling may end the era of what are also called "reverse-payment" deals, in which the maker of a brand-name drug pays a maker of generic drugs to not produce a lower-priced version of their product. The Federal Trade Commission can challenge such deals in court, the justices say.
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Apr 27, 2013 — Sacks turns 80 this year. Philosopher Alva No asks the question: What makes Sacks' work so important?
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Apr 6, 2013 — Gov. Sam Brownback is expected to sign the measure making abortion access much harder in Kansas. In addition to declaring that life begins "at fertilization," it blocks tax breaks for abortion providers and requires doctors to address a weak link between abortion and breast cancer.
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Jan 15, 2013 — The boards that license and discipline doctors are watching what they post online. Guaranteed cancer cures and photos of drunken debauchery are definite no-nos. A picture of a doctor holding a drink at an office party might raise an eyebrow but probably wouldn't trigger an investigation.
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Mar 30, 2012 — Homeopathy. A mystery in the guise of the nineteenth-century's apothecary. It's an untrue theory. But might it be an effective practice?
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Mar 23, 2012 — Homeopathic treatments are too dilute to be effective. Why, then, are they so popular? This is the first in a series of reflections on this question.
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Jan 5, 2012 — In the first hour of today's TOTN, the new laws that may affect you in 2012 and columnist Cynthia Tucker on the state of opinion journalism. In the second hour, the long-misunderstood period of middle childhood and why patients want to see their doctors' notes, but physicians remain reluctant.
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Jul 16, 2010 — Can scientists come up with a hurt feelings pill? One study suggests they already have.
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