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September 20, 2014

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2:29 PM | Pope Names A Moderate To Be Chicago's New Archbishop
Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash., to succeed Cardinal Francis George, 77, a conservative who has spoken out on many social issues in his 17 years in the post.
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2:16 PM | Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Go The Border To Court Voters
Republicans have won every statewide office in Texas for 20 years, but the growing Hispanic population tends to vote Democrat, and the GOP's survival may depend on recruiting Hispanic supporters.
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2:07 PM | There may be over 10 billion of us by 2011
Climate change may be the existential threat, but underlying this is, of course, population size. And this is a problem that never seems to go away. There are of course two ways, broadly speaking, to limit population growth aside from draconian policies governing reproduction (such as China’s One Child policy). One is sometimes called the…
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1:44 PM | Workers Hand Out Soap And Advice As Sierra Leone Locks Down
Under the country's three-day experiment to control the deadly Ebola virus, people must stay home while health care teams go door-to-door to spread the word on prevention.
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1:16 PM | White House Alarm: Man Jumps Fence, Enters Residence
The Secret Service is looking into how a Texas man was able to breach the White House's security Friday. The man scaled a fence and opened a door to the residence before being arrested.
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12:24 PM | Dozens Of Turkish Hostages Freed, As ISIS Advances In Syria
The hostages included diplomats, children and others seized along with Turkey's consulate in Mosul in June. As it celebrates their return, Turkey also receives thousands of Kurds fleeing ISIS.
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12:05 PM | The Ig Informal Lectures, today at MIT! You’re invited.
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12:00 PM | Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Why Do Lobsters Turn Red When Cooked?
Are wood roaches different than cockroaches? Do killer whales usually attack in groups? See this week's Ask Your Weird Animal Questions.
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11:48 AM | Pope Appoints Moderate As Archbishop Of Chicago
Pope Francis on Saturday appointed Bishop Blase Cupich, a moderate who has called for civility in the culture wars, signaling a shift in tone in one of the most important posts in the U.S. church.
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11:34 AM | Judge's Credibility In Question After Domestic Abuse Arrest
A federal judge in Alabama is facing mounting calls for his resignation. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller was arrested in August for allegedly beating his wife.
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11:34 AM | The Turmoil In Scotland, Expressed By Its Poets
Scotland has a proud national tradition of poetry. Days after a historic referendum on independence, we look at how poems by Scottish writers can help us better understand this moment.
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11:34 AM | Analyst: U.S. Needs To 'Deconflict' Syria To Defeat ISIS
How does the U.S. destroy the self-declared Islamic State without aiding the Syrian regime? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Christopher Harmer of the Institute for the Study of War about options.
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11:34 AM | Organizers Hope U.N. Climate March Will Be Largest In History
Hundreds of thousands are expected at a march in New York City ahead of the United Nations climate summit. Organizers want to send a message to world leaders that it's time to take concrete action.
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11:34 AM | How To Inoculate Angry Teens Against Islamic Extremism
Maajid Nawaz used to be a recruiter for an extreme Islamist group in the United Kingdom. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Nawaz about how the recruiting process works, and how it can be thwarted.
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11:34 AM | From 'Yes' To 'No': One Scot's Shift On Independence
Scottish author Ewan Morrison started out campaigning for the "yes" vote in the independence referendum, but ended up in the "no" camp. He talks with NPR's Scott Simon about what made him make the jump.
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11:03 AM | Ebola Battlers Can Learn From Venice's Response To Black Death
The city fathers didn't understand the plague they faced in the Middle Ages. Yet they improvised brilliantly. A new paper explains how their mindset is a model for how to face an unknown threat.
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11:00 AM | The Shaggy Sun
The Sun has been pretty active lately, popping off a series of fairly powerful X-class flares; they've been generating aurorae and other magnetic phenomena on Earth. But even before it started spouting off it was still busily doing Sunny things. Recently it was almost as if it was posing for photographers, and when you get someone like Alan Friedman—who knows his way around a solar photo—you get beauty and majesty. That shot was taken on Sept. 1, 2014, and shows a portion of the […]
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10:45 AM | Saturday Poem
We Are Here we are here slaving for sovereignty by selling freedom into the captivity of patriotism. we are here silent, brainwashed we are here poor, frightened, and angry wondering who is the next torture victim or petrol- bomb casualty....
