6:40pm

Tue July 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Physicists Almost Certain The Universe Is Not A Hologram

By measuring the polarization of gamma rays like this one, scientists were able to determine that the universe is likely not "pixelated."
European Space Agency

Rest easy: What is in front of you is almost certainly not just a hologram projection. Alright, I'll back up a little bit: As a result of a gravitational wave experiment called the GEO600, Craig Hogan, a particle astrophysicist at Fermilab in Ill., thought the universe might be a projection. A 2009 piece in New Scientist detailed the experiment, which found that at very magnified levels the world was sort of pixelated.

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6:16pm

Tue July 5, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Colorectal Cancer Deaths Declining, But Millions Still Aren't Getting Screened

Katie Couric at the "Make That Call" For Colon Cancer Screening campaign launch in New York in March.
Slaven Vlasic Getty Images

Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is taking a page from TV anchor Katie Couric by going public about colonoscopy.

Three years ago Couric, whose husband died of colon cancer, had her colonoscopy on camera as a way of encouraging others to have one too. It was so effective that epidemiologists named the resulting increase in colonoscopy tests "the Couric effect."

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5:58pm

Tue July 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Study: Decade-Long Lull In Global Temperatures Caused By Chinese Coal Use

Pollutants billow out of a chimney amid a group of residential housings in Beijing.
AFP/Getty Images

A group of researchers say they've found an explanation for why global temperatures stayed relatively steady instead of steadily rising during a 10-year period between 1998 and 2008.

The AP reports:

The answer seems counterintuitive. It's all that sulfur pollution in the air from China's massive coal-burning, according to a new study.

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5:55pm

Tue July 5, 2011
Remembrances

Artist Cy Twombly Dies At 83

American artist Cy Twombly died Tuesday in Rome. He was 83. Melissa Block speaks with Josef Helfenstein, the director of the Menil Collection in Houston, where much of Twombly's art is on display.

5:23pm

Tue July 5, 2011
Asia

Indonesian School Accused Of Ties To Banned Group

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 10:12 am

Students and parents wait to register for a new term at Al-Zaytun, Indonesia's largest "pesantren," or Islamic boarding school.
Anthony Kuhn NPR

A student's call to prayer echoes through an empty mosque at dusk. The scene is Al-Zaytun, Indonesia's largest "pesantren," or Islamic boarding school. More than 6,000 students in 12 grades study at its sprawling campus in Indramayu, West Java. They memorize the Koran, and they study computers, human rights and journalism.

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5:09pm

Tue July 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama: Lawmakers Made 'Progress' On Budget Over Holiday Weekend

President Obama said that over the holiday weekend lawmakers had made progress, with "greater progress ... within sight" on striking a deal on the budget and raising the debt limit.

The president made an appearance at the beginning of the White House press briefing today, saying he had called for a White House meeting with Congressional leaders on Thursday.

"I expect everyone will leave their ultimatums and rhetoric at the door and do what's best for the country," he said.

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4:45pm

Tue July 5, 2011
Politics

What A Debt Default Would Really Mean For The U.S.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke (from left), Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair host the first meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council last October.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Washington lawmakers returned from a long holiday weekend on Tuesday, with just four weeks left to raise the federal debt ceiling or run the risk of a government default.

Many lawmakers insist that they won't vote to raise the debt limit unless there's also a deal to cut the deficit.

That would leave the government, which now borrows more than 40 cents of every dollar, suddenly without a working credit card.

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4:21pm

Tue July 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Cisco Join China In Developing Massive Surveillance Network

In a piece today, the Wall Street Journal reports that Cisco Systems Inc. will help China build a massive surveillance network in the city of Chongqing. The technological part of it is impressive, as it will "cover cover a half-million intersections, neighborhoods and parks over nearly 400 square miles, an area more than 25% larger than New York City."

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4:20pm

Tue July 5, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Managed Care Creeps Into The Doctor's Office

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Help wanted: Doctors to limit expensive tests, hospital visits and surgeries.

You're not likely to see such a brazen job listing, but managed care companies are getting into the business of running physician groups to keep costs down, as Kaiser Health News reported over the weekend.

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3:51pm

Tue July 5, 2011
Education

New UK Head Meets Rank and File

The new leader of the state's flagship university says he wants to meet with as many people, in as many departments, as quickly as possible. As Alan Lytle reports, the school's administration is doing its best to make that happen. New University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto continues to make the rounds getting to know the school's students, faculty, and staff.

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