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11:10 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Study Finds 17 Million Eligible For Health Insurance Subsidy

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 3:12 pm

A new report released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that “17 million people who are now uninsured or who buy insurance on their own” will qualify for tax credits to offset the cost of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

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11:09 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Speaking The Unspeakable: 'Shadow Weddings' Before The Big Day

Jessica Wolk and Jim Benson on their real wedding day, which they call their "light wedding." (Courtesy of the Bensons)

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 3:12 pm

Wedding rituals are many: The bachelor and bachlorette parties. The toasts. The dressing up in rags and confessing your innermost demons.

OK, that last one is not yet a trend or tradition, but one couple wants to make it one. They call it a “shadow wedding”  – an intimate ceremony and confessional that takes place before the big day.

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11:06 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Digital Wallets Not Yet Up To Snuff

(Jason A. Howie/Flickr)

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 3:12 pm

Do you want to replace your bulging wallet — filled with credit cards, IDs and loyalty cards — with a digital wallet on your smartphone?

If so, you’re not alone. A recent study shows that close to 70 percent of consumers are interested in adopting mobile payments, but less than 14 percent are actually using them.

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11:06 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Delta Passengers Take Time To Honor Fallen Soldier

(Johnny Jet)

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 8:18 am

Travel writer Johnny DiScala recently boarded Delta Flight 2255 from Atlanta to Los Angeles. It was an ordinary flight with the exception of a sweet flight attendant with Southern charm who took a moment to recognize the military on board.

But just before the flight landed, the pilot announced that the uniformed men on board were on duty, escorting a fallen soldier home. DiScala talks with Here & Now’s Robin Young about how the group of strangers slowed down to pay homage.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:05 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Science Doesn't Want To Take God Away From You

Can science inspire the same level of passion as religion?
Mauricio Lima AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 1:01 pm

I was once invited to give a live interview on a radio station in Brasília, the capital of Brazil. The interview took place at rush hour in the city's very busy bus terminal, where poor workers come in from rural areas to perform all sorts of jobs in town, from cleaning the streets to working in factories and private homes.

The experience would mark me for the rest of my life and set a new professional goal that I had not anticipated early in my career: to bring science to the largest number of people possible.

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11:04 am
Wed November 13, 2013

NASA Ames Director: We're Closer To Answering, 'Are We Alone?'

An artist's illustration of Kepler-62f, a planet in the "habitable zone" of a star that is slightly smaller and cooler than ours. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle)

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 7:12 am

India successfully launched its first space mission to Mars today. The orbiter, named Mangalyaan, is expected to enter Mars’ orbit in September 2014. It would make India the fourth country to successfully reach Mars.

Meanwhile, scientists have estimated that in the Milky Way, there are 8.8 billion stars with Earth-sized planets at temperatures that would allow water in liquid form.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:04 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Dark Matter Eludes Capture: Science And The Unseen

A section of the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment's detector during construction. The LUX detector sits a mile underneath the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Carlos H. Faham

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 11:58 am

We live in a world of shadows. We live amidst unseen forces that influence the universe even as we are blind to their presence. In other words, we live amidst ghosts.

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Parallels
11:03 am
Wed November 13, 2013

What Story Would You Like To See From Jerusalem?

NPR's Jerusalem correspondent Emily Harris gathers sounds in the Gaza Strip, where sewage is being pumped into the Mediterranean Sea.
Courtesy Emily Harris

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 11:21 am

Before I moved to Jerusalem to cover Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, I asked friends and acquaintances what they wanted to know about these places.

Everyone knew something about the long-running conflict, the repeat political players, and the ancient religions and the historic significance of the land. But people had plenty of questions, too.

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Parallels
11:03 am
Wed November 13, 2013

In Congo's Long-Running War, Rebels Call Off Insurgency

Leaders of the M23 rebel group gather near the eastern city of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, in June. The group, which recently suffered several military defeats, announced Tuesday it was calling off its nearly 2-year-old rebellion.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 3:19 pm

There's rare good news from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country that has hosted one of the world's deadliest and longest-running wars.

M23, the most active rebel group in the country, said it was laying down its weapons and ending a nearly 2-year-old rebellion that had wrecked havoc on the eastern part of Congo.

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Beauty Shop
11:03 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Online Dating: Asian Women Preferred

Race influences most people's online dating preferences.
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Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 3:30 pm

When it comes to dating the rules aren't always black and white. And when you add race into the equation things can become even more complicated.

The online dating website "Are You Interested" analyzed over 2.4 million interactions on their site and found that Asian women are more likely to get a message from a man of any race—unless those men are Asian.

AYI also found that white men are pursued the most by women of all races—except black women, who are least likely to get a message from anyone.

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