Bill Chappell

Bill Chappell is a producer who works with Morning Edition and NPR.org, coordinating with radio and digital media staff to create Web features that complement stories heard on-air. He also frequently writes original Web pieces.

Chappell's work at NPR has ranged from being the site's first full-time homepage editor to writing for its World Cup 2010 blog. Chappell's assignments have included being the lead Web producer on NPR's trip to Asia's Grand Trunk Road, as well as being the Web liaison and producer of the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps project.

Chappell was an integral part of the team that executed a comprehensive redesign of NPR's Web site in 2009. One year later, the site won its first Peabody and the National Press Foundation's Excellence in Online Journalism award, among others.

Drawing from his experience in improving NPR's storytelling ability, he trains both digital media and radio staff in using NPR's digital tools.

Other shows he has worked with include Fresh Air, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation and Piano Jazz with Marilyn McPartland.

Prior to joining NPR in 2003, Chappell worked on the Assignment Desk at CNN International, handling regions from Asia and Africa to Europe and Latin America.

During the intensive early months of the Iraq War, he coordinated packages and live shots out of Qatar, Israel and Australia. During the war, he set up live interviews and brought in packages to supply content to CNN's global networks.

From 2002-2003, Chappell served as Editor-in-Chief of the Trans-Atlantic Journal, a business and lifestyle monthly geared for expatriate Europeans working and living in the United States.

Chappell's prior work included producing Web pages and editing digital video for CNNSI.com, as well as editing and producing news and features at CNN.com. His entry to CNN came via the network's central library, where he often manned the reference desk.

Chappell's entry into national journalism came after years of writing about movies, restaurants and music for alternative weeklies. A holder of bachelor's degrees in English and History from the University of Georgia, he attended graduate school for English Literature at the University of South Carolina.

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5:11pm

Wed December 10, 2014
The Two-Way

Watch: Navy Ship Uses Energy Weapon In Persian Gulf

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 10:30 am

A laser weapon system on the USS Ponce, which has been deployed to the Persian Gulf. The Navy released a video showing the system taking target practice.
John F. Williams U.S. Navy

It's not Star Wars on the high seas — but the U.S. Navy says it has made a "historic leap" by deploying a laser weapon system for the first time. The Navy released a video showing a LaWS — shorthand for "laser weapon system" — being used by the USS Ponce during target practice in the Persian Gulf.

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2:46pm

Wed December 10, 2014
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The NFL's Owners Approve New Off-Field Conduct Policy

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 6:10 pm

The new NFL conduct policy includes a "baseline" suspension of six games without pay for a first violation of domestic abuse and sexual assault cases.
Rick Osentoski AP

As it nears the end of a season marred by allegations of domestic abuse by players, the NFL's owners voted to strengthen the league's personal conduct policy Wednesday. The changes include a "baseline" suspension of six games without pay for a first violation in domestic abuse and sexual assault cases.

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6:11pm

Tue December 9, 2014
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After $4.75 Million Auction, Watson Will Get Nobel Medal Back

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 6:27 pm

The 1962 Nobel Prize Medal in Medicine or Physiology that James Watson sold at auction last week will be returned to him, at the buyer's request.
Christie's

It was the first time a living Nobel Prize recipient had ever sold his medal. And now scientist James Watson, 86, will hang on to the medal he won for his work on DNA, after a Russian billionaire who bought the medal for $4.75 million at auction says he wants Watson to keep it.

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4:17pm

Tue December 9, 2014
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Nut Rumpus Prompts Korean Airline Exec To Apologize And Resign

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 1:42 pm

Cho Hyun-ah, the daughter of Korean Air's chairman and CEO, has apologized and resigned from a position at the airline after a backlash over her kicking a steward off a recent flight. Cho was angered by the presentation of macadamia nuts.
Chung Sung-Jun Getty Images

Cho Hyun-ah, whose family runs Korean Air, caused a stir over the weekend after she demanded that a Korea-bound jetliner return to a gate at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, where it had been preparing to take off.

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2:01pm

Tue December 9, 2014
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NFL Quarterback Cam Newton Injures Back In Car Crash

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 4:39 pm

A truck driven by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton sits near Bank of America Stadium after the quarterback was involved in an accident Tuesday.
Skip Foreman AP

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered two fractured in his back Tuesday but escaped without other injury, after a vehicle he was driving crashed around 12:30 p.m. ET. The truck reportedly flipped several times on a bridge in central Charlotte, where Church Street passes over Interstate 277.

