Medical Treatments
11:54 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Rerouting Working Nerves To Restore Hand Function

A paralyzed man with a spinal cord injury to the C7 vertebrae is able to move his fingers again. Surgeons at Washington University School of Medicine rerouted working nerves in the patient's upper arms to restore some hand function. Dr. Ida Fox discusses the procedure described in the Journal of Neurosurgery.

Research News
11:44 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Stroke Victims Think, Robotic Arm Acts

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

(Unintelligible) at the beginning of the program about Cathy Hutchinson having not being able to drink anything without the help of caregivers for 15 years. She was paralyzed from the neck down. But she's very famous, very famous this week, because thanks to new technology described in the journal Nature, she took a very famous sip of coffee this week. You probably saw it on television or the Internet.

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Science Questions
11:42 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Music and Hydraulic Fracturing

On Science Questions, storytelling is combined with music as people tell their experiences with hydraulic fracturing and the earthquakes and other effects from it.

Space
11:36 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Planning For A Solar Sky Show

On May 20th, skywatchers in the western third of the United States will be treated to an annular solar eclipse, a sight not seen here in 18 years. Dean Regas of the Cincinnati Observatory shares tips for viewing the eclipse, and tells how solar observers can safely get a peek at the elusive 'ring of fire.'

Access Utah
11:34 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Fracking and Black Sheep on Access Utah

Friday on Access Utah, we first have  Science Questions, storytelling is combined with music as people tell their experiences with hydraulic fracturing and the earthquakes and other effects from it.

Health
11:30 am
Fri May 18, 2012

The Itching Question That's More Than Skin Deep

Studies show that the power of suggestion can induce itchiness — but scientists don't know what this irritation is, what causes it, or why it feels so good to cure. Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, talks about how talking about the science of itches might have you scratching right now.

NPR Story
11:25 am
Fri May 18, 2012

From Rooftops And Abandoned Lots, An Urban Harvest

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 11:53 am

From rooftop apiaries in Paris to a vegetable-and-chicken farm in Philadelphia, agriculture has come to the city. Urban farmer Mary Seton Corboy and food writer Jennifer Cockrall-King talk about the future of food in the city. Plus, Tama Matsuoka Wong gives tasty tips for eating garden weeds.

NPR Story
11:25 am
Fri May 18, 2012

On Eve Of Launch, SpaceX Head Talks About Mission

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Planet Money
11:25 am
Fri May 18, 2012

California's Facebook Windfall

Originally published on Sun May 20, 2012 9:21 am

Mark Zuckerberg is, among many other things, the highest-profile taxpayer on the planet today.

After today's Facebook IPO, Zuckerberg will owe nearly $200 million in California state taxes alone. That's "among the largest tax liabilities that a single individual has ever paid at a given point in time," says Jason Sisney of the California State Budget Legislative Analyst's Office.

Zuckerberg's profits will be taxed at a 10% rate in California. That's a much higher rate than in many other states.

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Radio Cosmopolis
10:57 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Radio Cosmopolis- May 18

Listen this Friday for examples of Afrobeat, a gypsy dance, Bollywood film soundtracks, Hawaiian slack key guitar, and much more.

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