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Scientists Say The Moon Is Hiding A Lumpy Middle

npr.org — What shape is the moon? When it's full, we'd all agree that it looks perfectly round. But careful measurements by a team of scientists have shown that's not the case. Like many an Earth-bound observer, it turns out that our nearest neighbor in space is hiding a slight bulge around the middle.
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Aren't we all! RT @nprnews: Scientists Say The Moon Is Hiding A Lumpy Middle n.pr/1nNmhOM

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Apparently the moon is shaped like "a lemon with an equatorial bulge." n.pr/1oe4MSR

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MT "@nprnews: Scientists Say The Moon Is Hiding A Lumpy Middle n.pr/1nNmhOM”. Well, Aren't We All ...

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RT @nprnews: Scientists Say The Moon Is Hiding A Lumpy Middle n.pr/1nNmhOM Aren't we all.

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Breaking Out The Broken English

npr.org — A little part of me cringes every time I do it, but at this point it's second nature. It's hard to describe in words, but it involves a lot of levelling, a lot of smoothing. The tongue stays closer to the center of the mouth rather than doing the pronounced, defined highs and lows that shape the L and R sounds.

House Cancels Vote On $659 Million Border Security Bill

npr.org — House GOP leaders pulled the plug on a $659 million bill to deal with the influx of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors entering the U.S. from Central America. The vote on the legislation had been scheduled for this afternoon on the final day before the start of a five-week summer break for Congress.

How Will You Die?

npr.org — So let's cut to the chase. Depending on where you live on Earth, cooking dinner, having sex and going to the bathroom are either three of life's many pleasures or they're the riskiest things you you can do. Why? When you dig into global statistics, two interesting facts pop out.
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RT @steph_federico: 3 things can mean pleasure or peril depending on where you live. @thejohnpoole How Will You Die? n.pr/1lT00Ks

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An incredibly depressing (on several levels) animation from NPR, wherein a jellybean poops twice & dies many times. npr.org/blogs/goatsand…

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.@nprnews uses animation to explain how we will all die. WATCH: n.pr/1oefEA3

'Guardians Of The Galaxy': Let's Hear It For F.U.N.

npr.org — The worst thing about making a post- Avengers Marvel movie is how far ahead of the game you are when you start. Your film will be marketed with brute force, treated as arguably the biggest opening of the summer, reviewed everywhere, and very likely to land among the most commercially successful films of the year, whether or not you do anything interesting with it.

CIA Chief Apologizes To Sens. Feinstein, Chambliss Over Computer Intrusion

npr.org — Ending a contentious and very public spat between two branches of government, Central Intelligence Agency chief John Brennan apologized to Sen. Diane Feinstein and Sen. Saxby Chambliss, because some CIA officers improperly accessed computers used by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
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RT @nprnews: CIA Chief Apologizes To Sens. Feinstein, Chambliss Over Computer Intrusion n.pr/1nNIdcq

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LOL: "Brennan is commissioning an "accountability board, which will be chaired by former Sen. Evan Bayh" npr.org/blogs/thetwo-w…

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Now, Obama's hand-picked DNI (Clapper) & CIA chief (Brennan) are proven liars. Not prosecuted; not fired npr.org/blogs/thetwo-w…

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RT @nprnews: CIA Chief Apologizes To Sens. Feinstein, Chambliss Over Computer Intrusion n.pr/1nNIdcq

Costly Hepatitis C Pill Shreds Drug Industry Sales Record

npr.org — Courtesy of Gilead Sciences The launch of Sovaldi, the $1,000-a-day pill for hepatitis C, is shaping up as the most successful ever. The Food and Drug Administration approved the pill in December. And then Gilead Sciences was off to the races. The company said it sold $2.27 billion worth of Sovaldi in the quarter that ended March 31.

