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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

As the U.S. 'Pivots' to Asia, China Reasserts Influence | Study: Memories Can Be Passed Between Generations |  Men and Women Have Different Brain Circuitry | Kim Jong Un Ousts Uncle From Leadership Role | Holiday Window Displays Get Touches of Technology | The Science of Charitable Giving

As the U.S. Pivots to Asia, China Reasserts Its Influence

As the U.S. attempts its "pivot" to Asia, a region of growing economic power with potential new markets for American products, Chinese authorities are pushing back, claiming a new air defense identification zone in international air space. Peter Dutton is a professor and director of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the U.S. Naval War College. He explains that China is pressuring its neighbors and U.S. economic allies. Also joining the program is Nancy Soderberg, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, who examines American influence in the region.

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Study: Memories Can Be Passed Between Generations

Researchers at the Emory University School of Medicine recently released a study arguing that memories can be passed on through DNA. It’s the latest piece in a growing body of evidence for transgenerational epigenetic inheritance, and if it’s right, it could change the way we act in our everyday lives.

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Men and Women Have Different Brain Circuitry

Men and women are different—is this news? According to a new study it is. Using a technique called diffusion tensor imaging, researchers have discovered that the basic circuitry of men and women’s brains is visibly different. Ragini Verma, Associate Professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Radiology, is one of the study's co-authors. She joins The Takeaway to discuss her findings. 

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Kim Jong Un Ousts Uncle From Leadership Role

According to South Korean intelligence, there is a major power shift occurring in North Korea. Dictator Kim Jong Un has reportedly ousted his uncle Jong Sung Taek—the most experienced person in North Korea and the one closest to the North Korean Military. How significant are these reports? We turn to Dr. Sung Yoon Lee, professor in Korean Studies at the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy for the answer.

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Holiday Window Displays Get Touches of Technology

All this week, we’re looking at the ways that technology is changing our holidays and our traditions. As we look at the digital migration of the holidays, we wanted to see how the retro department store window displays are responding to technology. Jeremy Bergstein is managing partner and head of strategy for the Science Project, which designed this year's Christmas windows for Saks Fifth Avenue. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the ways new technologies are being incorporated into the age-old tradition of holiday window displays.

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The Science of Charitable Giving

Last year, Giving Tuesday brought $10 million in dollars of donations to charities, though it's a small sum compared to the billions of dollars spent on all other shopping days like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Peter Singer, a bioethics professor at Princeton University, teaches a course on charitable giving and is the author of "The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty." He joins The takeaway to discuss why Americans don't give more.

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A Call For Digital Christmas Lyrics

If you've got ideas about how your favorite holiday tunes can take a modern spin, send us your digital Christmas lyrics—upgrade "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," or choose any carol. Here you'll find the lyrics to one we received on Facebook from a listener named Karen Escalona. If you take a listen, you'll hear The Takeaway staff trying to do it justice.Please submit your own modern Christmas carol here, by visiting us on Facebook or by tweeting us @TheTakeaway.

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