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11:55 am
Fri September 19, 2014

'Murdersquishing' Them To Death: How Little Bees Take On Enormous Hornets

Courtesy of Matt Inman

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 3:28 pm

I know, I know. You have Putin to worry about, ISIS to worry about, Britain's near breaking, Washington's broken, and the globe keeps getting warmer — so why bring up Japanese giant hornets? You have worries enough. But I can't help myself. I've got to mention these hornets because, as bad as they are — and they are very, very bad ...

... this story has a happy ending.

Hornets From Hell

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The Two-Way
11:49 am
Fri September 19, 2014

India's Modi Calls Al-Qaida's Plans For His Country 'Delusional'

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says al-Qaida will fail to attract recruits among India's Muslims, whom he praised as patriots.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 12:56 pm

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said al-Qaida will fail to attract recruits among his country's Muslims.

Earlier this month, al-Qaida said it had created a new branch to bring Islamic rule to the entire Indian subcontinent.

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TED Radio Hour
11:41 am
Fri September 19, 2014

How Do You Reveal A Life-Changing Transformation?

"It's one of those moments in your life where you're so conscious about what you're about to do, and what you're about to do will change your life." --€” Geena Rocero
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 2:22 pm

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Transformation.

About Geena Rocero's Talk

For most of Geena Rocero's career modeling lingerie and swimsuits, no one knew she was born a boy. Rocero talks about her decision to risk her career and reveal her background.

About Geena Rocero

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TED Radio Hour
11:41 am
Fri September 19, 2014

How Do You Reinvent Yourself After a Near-Death Experience?

"A person can never be broken. Our built environment, our technologies, are broken and disabled" — Hugh Herr
Ryan Lash TED

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 2:23 pm

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Transformation

About Hugh Herr's Talk

Hugh Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago. Now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab's Biomechatronics group, he's building the next generation of bionic limbs.

About Hugh Herr

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TED Radio Hour
11:41 am
Fri September 19, 2014

How Can Someone Move Beyond Murder?

"Oftentimes it feels like we're literally talking about another person ... I've had moments where I've cried for that young man that I was" — Shaka Senghor
Brittany Buongiorno TED

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 1:50 pm

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Transformation.

About Shaka Senghor's Talk

At the age of 19, Shaka Senghor was jailed for shooting and killing a man. That event started his years-long journey to redemption.

About Shaka Senghor

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Intelligence Squared U.S.
11:17 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Debate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core?

Education experts faced off on the motion "Embrace the Common Core" at an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate, moderated by John Donvan (center).
Samuel LaHoz Intelligence Squared U.S.

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 2:10 pm

More than 40 states have adopted the Common Core State Standards, new national academic benchmarks in reading and math. But the Common Core has become the center of a highly contentious debate nationwide.

Proponents say the Common Core was designed to ensure that children, no matter where they go to school, are prepared to succeed in college or the workplace upon graduation. Opponents argue that many of the standards are not age- or development-appropriate, and that they constrain the ability of teachers to adjust their teaching to their individual classrooms.

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The Two-Way
10:44 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Iran's 'Happy' Dancers Receive Suspended Sentences

"Happy We Are from Tehran," a video remake of Pharrell Williams' song "Happy" that went viral earlier this year.
YouTube

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 1:06 pm

Seven young Iranians arrested in May on obscenity charges for producing their own video version of Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy" have been sentenced to 91 lashes and up to a year in jail, although the punishment has been suspended providing they don't re-offend.

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The Salt
10:40 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Around The World In 8 Hospital Meals

Wow! This meal even looks like it's served on real china. Flickr user hewyk posted this image of a lunch from a Malaysian hospital.
hewyk/Flickr

Originally published on Sun September 21, 2014 6:23 am

A hospital is probably the last place a foodie traveling abroad wants to grab a bite.

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Code Switch
10:29 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Is Corporal Punishment Abuse? Why That's A Loaded Question

Adrian Peterson (right) was ordered to stay away from his team, the Minnesota Vikings, while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 1:10 pm

Over the past week, Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings' all-world running back and one of the NFL's biggest stars, has become the face of corporal punishment in America. Peterson turned himself in to police over the weekend on charges of child abuse after he allegedly hit his son with a switch that left welts on his body.