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10:07 AM | Massive Galaxies Grow by Snacking on Smaller Neighbors
Astronomers conducting a broad survey of galaxies called Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA) have found that the Universe’s most massive galaxies gain weight by eating their smaller neighbors. The scientists led by Dr Aaron Robotham of the University of Western Australia examined more than 22,000 galaxies and found that while dwarf galaxies are efficient at [...]
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10:03 AM | WATCH: The Boy Who Danced In The Face Of Ebola
A nugget of joy in the battle against Ebola: A little boy infected with the virus dances his way through treatment — and he's really good.
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9:59 AM | El Universo en un día: El Big Bang, por Miguel Santander
El 25 de mayo de 2013 tuvo lugar el evento Naukas El Universo en un día, una serie de charlas cortas de divulgación con las que se pretendía dar una visión general de los acontecimientos más importantes de la ciencia.Un recorrido, ameno y divertido, por toda la historia del Cosmos… desde el Big Bang hasta los posibles finales que le esperan […] Seguir leyendo The post El Universo en un día: El Big Bang, por Miguel Santander appeared […]
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9:12 AM | Tech Week: Smartphone Privacy, Cyberstalking, Alibaba's Big Debut
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba makes the biggest debut on the NYSE ever. The details, and the other tech stories that piqued our interest, are in this week's roundup.
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8:36 AM | On the road to HLF14
Anna Valmero, HLF14 participant: All roads lead to Heidelberg these days in September – to the Second Heidelberg Laureate Forum. And I am grateful for the opportunity to attend and cover the event this year. The Heidelberg Laureate Forum is an annual meeting of the best minds in the fields of mathematics and computing. As a young journalist covering science and information technology (IT) over the past couple of years, I must say that earning a spot to be at... Read more
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7:00 AM | 6 out of 200: Modeling seasonal bird movement
Meet Carrie Manore in this Q&A series with 6 out of 200 mathematicians or computer scientists participating at the 2nd Heidelberg Laureate Forum, September 21-26, 2014. 24 Laureates (Abel Prize, Fields Medal, Nevanlinna Prize, Turing Award) will attend the forum together with them. For a full week Heidelberg in Germany will be the hot spot of mathematics and computer science.   Name? Carrie Manore Nationality?  USA Where are you based? Tulane University and Los Alamos […]
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4:51 AM | Will Answers Your Questions Live! - No Jars Allowed - 9/19/2014
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4:00 AM | How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
By Paul Tough Synopsis: Why do some children succeed while others fail? The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from […]
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4:00 AM | Modern Humans and Neanderthals co-existed in Europe for thousands of years
Cross-posted with the permission of Dr. Nathan Lents from his The Human Evolution Blog.   In the extended family tree of the modern human species, our closest relatives are the Neanderthals, officially called Homo neanderthalensis. Although it...
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3:40 AM | Music Break! Are Video Games Sexist? Auto-Tune Rebuttal
Categories: Feminism SkepticismTags: Christina Hoff SommersJonathan MannmusicJonathan Mann did an absolutely inspired and glorious rebuttal of Dr Christina Hoff Sommers recent youtube video. And he did it to music. If you do not know Christina Hoff ...(Read more...)
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3:38 AM | Ig Nobels: British researchers take coveted science humour prize
Ian Sample in The Guardian: The nation can hold its head up high. Once again, researchers in Britain have been honoured with that most coveted of scientific awards, the Ig Nobel prize. Not to be confused with the more prestigious...
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3:33 AM | Visiting a Dune Sea on Mars
Flipping through Curiosity’s Album Every once in a while I go wandering through the raw images from the Mars Curiosity Rover. And, every time I find jaw-droppingly beautiful views. Like this one. Wow!!!  It’s a sea of dunes stretching out toward a rock outcrop in the distance, and even farther away, a distant set of […]
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