All Things Considered http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Cheers! Fruit flies drink to their health, literally http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cheers-fruit-flies-drink-their-health-literally As humans, we sometimes pay a price for drinking alcohol — in hangovers, or worse. But if you happen to be a young fruit fly, it turns out that alcohol can be just what the doctor ordered.<p>The pesky little fruit flies often show up when apples or bananas are left sitting around for too long on the kitchen counter. Most folks find them annoying, but Todd Schlenke can't get enough of them.<p>"I've been collecting flies in my backyard for a long time, sort of as a hobby," says Schlenke, an evolutionary geneticist at Emory University. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:45:39 +0000 Veronique LaCapra 3117 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Cheers! Fruit flies drink to their health, literally 'Shake-And-Bake' Meth Causes Uptick In Burn Victims http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/shake-and-bake-meth-causes-uptick-burn-victims Dennis Potter says he started doing meth when he was 16. Two years later, he learned how to make it.<p>"It's so easy," he says. "Any person can do it. You can go to Walgreens, Home Depot and Wal-Mart, and they sell every bit of the ingredients."<p>Those ingredients include things like drain cleaner, lithium batteries and pseudoephedrine — a decongestant in cold medications such as Sudafed. Easy access to these ingredients means more methamphetamine addicts are making the drug themselves. Wed, 08 Feb 2012 00:07:34 +0000 3031 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'Shake-And-Bake' Meth Causes Uptick In Burn Victims Missouri outlaws student-teacher Facebook friendship http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-outlaws-student-teacher-facebook-friendship A law signed into law last month in Missouri is making waves nationally, this week. A small part of the wide-ranging <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=4066479">SB54</a>, makes it illegal for teachers to be "friends" with students on any social networking site that allows private communication.<p>That means teachers and students can't be friends on Facebook or can't follow each other on Twitter for example.<p><em>All Things Considered's</em> Michele Norris spoke to an eighth grade teacher from Joplin, Mo., who opposes the new law. Tue, 02 Aug 2011 19:47:25 +0000 1790 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri outlaws student-teacher Facebook friendship