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10:33am

Tue August 4, 2015
Goats and Soda

In The Fight Against Tsetse Flies, Blue Is The New Black

If you were a tsetse fly, you would be irresistibly attracted to these blue flags.
Courtesy of J.Esterhuizen/LSTM Tsetse Project

Walk along one of the many streams and rivers in the West Nile region of Uganda, and you'll notice something funny. All along the riverbanks, you'll see small pieces of blue cloth, attached to wooden stakes in the ground. There's one every 50 yards or so.

No, this isn't some half-baked public art project. These dinky contraptions are actually flytraps, designed to lure and kill tsetse flies, whose bites transmit a parasitic disease called sleeping sickness, which, like rabies, drives victims mad before it kills them.

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8:31am

Tue August 4, 2015
The Two-Way

Circus Tent Collapse Kills 2 During Storm In New Hampshire

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 11:03 am

Officials are investigating the cause of a tent collapse that killed two people and injured more than a dozen others.
Chris Jensen NHPR

A man and a girl were killed while watching a traveling circus show Monday evening, after a strong storm dislodged the circus tent's poles and caused a collapse. Officials are now working to find out more about what went wrong at the fairgrounds in Lancaster, N.H.

"We lost two lives — a father and a daughter — at an event that was supposed to be fun," Gov. Maggie Hassan told local TV station WMUR.

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8:28am

Tue August 4, 2015
NPR Ed

Play Hard, Live Free: Where Wild Play Still Rules

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 10:32 am

Joseph Straus, 6, rides a zip line at the Berkeley Adventure Playground, where kids can "play wild" in a half-acre park that has a junkyard feel.
David Gilkey/NPR

Braden Swenson wanders into a semi-rickety wooden shed on his search for gold, treasure and riches.

"Is there any treasure in here?" he asks in the endearing dialect of a 4-year-old. "I've been looking everywhere for them. I can't find any." The proto-pirate toddler conducts a quick search, then wanders away to continue his quest elsewhere.

Not far away, Ethan Lipsie, age 9, clutches a framing hammer and a nine-penny nail. He's ready to hang his freshly painted sign on a wooden "fort" he's been hammering away on. It says, "Ethan, Hudson and William were here."

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8:03am

Tue August 4, 2015
Code Switch

So You Flunked A Racism Test. Now What?

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 11:07 am

Mary McLain NPR

You're probably at least a little bit racist and sexist and homophobic. Most of us are.

Before you get all indignant, try taking one of the popular implicit-association tests. Created by sociologists at Harvard, the University of Washington, and the University of Virginia, they measure people's unconscious prejudice by testing how easy — or difficult — it is for the test-takers to associate words like "good" and "bad" with images of black people versus white people, or "scientist" and "lab" with men versus women.

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7:12am

Tue August 4, 2015
The Two-Way

Monsoon Flooding Kills Dozens In Myanmar, Prompting Calls For Help

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 6:24 pm

A boy paddles a makeshift raft in flooded Kalay township, in the Sagaing region of Myanmar. Heavy monsoon rains have affected more than 210,000 people in 12 out of Myanmar's 14 states and regions since June.
Ko Thaung Xinhua /Landov

At least 46 deaths have been blamed on flooding and landslides in Myanmar, where monsoon rains have forced disaster declarations in four regions. More than 1 million acres of farmland have been flooded, the government says.

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is appealing for international aid to help it cope with the flooding. Officials also say that because water has blocked travel between some areas, they don't yet know the full extent of the crisis.

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7:04am

Tue August 4, 2015
Technology

How Cellphone Use Can Help Determine A Person's Creditworthiness

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 8:19 am

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7:04am

Tue August 4, 2015
Strange News

Italian Crime Bosses' Coded Notes Get Them Busted

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 8:19 am

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7:04am

Tue August 4, 2015
Strange News

Patriots Fan Interrupts Goodell's Vacation With Message In The Sky

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 8:19 am

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5:49am

Tue August 4, 2015
NPR Story

French Investigators Examine Wing Bit Thought To Be From Missing Airliner

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 8:19 am

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5:49am

Tue August 4, 2015
NPR Story

Researchers Witness Urban Coyotes Melt Into The Shadows Of Los Angeles

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 8:19 am

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5:49am

Tue August 4, 2015
NPR Story

Forget The 117 Steps: 3-D Video Makes Fallingwater Accessible To All

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 8:19 am

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5:49am

Tue August 4, 2015
Around the Nation

The U.S. Declared War On Veteran Homelessness — And It Actually Could Win

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 12:00 pm

Daniel Harmon, a veteran of the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq, looks out the window of his room at the Hollywood Veterans Center in Los Angeles. The facility provides housing to homeless vets.
David Gilkey NPR

This is a tale of two cities. In New Orleans, there are signs of hope that veteran homelessness can be solved. But Los Angeles presents a very different picture.