Should We Return The Nutrients In Our Pee Back To The Farm?

npr.org — Mike Earley/Courtesy of Rich Earth Institute Let me guess how you feel about your urine: Get that smelly stuff away from me as fast as possible? A small group of environmentalists in Vermont aren't as squeamish. Instead of flushing their pee down the drain, they're collecting it with special toilets that separate no.
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No, I don't think we should. RT @NPRHealth: Should We Return The Nutrients In Our Pee Back To The Farm? n.pr/1nOBT4A

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RT @nprscience: Should We Return The Nutrients In Our Pee Back To The Farm? n.pr/1rNkiZV

Kidnapping Is A Lucrative Business For Al-Qaida, Documents Show

npr.org — A recent report by journalist Rukmini Callimachi details al-Qaida's strategy of kidnapping Europeans and demanding large ransoms - and how those ransoms are a key source of funding for al-Qaida operations. "Europe is funneling these enormous sums of money to al-Qaida," Callimachi, a foreign correspondent with The New York Times, tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
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RT @rcallimachi: NPR Fresh Air interview regarding ransoms, bodies and trash from Timbuktu with cameo appearance by the great @Baba_A_ npr.org/2014/07/31/336…

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NPR Fresh Air interview regarding ransoms, bodies and trash from Timbuktu with cameo appearance by the great @Baba_A_ npr.org/2014/07/31/336…

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Fascinating intrvw w/ @rcallimachi on terrorism and new tactics: Kidnapping Is A Lucrative Business For Al-Qaida n.pr/1oebCYC

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RT @nprfreshair: Kidnapping Is A Lucrative Business for Al-Qaida, Documents Show n.pr/1oebCYC with @rcallimachi

Book News: George W. Bush Coming Out With Biography Of His Father

npr.org — The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly. Former President George W. Bush plans to take a break from painting to publish a biography of his father, former President George H. W. Bush. The book, which will be published by Crown on Nov.
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RT @RamCNN: Words about his father RT @nprnews: Book News: George W. Bush Coming Out With Biography Of His Father n.pr/1nMvw1w

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RT @nprnews: Book News: George W. Bush Coming Out With Biography Of His Father n.pr/1nMvw1w

Fresh Air : NPR

npr.org — George Takei is famous for his role as Mr. Sulu on Star Trek. Now a new documentary, To Be Takei, delves into his personal story - including growing up in Japanese internment camps, and coming out.
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RT @rcallimachi: Tune it to NPR's Fresh Air today for a show on kidnapping, ransoms, trash from Timbuktu. npr.org/programs/fresh…

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Tune it to NPR's Fresh Air today for a show on kidnapping, ransoms, trash from Timbuktu. npr.org/programs/fresh…

Thousands Of Inmates Serve Time Fighting The West's Forest Fires

npr.org — As wildfire season rages in California, firefighting help is coming from an unexpected place: prison. Thousands of low-level offenders have become a crucial component of how the state battles wildfires. If there's a wildfire here, there are inmates battling it. Emir Dunn is one of the inmates working a wildfire in the mountainous area of northern California near Oregon.

Cormega: 'I Just Want To Be A Soldier For My Culture'

npr.org — Vshootz/Courtesy of Jerry Graham Publicity 20 years ago, Nas mentioned his friend Cormega on a song called " One Love," which was composed as a letter to someone in prison: "Night time is more trife than ever / What up with Cormega? Did you see him? Are y'all together?
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"I think artists are like sponges, man, and then what we squeeze out the sponge is our art." - @realcormega npr.org/blogs/micropho…

Dow Dives 317 Points, Erasing A Month Of Gains

npr.org — The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 16,563.56.

Facing A Mass-Mailing Deadline, Lawmakers Get Frank Fast

npr.org — According to federal election law, members of Congress can't do official mass mailings - or other mass communications - within 90 days of an election. That deadline is approaching.
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Speaking frankly here... next week is 90-day pre-election deadline for congressional mass mailings. @npratc tiny.cc/ixrvjx

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