Digital Life
11:17 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Beaming Internet to the Boondocks, Via Balloon

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY, I'm Ira Flatow. If you have a smartphone, you might take the Internet for granted, right? It's always there. But around the world, some four and a half billion people still are not connected. Google, being in the Internet business, has a plan to expand its reach, bring Internet to all these people, but it's not by spooling out fiber-optic cable or building cell towers. It's using a technology that, well, sort of sounds like it belongs in another century: free-floating balloons. They call it Project Loon.

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Science
11:17 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Physicists Find New Particle, Look for Answers

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 10:42 am

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. This week, researchers reported that they think they've spotted the tell-tale signs of a previously undiscovered, subatomic particle. This one was unusual because it appeared to be made of four quarks bound together, an arrangement they have never seen before. And they're not sure exactly how that arrangement might work.

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Education
11:17 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Math

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OK. Maybe E. O. Wilson's comments in his new book, "Letters to a Young Scientist", essentially says you don't want to have to be great at math to have a career in science, but it can't hurt, right? And to be great at math, it pays to start young, and my next guest is a - has a plan for you. Laura Overdeck is the founder of Bedtime Math. Her mission: to make math friendlier in a way by introducing kids to math problems at an early age.

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Technology
11:17 am
Fri June 21, 2013

A Calculating Win for China's New Supercomputer

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Every six months, one of my next guests ranks the 500 fastest computers in the world, the supercomputers, and back in November 2010, China took number one for the first time with a supercomputer called Milky Way 1. President Obama acknowledged China's feat in his State of the Union address a few months later and said we were facing a Sputnik moment.

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NPR Story
11:17 am
Fri June 21, 2013

E.O. Wilson's Advice for Future Scientists

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. In his long career studying ants, nature and ecology, E.O. Wilson has been no stranger to controversy. In the 1970s he was doused with water at a science meeting for presenting his theory on sociobiology. Another new evolutionary theory he introduced a few years ago on kin selection continues to be hotly debated.

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NPR Story
11:17 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Coffee's Natural Creamer

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 10:41 am

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Flora Lichtman is here with our Video Pick of the Week. And it is more coffee.

FLORA LICHTMAN, BYLINE: Our fabulous coffee series by the great Jenny Woodward continues on SCIENCE FRIDAY. Drink up, everybody. This week we're diving into a tiny glass of espresso.

FLATOW: Ooh. Ooh. So small dive.

LICHTMAN: You need to be very careful. Keep your limbs in.

FLATOW: And why - what's so fascinating about espresso?

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NPR Story
11:17 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Vegetables Respond to a Daily Clock, Even After Harvest

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Author Interviews
11:14 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Oliver Sacks, Exploring How Hallucinations Happen

Knopf

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 2:28 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Nov. 6, 2012.

In Oliver Sacks' book The Mind's Eye, the neurologist included an interesting footnote in a chapter about losing vision in one eye because of cancer that said: "In the '60s, during a period of experimenting with large doses of amphetamines, I experienced a different sort of vivid mental imagery."

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10:38 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Kalamazoo Community Foundation to collect $23-million after court settlement of Upjohn Prize case

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Court case revolves around prize established by Upjohn founder and mergers involving the company since
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI. - The Kalamazoo Community Foundation will collect $23 million -- the largest single gift in its history - as a court settles a long dispute over a fund set up by the founder of The Upjohn Co.
7:39 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Arbitrator's finding shows former Portage Superintendent violated contract over business practices

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Both sides agreed to binding arbitration, so there is no appeal
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
Ric Perry PORTAGE, MI -- In having an affair with his human resources director, former Portage Public Schools Superintendent Ric Perry violated commonly accepted business ethics and practices, an arbitrator ruled in an eight-page decision announced Wednesday.
7:34 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Portage School Board could pick new superintendent Friday