"The severity of Newton's injuries was not immediately available but witnesses told Channel 9 that Newton's truck flipped four times," WSOC Channel 9 TV reports.

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5:22pm

Mon December 8, 2014
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(Not) Eaten Alive: A Snake Tale, Made For TV

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 1:31 pm

A still image from the Discovery TV special Eaten Alive, which angered some viewers after it aired Sunday.
Discovery

The outcome of an outlandish TV stunt Sunday night didn't go down well with many viewers, who say they were duped into expecting that the Discovery special Eaten Alive would actually portray a man being ingested by an anaconda.

But that didn't happen, forcing the network to defend the program today by saying it had been naturalist Paul Rosolie's "absolute intention to be eaten alive."

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5:45pm

Thu December 4, 2014
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At Beer Mile Championships, Scientist Sets New Women's Record

In an image from video of the men's event at the Beer Mile World Championships, competitors are seen poised to open their beers, which they'll guzzle before taking off on their first of four laps.
Flocast

In a dizzying finish, American scientist Elizabeth Herndon set a new women's world record in the Beer Mile World Championships in Austin, Texas, last night, breaking through a tight field to obliterate the previous mark by 11 seconds.

In the men's race, Canadian mailman Corey Gallagher relied on fast drinking to separate himself from the field, turning in a time a hair over 5 minutes, just three seconds off the men's world record.

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2:33pm

Thu December 4, 2014
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NYC Police Will Be Retrained, De Blasio Says At News Conference

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 6:08 pm

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton have announced plans to give training to police officers to help them treat all citizens with equal respect and with equal regard for their safety.

"These changes are happening because the people demanded it," de Blasio said.

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2:56pm

Wed December 3, 2014
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'Black Lives Matter,' NYC Mayor Says After Grand Jury Doesn't Indict Officer

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 1:34 pm

Eric Garner (right) poses with his children. A grand jury has decided not to indict a New York police officer over Garner's death in July.
Family photo via National Action Network AP

A grand jury has decided not to indict a New York police officer in the death of Eric Garner on a Staten Island sidewalk this past July.

"It's a very painful day for so many New Yorkers," Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.

The encounter between Garner and officer Daniel Pantaleo caused an uproar after video footage of the incident was released. It showed Garner repeatedly gasping, "I can't breathe," as Pantaleo and other officers took him to the ground.

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6:40pm

Tue December 2, 2014
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Twitter Targets Trolls With New Rules On Abuse

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 8:48 pm

An image from a Twitter video shows how a user would report harassment under a new process announced Tuesday.
Twitter

Saying it wants to build "a safer Twitter," the company is announcing changes to two areas: how it handles harassment and the tools that let users block people who've sent abusive messages. One woman who has experienced such abuse calls the change "a big step up."

Twitter announced the changes in a blog post Tuesday, which reads in part:

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4:23pm

Tue December 2, 2014
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A #SadTree Lot: Your Photos Of The Charlie Browniest Trees

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 5:20 pm

So festive: Latte the Pomeranian poses in a reader-submitted photo, part of a look at the humblest Christmas trees.
Lindsey Gelormini/Twitter

To mark 50 years of A Charlie Brown Christmas airing on American televisions, our readers are sharing photos and memories of Christmas trees that reflect the spirit of that TV classic: a bit forlorn, perhaps, but full of heart.

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2:06pm

Tue December 2, 2014
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Chicago Council Strongly Approves $13 Minimum Wage

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 3:13 pm

A new minimum wage was approved Tuesday in Chicago, where fast food workers and activists demonstrated outside McDonald's downtown restaurant this summer.
Scott Olson Getty Images

By a 44-5 vote, Chicago's City Council set a minimum-wage target of $13 an hour, to be reached by the middle of 2019. The move comes after Illinois passed a nonbinding advisory last month that calls for the state to raise its minimum pay level to $10 by the start of next year.

The current minimum wage in Chicago and the rest of Illinois is $8.25. Under the ordinance, the city's minimum wage will rise to $10 by next July and go up in increments each summer thereafter.

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4:59pm

Mon December 1, 2014
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Bill Cosby Resigns From Temple University's Board

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 5:53 pm

In the latest development after a series of rape allegations were made against him, comedian Bill Cosby has resigned from the board of trustees at Temple University. The move was announced in a short news release in which Cosby cited "the best interests of the university and its students."

Cosby has had a lasting relationship with Temple, dating back to his first years at the school in the 1960s (he dropped out to pursue his comedy career but returned to graduate in 1971).

