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Drones Are Taking Pictures That Could Demystify A Malaria Surge

NPR Top Stories - October 22, 2014 - 12:38pm

How is a rare strain of malaria spreading near cities in Southeast Asia? That's the question that's been puzzling a team of scientists. And they're using drones to find the answer.

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The Slide Rule: A Computing Device That Put A Man On The Moon

NPR Top Stories - October 22, 2014 - 12:31pm

Before the smartphone, the laptop and the pocket calculator, there was a powerful mechanical computer. Our new series, Tools of the Trade, begins with a look at the slide rule.

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Cloud Data Security Concerns Raised After Reported Attack In China

NPR Top Stories - October 22, 2014 - 12:31pm

A group says the Chinese government backed an attack against users of Apple's iCloud service. Experts worry attacks that target weaknesses in the transfer of data on the cloud will become more common.

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Surrogacy Storm In Thailand: A Rejected Baby, A Busy Babymaker

NPR Top Stories - October 22, 2014 - 12:31pm

Two controversial cases have put a spotlight on surrogacy in Thailand. Now the government is drafting new laws to stop abuse.

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Bigger Than A T. Rex, With A Duck's Bill, Huge Arms And A Hump

NPR Top Stories - October 22, 2014 - 12:31pm

Scientists first figured the claw-tipped, giant arm bones found in 1965 belonged to an ostrichlike dinosaur. But its recently recovered skull looks more like a dino designed by a committee — of kids.

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NHTSA Adds More Than 3 Million Vehicles To Air Bag Recall

NPR Top Stories - October 22, 2014 - 12:28pm

Almost 8 million vehicles are now being recalled over worries their air bags could malfunction. Vehicle owners in hot and humid climates are under special alert.

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Poll: Broad Support In U.S. For Ebola Travel Ban

NPR Top Stories - October 22, 2014 - 11:53am

An NPR poll finds a clear majority of Americans are worried about Ebola. Fifty-six percent of people are either "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" about the spread of the Ebola virus to the U.S.

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Glow-In-The-Dark Treats To Light Up Your Halloween

NPR Top Stories - October 22, 2014 - 11:21am

Two entrepreneurs have developed new tricks to make food that's literally illuminating, using ingredients that are as natural and unprocessed as possible. It's just basic food chemistry, folks.

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High In The Andes, Bolivia's Gondolas In The Sky Ease Congestion

NPR Top Stories - October 22, 2014 - 11:17am

One of Latin America's poorest countries is building the world's longest urban cable car system. The aim is to transform the lives of commuters who battle chronic traffic problems.

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A 45,000-Year-Old Leg Bone Reveals The Oldest Human Genome Yet

NPR Top Stories - October 22, 2014 - 10:39am

The DNA in this ancient Siberian leg bone shows that the man had Neanderthal ancestors — yet more proof that humans and Neanderthals interbred. And he lived much farther north than expected.

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Quick Facts About Ebola

NPR Top Stories - October 22, 2014 - 6:43am

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has led to thousands of deaths and a maelstrom of misinformation. Here's a primer on what you need to know about the virus and the response to it.

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Pew: Gaming Is Least Welcoming Online Space For Women

NPR Top Stories - October 22, 2014 - 6:03am

The Pew Research Center's first study on online harassment shows it happens to most Internet users. But gender disparities are starkest in online gaming.

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Congolese Doctor Denis Mukwege Receives Sakharov Prize

NPR Top Stories - October 22, 2014 - 5:41am

The gynecological surgeon's Panzi Hospital in eastern DRC has treated thousands of women who were victims of rape.

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Banned Drugs Still Turning Up In Weight-Loss Supplements

NPR Top Stories - October 22, 2014 - 4:49am

Just because the Food and Drug Administration recalls a supplement because it contains dangerous substances, doesn't mean the product disappears from the market.

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Hong Kong Students March On Chief Executive's Residence

NPR Top Stories - October 22, 2014 - 4:36am

About 200 pro-democracy activists held signs and shouted slogans in front of the home of Leung Chun-ying a day after student leaders met with government officials in an effort to defuse the crisis.

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Pentagon Says It Will Investigate Stray Arms Drop Over Syria

NPR Top Stories - October 22, 2014 - 3:36am

The self-declared Islamic State has released a video purporting to show its fighters rifling through a crate of grenades airdropped by a U.S. military cargo plane.

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American Freed By North Korea Arrives Home

NPR Top Stories - October 22, 2014 - 3:05am

Jeffrey Fowle, 56, who was arrested in North Korea in May after allegedly leaving a bible in a club for foreign sailors, arrived at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base this morning.

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Halloween-Thanksgiving-Hanukkah-Christmas-New-Year Buying Begins

NPR Top Stories - October 22, 2014 - 1:53am

Most retailers are feeling optimistic as analysts forecast rising sales over this long shopping season. They are hoping Halloween will give them a good bounce into the peak spending time of the year.

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The Crime That Has Shocked Pakistan

NPR Top Stories - October 22, 2014 - 12:33am

Abdul Sattar Edhi and his foundation are synonymous with humanitarian work in Pakistan. But that didn't keep the foundation from being robbed of more than $1 million, provoking widespread outrage.

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The 2014 Campaign Ads That You Just Can't Stop Replaying

NPR Top Stories - October 22, 2014 - 12:33am

States that could determine which party controls the Senate next year have been barraged for months with campaign ads. For better or for worse, here are some of the most noteworthy.

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