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Site visit is still likely before new superintendent is formally hired
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- Four months after officially launching their search for a new superintendent, members of the Portage Public School Board of Education are meeting today to essentially make their choice. The board is expected to name either Paw Paw Superintendent Mark Bielang or Three Rivers Superintendent Roger Rathburn as their sole finalist.
Around the Nation
7:16 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Navy Medic Gains Fame Saving Orphaned Baby Bunnies

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. When Navy medic Joshua Bisnar was deployed in Afghanistan he rescued some kittens and a baby frog. But when he saved four orphaned baby bunnies at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, he achieved Internet fame. He spotted the bunnies while raking a volleyball court, then fed them with an eyedropper. He shared the experience on Facebook and YouTube and it went viral. The warm and fuzzy comments include several marriage proposals. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
7:13 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Father And Son Celebrate Holes In One

Lonnie Whitener took his son golfing on Father's Day. The Houston Chronicle says they arrived at the sixth hole of a course in Richmond, Texas, and Whitener hit a hole in one. Zach, 13, teed off and also had a hole in one. The odds of that happening were about one in 17 million.

6:37 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Upton defends fracking in speech to manufacturers

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Chairman of House Energy and Commerce Committee says natural gas industry needs infrastructure
Washington - U.S. Rep. Fred Upton said Thursday fueling vehicles with natural gas holds great promise and praised the hydraulic fracturing technology that is unearthing greater supplies of the gas. "We haven't seen a single instance where ground water has been contaminated because of fracking, not one,"
6:28 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Berrien County disputes state claim it owes refund for grant

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Dispute is over whether projects produced promised number of jobs and met other requirements
ST. JOSEPH - Berrien County officials on Thursday balked at a state request to pay as much as $759,000 to cover grants it provided for a pair of economic development projects.
6:20 am
Fri June 21, 2013

TRMI to invest $11-million, create 153 jobs in Battle Creek

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Grant from Michigan Economic Development Corporation and property tax abatement from city of Battle Creek will help expansion
TRMI Inc. will invest millions of dollars and create 153 new jobs as the company plans to open a new manufacturing process at its facility in Battle Creek. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced the $11.1 million expansion Thursday. It is awarding a $700,000 performance-based grant to the company, which makes interior electrical automotive switches at its Hill Brady Road plant.
6:13 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Enbridge prepares for dredging of Kalamazoo River

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Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Enbridge to do additional dredging to clean up from 2010 oil spill
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, MI - With dredging to clean up the Kalamazoo River expected to begin next month, Enbridge Inc. has begun doing work near Morrow Lake to prepare. Large crews have been seen this week laying pipeline leading from the river, which will be used to carry sediment and water to a dredge pad during the dredging, according to Jason Manshum, senior adviser of community relations for Enbridge.
Politics
5:27 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Compromise Deal May Speed Immigration Bill Through Senate

The chances of an immigration overhaul bill getting through the Senate greatly improved on Thursday. A deal was reached on a border security plan. Steve Inskeep talks about the deal with two of the senators in the so-called "Gang of Eight," who are working on a bipartisan approach to immigration, Arizona Republican Jeff Flake and Illinois Democrat Richard Durbin.

Planet Money
5:19 am
Fri June 21, 2013

How Brush Factories Survive In America

Fourth-generation owner of Braun Brush, Lance Cheney, stands next to a special-order brush his company made for the artist Richard Artschwager.
Marianne McCune NPR

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 3:46 pm

Brushes are pretty simple: a bunch of flexible fibers sticking out of something stiff. Not surprisingly, Chinese manufacturers have grabbed a big share of the U.S. brush market. But several hundred small U.S. brush factories are still hanging on. Here are three strategies they're using to survive.

1. Compete On Quality

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Space
4:52 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Miami Wins Back-To-Back NBA Championships, James MVP

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 6:11 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

By now, you might have heard, for the second straight year the Miami Heat are NBA champions.

