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When Cities Become Science, Where Does Art Fit In?

npr.org — The race has started. It's going to be run fast and hard and it won't be over for a while. It's a race whose winner doesn't matter as long as someone, somewhere makes it to the finish line. The race I'm talking about is the push to create a new science of cities that is as quantitative and predictive as possible.
Jul 26, 2014

RT @meagmc: Wall Therapy in #ROC gets some attention Via @nprnews: When Cities Become Science, Where Does Art Fit In? n.pr/1lqxuzT

Jul 26, 2014

Wall Therapy in #ROC gets some attention Via @nprnews: When Cities Become Science, Where Does Art Fit In? n.pr/1lqxuzT

Close Encounters Of The Radio Kind? Mystery Bursts Baffle Astronomers

npr.org — Astronomers have a mystery on their hands. Two large radio telescopes, on opposite sides of the planet, have detected very brief, very powerful bursts of radio waves. Right now, astronomers have no idea what's causing these bursts or where they're coming from.
Jul 26, 2014

Via @nprnews: Close Encounters Of The Radio Kind? Mystery Bursts Baffle Astronomers n.pr/1ph2feA

Jul 26, 2014

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Jul 26, 2014

Via @nprnews: Close Encounters Of The Radio Kind? Mystery Bursts Baffle Astronomers n.pr/1ph2feA

U.N.: Second Black Box Found At Algerian Airliner Crash Site

npr.org — United Nations experts said they had recovered a second so-called black box at the crash site of Air Algerie flight AH5017 that went down in the desert in southern Mali. Reuters says that "initial evidence taken from the remote crash site indicates that the aircraft broke apart when it smashed to the ground early on Thursday morning, making an attack appear unlikely."
Jul 26, 2014

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Jul 26, 2014

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U.S. Embassy Compound In Libya Shut Down Amid Fighting

npr.org — The U.S. has ordered the closure of its embassy in Libya and evacuated diplomats amid what is being described as a significant deterioration in security as rival militant factions clash in the capital, Tripoli. "Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S.
Jul 26, 2014

RT @GilesSnyder: Much of our focus is on Gaza today, but we are also turning our attention to Libya and the US Embassy in Tripoli. n.pr/1lGy6kM

Jul 26, 2014

Much of our focus is on Gaza today, but we are also turning our attention to Libya and the US Embassy in Tripoli. n.pr/1lGy6kM

Jul 26, 2014

RT @nprnews: U.S. Embassy Compound In Libya Shut Down Amid Fighting n.pr/1ns8EnN

Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought

npr.org — Most of what we know - or think we know - about how kids learn comes from classroom practice and behavioral psychology. Now, neuroscientists are adding to and qualifying that store of knowledge by studying the brain itself. The latest example: new research in the journal Developmental Science suggests a famous phenomenon known as the "fourth-grade shift" isn't so clear-cut.

Second Person Singular

npr.org — NPR coverage of Second Person Singular by Sayed Kashua and Mitch Ginsburg. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 26, 2014

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Former CIA Officials Denied Chance To Preview 'Torture' Report

npr.org — About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington after signing a secrecy agreement.
Jul 26, 2014

RT @J_T_Horowitz: John Rizzo is "outraged" that he was offered, but then denied, a chance to preview the Senate's #CIA torture report n.pr/Ut5Nzq

Jul 26, 2014

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Jul 26, 2014

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Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy

npr.org — While testing whether a dash of yeast could keep you from getting drunk, we discovered that it's pretty entertaining - and revealing - to track your blood alcohol while drinking. Using a Breathalyzer, we watched the alcohol in our bodies soar as we drank two beers on empty stomachs.
Jul 26, 2014

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The Reasons Why Israel's Military Is In Such A Tough Fight

npr.org — Ever since its sweeping victory in the Six-Day War of 1967, Israel has been regarded as the dominant military power in the Middle East. No Arab state has risked a full-fledged war in decades, and few question the conventional wisdom that Israel would swiftly defeat any national army in a traditional, head-to-head confrontation.