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2:37 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

NASA's Rover Detects Water On Mars

This self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines 66 exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 177th (February 3, 2013) Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars. (NASA)

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:20 pm

Water has been discovered in the soil on Mars, according to measurements made by NASA’s Curiosity rover.

It’s a breakthrough finding in determining whether the red planet can harbor life, or if it ever has.

NASA scientists published their findings this week in the journal, Science.

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NPR Story
2:31 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

The 'Truman Show' Delusion: When Patients Think They're On TV

Psychiatrists are reporting more cases of the "Truman Show" Delusion or T.S.D., after the movie in which Jim Carrey plays a man who unknowingly stars in a reality TV show. (Paramount Pictures)

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:20 pm

Delusions, paranoia and hearing voices have long been signs of mental illness. But psychiatrists are reporting a new variation.

While patients in years past may have feared the CIA, some patients now believe they’re being watched and tracked, reality show-style.

It’s being called the “Truman Show” delusion or T.S.D., after the movie in which Jim Carrey plays a man who unknowingly stars in a reality TV show.

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Here & Now
2:28 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Screens Go Dark At Drive-Ins Across The Country

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Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:20 pm

By the end of 2013, most major film companies will stop offering movies on 35-millimeter film reels.

That’s no problem for multiplexes, which can afford digital projectors at about $100,000 each, but most small drive-in theaters are unable to afford the digital transition.

To save a lucky few, Honda Motor company launched “Project Drive-in” this summer, promising a digital projector to the top voted drive-ins across the country.

Nine walked away with brand new equipment and a second chance. But what about the theaters that didn’t win?

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NPR Story
2:28 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Western Texas Oil Brings Boom And Pitfalls

A pumpjack in West Texas. (Terrence Henry/StateImpact Texas)

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 10:57 am

The towns of Midland and Odessa have the lowest unemployment in Texas and the fastest growing GDP in the country. That’s because the region is the center of oil production.

But with the oil boom, comes a high cost of living, traffic jams and limited housing, making a prosperous city undesirable for those who live there.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Mose Buchele of KUT reports.

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The Two-Way
2:15 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

U.S. Opposes Tech Firms' Plea To Release Surveillance Requests

An employee stands at the Microsoft booth during the 2013 Computex in Taipei on June 4, 2013.
Mandy Cheng AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 2:39 pm

The United States filed a court brief (pdf) opposing the release of details concerning the surveillance requests they hand big tech companies in the U.S.

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The Salt
1:57 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Is It Time To Cool It On Kale Already?

Are we putting too much pressure on this little superfood that could?
Peet Sneekes Flickr

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 1:23 pm

Let's start by agreeing to this premise: Kale is very good for you.

And yes, we here at The Salt have been known to indulge in — nay, crave — kale chips and kale salads on a not infrequent basis.

Still, when we found out that Wednesday is National Kale Day — featuring a kale dance party (we kid you not) — we couldn't help but think: Come on, people, the kale love has officially Gone. Too. Far.

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Here & Now
1:52 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Jellyfish: Are They Taking Over In Sick Oceans?

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Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:20 pm

Calling man-made warming “extremely likely,” the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change used the strongest words yet to describe how human activity is affecting the earth’s atmosphere and oceans.

Lisa-ann Gershwin sees evidence of global warming and human impact on the environment everyday in her work. She is one of a handful of jellyfish experts in the world.

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NPR Story
1:51 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Flood-Ravaged Colorado Town Tries To Recover

A National Guard soldier carries bread into Lyons, Colo., Sept. 13, 2013. Access to the small mountain town was cut off after bridges were destroyed by flash flooding. (Kenneth Wajda/AP)

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:20 pm

Longtime Lyons, Colo., resident LaVern Johnson, 86, says there’s no sewer, water, electricity or gas in town, two weeks after the deadly flooding in Colorado. She says most of the residents have temporarily fled.

Town leaders met last night about how to get the town back on its feet. But LaVern says even though FEMA has been helpful, it will be a long time before the town bounces back.

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Shots - Health News
1:07 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Why Eye Contact Can Fail To Win People Over

Eye contact may prove persuasive only if a person's already on your side, a study finds.
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Pop psychology holds that to connect with someone, you should look deep into their eyes. The more you look, the more persuasive you'll be. But that may work only when your audience already agrees with you.

Researchers in Germany tested the power of the eye lock by polling university students about their opinions on controversial issues like assisted suicide, nuclear energy and affirmative action in the workplace.

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Music Reviews
12:27 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

On 'Days Are Gone,' Three Sisters HAIM It Up

HAIM.
Tom Beard Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 12:28 pm

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