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3:04 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Tom Perrotta Returns To Short Story Writing

Tom Perrotta's latest book is "Nine Inches," a collection of 10 stories. He's pictured at the Here & Now studios in Boston. (Rachel Rohr/Here & Now)

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 4:33 pm

Tom Perrotta’s first book was a collection of short stories, but he’s probably best known for his critically acclaimed novels.

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3:04 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

What Delhi Rape Case Means For India

Protestors hold placards outside a court where four men, convicted in the fatal gang rape of a young woman on a moving New Delhi bus last year, are awaiting sentencing, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 4:30 pm

Another gang rape occurred this week in India. Five young boys were arrested for allegedly gang raping a 10-year-old girl in the northeastern state of Assam on Sunday.

This news comes just days after four men were sentenced to death after being convicted of the December gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman.

When news of that rape broke, tens of thousands of people took to the streets in protest, igniting a debate and leading to new laws.

But is the treatment of women in India actually improving?

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3:04 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Weather Balloons Collect Air Pollution, Climate Data

SLU students Joseph Wilkins, Patrick Walsh, Jackie Ringhausen and Tim Barbeau (standing, from left to right), and Valparaiso Univ. trainers Alex Kotsakis and Mark Spychala (crouching, left to right) stabilize the balloon as it fills with helium. (Art Chimes/St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 4:33 pm

Ozone is an essential part of the Earth’s upper atmosphere where it prevents damaging ultraviolet light from reaching the Earth’s surface.

Down near the ground, though, ozone emissions from industrial plants and cars can cause health problems.

Students at Saint Louis University are launching weather balloons as part of a nationwide study funded by NASA to improve our understanding of how ozone affects air pollution and the climate.

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The Record
3:02 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Drake And Pop Music's Good Girl Problem

Drake performing in Paris last April.
David Wolff - Patrick Redferns via Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 2:01 pm

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3:01 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Veterans Dive To Raise Awareness About Overfishing

Sgt. Sergeant Stephen Jackel dives for the first time with two prosthetic legs off the coast of West Palm Beach. (Operation:Blue Pride)

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 4:33 pm

This summer, veterans from across the country are headed to the shores of West Palm Beach, Fla., for one reason: to build a new army of undersea soldiers who bring awareness about overfishing.

The program is called “Operation: Blue Pride” and these new recruits come from a band of unlikely soldiers.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
2:53 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

The Other 10 Most Important Questions In Science

Oceans, and the innards of Earth itself, are the final frontiers of our planet. Expect amazing discoveries as explorers document more and more of this unseen realm.
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Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 2:23 pm

Last week I presented my take on 10 of the 20 most important questions in science, a list at the heart of a book by Mun Keat Looi, Hayley Birch and Colin Stuart titled The Big Questions in Science: The Quest to Solve the Great Unknowns. It was published in the U.K. last week.

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2:52 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Syrian Conflict Tackled At Film Festival

An image from the film "Border," directed by Alessio Cremonini.

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 4:33 pm

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pushed back today against French and U.S. demands that a military option must remain on the table if Syria fails to give up its chemical weapons.

On the ground in Syria, the civil war continues. A car bomb has exploded at a crossing point along the country’s volatile border with Turkey. Refugees have been streaming across that boundary in larger numbers.

Those dangerous crossings are the subject of “Border,” one of the films about Syria showing at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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2:45 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Scientists Turn To Crowdfunding For Research

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 4:29 pm

It’s a tough time for medical researchers in the U.S.

The percentage of research grants winning federal funding is at a low ebb, and Washington budget battles could result in less money in the future.

Some scientists are turning to crowdfunding — asking people online to directly support their research.

A cancer researcher in Seattle turned to his patients and their families to raise money for a new cancer therapy that he developed.

Now he’s expanding his search for non-traditional ways of supporting drug discovery, in hopes of finding cures faster.

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2:45 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Navy Yard Highly Secured, Home To Classified Info

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 4:33 pm

NAVSEA, the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command, is a highly secure facility where the work being done is mostly classified.

Reporters who know NAVSEA told Politico that it’s “kind of amazing” that yesterday’s shooting happened there, because it’s a highly secured area where “you’re either known or watched.”

NAVSEA has an annual budget of nearly $30 billion and is the largest of the Navy’s system commands. It’s responsible for designing, buying, building and maintaining ships.

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2:45 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

More Details Emerge About Navy Yard Shooter

Images of Aaron Alexis are shown in a handout from the FBI seeking more information about the man authorities say committed the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (FBI)

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 4:29 pm

The deadly attack at the Washington Navy Yard was carried out by a lone gunman, according to authorities: 34-year-old Aaron Alexis.

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