How A Tiny Fly's Ears Could Help You Hear Better

The Ormia ochracea fly has sophisticated little ears — it can locate crickets by calculating their chirps. Those super-ears are inspiring the next generation of microphones for human hearing aids.

Oregon Has A Shortage Of Certified Medical Interpreters

OPB | July 10, 2014 2:43 p.m.

Thirteen years ago, Oregon passed a bill requiring the use of certified medical interpreters when treating patients who aren't proficient in English.  But wages aren't great and there are fewer than 100 fully qualified interpreters to cover the whole state.

Out Of The Amazon, Uncontacted Indians Face Diseases Of A New World

NPR | July 23, 2014 3:15 p.m.

An uncontacted Amazonian tribe has ended its isolation in Brazil. Audie Cornish speaks with Fiona Watson, the field and research director for Survival International, who explains what happened to make this tribal people leave its village.

Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery

NPR | July 23, 2014 3:15 p.m.

Around the U.S., food assistance agencies are trying to come up with new ways to feed hungry kids in the summer. In Hopkins County, Ky., they're using mobile vans to take food to where kids live.

Weekly Innovation: Get Moving, While Seated At Your Desk

NPR | July 23, 2014 3:04 p.m.

Stuck sitting, hunched over a computer every day from 9-5? Don't have access to a treadmill desk or an elevated, standing desk? This week's innovation is Cubii, the seated, office-friendly elliptical.

Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw?

NPR | July 23, 2014 2:44 p.m.

Dog owners don't doubt that their pooch has feelings. But scientists aren't so sure. An experiment found that dogs act upset, dare we say jealous, when their owners ignore them for a stuffed animal.

Is Cover Oregon Controlled By The Feds, The State, Or Both?

OPB | July 23, 2014 2:40 p.m.

Recent court decisions have highlighted Oregon's questionable control of its health insurance exchange.

A Doctor Leading The Fight Against Ebola Has Caught The Virus

NPR | July 23, 2014 2:13 p.m.

Hailed as a "national hero," Dr. Sheik Umar Khan has treated more than a hundred Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. Now the 39-year-old is fighting for his life in an isolation ward.

The Epic 2,200-Mile Tour De France Is Also A Test Of Epic Eating

NPR | July 23, 2014 1:33 p.m.

Tour de France cyclists need to eat up to 9,000 calories a day to maintain their health and weight during the race. But many teams hire chefs to elevate the meals to gourmet status.

This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World's Most Amazing Teen

NPR | July 23, 2014 12:22 p.m.

He lived in a village in Tanzania. He dreamed of being an astronaut. Now he's studying in a Florida flight academy — and hoping his secret potato salad recipe will bring support to pay the tuition.

Straightening Sisay's Spine: A Twist Of Fate Saves A Boy's Life

NPR | July 23, 2014 11:24 a.m.

Thousands of children in Ethiopia suffer from scoliosis so severe that humps grow from their backs. After two spinal surgeries, one little boy now hopes he'll be able to play soccer with his friends.

Legalizing Prostitution Would Protect Sex Workers From HIV

NPR | July 23, 2014 11:20 a.m.

When the police clamp down on female sex workers, the women may end up taking more risks — and making themselves more vulnerable to HIV.

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