1:48pm

Fri June 8, 2012
Research News

Identifying The Real Culprit Behind Killer Vascular Diseases

Reporting in the journal Nature Communications,researchers write that they were able to track down the cells causing clogged arteries. Dr. Jill Helms, co-author on the study, discusses why stem cells are to blame and how the study could lead to more effective treatments.

1:45pm

Fri June 8, 2012
Technology

How 'Flame' Malware Hijacks A Computer

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. Meet Flame, every PC owner's worst nightmare. This newly discovered malware gives an attacker remote access to your computer. It can listen in on your conversations, look through your webcam. It was first detected in the Middle East and has been infecting computers for at least two years.

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1:36pm

Fri June 8, 2012
NPR Story

SpaceX Dragon May Ferry Astronauts By 2015

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 2:06 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. Last week, the SpaceX Dragon capsule splashed down in the Pacific, wrapping up a glitch-free journey to the International Space Station. It was an historic first. The Dragon is really the only private spacecraft to have made the trip. This time there was only cargo aboard. But it will be - not be long before astronauts are hitching rides on the Dragon? That's what SpaceX is planning for next, and they hope to have seats ready for travelers by 2015. So you can mark that in your calendar.

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1:36pm

Fri June 8, 2012
NPR Story

Ex-Spy Telescopes May Aid Hunt For Dark Energy

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 2:02 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

You're listening to SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. Our next story is about one person's garbage being another person's treasure. You know how that works. Well, this one is a very interesting story. Last year, the National Reconnaissance Office, they operate America's spy satellites, well, the National Reconnaissance Office called up NASA with an offer: Would NASA like a couple of old spy telescopes? We don't need them. Could you do anything useful with them? We'll give them to you.

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1:36pm

Fri June 8, 2012
NPR Story

What Happens When Two Galaxies Collide?

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 1:57 pm

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. If you look up in the sky at night, especially later this year, you can spot the Andromeda Galaxy, it's a small cloudy smudge in space. It's our galaxy, the Milky Way's closest galactic neighbor, about two and a half million light years away.

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1:19pm

Fri June 8, 2012
It's All Politics

GOP Slams Obama For Saying Private Sector's 'Doing Fine'

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 4:39 pm

President Obama handed Republicans an unexpected gift which they in turn bashed him with.
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President Obama opened himself up to withering Republican attacks Friday via an off-hand statement he made in a brief White House news conference.

Obama seemed to suggest that matters were going swimmingly for the private-sector part of the economy and that it was the reduction of government jobs that was the real problem.

Asked to respond to Republican charges that he was blaming Europe's economic policies for the alleged failure of his own domestic economic policies, Obama said:

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1:18pm

Fri June 8, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Tips For A Healthy Summer With Your Kids

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 8:08 am

Summer is almost here.
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The days are getting longer, and the kids are getting antsier.

Summer must be right around the corner.

So earlier this week, we led a chat on Twitter with Dr. Robert Block, a pediatrician who is president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, about some tips for a healthier summer.

In an action-packed half-hour, he tackled questions ranging from how to pick a sunscreen to how to get kids to eat better.

Here are some highlights from the chat, which was tagged #nprkids, on Twitter.

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1:12pm

Fri June 8, 2012
The Two-Way

LISTEN: NPR Hosts, Reporters Take On 'Call Me Maybe'

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 10:48 am

Carly Rae Jepsen.
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It could very well end up being the song of this summer. Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," a sunny pop song about a nascent crush, is No. 2 on the pop charts and No. 1 on iTunes.

But, perhaps the bigger sign that it has just crept everywhere is when someone on the Internet mashes up a President Obama remix.

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1:10pm

Fri June 8, 2012
The Salt

Our Obama Family Dinner Survey Shows Brown Rice Is Still A Tough Sell

First Lady Michelle Obama, here with students from Bancroft Elementary School and Kimball Elementary School, has done a lot to promote healthy family dinners and garden-fresh food.
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More than 10,000 of you took our recent survey about how your family meals stack up against the Obamas'. And it turns out, you're a pretty healthy bunch.

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12:45pm

Fri June 8, 2012
The Two-Way

'She Hit Me First,' Greek Slapper Says

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This sounds like something we said in first grade:

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