On Monday, the school issued a short news release, consisting of two statements:

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1:41am

Wed November 26, 2014
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Protests Of Grand Jury Decision Fan Out Across The Country

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 9:04 am

People gather outside the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters on Tuesday.
Nick Ut AP

Updated at 6:54 a.m.

Public reaction to a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson has ranged from fire and looting close to where Wilson shot Michael Brown to peaceful protests nearby.

Other protests were held in large and small cities and college towns across America on Tuesday; photos from those scenes show a variety of demonstrators, tactics and responses.

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5:07pm

Tue November 25, 2014
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Missouri Governor Adds 'Significantly' To National Guard In Ferguson

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 5:43 pm

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said that parts of Ferguson were "a heartbreaking sight" Tuesday, with residents afraid to go outside.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

"The violence we saw in areas of Ferguson last night cannot be repeated," Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday, announcing that he is sending hundreds more members of the National Guard to the city that saw intense looting on Monday night.

"Last night, criminals intent on lawlessness and destruction terrorized this community," Nixon said, "burning buildings, firing gunshots, vandalizing storefronts, and looting family businesses — many for the second time."

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4:01pm

Tue November 25, 2014
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Ferguson Mayor James Knowles: No Decision Yet On Wilson's Job

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 11:31 am

Police officer Darren Wilson's "current employment status has not changed," Ferguson Mayor James Knowles says, speaking one day after a grand jury declined to indict Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.

Saying that an internal affairs investigation into the August incident in which Wilson shot Brown to death is continuing, Knowles added that he couldn't go into more specifics than to say Wilson remains on administrative leave.

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5:19pm

Sat November 22, 2014
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Ferguson Grand Jury Will Reportedly Meet Again Monday

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 6:03 pm

Michael Brown Sr., the father of 18-year-old Michael Brown who was shot dead by a police officer, distributes Thanksgiving turkeys Saturday to neighbors where his son was killed in Ferguson, Mo., this past August.
JEWEL SAMAD AFP/Getty Images

As a grand jury considers whether Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson should face criminal charges over the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, many in the St. Louis suburb are calling for calm, even as they prepare for what could be a sharp public reaction to the jury's decision.

Saying "the grand jury is still gathering information," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the jury will meet next week.

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4:01pm

Sat November 22, 2014
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UVA Bans Fraternities Until January In Wake Of Campus Rape Article

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 6:00 pm

Saying she is acting out of ""great sorrow, great rage," University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan, seen here in April, is suspending all the school's fraternities until January.
Steve Helber AP

Citing "great sorrow, great rage" and "great determination," University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan says she's suspending all the school's fraternities until Jan. 9. The move comes days after a Rolling Stone article in which a woman described being gang-raped when she was a freshman in 2012.

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11:48am

Sat November 22, 2014
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Tiny Texas Town Sees School's Record-Setting Football Season End

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 1:57 pm

The Booker High Kiowas entered the state playoffs undefeated, and with two record-setting players on its 29-man team.
Google Maps

A football dream ended in Texas last night, as the little town of Booker saw its high school team lose for the first time this year, eliminating them from the state playoffs. But Booker High School has plenty to celebrate — the 29 players on its team include the state's all-time leading passer and leading receiver.

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10:08am

Sat November 22, 2014
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Highway Bandits Steal Blood Believed To Contain Ebola Virus

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 1:51 pm

A roadway robbery in Guinea resulted in an alarming haul this week, as thieves made off with cash, personal items — and a batch of Red Cross blood samples from patients believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus.

The incident happened in southern Guinea, an area close to two other West African nations hit hard by the outbreak: Liberia and Sierra Leone.

NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports:

"Robbers riding on a motorbike waylaid a taxi and made off with cellphones, jewelry and cash near the town of Kissidougou.

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9:22am

Sat November 22, 2014
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Diplomats Look To Solve Iran's Nuclear Issue As Deadline Nears

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 1:50 pm

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, left, and Secretary of State John Kerry meet during closed-door nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna Saturday.
Ronald Zak AP

Hoping to broker a deal to ease years of disputes over Iran's nuclear program, Secretary of State John Kerry and other diplomats are locked in negotiations in Vienna. They have until Monday to reach a permanent deal.

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4:46pm

Fri November 21, 2014
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Poo Power: New British Bus Runs On Human Waste

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 1:43 pm

In Britain, a new bus running between Bath and the Bristol airport uses biomethane for power. The gas is derived from human sewage and food waste.
Wessex Water/GENeco

A bus in Britain is making headlines for running on gas — and we're not talking about petroleum or natural gas. The Bio-Bus runs on biomethane gas that's produced by human sewage and food waste.

