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    • Using Emotional Intelligence to Crack the Job Interview Code

    • By: Krystal D'Costa
    • Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Interviewing? Your skills are important, but it may come down to your emotional intelligence.

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    • Great as a freebie...too short to pay for

    • By Leo W. on 03-15-19

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    • 10 Solutions for Climate Change

    • By: David Biello
    • Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
    • Length: 14 mins
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    Ten possibilities for staving off catastrophic climate change.

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    • Do Schizophrenia and Autism Share the Same Root?

    • By: Daisy Yuhas
    • Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
    • Length: 4 mins
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    The children in the study have 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, which is linked to a 25-fold increase in the risk of developing a psychotic condition such as schizophrenia. A deletion in the region is also associated with an increased risk of autism.

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    • Quantum Connections

    • By: Christopher R. Monroe, Robert J. Schoelkopf, Mikhail D. Lukin
    • Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
    • Length: 23 mins
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    For the past two decades scientists have been attempting to harness the peculiarities of the microscopic quantum world to achieve leaps in information processing and communication ability. By exploiting several features of physics at the universe’s smallest scales - that electrons are both particles and waves, that an object can be in many places at once and that two particles can maintain an eerie instantaneous connection even when separated by vast distances.

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    • Time to Fold, Humans: Poker-Playing AI Beats Pros at Texas Hold'em

    • By: Catherine Caruso
    • Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
    • Length: 7 mins
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    DeepStack, developed by researchers at the University of Alberta, relies on the use of artificial neural networks that researchers trained ahead of time to develop poker intuition. During play, DeepStack uses its poker smarts to break down a complicated game into smaller, more manageable pieces that it can then work through on the fly. Using this strategy allowed it to defeat its human opponents.

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    • Six Billion in Africa

    • By: Robert Engelman
    • Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
    • Length: 25 mins
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    Earth is a finite place. The more people who inhabit it, the more they must compete for its resources. Although human population has grown steadily, developments in recent decades have been encouraging. Globally, women today give birth to an average of 2.5 children, half as many as in the early 1950s. In 40 percent of the world’s nations, the fertility rate is at or below the “replacement” level of 2.1 children per woman, the number at which offspring simply take the place of their parents.

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    • Exposed: The Climate Fallacy of 2100

    • By: Robert Wilder, Daniel M. Kammen
    • Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
    • Length: 24 mins
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    If we do not plan, now, to limit carbon emissions beyond this century, we will foolishly raise the oceans dramatically for thousands of years.

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    • Kratom Drug Ban May Cripple Promising Painkiller Research

    • By: Angus Chen
    • Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
    • Length: 9 mins
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    Your body would never get used to the perfect painkiller, says Susruta Majumdar, a chemist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. So unlike the case with common opioids such as morphine or Oxycontin, you would not need to take ever-increasing doses to relieve the same amount of pain. The ideal analgesic would not have the high risk of addiction, withdrawal or fatal respiratory slowdowns that have turned opioid abuse into a massive epidemic.

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    • Yes, We Can Communicate With Animals

    • By: Denise D. Cummins
    • Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
    • Length: 8 mins
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    But only in limited ways, because our brains are so fundamentally different.

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    • Where Transgender Is No Longer a Diagnosis

    • By: Francine Russo
    • Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Denmark becomes the first country to declassify it as a mental disorder.

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    • Editing the Mushroom

    • By: Stephen S. Hall
    • Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
    • Length: 31 mins
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    The hundred or so farmers crowding the ballroom of the Mendenhall Inn in Chester County, Pennsylvania, might not have had a background in gene editing, but they knew mushrooms. These local growers produce a staggering 1.1 million pounds of mushrooms on average every day, which is one reason Pennsylvania dominates the annual $1.2-billion U.S. market. Some of the mushrooms they produce, however, turn brown and decay on store shelves.

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    • Don't Forget: You, Too, Can Acquire a Super Memory

    • By: Catherine Caruso
    • Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Elite memory athletes are not so different from their peers in any other sport: They face off in intense competitions where they execute seemingly superhuman feats such as memorizing a string of 500 digits in five minutes. Most memory athletes credit their success to hours of memorization technique practice. One lingering question, though, is whether memory champs succeed by practice alone or are somehow gifted. Recent research suggests there may be hope for the rest of us.

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    • The Acupuncture Myth

    • By: Jeneen Interlandi
    • Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
    • Length: 11 mins
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    Acupuncture is based on the concept of qi (pronounced “chi”), a life force or energy that practitioners say flows through the body along 20 distinct routes called meridians. Blocked meridians are believed to cause illness by disrupting the flow of qi. Inserting acupuncture needles at specific points along specific meridians is thought to clear those blockages and restore qi’s natural flow, which in turn restores patients to health.

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    • The Short Political Career of Strawberries

    • By: Krystal D'Costa
    • Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
    • Length: 6 mins
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    This unassuming plant can teach us a great deal about politics and colonialism.

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    • The Hunger Gains: Extreme Calorie-Restriction Diet Shows Anti-Aging Results

    • By: Richard Conniff
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    A new study shows five days of hunger a month may reduce risk factors for aging and age-related diseases.

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    • Where Does the Brain Store Long-Ago Memories?

    • By: Simon Makin
    • Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Published since 1845, Scientific American is the most well-known and most highly-respected science and technology monthly in the world. From the inventions of Morse, Edison, and Bell to the accomplishments of Einstein, Salk, and Jarvik to the personal experiences of astronaut Shannon Lucid on Mir, Scientific American plays a vital role in bringing scientific and technological achievement to the attention of the general public. The magazine is known for the authority of its contributors, over 100 of whom are Nobel Laureates.

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    • Fact or Fiction?: Vaccines Are Dangerous

    • By: Dina Fine Maron
    • Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
    • Length: 9 mins
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    Overwhelming medical evidence proves that negative side effects are rare and minor.

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    • Ascent of the Mammals

    • By: Stephen Brusatte, Zhe-Xi Luo
    • Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
    • Length: 24 mins
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    Like all eventual dynasties, mammals come from humble stock. In scientific parlance, they are defined as that group on the tree of life that contains the egg-laying monotremes, the marsupials (which raise their tiny babies in a pouch) and the placentals, as well as all the extinct descendants of their common ancestor. The first critters that started looking and behaving like today’s mammals were an assortment of stem mammaliaforms, a fancy name for the very closest relatives of true mammals.

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    • The Disease of Poverty

    • By: Michael Marmot
    • Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
    • Length: 10 mins
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    In Baltimore, men in one of the most down-at-the-heels parts of the city live 20 years less, on average, than men in the most well-to-do neighborhoods. Numbers such as these are why poverty and lack of access to medical care are often blamed for poor health in the US. But it is not a simple money = health equation. By global standards, the poor of the US are fantastically rich, yet they die sooner than the poor of other lands.

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    • The Brain-Boosting Power of Video Games

    • By: Daphne Bavelier, C. Shawn Green
    • Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
    • Length: 16 mins
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    In the late 1990's our laboratory at the University of Rochester ran studies to explore the then somewhat unorthodox idea that even the adult brain could grow new brain cells or re-wire itself in response to new experiences - a biological process called neuroplasticity. As part of this research, one of us (Green), then an 18-year-old undergraduate assistant in the lab, coded a computerized psychological test assessing how well one can search for a particular shape in a busy visual scene.

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