INSKEEP: They defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-to-88 in Game 7 in Miami. The Heat's LeBron James scored 37 points on his way to a second consecutive MVP award.

MONTAGNE: NPR's Mike Pesca was at the game and he has this report.

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Movie Interviews
4:50 am
Fri June 21, 2013

'The Attack' Depicts Opposing Sides In Middle East Violence

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 9:28 am

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National Security
4:34 am
Fri June 21, 2013

'Guardian' Releases More Documents On NSA Surveillance

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 6:52 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

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Critics' Lists: Summer 2013
3:05 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Nancy Pearl Scours The Shelves For Books You Might Have Missed

Andrew Bannecker

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 4:06 pm

If you'd like your summer reading to take you beyond the beaten path, librarian Nancy Pearl is here to help. NPR's go-to books guru joins us regularly to reveal "under the radar" reads — books she thinks deserve more attention than they've been getting. Pearl talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about some of the titles she picked out for the summer reading season.

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Shots - Health News
3:04 am
Fri June 21, 2013

With Health Exchanges Poised To Open, PR Push Draws Scrutiny

In San Jose, Calif., on June 6, President Obama encouraged people to sign up for insurance in the nation's largest health insurance market.
Stephen Lam Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 9:07 pm

This weekend marks 100 days until people can begin signing up for new health insurance coverage under the federal health care law. It also marks another milestone: the launch of an enormous public relations effort to find people eligible for new coverage and urge them to sign up when the time comes.

But like everything else about the health law, even this seemingly innocuous effort has been touched by controversy.

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National Security
3:03 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Obama's Pick To Lead FBI Adds New Layer To Privacy Debate

Jim Comey, then deputy attorney general, testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in 2005.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 4:34 am

President Obama will formally nominate Jim Comey to be the country's next FBI director on Friday.

Comey, a registered Republican and longtime federal prosecutor, is best-known for raising alarms inside the Bush White House about a secret electronic surveillance program. That issue has taken on new resonance after disclosures about the Obama administration's dragnet collection of American phone records.

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The Salt
7:04 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

How Circadian Rhythms Give Vegetables A Healthy Boost

Researchers at Rice University conducted lab studies using light-dark cycles to try to coax more beneficial compounds out of fruits and vegetables.
Heather Rousseau NPR

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 4:56 pm

Just as we have internal clocks that help regulate the systems in our bodies, fruit and vegetable plants have circadian rhythms, too.

And a new study published in Current Biology finds there may be a way to boost some of the beneficial compounds in plants by simulating the light-dark cycle after crops are harvested.

So, how does it work?

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Around the Nation
6:42 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Rogue Jumpers Parachute From Top Of Chicago's Trump Tower

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 11:19 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Finally, a big jump and a mystery in Chicago. Police are searching for three men who jumped off the top of the 92-story Trump Tower late last night with parachutes. They managed to land and escape before police arrived.

NPR's David Schaper has been gathering reaction in Chicago.

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History
6:42 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

The Desegregation Of Birmingham's Golf Courses

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 6:07 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. All this week, I'm in Birmingham, Alabama, where the city is in the midst of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the tumultuous and influential civil rights protests that occurred here. One place that might not come to mind when you think about this period is the golf course.

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5:13 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Senate adjourns without vote on Medicaid

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Governor Snyder urged Senate to "take vote, not a vacation"
A plan to expand Medicaid coverage in Michigan remains stalled -- and could be on life support -- in the state Legislature as a summer break approaches. The Republican-led state Senate adjourned for summer break Thursday without voting on the proposal, potentially crippling a plan that eventually might have expanded the government health insurance program to an estimated 470,000 additional state residents.
NPR Story
4:24 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Stock Market Falls Again After Federal Reserve Announcement

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 6:42 pm

The stock market fell again on Thursday, a day after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke outlined plans to phase out the Fed's stimulative bond-buying program. The Dow was down 350 points in late afternoon trading.

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