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The Two-Way
10:25 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Scotland's Vote Could Bring Big Changes To England, Wales, N. Ireland

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday now that voters in Scotland have rejected independence, he is committed to giving more powers not only to Scotland, but also to "the people of England, Wales and Northern Ireland."
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 11:15 am

British Prime Minister David Cameron says now that voters in Scotland have rejected independence, he is committed to giving more powers not only to Scotland, but also to "everyone in England, Wales and Northern Ireland."

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Business
9:47 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Retailers' Customers Cautioned As Cyber Attacks Continue

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The Two-Way
9:05 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Fla. Man Kills 6 Grandchildren, Daughter Before Suicide

Don Spirit is pictured in this 2001 handout photo obtained by Reuters on Friday. Police identified Spirit as the man who gunned down his six grandchildren and daughter before taking his own life.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 11:52 am

Police in Florida say a man who did time in prison a decade ago on firearms violations gunned down his six grandchildren and his daughter before turning a weapon on himself.

Authorities say Don Spirit, 51, called 911 on Thursday to report that he might harm himself or others. When a sheriff's deputy arrived, Spirit fatally shot himself. The deputy subsequently found the bodies of his seven victims "all over on the property," at the rural home in the town of Bell, Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz said.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:47 am
Fri September 19, 2014

If It's Not Scottish ... Classical Contributions Of The Scots

The Scottish bagpipes make a surprise appearance in a beloved piece by Peter Maxwell Davies.
iStockphoto

The votes are in. The people of Scotland have chosen to remain in the United Kingdom. To mark the historic occasion, a wee reminder of what the Scots have contributed to classical music is in order.

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The Two-Way
8:27 am
Fri September 19, 2014

French Jets Conduct First Airstrikes Against ISIS In Iraq

A remote camera screen grab provided by the French army shows two Rafale jet fighters flying over Iraq on Friday. French President Francois Hollande announced that the fighters had carried out their first airstrikes in northern Iraq.
AP

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 9:36 am

French warplanes conducted their first airstrikes against targets in northern Iraq just hours after the U.S. Senate approved arming and training Syrian rebels to enter the fight against Islamic State militants.

Rafale fighters struck a logistics depot, which French President Francois Hollande declared "entirely destroyed."

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Research News
7:57 am
Fri September 19, 2014

The Poor Don't Always Benefit From Democracy, Mortality Rates Show

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The Two-Way
7:08 am
Fri September 19, 2014

As Scotland Rejects Independence, Cameron Promises More Autonomy

Dejected "yes" supporters sit in George Square, Glasgow, Scotland, on Friday. Scots voted decisively against independence from the U.K.
Robert Perry EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 11:27 am

Updated at 11:27 a.m. ET

British Prime Minister David Cameron said the Scottish vote to remain in the United Kingdom has put the question of independence to rest "for a generation," but he pledged constitutional reforms to give Edinburgh greater control over its own affairs.

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Around the Nation
7:04 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Hearse Convoy Gets Set To Enter Hell

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 7:57 am

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Around the Nation
6:57 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Traveling Videogame Museum Gets Permanent Home

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 7:57 am

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Around the Nation
5:05 am
Fri September 19, 2014

NFL Fans Still Watch Football Despite Players' Scandals

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 7:57 am

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Business
5:02 am
Fri September 19, 2014

General Mills To Close 2 Plants, Hundreds To Be Let Go

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 7:57 am

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Business
5:02 am
Fri September 19, 2014

'Portland, Maine' Is Tim McGraw's Break Up Song

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 7:57 am

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Well, if you got the last word, I guess that makes this the last, last word in business. And today, it is Portland, as in Portland, Maine. That's the port city about 100 miles north of Boston.

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NPR Story
5:02 am
Fri September 19, 2014

How Much Pressure Is The U.S. Really Putting On Iran?

