3.30.15: Breast Milk As Commodity, The Quest For A Perfect Night's Sleep, & Humans And Their Dogs

Mar 30, 2015

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With a market value up to $2.50 an ounce, and online sales on the rise, it’s been called liquid gold. On today’s show, a look into the breast milk market, and how the biotech industry is getting in on the game.

Then, the question of why Homo sapiens thrived while Neanderthals became extinct has long been debated among scientists. We’ll hear from an anthropologist with a stunning new theory that explains their extinction: humans had dogs.

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The Breast Milk Market

Sleep Trackers

Treating Insomnia Without Medication

  • Dale Connelly is host of the podcast Brain Talk, from The John Hopkins Brain Science Institute. He recently spoke with a neurologist who says that, for insomniacs, medication doesn’t have to be the only route to a good night’s sleep. 
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The Invaders: Humans & Their Dogs

Music For Animals

  • There's a wealth of studies out there on the benefits of music on our mental and physical well-being. But do the benefits of music therapy extend beyond to other creatures, beyond humans?  Can music help animals? One woman is trying to find out, and Britt Wray brings us her story.
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