Under the deafening highway noise of the Pontchartrain Expressway in central city New Orleans, Ronald Engberson, 54, beds down for the night. Engberson got out of the Marines in 1979, plagued even back then by problems with drugs and alcohol. He says that's mostly the reason he's been homeless the past 10 years.

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5:49am

Tue August 4, 2015
The Salt

How New Jersey Tamed The Wild Blueberry For Global Production

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 1:48 pm

Final inspection of frozen blueberries at the Atlantic Blueberry Co.
Dan Charles NPR

Nearly every plant that we now depend on for food — from wheat to beans to tomatoes — comes from ancestors that once grew wild on hills and in forests.

In most cases, we don't know who, exactly, tamed those plants. We don't know which inventive farmer, thousands of years ago, first selected seeds and planted them for food.

The blueberry, though, is different. We know exactly who brought it in from the wild, and where.

It happened in the pine barrens of New Jersey.

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5:49am

Tue August 4, 2015
Parallels

Berlin's New Airport: Still In A Holding Pattern

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 1:35 pm

The Willy Brandt Berlin Brandenburg International Airport was supposed to open in 2012, but it has been delayed repeatedly and is now set to open in 2017. The cost overruns and delays have made the airport the butt of frequent jokes.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

Germany may be Europe's economic giant, but Berlin remains the lone major European capital without a proper airport. The mismanaged, roughly $6 billion project to build one became a national laughing stock that has dragged on for years.

Ground was broken on the airport in 2006 and the opening was delayed just shortly before the planned date in 2012. The airport's managers are now pledging that Germany's third-largest airport will open on the outskirts of Berlin before the end of 2017.

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5:49am

Tue August 4, 2015
The Salt

Here's The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 5:34 pm

Yaupon growing in the wild in east Texas. This evergreen holly was once valuable to Native American tribes in the Southeastern U.S., which made a brew from its caffeinated leaves.
Murray Carpenter for NPR

During a severe drought in 2011, JennaDee Detro noticed that many trees on the family cattle ranch in Cat Spring, Texas, withered, but a certain evergreen holly appeared vigorous. It's called a yaupon.

"The best we can tell is that they enjoy suffering," Detro says with a laugh. "So this kind of extreme weather in Texas — and the extreme soil conditions — are perfect for the yaupon."

Detro began researching yaupon — a tree abundant in its native range, from coastal North Carolina to East Texas — and discovered that the plant contains caffeine and has a remarkable history.

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5:49am

Tue August 4, 2015
Politics

New Power Plant Rules Likely To Start Slow-Burning Debate, Legal Action

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 11:56 am

A coal scraper machine works on a pile of coal at American Electric Power's Mountaineer coal power plant in 2009 in New Haven, W.Va. The state, in which coal mining is a major industry, is one party planning to sue the Environmental Protection Agency regarding new power plant regulations announced Monday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

An epic legal battle is about to begin over President Obama's plan to address climate change, in which the Environmental Protection Agency is putting in place new limits on greenhouse gases from power plants. Critics argue the plan is on shaky legal ground, but the administration says it's prepared to defend the regulations in court.

In announcing the "Clean Power Plan" on Monday, Obama predicted some of the arguments his critics would make.

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5:03am

Tue August 4, 2015
Shots - Health News

Is Obamacare's Research Institute Worth The Billions?

PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby says grants to medical societies are needed to get through to busy professionals who "may not answer our phone calls."
Stephen Elliot Courtesy of PCORI

On the ninth floor of a glassy high rise in downtown Washington, partitions are coming down to make more room for workers handing out billions of dollars in Obamacare-funded research awards.

Business has been brisk at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute or, PCORI, as it is known. The institute was created by Congress under the Affordable Care Act to figure out which medical treatments work best —measures largely AWOL from the nation's health care delivery system.

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5:54pm

Mon August 3, 2015
The Salt

Tired Of The Seoul-Sucking Rat Race, Koreans Flock To Farming

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 10:52 am

Not only did the family trade their urban life for one in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains and trees, but they also earn $300,000 a year.
Ari Shapiro NPR

Kim Pil-Gi left his construction job in Seoul, South Korea, three months ago. Now he happily spends his days handling grubs: squirming, writhing, beetle larvae, each one about as thick as a grown man's thumb. He sits at a tray, sorting them by size.

"At the construction company a lot of the time I'd wake up at 6 in the morning and work all night through to the next day," he says. "That was really hard for me."

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5:54pm

Mon August 3, 2015
NPR Story

From The Eye Of The Hurricane To Near Oblivion: Katrina's Forgotten Town

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 10:52 am

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina made landfall near Pearlington, Miss., a tiny town on the border with Louisiana. A home currently under construction there adheres to new FEMA standards for elevation.
David Schaper NPR

When Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast 10 years ago, the eye of the storm made landfall near a tiny speck of a town at the mouth of the Pearl River on the Louisiana border with Mississippi.

