2:02pm

Fri July 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Federal Mine Agency Considering Tougher Response On Black Lung

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 8:54 am

Coal miner Lee Hipshire in 1976, shortly after emerging from a mine in Logan County, W.Va., at the end of his shift. A few years later, Lee took early retirement because of pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. He died at 57.
Courtesy of Earl Dotter

NPR and the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) have learned that the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the Labor Department are putting together a team of agency experts and lawyers to specifically consider how to bolster coal mine dust enforcement given the statutory and regulatory weaknesses detailed by NPR and CPI this week in stories about the resurgence of black lung.

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1:46pm

Fri July 13, 2012
The Salt

An Olympic-Sized Outrage Grows Over French Fry Sales At The Games

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 10:24 pm

McDonald's and the American flag — ruling the London Olympics?
Keoni Cabral Flickr.com

When McDonald's cut a deal to make itself the exclusive purveyor of french fries and the similar (but please don't say matching) chips at the 2012 Olympic Games in London later this month, it may not have anticipated the flurry of responses. Foodies raged, nutritionists nagged, and many called it another example of an American cultural takeover.

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1:33pm

Fri July 13, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Electric Fans May Do More Harm Than Good In A Heat Wave

Originally published on Sat July 14, 2012 12:26 pm

Researchers say that when temperatures rise above 95 degrees, a fan might make you even hotter, and maybe even sick.
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Assuming you can't spend a heat wave bobbing up and down in some cool body of water, the next best option is to hunker down inside with air blowing on you, right?

Preferably it's from an air conditioner set on arctic chill.

But if there's no AC, then an electric fan would be the next best thing, wouldn't you think?

Well, it turns out health experts aren't so sure about electric fans. And they say using one in a really brutal heat wave can sometimes do more harm than good.

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1:19pm

Fri July 13, 2012
Environment

Climate Change Ups Odds Of Heat Waves, Drought

Reporting in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, researchers write that extreme heat waves, such as the one last year in Texas, are 20 times more likely today than they were in the 1960s. NOAA climatologist Tom Peterson discusses what future climate change may bring.

1:16pm

Fri July 13, 2012
Science

The Nuts And Bolts Of High-Speed Rail

California lawmakers gave the green light to the first phase of construction of high-speed rail in the state. Does this mean that America is on track for faster, sleeker trains? What potential speed bumps still lie ahead? Railroad engineer Christopher Barkan discusses the costs, benefits and state of the technology.

1:12pm

Fri July 13, 2012
Health

Tumors Evade Treatment With Help From Neighboring Cells

What makes some types of cancer resistant to drugs? Reporting in Nature, researchers write that cancer cells may be dodging treatment with help from seemingly innocent bystanders. Cancer researcher Todd Golub discusses how a tumor's microenvironment may affect its behavior.

1:05pm

Fri July 13, 2012
Health

Silk Stretches Drugs' Shelf Life To New Lengths

Researchers have found a fridge-free way to store vaccines and antibiotics. Biomedical engineer David Kaplan, senior author of the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, discusses how heat-sensitive drugs wrapped in silk stay effective for months at high temperatures.

12:59pm

Fri July 13, 2012
The Two-Way

ACLU Files 'Groundbreaking' Lawsuit Claiming Right To Learn To Read

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed suit against the state on Thursday on behalf of about 1,000 grade-school kids from Highland Park, Mich. who are not reading at grade level.

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12:58pm

Fri July 13, 2012
NPR Story

Look, Listen, Taste

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 1:35 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

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12:58pm

Fri July 13, 2012
NPR Story

Myths And Tips On Keeping Your Cool This Summer

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 1:32 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. If you're out shooting hoops this summer or you're going for a jog, you know it won't be long before you're sopping wet and, you know, it's really sweaty out there. And where's all that sweat coming from? Your body's water supply, of course. You have to replenish those fluids if you sweat a lot. But it's not as simple as the old eight-glasses-a-day mantra. How much should you really drink? Too much water, you can die, as has happened to marathon runners who chugged too much water during the race.

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