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Krulwich Wonders...
7:39 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Is There A Giant Life Form Lurking In Our Solar System? Possibly, Say Scientists

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 10:29 am

What if — just maybe — we find extra-terrestrial life in the oceans of Europa, a little moon circling Jupiter? If we do, says writer Caspar Henderson, don't expect that oceanic alien to be very big. Or very scary. Or even very visible. Nothing like this ...

The "top predator" on Europa, Henderson reports, is likely to be "a fearsome creature with the mass of one gram." That's three one-hundredths of an ounce.

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The Protojournalist
7:37 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Can Adhesive Bandages Be Racist?

NPR

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 1:26 pm

Living in Malawi, Rachel Marie Stone — an American teaching in a seminary — has realized that most adhesive bandages are the peachy, apricottish color of her Caucasian skin.

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Monkey See
7:36 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Why I Resist Web Redesigns (And Maybe You Do, Too)

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 11:07 am

Words many of us never want to hear: "It's the transmission." "We can't get a technician out there until next Tuesday." "Your ex will be there."

And, of course: "Welcome to our redesigned site!"

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This Is NPR
7:35 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Outside The Box: Welcome To The New NPR Home Page

NPR

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 1:21 pm

We have more to tell you.

If you're wondering, that's why we redesigned and launched a new NPR home page today. We have stories that need more space to breathe, and you deserve a more vivid picture of the world.

We liked our old home pages, on desktop and mobile, and those pages worked well. But they had their limitations. On desktops and tablets, our old newspaper-like design told you our seriousness of purpose and conveyed the range of our news and cultural sections. On phones, our page was quick and headline-driven.

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This Is NPR
7:34 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

FAQ: More Details About The New NPR Home Page

NPR

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 10:36 am

Why redesign the NPR home page?

See our welcome post. Then watch this video.

On what platforms can I explore the new home page?

The new home page is "responsive," optimizing for phones, tablets and desktops. You're welcome to visit NPR.org on all of those platforms. We have previously redesigned our story pages and blog pages in this fashion.

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This Is NPR
7:34 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Centering Sponsorship Around Innovation

NPR

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 10:34 am

With the launch of the new NPR home page, we are introducing a new sponsorship opportunity that aims to engage with you, our audience, provide value to NPR's supporting sponsors and reflect our high visual and content standards.

The world of digital sponsorship is changing rapidly, and many publishers are choosing to blur the lines between editorial and advertising. At NPR, we fundamentally think it is critical for our audience, our sponsors, and our editorial integrity that this distinction remains completely clear.

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The Picture Show
7:33 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Capturing The Complexities Of The Colorado River

A major tributary of the Colorado River, the Dolores River Basin, is seen south of Grand Junction, Colo. Ken Neubecker, executive director of the Western Rivers Institute, talks about the connection of water and energy. "Water takes a lot of energy, a huge amount of energy; people don't realize it. We tend to take water for granted."
Heather Rousseau

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 8:18 am

As a photographer, how do you visualize something that can't always be seen? Like, how do you show the complex relationships between water, energy and modern society?

It's not easy, but that was my task as I worked on a photo essay for a capstone class at Ohio University last fall about life along the upper Colorado River.

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Book Reviews
7:33 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

'March' Sheds New Light On A Civil Rights Hero

Courtesy Top Shelf Productions

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 6:03 am

While the cynics among us might argue that America's high ideals and lofty rhetoric rarely transcend their inscriptions on stone, few would disagree that the 1963 March on Washington was one of the nation's finest hours. It was a transformational moment, and a portent for future blows to segregation and injustice.

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Kitchen Window
7:32 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

In Maine, Lobster Comes Out Of Its Shell

iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 6:44 pm

You might think a great benefit of living in Maine is unlimited access to fresh, cheap lobster. Most Mainers, however, probably eat less lobster in a year than tourists here consume in a week. Lobster bakes and boiling lobsters in those tall, speckled pots are grudgingly reserved for when company comes.

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Planet Money
7:32 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Airline Chart Calls Mergers 'The New Holy Grail'

A chart the DOJ cites in its complaint to stop the proposed merger of US Airways and American Airlines.
U.S. and Plaintiff States v. US Airways and American

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 9:22 pm

The government has filed suit to block the merger of American Airlines and US Airways. The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice says the merger "would create the world's largest airline and leave just three legacy carriers remaining in the U.S. [which] would substantially lessen competition for commercial air travel throughout the United States."

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