To say Katrina — one of the deadliest and costliest hurricanes in U.S. history — nearly wiped Pearlington, Miss., off the map isn't entirely true. The fact is, Pearlington was so small that it wasn't even on many maps.

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5:54pm

Mon August 3, 2015
Shots - Health News

Could Your Child's Picky Eating Be A Sign Of Depression?

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 10:52 am

One of the frequent trials of parenthood is dealing with a picky eater. About 20 percent of children ages 2 to 6 have such a narrow idea of what they want to eat that it can make mealtime a battleground.

A study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics shows that, in extreme cases, picky eating can be associated with deeper trouble, such as depression or social anxiety.

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5:49pm

Mon August 3, 2015
The Two-Way

Oil Prices Tumble Again, Hurting Drillers But Helping Drivers

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 6:49 pm

Falling oil prices have put downward pressure on gasoline prices, now averaging $2.65 a gallon — about 85 cents cheaper than a year ago.
Gene J. Puskar AP

Oil prices took another drop Monday, rattling the stock market and putting more downward pressure on gasoline prices.

For oil companies, the price slump is hitting hard at profits, but for U.S. motorists, the downshift has brought savings at the pump.

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5:42pm

Mon August 3, 2015
Goats and Soda

Hope Or Hype: The Revolution In Africa Will Be Wireless

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 10:52 am

Babajide Bello of the tech company Andela takes a selfie with AOL's Steve Case after the pair played a pickup game of pingpong.
Courtesy of Andela

The continent of Africa has long been seen as the place where humanitarian aid and World Bank loans go — to attempt to save lives or to dictate how countries should grow.

Now there's a new movement underway — a technology movement. Young entrepreneurs from the continent are protesting the old ways by launching startups that, they say, will put Africans in the driver's seat. But not everyone agrees that technology is the solution to Africa's problems.

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5:20pm

Mon August 3, 2015
The Two-Way

New York Attorney General Orders Immediate Halt To Realistic Toy Gun Sales

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 6:57 pm

It is illegal to sell toy guns in New York that look real.
John Moore Getty Images

Toy guns that look real should no longer be sold in New York.

NPR's Joel Rose reports that retailers who were selling realistic-looking toy guns have agreed to halt their sales of the product. Wal-Mart, Amazon and other retailers have also agreed to pay $300,000 in fines as part of a settlement announced Monday.

An investigation by the New York attorney general's office found more than 6,000 toy guns that violate New York law were sold in the state in the past three years.

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5:14pm

Mon August 3, 2015
The Two-Way

California Wildfire Blazes Through 60,000 Acres, Containment Estimated Next Week

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 6:39 pm

The "Rocky Fire" isn't expected to be contained until Aug. 10.
Josh Edelson AFP/Getty Images

As wildfires continue to blaze across California, one fire is more expansive in its reach than others. It's called Rocky Fire, and it began last week. It has already burned through at least 60,000 acres.

The Rocky Fire, one of numerous active wildfires in the state, is north of San Francisco, and member station KQED reports it is roughly double the size of the city.

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4:54pm

Mon August 3, 2015
The Salt

Wanted: More Bulls With No Horns

One of the hornless Holsteins at Steve Maddox's California dairy farm. Maddox is beginning to breed hornless cattle into his herd, but it's slow going.
Abbie Fentress Swanson for NPR

The next time you're in the dairy aisle at the supermarket, take a moment to imagine the animals that produced all that milk. Do these cows have horns? Chances are they do, or at least they did at birth.

About 85 percent of milk sold in the United States comes from Holstein cows born with horns. But it's standard practice for farms to remove horns from cattle to prevent injuries to workers, veterinarians and other cows in the herd.

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4:42pm

Mon August 3, 2015
Politics

14 GOP Candidates Will Share The Stage At New Hampshire Forum

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 11:24 pm

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4:31pm

Mon August 3, 2015
Music Interviews

Guitar Phenom's New Album Pays Tribute To Jimi Hendrix

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 5:54 pm

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4:31pm

Mon August 3, 2015
Your Money

Alabama Drivers Are Filling Up On Cheap Gas

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 5:54 pm

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4:31pm

Mon August 3, 2015
Technology

HitchBOT: When Bad Things Happen To Good Robots

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 12:10 am

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A bad thing has happened to a good robot. Over the weekend, the creators of hitchBOT, the hitchhiking robot, tweeted a disturbing photo taken on a narrow Philadelphia street.

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4:31pm

Mon August 3, 2015
Race

Darren Wilson, An Uneasy New Dad In Virtual Hiding

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 5:54 pm

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