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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."