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Building An Antibiotic To Kill Bad Microbes While Sparing Good Ones

NPR Top Stories - May 23, 2016 - 11:36am

Most antibiotics can't tell the difference between good and bad bacteria. That means medicines can kill helpful bacteria in your gut while they're obliterating the ones making you sick.

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Inventing A Machine That Spits Out Drugs In A Whole New Way

NPR Top Stories - May 23, 2016 - 11:12am

A refrigerator-sized machine could someday make lifesaving drugs on site when outbreaks occur or where medicine is in short supply, like on the battlefield.

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5,000-Year-Old Chinese Beer Recipe Revealed

NPR Top Stories - May 23, 2016 - 11:11am

Researchers discovered ancient "beer-making tool kits" in underground rooms built between 3400 and 2900 B.C. Analyses of funnels, pots and jugs show the brewers were using pretty advanced techniques.

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Left-Leaning Candidate Wins Austria's Presidential Election — Barely

NPR Top Stories - May 23, 2016 - 9:52am

Retired economics professor Alexander Van der Bellen edged out anti-immigrant populist candidate Norbert Hofer by just more than 31,000 votes — 0.6 percent of the vote.

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What $62 Billion In Cash Could Buy You: Monsanto

NPR Top Stories - May 23, 2016 - 9:23am

German chemical company Bayer makes a strong offer to buy the giant U.S. agricultural firm.

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Going There: The Future Of Water

NPR Top Stories - May 23, 2016 - 8:15am

Western states like Colorado are balancing competing demands for waterways. When recreation, agriculture and civic interests find themselves at odds, how can water resources be divided fairly?

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Supreme Court Orders New Trial For Black Death Row Inmate Convicted By All-White Jury

NPR Top Stories - May 23, 2016 - 8:11am

It has been nearly 30 years since the high court set new rules to counter race discrimination in the seating of juries. But in some jurisdictions, the propensity to bar black jurors has persisted.

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Baltimore Police Officer Found Not Guilty In Freddie Gray Case

NPR Top Stories - May 23, 2016 - 7:09am

Officer Edward Nero had faced multiple misdemeanors in connection with the arrest and subsequent death of Gray in April 2015.

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3 Days On Everest End With At Least 3 Climbers Dead, 2 Missing

NPR Top Stories - May 23, 2016 - 7:01am

Good weather has helped hundreds of people summit Mount Everest since May 11. But since Friday, at least three people died in three days, dashing hopes for a safe season after two years of tragedy.

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String Of Attacks In Pro-Regime Cities In Syria Leave Scores Dead

NPR Top Stories - May 23, 2016 - 3:32am

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for bombings in Tartus and Jableh, strongholds of Bashar Assad's regime.

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Obama Announces U.S. Will Lift Arms Embargo Against Vietnam

NPR Top Stories - May 23, 2016 - 2:41am

During a visit to Hanoi, President Obama announced an end to the five-decades-long ban on selling weapons to Vietnam.

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Documenting Torture: Doctors Search For New Ways To Gather Evidence

NPR Top Stories - May 23, 2016 - 1:01am

Holding torturers to account requires evidence, the kind that doctors are learning to compile from countries at war, like Syria. But there are many challenges.

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Evolution Or Expediency? Clinton's Changing Positions Over A Long Career

NPR Top Stories - May 23, 2016 - 12:31am

Her positions on issues from trade to same-sex marriage have changed. Critics say it's often because of political expediency, while supporters insist she learns and adapts to new circumstances.

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Do Women Need Periods?

NPR Top Stories - May 23, 2016 - 12:29am

Long-lasting hormone contraceptives are now the most recommended form of birth control for young women. And many women say the fact that they can reduce or eliminate periods is a big plus.

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Penicillin Shortage Could Be A Problem For People With Syphilis

NPR Top Stories - May 23, 2016 - 12:29am

The medication is the only one available to prevent an infected pregnant woman from passing the disease to a fetus. Pfizer says the shortage should be over in July.

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Obama Looks To Bolster Vietnam By Lifting Arms Export Embargo

NPR Top Stories - May 22, 2016 - 10:48pm

At a news conference in Hanoi, Obama said the move was intended a step toward normalizing relations with the former war enemy and to eliminate a "lingering vestige of the Cold War."

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A Warming World Means Less Water, With Economic Consequences

NPR Top Stories - May 22, 2016 - 1:50pm

We know that climate change will make water scarcer. But it could also have big economic impacts, Richard Damania of the World Bank says.

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U.S. Drone Strike Killed Taliban Leader, White House, Afghan Government Say

NPR Top Stories - May 22, 2016 - 12:15pm

Mullah Akhtar Mansour was a divisive figure within the Taliban, and the Afghan government saw him as an obstacle to peace.

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Study: China's Government Fabricates About 488 Million Social Media Posts Every Year

NPR Top Stories - May 22, 2016 - 9:11am

"The methods by which they guide public opinion are very sophisticated — they're way more sophisticated than anybody realized," Harvard professor Gary King says.

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