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8:35 am
Fri October 24, 2014

VIDEO: Talking While Female

NPR

Ask a woman if anybody's ever complained about her voice and, chances are, you'll get a story. Watch the above animated video, and you'll see what we mean.

Your voice is too squeaky, it's too loud, it lacks authority, it sounds childish, it's grating or obnoxious or unprofessional.

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TED Radio Hour
8:23 am
Fri October 24, 2014

What Are The Origins Of The Universe?

"It's a story that, in one sense, makes us feel very small and very little." - David Christian
James Duncan Davidson / TED TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode How It All Began.

About David Christian's TED Talk

David Christian explains the history of the universe from the big bang, and how humans occupy little more than a millisecond on that cosmic timeline.

About David Christian

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TED Radio Hour
8:23 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Why Do We Continue To Care About Dinosaurs?

"Even as a paleontologist, I imagine them fighting, I imagine them roaming around, they still fuel my imagination." - Jack Horner
James Duncan Davidson / TED TED

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 8:48 am

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode How It All Began.

About Jack Horner's TED Talk

Paleontologist Jack Horner explains what dinosaurs tell us about our own origins and what we can learn by attempting to revive a piece of the past.

About Jack Horner

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TED Radio Hour
8:23 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Are We Evolving Into A Different Species?

"We have a whole lot of power over what lives or dies on this planet and we have to think very carefully about what that means and how we're using it." -Juan Enriqez
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode How It All Began.

About Juan Enriquez

Juan Enriquez argues that human evolution is far from over — homo sapiens are becoming a new species right before our eyes.

About Juan Enriquez's TED Talk

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TED Radio Hour
8:23 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Why Did Humans Migrate Out Of Africa?

"When did we originate as a species? How long have we been divergent from each other?" - Spencer Wells
Andrew Heavens TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode How It All Began.

About Spencer Wells's TED Talk

Geneticist Spencer Wells tells the story of early humans, and our eventual migration from Africa.

About Spencer Wells

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TED Radio Hour
8:23 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Are All Human Beings Related?

Andrew Heavens TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode How It All Began.

About Spencer Wells' TED Talk

Geneticist Spencer Wells describes how he uses DNA samples to trace our individual origins going back 2,000 generations.

About Spencer Wells

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TED Radio Hour
8:23 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Where Did Human Beings Originate?

"Who are we? That is the big question. And essentially we are just an upright-walking, big-brained, super-intelligent ape." - Louise Leakey
Courtesy of TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode How It All Began.

About Louise Leakey's TED Talk

Louise Leakey describes her family's long search for early human remains in Africa, and how unlocking that mystery is the key to understanding our past and our future.

About Louise Leakey

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The Salt
6:03 am
Fri October 24, 2014

A Wisecracking Biochemist Shares Her Kitchen ABCs

A selection of foods discussed by Shirley Corriher at the National Press Club on Oct. 22.
Alison Bruzek/NPR

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 6:54 am

Biochemists aren't really known for their sense of humor. But we recently met one who was warm, inviting and downright hilarious. "When chemists don't know what something is, they call it a substance," quips Shirley Corriher.

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The Two-Way
4:03 am
Fri October 24, 2014

European Scientists Conclude That Distant Comet Smells Terrible

The Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko smells of rotten eggs, drunk people and horses.
ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 6:03 am

A European spacecraft orbiting a distant comet has finally answered a question we've all been wondering: What does a comet smell like?

"It stinks," says Kathrin Altwegg, a researcher at the University of Bern in Switzerland who runs an instrument called ROSINA that picked up the odor.

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The Salt
5:31 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

How 'Foodies' Were Duped Into Thinking McDonald's Was High-End Food

McDonald's Organic/youtube

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 6:13 pm

We all know that how a food is packaged and marketed can influence our choices, no matter how hard we try to shake the effect. Haven't you ever found yourself contemplating a row of wines, trying to decide which bottle to buy, and then opting for the one with the higher price tag, the prettier label or the more tempting descriptors?

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