The Bio-Bus has 40 seats and a range of around 186 miles on a full tank. When it officially goes into service next week, it'll run as a shuttle between the city of Bath and the Bristol airport, along with other routes.

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6:14pm

Wed November 19, 2014
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Motown's Jimmy Ruffin Dies; Sang 'What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted'

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 8:13 pm

4:21pm

Wed November 19, 2014
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America's 'Best Restroom 2014' Is Verdant And Curvy

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 5:26 pm

America's best place to go, 2014: Philadelphia's Longwood Gardens wins an award for its restrooms.
Longwood Gardens

Public bathrooms don't have to be boring. Just look at this year's contenders for the title of America's Best Restroom, which range from sculpture and doll themes to wash-tub basins. This year's winner is tucked along a "green wall" of plants.

The top bathroom in America is currently at Longwood Gardens, west of Philadelphia, according to Cintas, the business uniform and supply company that runs the Best Restroom competition.

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3:48pm

Wed November 19, 2014
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NBC And Netflix Shelve Bill Cosby Projects As New Rape Claim Emerges

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 8:33 pm

Comedian and actor Bill Cosby, seen here performing in September, is facing several new allegations of sexual assault.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

A TV comedy Bill Cosby had been developing for NBC has been canceled, after new allegations of rape have been made against the comedian. Netflix made a similar move late Tuesday, shelving a comedy special that had been slated to premiere the week of Thanksgiving.

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6:20pm

Tue November 18, 2014
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Senate Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, In A Close Vote

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 6:52 pm

Pipes for Transcanada Corp.'s planned Keystone XL oil pipeline are stacked at a depot in Gascoyne, N.D. The House of Representatives approved the Keystone XL pipeline Friday; the Senate voted against it on Tuesday.
Andrew Cullen Reuters/Landov

The controversial Keystone XL pipeline project to expand an oil pipeline running from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico has failed the approval of Congress, after the Senate voted against the project Tuesday. The House passed its version of the bill Friday.

An early tally showed 35 for and 30 against the bill; subsequent calls for senators' votes failed to net the 60 votes needed for passage. The decisive 41st "No" vote came with 55 votes in favor, and the final tally was 59-41.

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5:22pm

Tue November 18, 2014
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FAA Can Regulate Small Drones: NTSB Reverses Judge's Ruling

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 6:09 pm

A small drone hovers during a meet-up of the D.C. Area Drone User Group on Feb. 1.
Robert MacPherson AFP/Getty Images

Overturning a federal judge's ruling that the Federal Aviation Administration had overstepped in fining a man $10,000 for flying a small drone, the National Transportation Safety Board says the agency has the authority to regulate such drones.

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6:55pm

Mon November 17, 2014
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Ahead Of Ferguson Decision, Governor Declares Emergency

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 8:14 pm

Protesters march in Clayton, Mo., Monday. Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard ahead of a grand jury decision in the case of Michael Brown, a black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer in August.
Michael B. Thomas AFP/Getty Images

With the community of Ferguson, Mo., poised to receive a grand jury decision regarding possible charges in the death of Michael Brown, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday.

Nixon's decision clears the way for the National Guard and state agencies to work together to help quell any potential unrest.

Ferguson, on the outskirts of St. Louis, has been the scene of emotional protests and clashes with police in the weeks and months since Brown, unarmed at the time, was shot to death by police officer Darren Wilson.

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3:02pm

Mon November 17, 2014
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U.K.'s Anglican Church Will Enable Women To Become Bishops

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 7:20 pm

Members of the Church of England's Synod react after a vote to formalize the approval of consecrating women as bishops in central London Monday. The Church of England's governing body on Monday adopted a historic measure allowing women to become bishops.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

The Church of England moved toward ordaining its first female bishops Monday, as its governing body voted to enable women to become bishops. The move comes two decades after the church first ordained women as priests, in 1994.

"Today we can begin to embrace a new way of being the church and moving forward together," Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said after the vote. "We will also continue to seek the flourishing in the church of those who disagree."

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12:49pm

Fri November 14, 2014
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'Shirtstorm' Leads To Apology From European Space Scientist

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 1:38 pm

Scientist Matt Taylor, left, said "I made a big mistake" by wearing a shirt featuring scantily clad women. Taylor spoke at Friday's update by the European Space Agency on the Philae lander.
ESA

The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission made history this week by putting a lander on a comet. But at the same time, one of its leading scientists drew wide criticism for wearing a shirt featuring lingerie-clad women – a decision for which he apologized Friday.

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