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Science Seeks Clues To Human Health In Neanderthal DNA

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 3:37pm

Some of the genetic variations in human DNA that have been linked to quick clotting or depression or diabetes lie within or near the genetic stretches we picked up from Neanderthals, a study finds.

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4 Questions Answered On The Syria Talks In Munich

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 3:22pm

Crucial international talks have begun in Munich in an effort to rev up the stalled Syrian peace negotiations. Here's what you need to know.

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Jihad Rehab Program To Get Second Participant

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 2:45pm

A young man from Minnesota, arrested for planning to help ISIS, is likely to be the second man in an emerging de-radicalization program. It could help him get his life back on track.

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Meet The Guy Calling Out Hollywood For How It Describes Women

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 1:09pm

Three months ago, producer Ross Putman started tracking descriptions of female characters from scripts he read. On Tuesday, he shared them with the world on his Twitter account, "Fem Script Intros."

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Can Dementia Be Prevented? Education May Bolster Brain Against Risk

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 1:03pm

The risk of getting dementia has been dropping for decades. Why? Research suggests education's effect on the brain and good cardiovascular health help.

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The Risks (And Unexpected Benefits) Of Sending Health Students Abroad

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 12:37pm

Universities are setting standards for volunteer global health programs in developing countries — so both the student and the local people can have a good experience.

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Buy Crop Insurance, Double Your Money

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 11:00am

The nation's crop insurance program is really a lottery, says one economist. And it's rigged so that farmers win. In fact, farmers typically get back double the money they pay for premiums.

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Polling Is Ubiquitous, But Is It Bad For Democracy?

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 10:32am

New Yorker writer Jill Lepore examines the history of polling in America. She tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that today's polls may be less reliable — and more influential — than ever before.

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Oregon Occupation Ends As Last Holdout Surrenders

NPR Top Stories - February 11, 2016 - 10:16am

Three of the last four armed occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge had surrendered earlier this morning. The last man has now given himself up, bringing an end to the 41-day occupation.

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