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 7:57 am

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The Two-Way
4:37 am
Fri September 19, 2014

How NASA's New Spaceships Stack Up

The new capsules are being built by Boeing and SpaceX. They look similar, but there are differences.
SpaceX, The Boeing Company

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 10:24 pm

Earlier this week NASA announced that two private companies will build spaceships to take astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA hopes that both models will eventually be used by space tourists to get into orbit. Which got us wondering, which one would we rather fly in?

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StoryCorps
4:18 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Scientist IDs Bodies Of Migrants, Helping Families Find Closure

Lori Baker with her husband, Erich. Baker is founder and executive director of the International Consortium for Forensic Identification, Reuniting Families Project.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 9:28 am

Thousands of immigrants have died crossing the southern U.S. border. Many are never identified, leaving their loved ones to speculate about their fate.

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Politics
4:15 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Congress Quietly Extends The Budget — Past Election Day, Anyway

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 7:57 am

This week on Capitol Hill, a proposal to aid Syrian rebels got all the drama, while the larger government funding bill it was attached to barely got mention. But that spending package is quite similar to the one that led to the government shutdown in October — most notably, it still funds the Affordable Care Act. Yet this year, talk of a government shutdown was virtually nonexistent.

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Cities Project
4:13 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Some On Staten Island Opt For Buyout Of 'Houses That Don't Belong'

New York state is buying homes like this one in Staten Island's Fox Beach neighborhood as part of a Hurricane Sandy recovery project in the hopes that demolishing them will help nature return and provide a barrier to future storm surges.
Matthew Schuerman WNYC

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 8:30 am

Staten Island's Fox Beach neighborhood used to be a working-class area with about 180 homes, mostly small bungalows. Fox Beach is — or rather was — a few hundred feet from the Atlantic Ocean, and after Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, homeowners decided their neighborhood was dangerous in terms of natural disasters and too expensive because of the rising cost of flood insurance.

So the state has been tearing down the homes.

Bill Bye's home at 16 Kissam Ave. was a recent one to go.

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Goats and Soda
7:02 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

A Frightening Curve: How Fast Is The Ebola Outbreak Growing?

Source: Columbia Prediction of Infectious Diseases, World Health Organization Credit: Alyson Hurt/NPR

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 1:07 am

In the past week, world leaders have started using a mathematical term when they talk about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

"It's spreading and growing exponentially," President Obama said Tuesday. "This is a disease outbreak that is advancing in an exponential fashion," said Dr. David Nabarro, who is heading the U.N.'s effort against Ebola.

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Cities Project
6:59 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

A Coastal Paradise Confronts Its Watery Future

Half the land in the city of Satellite Beach is only 6 feet above the waterline.
Jon Hamilton NPR

Dan Reiter, 37, is a long-board surfer and contractor who used to live in Tampa, Fla. Then he discovered the surf breaks along a stretch of coast south of Cape Canaveral. "It's one of the most beautiful places in the world to live and surf and raise your kids," says Reiter, 37, as we watch head-high waves roll into Hightower Beach.

But there's trouble in this coastal paradise. It's on a low-lying barrier island that's getting lower as sea level rises. So the cities here are looking for ways to keep the water at bay or retreat from it.

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The Two-Way
6:52 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Senate Approves Measure To Arm And Train Syrian Rebels

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 7:11 pm

The Senate joined the House on Thursday in rare bipartisanship by approving a measure to train and equip members of the Syrian opposition.

The Senate passed the measure 78 to 22; the House passed its version with a 273-to-156 vote on Wednesday. The bill now heads to the White House for President Obama's signature.

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Goats and Soda
6:49 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

In Sierra Leone, A Lockdown ... Or A Time To Reflect?

A woman washes clothes in a slum in Freetown.
Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images

Starting just after midnight, residents of Sierra Leone will be confined to their homes for a three-day lockdown.

It's the latest government plan meant to stem the tide of Ebola cases, which exceeded 1,500 last week in Sierra Leone.

But the plan has not won the support of the international medical community — and is causing concern among Sierra Leoneans as well.

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